For Catholics, the sacrament of First Communion is an incredibly important event in a child’s life. It is the first time that they will partake in the Eucharist and receive the body and blood of Christ. If you are a non-Catholic who has been invited to a First Communion by a friend of family member, even though you may not be familiar with the practice, you still probably want to make sure that you are following proper etiquette, especially when it comes to gifting.
Here are ten gift ideas that are perfectly appropriate for a First Communion.
1. Gold Jewellery
A popular gift for a child during their First Communion is gold jewellery like earrings and necklaces, particularly gold crosses on chains which are a perfect unisex option. A number of gifts for this event are centered on investments for the child, which is why gold is such a fitting option. Visit Muzeum.ca to find out more about selling gold jewellery and how it is a great investment for people of all ages. Not only is it beautiful and long-lasting, but gold is also a timeless choice that goes far back in gifting tradition.
Many First Communion cards come with a pocket to place money. This is because cash is a common gift that is given with the intention of being put away into a savings account for the child by the parents. If you are not too close to the child and their parents, gifting anything between 20 to 50 dollars is appropriate, but this can change depending on whether or not there will be a celebratory dinner. In this case, it would be best to take into consideration the cost of the meal (and possibly venue) when gifting money.
3. Picture Frame
A picture frame with an accompanying prayer would make a lovely keepsake for this child’s special day. It’s an inexpensive option for someone who isn’t too close to the family, but also a thoughtful one that can prove to be a lovely reminder of the event.
4. Children’s Bible
The idea of buying a Bible can be a bit overwhelming – after all, there are so many to choose from. Luckily, a number of shops sell Bibles for First Communions, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one that’s suitable for both boys and girls.
Figurines, like the ones from Precious Moments, are also a popular choice for children on this day. Typically, they depict a child who is dressed for the occasion (a girl in a white dress and a boy in a suit), or will sometimes be in the shape of an angel. They’re meant to mark the special moment in the child’s life and can be treasured forever.
No matter the gift you choose, what matters most is that you are there to share in the moment. Whoever invited you will appreciate that you took the time to come out and celebrate with them and their family, regardless of whether or not you are a practicing Catholic.
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