If you’ve been invited to a First Communion, you may not be sure what to give as a gift. This is especially true for people of a different faith. You can use some of these tips and ideas to get an appropriate First Communion gift and etiquette rules.
If you have never been to a First Holy Communion, you may not understand what gift would be appropriate or even what it is for that matter.
First Communion – What is It?
This is a rite of passage celebrated by Christians, particularly, people of the Roman Catholic faith and some Protestants. Children in the Catholic faith receive their First Communion at about seven or eight years of age. Children of the Protestant faith will receive this sacrament at anywhere from eight to 14 years of age.
For children in the Protestant faith, they receive their First Communion when they begin showing that they want to share in the service each week. Some adults who are just joining the faith may also have one but some do it privately.
The ceremony is traditionally held at church during Mass in the Easter season. Family often choose to celebrate this occasion with a celebratory party.
Should You Get a Gift?
A gift can be a way of showing support for this milestone moment in their life. A gift will be well-received and appreciated.
If you aren’t going to the party, you can send a handwritten card to the communicant.
When choosing a gift, remember the spiritual reference so that you can get something more in line with this theme. There are certain gifts that are deemed appropriate for this type of celebration. For example, video games and toys like that are better suited for a birthday or other holiday.
If you are considering jewelry, be sure to check with the parents first because the godparents or grandparents will often give a cross and a chain as a gift. It’s not uncommon for the communicant to give a gift to their godparents. This can strengthen the bond between them.
If you are struggling with what to give, money is an appropriate gift. The money could be placed in a savings account that the parents open for the child. If you give money, a small gift like a stuffed animal can be given to the child.
If you buy a card for the First Communion, there is often a cash holder built right in. This is the best way to give a gift of money. Another idea would be to buy a savings bond. You can get it so that it matures in time for college.
20 to 50 dollars is the typical monetary gift although family members that are very close to the child may give up to 200 dollars. Money is usually the best gift if you don’t know the child very well. This is also a good choice if you aren’t a member of the same church or denomination.
Some of the best gifts for boys that are celebrating this special day will reflect his commitment to the faith. Some of the best ideas are:
- A crucifix for the wall
- Cross bracelet make from leather and pewter
- Gift card
- Lapel pin
- Personalized piece of jewelry
- Rosary with birthstone
- Prayer locket
- Photo frame
- Bible with charm and satin ribbon
- Keepsake box for rosary
Sharing in a First Communion is a special and momentous occasion. A gift that you give during this time will be cherished for years.