Many godparents choose to adhere to established traditions. The Victorian range of gifts - silver spoons, egg cups, napkin rings, rattles, tankards - are still given by traditionalists today, and since the 20th century silver photograph frames have also been considered appropriate.
Some godparents choose to give silver, but in a form that will be usable in adulthood - silver cufflinks, bangles, charm bracelets (silver charms can be given on birthdays throughout childhood).
In the 21st century the notion of investment in the future has become more elastic. It is quite acceptable, for example, to lay down a case of wine (perhaps from the year of the child's birth), or to gradually accumulate a case of fine wine over the first 18 years of the child's life, or to give a pearl necklace.
Some godparents choose an explicit investment in the child's future - putting a deposit in a saving account, or buying a bond that will mature on the child's 18th, for example. A life membership of an organisation, for example the National Trust, might also be suitable.