Do you know a little boy or girl that is soon to be celebrating their First Communion? The seven or eight year old is likely giddy with anxious excitement about the big day. We’ve put together a guide to help understand the importance of the First Communion in a child’s life, as well as some tips on how to make the day extra special.
The ceremony of First Communion, or First Holy Communion, is a very important and joyous celebration for a young Catholic. It marks the first time that the child will be receiving the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, an integral part of practicing the Catholic faith (and also observed by many Lutherans.) The Holy Eucharist consists of consecrated bread and often consecrated wine. These represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ and are received at all Catholic Church ceremonies.
First Communions are often celebrated with a party, and of course, gifts. While Savings Bonds, checks and cash are acceptable gifts, you may be looking for something with a more personal touch. We’ve got you covered. Here are some inspirations on gifts you can give for a First Communion to commemorate the special day:
Rosaries (aka Rosary beads) are a traditional symbol of Catholic faith. They are typically held in the hands during prayer, making them an important part of Catholic practice. Rosary is a very distinct gift for a young boy or girl celebrating First Communion, as they likely don’t have their own just yet.
Holy Bibles are an ideal gift for a child celebrating their First Communion. After First Communion, children will continue catechism classes until their Confirmation at age 12 or 13 and will regularly read passages from the Holy Bible. A personalized bible is a gift that the child will cherish for years to come.
Nothing symbolizes faith quite like a cross. They represent something very spiritual, an idyllic gift for any First Communion celebration. Whether intended to be worn around the neck or hung over a doorway, a cross is sure to be a long-treasured gift.
A keepsake box elegantly inscribed with the child’s name and other personal effects is a great gift for First Communions. Keepsake boxes can hold all the tokens of faith that remind the child of his or her First Communion. They also look very stylish when displayed and make instant heirlooms.
Doll or Stuffed Animal
Like any gifting occasion for a seven or eight year old, a doll or stuffed animal always go over well. A lamb is a great stuffed animal choice for First Communions, as it represents innocence and is an omnipresent symbol of Catholicism. Dolls that look like the little boy or girl, dressed in their First Communion best, can light up a child’s face and are a subtle nod to their faith.
Whether you’re throwing a First Communion party or are attending one, we’ve created a Pinterest board to get you even more inspired. Cakes, gift ideas, party favors and more First Communion inspirations are on our board. Make sure to also check out our unique assortment of personalized First Communion gifts and religious gifts.
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Do you have any other go-to gifts for First Communions? Also, let us know if you decide to go with any of our gift suggestions or pull inspiration from our Pinterest board. We love hearing from you!