Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish godparents dish out more than €200 per godchild each year, study reveals

Costanza Corcoran

Published 04/02/2016 | 14:23

More than 40pc of godparents said they spend between €30 and €50 on every gift for their godchild
More than 40pc of godparents said they spend between €30 and €50 on every gift for their godchild

Being a godparent is a costly business as a new study has revealed that Irish godparents spend more than €200 each year on their godchild.

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The new research found that godparents are under pressure to give their godchild presents throughout the year. More than 40pc of godparents said they spend between €30 and €50 on a gift for their godchild for a single occasion, while 23pc admitted to spending up to €75.

The results of the study, which included more than 1,300 Irish godparents found that 23pc are spending more than €200 annually in an effort to treat their godchild.

The title of godparent definitely does not come cheap as many Irish godparents accumulate more than one godchild throughout the years.

The majority of Irish godparents revealed that they never stopped bestowing gifts upon their godchild, even when they grow up although the gifts do become less frequent.

Despite the expense, the survey’s respondents revealed they were “honoured” to be asked to be a godparent and immediate family members are given the important role 61pc of the time.

Speaking of the survey spokesperson for One4All, who commissioned the finding revealed that the role of godparent is evolving in Irish culture.

“It’s clear from our survey that Irish people love to shower gifts and affection on their godchildren throughout every milestone and occasion,” she said.

“Not only are godparents responsible for moral and spiritual guidance, they are advisors, listeners, friends and role models to their godchildren and it’s a relationship worth celebrating!”

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