Do You Give Gifts for First Communion? Tips & Gift Ideas

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First Communion is a symbolic holy sacrament celebrated by members of the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestants. While most Catholic children receive their First Communion around the age of seven, Protestants may not receive theirs until sometime between age eight and 14.

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If you're invited to a First Communion ceremony, you might me asking yourself "Do you give gifts for first communion?" The answer depends on a few factors. These tips will help you navigate the nuances of First Communion etiquette.

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Do You Give a Gift for First Communion?

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If you've been invited to celebrate a child's First Communion, you should come with a gift. It is traditional to give a present for the First Communion and it's best to choose one that is in line with their religion (as in, skip the video games and opt for some of the great choices below). If you haven't been invited to the First Communion or a First Communion party, a gift isn't necessary. However, a card to commemorate the occasion would be a nice gesture.

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Monetary Gifts for First Communion

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Money is a common gift for a First Communion. Cash is an easy gift — simply enclose it in an envelope with a card congratulating the communicant on his big step in his faith.

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Savings bonds are a great present as well since they are a forward-thinking gift that will benefit kids in the future.

Another option is to give a gift card to a store that the communicant can use for whatever she wants. Choose a store that appeals to the child, such as a bookstore or a store that sells religious jewelry (most stores that sell jewelry have a religious section).

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As for how much money to give for a First Communion gift, aim for between $10 and $50, depending on your relationship with the person of honor. If it's your niece, for example, consider a higher dollar amount. But give whatever you're comfortable with — there are no strict rules.

Jewelry Gifts for First Communion

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The First Communion is an important step in a person's faith, and jewelry that recognizes this is one way to celebrate it.

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Cross necklaces are popular First Communion gifts, and can be purchased at major retailers as well as at Christian gift shops. Religious jewelry like bracelets, rings, and bracelets also make great gifts for First Communion.

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The giftee may keep this First Communion gift for years, so make sure the jewelry you're buying is made of high-quality materials designed to last.

Other First Communion Gift Ideas

Jewelry and money are the most popular First Communion gifts, but they aren't the only options. Ultimately, the best first communion gift is one that's meaningful, both to you and the recipient.

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Because it's a gift for their First Communion, a symbol of dedicating their life to Christ, gifts should be related to religion. Consider these First Communion gift ideas:

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What to Write in a First Communion Card

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When writing a First Communion card, be as personal as you feel comfortable with. Saying a simple "Happy First Communion!" might suffice for some recipients, but targeting your message to the giftee makes it that much more special.

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Keep your message simple, acknowledging the big step in the child's faith and wishing them well. You can also quote a favorite Biblical verse that you think they will appreciate and will help guide them on their religious journey ahead.

Some examples of what to write in a First Communion card are:

  • "Congratulations on this big step in your faith. May you always find solace in the Lord."
  • "Best wishes for your celebration of First Communion. May the love and peace of God be with you always."
  • "I am so proud of your for making your First Communion today. May God always shine his light upon you."

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