First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts

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First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts
The Eucharist is given by the priest to each child receiving Holy Communion. (Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The First Holy Communion is a church celebration most commonly observed by Roman Catholics religion; Some Protestant and Anglican denominations also celebrate it. The First Holy Communion typically takes place when a child is seven or eight years old, and it is the first time the child will receive the Eucharist. This is a very sacred event for the family, and gifts are customary. Mothers, fathers, grandparents and godparents often give the child a keepsake gift that they will cherish for the rest of the lives and keep as a reminder of their first formal connection with God.

Religious Gifts

Religious gifts maintain the theological theme of the First Holy Communion while also being practical. The child will use these gifts to continue her scriptural education, while being reminded of the person who was generous and supportive enough to give the gift. Some religious keepsake gift options include a Bible or mass book, a beaded rosary with a ceramic or seashell case, an engraved wall cross,or a religious canvas with a meaningful quote and image.

First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts
Rosaries remind young children to count each prayer when learning to pray. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Gifts for Boys and Girls

Since both boys and girls receive their First Holy Communion, tailoring a gift to their sex will highlight the meaningfulness and thoughtfulness behind the present. Options for girls include Communion dolls in white dresses; jewellery such as a small ring, earrings, or a delicate bracelet; and a feminine music box. Gift options for boys include an embroidered handkerchief, a wallet set, and a pen or writing set.

First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts
Use colours, prints and fabrics to produce gifts uniquely created for boys or girls. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Practical Items

Young children often find practical items like socks boring, so give them something they can use but is also entertaining and represents the memory of their First Communion. Options include a pillowcase cover or blanket embroidered with a personal or religious message and image, an engraved pen set, or a white embroidered purse for girls to carry their rosary and Bible to church, a photo album or picture frame filled with photographs of the special event, and book marks to keep place in their mass book and Bible.

First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts
Book marks are practical items which also encourage religious education. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Personalised Gifts

Personalised gifts reveal the thought and planning put into a gift. They also work well for young children receiving their First Holy Communion since they make the child feel exceptional. Personalising a gift also means that the recipient will have something to treasure it forever. Some items you can personalise easily at an engraving store or ordered online include a Bible; a wall cross, wall hanging or canvas; a jewellery box, music box or rosary case, a Communion doll with names and dates embroidered on the dress, and picture frames with words of encouragement or any other images or words meaningful for the gift giver and the recipient.

First Holy Communion Keepsake Gifts
The First Holy Communion is a special bonding time between family members and the child receiving Communion. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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