One of my best friends just asked me to be the godmother to her son who is due any day now. This is my first godchild. I am not Catholic so I also never had godparents and am quite clueless on exactly what is expected. I have researched and am familiar with the traditional, religious expectations of the title. I more so want to know about the more modern expectations/duties (for lack of a better word). Some specific questions I have are: * Do I get a gift for him when he is born or just for his baptism? This is a very close friend so I would be buying a gift no matter what for his birth. However I wasn't sure if it was typically expected that I get a more "keepsake" type gift at his birth or if that is typically a gift for the baptism. * What gift would you suggest for a boy? I am finding all sorts of beautiful jewlery, gift boxes, etc. for a girl but nothing that seems particularly special for a boy. Sidenote... I am not particularly religious so I would prefer to leave the crosses and other more religious gifts to the godfather or grandparents who are far more religious and would find more joy in giving that type of gift. * Can you start a savings account for a child that is not your own? Has anyone ever done this and if you have what did you need to have to do so? * Any other information you feel would be helpful to someone who is fairly clueless would be appreciated as well.