(Closed) NWR: First Communion gift?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

aw thats sweet; how about a white rosary; a St Christopher medallion, a lacy veil for future use; or something with an angel on it; I know when my niece recently came on a visit by herself, I wished I had time to get her a St Christopher medallion to keep her safe in her travels because it was her first independent trip on a plane at age 17

pearl bracelet sounds lovely

Post # 5
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hmm… trying to think back to my first communion.  I got a little book of the saints that was pretty cool (along with other religious gifts), and all kinds of jewelry that I have never worn (pearl earrings, bracelet, gold ring with a tiny diamond engraved with my initials), but I’m totally not a jewelry person.  I like the idea of a pearl bracelet if she likes pearls.  What kinds of things would she actually wear and enjoy and remember her fabulous cousin? 

Other ideas: small photo album, rosary, ring, necklace, books of some kind (religious or otherwise)

Post # 6
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

I say get her an Ipod! Something modern that she would love!

Post # 8
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like the idea of a book of saints—I remember having to go in highschool to buy myself one because that was something I didn’t have. You could write a nice note in the front and tell her about your favorite saint, etc.

Post # 9
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hated all of my first communion gifts! I got a lot of Precious Moments stuff, a water globe, crosses.. all stuff that was no fun for a kid.

My vote is for an American Girl doll. ๐Ÿ™‚ They even have a little first communion outfit.

Post # 11
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

A charm bracelet! With a cross or St Christopher medal on it. That way it is still communion related and will be something that she can keep and add to.

My family isn’t strict Catholic but we do think that gifts for communion/confirmation etc should have some religious link; otherwise the children see it as something similar to a birthday and look forward to materialistic gifts rather than focusing on the importance of the sacrament. I have ever seen children throw fits when not given the gameboy/Ipod etc that they wanted instead of rosary beads.

Pearls are something that you should always buy for yourself, never give. They symbolise the relationship between the giver and receiver ending in tears. But if you don’t believe in superstition then I guess you are good to go!


Post # 13
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I clearly remember all the gifts that I got at my first communion and the only one that meant anything to me was a plush toy from my aunt and uncle with a book about friendship. Generally all the ceramic crosses and stuff don’t mean anything to the child, at least one “kid friendly” gift is nice for them to receive.

Post # 14
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

NO WAY. I vote CASH. I still remember how much I got for my First Communion – $317! It made that much of an impact!

Post # 16
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@BrooklynBride10: College fund, shmollege fund. I probably spent my $317 on stuffed animals and candy.

Hmmm…. Another idea i really remember well as a kid from my “cool” aunt and uncle, is they would take me to my favorite store (either Toys R Us, a craft store, or a book store, depending on my age over the years) and they’d say, “We will spend $50 on you. Go.” and I’d go bananas. So it was not only a great way to choose my own gift, but I got to spend time with them and have a ton of fun.

If you live far away this may be harder to coordinate, but those outings meant a lot to me as a kid.

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