First Communion: 10 AWESOME gift ideas and an EPIC giveaway (like $300+ epic)

Hold on to your chalices, this giveaway is crazy awesome.

As most of you know, we’re gearing up to celebrate a most beautiful sacrament in the Whitaker household in t-minus 15 days. EEK. I have written about why I love First Communion so (and you’ll get more this week) and two years ago I even did a week-long series. Pinterest and I are tight. Never fear, this week you’ll hear more about the beauty of the day and why it brings me to tears. Every. Single. Time. Today, though, it’s all about sharing my love for the sacrament with y’all.

I gathered together some of my most favorite things in all the world and one very lucky Team Whitaker reader will walk away with the First Communion jackpot – more than $300 in sweetness. There are even coupon codes to be had. Trust me, I wish I could win ALL this!Looking for that perfect First Communion gift for your child or friend? Look no farther. These ten ideas are beautiful, tasteful and sure to be your son or daughter's new favorite religious keepsake.

First Communion Bowl + free domestic shipping | Clarey Clayworks
I first discovered Anne on Pinterest when I was searching for gifts for my oldest daughter, back in 2013. Since then, we’ve discovered we have many friends in common (she’s an Indy gal!) and I am oh-so-hoping life allows me to meet her this summer. But, back to her talents. Anne handcrafts each bowl and they are really, truly, beyond lovely. She’s since added different colors for the crosses (Clare is going to dig the purple) and even more beautiful things to her shop. Bottom line? This bowl makes a perfect gift. Your child can display a special rosary or simply just keep it out as a beautiful reminder of their important day. And, I always recommend having it blessed by your priest – an added touch to a really perfect gift. Anne is also offering a 10% OFF COUPON CODE: TEAMWHIT


Saints (your choice of 5 saints) | Tiny Saints
When I stumbled upon Tiny Saints a couple of years ago, it was immediate love at first sight. Y’all. These things are cute, functional and virtually indestructible. Pretty much perfect for our house. Joe and his wife, Colleen, have dreamed up the most brilliant idea. My kids clip their saints to their backpacks, Gianna has two on her diaper bag (Gianna and Therese, of course!) and Pope Francis hangs on our rearview mirror. These are my go-to gift for so many occasions. Best part? Tiny Saints is offering a 10% OFF COUPON CODE: TEAMWHITAKER10


Rosary (shop credit) | Trendy Traditions
Melanie is another artisan I met online. Her eye for beauty is really a gift. She creates some stunning rosaries. I think the thing I love most about Melanie is when you receive your rosary in the mail, you can feel the love that went into making it. I’ve ordered so many rosaries from her, and for good reason. They are works of art. I’ve gifted them for baptisms, First Communions, RCIA and graduation. You will love these. She doesn’t do coupons often and this is her last one before before summer hits! Trendy Traditions is offering a 15% OFF COUPON CODE: TEAMWHITAKER (now through 4/25/15).

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Rosary Bag | Drawstrings/CinchIt
Wanda and her sewing machine make some really lovely things. I think after seeing her bag, below, you’ll agree. We own several of her bags for our girls, both backpacks and laundry bags, and love them all. When you buy your child a rosary, especially a special one, you want the bag that stores it to be equally special. Enter, Wanda and her beauty. This small rosary-sized bag (I know, that fabric!) is just perfect, isn’t it? I mean, who needs wrapping paper with something that pretty! Drawstrings/CinchIt is offering a 10% OFF COUPON CODE: KWHITAKER10 (through 4/20)


Cross Necklace and Matching Bracelet | Ellabead
Carmen is related to a friend of mine from elementary school. I know, complicated. She makes necklaces and bracelets that I just adore. We wore them in our family pictures a couple of years ago and I reached out to her and asked if she’d create one for just y’all. And she said yes! I mean, how great is that? This matching cross necklace and bracelet will be the perfect addition to a First Communion dress. Carmen, a million thank you’s for honoring my request and creating something so simple and elegant. (And, if you happen to be a Disney lover, she has some really cool things in her shop – swoon!) Ellabead is offering a $10 COUPON OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE: TEAMWHITAKER10


Veil (10% off your purchase) | Dainties by Denise
In my search for the *perfect* veil two years ago, I found Denise. Or rather, the Holy Spirit found Denise for me. She’s the mom and grandmother of many girls and took her talents to Etsy. Anna-Laura’s headband, with a detachable veil turned out even prettier than I imagined. Denise puts a lot of love into her work. It’s a real honor to have her participate in this special giveaway for y’all. We’ve shared some beautiful e-mail exchanges and her faith is a reminder to me that our most important lesson in life is to love. Denise is offering a 10% OFF COUPON CODE: TEAMWHITAKER2015

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$28 Shop Credit | Organic Mama’s Shop
At last year’s Edel Gathering, I finally met *the* Shannon of Organic Mama’s Shop. She’s the mama of six (as of this weekend!) and boy, do I love her things. She’s got everything from nursing bracelets and teething necklaces (Gianna adores hers) to really, really, really beautiful rosary bracelets. I can’t even tell you how many compliments I get on mine. So, perhaps this gift is for you, mom of the First Communicant. I won’t tell a soul. Organic Mama’s Shop is offering a 20% OFF COUPON CODE: TEAMWFHC


Mass Kit | St. Luke’s Brush
Around Lent, I saw all sorts of peg saint dolls. Mine are still in the box. Unpainted. Another blog post, another time. But Amy and Garry of St. Luke’s Brush have you all set for First Communion. We both agreed that First Communion calls for a very special gift and we settled on their new Mass set. Gah! I know, I was excited, too. So, while I don’t personally have a Mass set, I have seen their handiwork and it is beyond words. My friend Lisa introduced me to St. Luke’s and I will forever be grateful.


Boys’ Tie and Girls’ Veil on Comb | Lace and Grace Veils
Eileen was one of the only places I could find sweet First Communion ties on all the interwebs! How I wish I’d known about her when my boys were celebrating First Communion. I love that her ties commemorate such a special day with a tasteful cross and they could certainly be worn for other special occasions. Eileen was generous enough to offer a veil, as well. Isn’t that sweet?


$50 Shop Credit | Style Co. Events
Carolina, a dear friend of mine here in Austin, began a party planning business a little over a year ago, Style Co. Events. Y’all know how I love to party. A few weeks ago, I finally had a chance to lay my eyes on some of the things Carolina and her business partner style, create and design. Amy Atlas, the “queen of dessert tables” has nothing on them. I mean that. You can use your shop credit for a furniture rental, party styling or the whole shebang. This one is just for my local Austin folks, so if the winner of the giveaway isn’t local, I’ll do a separate giveaway just for this. You only have to do one thing: promise to send me pictures of your party!


Personalized Invitation (printable PDF) | Kathryn Whitaker Design
That’s me! You can choose either blue or pink and I’ll be thrilled to add your child’s First Communion details on an invitation you can print and mail from your home computer. Yours will be ready to print on cardstock and then mailed to family and friends.

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Disclaimer: In some cases, I did receive free or discounted products, but y’all know me well. I only share what I love and these things? These I love.


  1. carmen tydings on April 13, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I want that tie for Eddie’s 1st communion in 2weeks!!

  2. Katie Paladino on April 13, 2015 at 6:22 am

    What fabulous ideas!! Such wonderful things! I love those tiny saints so much!!

  3. Ann-Marie on April 13, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I will totally be getting those bowls for my Goddaughters when the time comes! And I love the idea of a detachable veil so they can wear the headband again.

  4. Annie on April 13, 2015 at 7:15 am

    What a great list of resources. My son’s 1st communion is next year and I am already getting excited! He has been counting down for the past 3 years.

  5. Deme on April 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Oh my GOODNESS!! What an amazing giveaway! Mia is making her First Communion in a couple weeks and one of our godson’s is as well…I know Mia would love that veil and I’ve always admired those bowls!

  6. Colleen Martin on April 13, 2015 at 7:59 am

    We gave our kids Tiny Saints in their Easter baskets – such a hit! I want the veil for when my (only) daughter receives next year 🙂

  7. Mary Kate Dempsey on April 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Between the first communion here in nearly 2 weeks and another one in 2 years, I would LOVE to win this!!

  8. Sarah on April 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I would love to win! Thank you so much! My son’s first communion is May 2. We are so excited!

  9. BV on April 13, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This is perfect as we have started to look for a First Communion gift for my husband’s godson. The Saint Patrick tiny saint might be my favorite.

  10. Laurel on April 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

    What precious things! I would love to have these for my daughter.

  11. Alisha on April 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

    The boys’ ties! I have 4 boys, and my oldest will make his first communion next year.

  12. Amanda on April 13, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I would love the veil!

  13. Adrienne on April 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Great giveaway, thanks for hosting it! I love, love, love the Trendy Traditions rosaries!

  14. Amanda on April 13, 2015 at 9:15 am

    These are all beautiful!!! First Communion is sooo special and these will make it even more special!

  15. Laura T on April 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I’d love to give the rosary especially to daughter #2. My oldest received a gorgeous rosary from a local woman who is no longer making them and I was feeling like my next first communicant is a bit cheated. Thanks for all these beautiful links!

  16. Amy on April 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Love this post!

  17. alexis on April 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

    some pretty awesome stuff Kathryn!!

  18. Samantha on April 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Firstborn’s First Communion is coming up in a few weeks…thanks so much for all of these lovely gift ideas (I already ordered a gorgeous Clarey Clayworks bowl after learning about it from you a couple of years ago)… 🙂

  19. Rowena on April 13, 2015 at 10:01 am

    What an amazing giveaway! God bless your family as another child receives Jesus in the Eucharist. My Goddaughter will be receiving the Sacrament in a couple of weeks, and then my son will next year; so exciting!

  20. Rowena on April 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

    And Tiny Saints are a hit with our family and great for gifts!

  21. Laurel on April 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I am IN LOVE with those Tiny Saints! So cute!!!

  22. Kellie on April 13, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I love the Mass kit! So cute!

  23. Sheila on April 13, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I am new to your site but we are in stage am friends. I just saw your giveaway. We are in the process of finalizing the adoption of a beautiful 10 year old girl who has not received any sacraments so we will be doing them all at one time, once adoption is finalized. I would love to be entered to win all or some of this as my 3 1/2 year old would LOVE the Mass kit. All of it is wonderful!

    • Sheila on April 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Instagram friends, ang auto correct, sorry.

  24. Carla on April 13, 2015 at 10:24 am

    My youngest celebrates his First Holy Communion on May 8th. I only wish I had known to celebrate all out with the other five kids. So looking forward to the big event.

  25. Jennifer on April 13, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Oh my! I have a daughter receiving her First Holy Communion next year! I like being ahead of the game!

  26. Kellie on April 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

    So many beautiful things! I love Ella’s beads!

  27. Laure on April 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

    My daughter (2nd child, first girl) is making her First Communion next month. I love the bowl!

  28. Karen Gillis on April 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    The veils would become a family heirloom!

  29. Heather on April 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This is so awesome! What a fun giveaway! Andrew will my first to go through First Communion celebrations, but not for another 3 years.. But, we would LOVE to win some Tiny Saints!! Thanks for hosting this!

  30. Bridget on April 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Two of my godchildren are making their First Communion, along with two very special little girls that I’ve gotten to teach at our parish! Very fun, thoughtful, faith-filled ideas!

  31. Laura on April 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    My daughter’s First Communion is the weekend! Would love to win!

  32. Veronica G on April 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    This would be wonderful, I have two family members receiving First Communion this month.

  33. Katie Valencia on April 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I love the rosaries! So beautiful.

  34. M Huebner on April 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    My daughter is making her First Communion in 13 days. She would love to win and so would I.

  35. Casie on April 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Love the Tiny Saints. Thank you for the great idea!

  36. Joy B. on April 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Small world; Anne Clarey is the sister of my husband’s best friend.

    So many great options but I think my vote goes for the Tiny Saints.

  37. Hollie on April 13, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    i love the bowl and tiny saints!

  38. Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventures on April 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    WOW! I’m off to order a bowl for Rachel ….. slacker mother won’t get it here in time, but it’s OK.

  39. Kristin on April 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    My oldest makes his first communion in 3 weeks! What an incredible list!!! I’m so excited to see the rosary bracelet on here! I’ve been eyeing it for MONTHS!!! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Bethany Johnson on April 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I love the Tiny Saints! They are so cute and so fun for the kids to have.

  41. Janelle K. on April 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    So much cuteness! I love the little bowls the best!

  42. Katherine on April 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I love the bowl. Beautiful!!

  43. Christy on April 13, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Awesome! I was just asked by a young girl in our parish to be her confirmation sponsor. We do First Communion and Confirmation together here. This would be perfect!

  44. Kelly on April 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    the clay bowl. I’ve wanted one since I found your blog awhile back and I just love it.

  45. Claire Rebecca on April 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I love the bowl!

  46. Ina K on April 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    All of these things are awesome! I think the Tiny Saints are my favorites!

  47. Livia H on April 14, 2015 at 5:28 am

    What a fantastic giveaway!! I would love any of those items for my great niece’s First Communion! Thank you!

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  49. Stephanie N. on April 14, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! I’ve had my eye on Tiny Saints for awhile now!

  50. Kara King on April 14, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I love these Karhryn! Tierney, my youngest, makes her 1st communion on May 9th! We are going to order several of these today! Funny story, when she was 2.5 her older brother made his 1st communion. As we were watching, she started to whimper and cry. I asked her what was wrong and she said “I want church cookie and church juice too “

  51. Katie on April 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I’m loving those rosaries – beautiful and perfect for kids 🙂

  52. Cat W. on April 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I have my eye on the Tiny Saints!

  53. Suzanne on April 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Love the tiny saints pulls!

  54. Megan on April 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I LOVE the personalized clay bowl!

  55. Melissa LeGrand on April 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the First Communion bowl from Clarey Clayworks. Beautiful!

  56. Rita Rossini on April 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I really have my eye on the veil! How beautiful. Times are tight in the Rossini household and I would love to be able to treat my Sophia to a new veil and rosary. (second hand dress- but so so sweet!)
    thank you!! What an epic opportunity!

  57. Liz on April 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    My son would love the toy mass set!

  58. Ellen H on April 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    My beautiful Natalia is making her First Holy Communion on 5/9/15. I love all of these items…but I have to say that the lovely personalized Communion bowl from Clarey Clayworks is my favorite. I love keepsakes! Thank u for this opportunity.

  59. Sara F. on April 14, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I adore Tiny Saints, and I love the clay bowls as well. We have a baptism coming up!

  60. Jennifer Andrews on April 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Some great finds, Kathryn! I’m hoping to win and tuck it all away for Molly in one year (or Violet the following year!). 🙂

  61. Cajuntexasmom on April 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Our eldest celebrates her big day on May 17th – would love to have these items for her 🙂

  62. Micaela on April 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    OMGOODNESS! How am I just seeing this now?! My second daughter will receive her FHC in a few weeks too! These gifts are wonderful. Everything looks beautiful, but what I would love the MOST is the Mass kit. So cool!

  63. Lisa G on April 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Oh, thank you for the opportunity! My daughter has her first communion on the 26th!

    • Lisa G on April 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      oops! I love the necklace bracelet set! and I wouldn’t mind the rosary bracelet for an early mother’s day gift!

  64. Karen F on April 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you! You have fabulous ideas!

  65. Rebekah on April 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I’d love a rosary for my daughter!

  66. Katie on April 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Would love for my Godchildren!

  67. Lindsay on April 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I just love the mass kit! So beautiful!!

  68. Heather on April 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    That beautiful Communion bowl has my Mary written all over it :). Two weeks until her First Holy Communion!

  69. Jennifer Andrews on April 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Kathryn, I have two nephews making Confirmation this Spring, as well as a niece having her Sweet 16 and a neighbor graduating HS – any gift suggestions for the teenagers?? Thanks!

    • Kathryn on April 22, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      You Cat, rosary (Trendy Traditions, Loreto Rosaries), Bible with a name engraved/imprinted on the top, Busted Halo’s Freshman Survival Guide, Confirmation bowl from Clarey Clayworks – hope those help!

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