Searching for First Communion gift ideas? Read on! Like many religious occasions, First Communion encompasses important traditions - preparation rituals, special attire, and the giving of mementos and gifts to mark the occasion. These mementos and gifts tend to be religious, spiritual, or reflective in nature. Gatherings at church or home are common and where gift giving takes place. However, some First Communion gifts for girls are given before the event if they are meant to be used and/or worn on the day of the sacrament.
Here are a handful of specific First Communion gift ideas to consider for the celebration of a little girl:
Classics: There are some First Communion gifts that are timeless and classic - you may remember receiving them for your own First Communion! Rosary and missal sets are perfect traditional gifts. They demonstrate to the girl that she’s ready to engage more with his faith by utilizing these tools. A white missal and rosary set are the standard choice for girls, but black is also available. Individual rosaries (without the missal) are also a good choice if you’re looking for something simple. Keepsake boxes and pouches go along well with a First Communion rosary and many are available in “girly” designs.
Jewelry: Jewelry can be a wonderful choice because everytime she wears it she will remember it’s meaning. First Communion jewelry is also appreciated because the recipient is likely getting to an age where they want to accessorize and appreciate having something nice to treasure in this department. A pendant or charm bracelet is a common choice. If you want to give something after the sacrament, i.e. not something intended to be worn that day, then perhaps a saint medal would work. Most children this age have a few saints they know well and admire. Ask their parents and then choose a medal that can remind them of that religious role model.
Bibles and Books: If you’re looking for a First Communion gift idea that will build upon the eagerness for religious learning (which is often ripe after sacrament preparation), then a book or a bible might be perfect. Bibles for children exist in multiple colors. A book about saints or sacraments would also be meaningful.
Dolls: A doll specific to First Communion would be a fun and unique gift. These dolls tend to be made of either porcelain or vinyl and are dressed beautifully. Some come with accessories that can change! These dolls can be played with carefully or used as display - perfect for a girl’s bedroom!
Cash: A card and a small amount of cash is an acceptable choice. Children love having a bit of independent spending money and they deserve it after the preparations for First Communion. You can go a step further and put in a small gift, like a prayer card or pocket token. A gift card to St. Patrick’s Guild, where most gifts are spiritual or religious, is also an option; the girl gets to pick his own present, but the choices are limited to items that are more “in line” with the sacramental celebration.
Guides like this one can only help so much! Be sure to reflect upon the little girl’s personality and interests first and foremost. Then examine your own budget and relationship with the child as both of these will help eliminate some of the many options. Then use this post as your final step, your supporting guide for First Communion gift ideas. Happy shopping!