Give a meaningful and faithful gift to honor this special day.
It’s that time of year when churches are full of sweet kids in white dresses and little suits receiving their First Holy Communion. The day is special in so many ways, and it’s an occasion many kids will always remember. But as much fun as the outfits, cake, gifts, and parties are, they are only the “wrapping paper” on what truly matters, which is the incomparable gift of receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist.
If you’re attending a First Communion celebration, or have a child, godchild, or grandchild receiving the Sacrament, you might be brainstorming what gift to give. First Holy Communion is the perfect occasion to give a gift that will deepen a child’s relationship with Christ. Check out some of these ideas for inspiration!
A special memory
A beautiful image of the child’s patron saint, perhaps an icon or print, is a keepsake to treasure for a lifetime.
An intangible but really lovely gift would be planning a special excursion for the child’s second reception of Holy Communion, perhaps to a shrine or pilgrimage site.
Enrollment in the Brown Scapular Confraternity, along with a scapular of the child’s own, is a deeply spiritual gift that goes well with First Holy Communion.
A good book might be the best gift for many kids, as they can learn about saints and their faith. A well-written biography of their patron saint is a classic “go-to” gift. There are plenty of options!
A graphic novel about a saint or holy man or woman is an engaging choice, and you have lots to choose from.
If the child has an interest in science or math, check out Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People, a wonderful new book from Word On Fire.
A moving and profound introduction to prayer, The Interior Castle: A Boy’s Journey Into the Depths of His Heart is a worthwhile addition to any family library.
Patron Saint of First Communicants: The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini is an interesting book from which any first communicant can benefit.
A good children’s Bible is a thoughtful gift that will help children become rooted in Sacred Scripture.
Outlaws of Ravenhurst is a captivating adventure story that teaches children about reverence for the Eucharist and perseverance in faith, set against a backdrop of sword fights, battles, intrigue and escapes.
A prayer book, like this superhero-themed one, is useful and can encourage a life of faith.
A beautiful rosary is a meaningful keepsake.
If you’ve got a rough-and-tumble kiddo who’s always on the move, check out these durable Rugged Rosaries.
A rosary bracelet is a lovely reminder to pray and can be used for a lifetime.
A hands-on and creative way for kids to learn about the Mass is this Father Leopold Celebrates Mass LEGO set.
Stunning Catholic stickers add faith-filled meaning to water bottles, tablets, and other gear.
Engraved pencils are useful for school or drawing, and remind children of God’s love for them.
A cute Tiny Saints charm, featuring a beloved patron saint, would be a perfect addition to a child’s backpack.