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It’s an email I get at least once a week – people in search of the “just right” gift for the “just right” kid for a multitude of sacraments. Since we’ve celebrated six baptisms, five (almost!) first communions and one confirmation, we’ve seen and been recipients of some of the most meaningful and beautiful gifts. So I decided to dish – in one place – the best ideas I’ve got. And, please, if you’re a business owner and you aren’t mentioned here, leave your shop link in the comments!
If you like winning free things, visit me over on Instagram where I’m giving away two huge lots of things, one for a girl and one for a boy first communicant. Any item marked with an * below is in the giveaway! Next Monday (April 30), I have a $250 shop credit from Minted to give away right HERE on the blog. I’ll even be sharing how I used some of their things in our First Communion party and upcoming eighth grade graduation. It’s your lucky week!
If you’re looking for party ideas, I’ve got you covered. You can also check out the series on preparing for the sacrament, Godparents, clothes, the party and saying thanks.
*Clarey Claywork’s baptism bowl has become a cherished family heirloom; it’s practical, too!
Chews Life, silicone rosary that can take a beating; highly customizable (use TEAMW for 10% off)
Portraits of Saints, prayer cards and holy water fonts (each child has one in their room)
Shining Light Dolls board books, like this one
Your time – babysitting, washing dishes, cooking a meal or offering up an hour in the adoration chapel. Your time can be a precious gift!
FIRST COMMUNION IDEAS
For our last first communion party, I shared all the details and I hope they help you in planning!
*Clarey Clayworks, first communion bowl to hold rosaries, change or earrings
Catholic Art by Jen Norton, beautiful art
*Emmaus Road pegs, either a single saint or a monthly subscription
*Flor Larios, bookmarks and art
*Lily Joy, decade or wall rosaries along with sacramental garland (use LJD10 for 10% off)
Tiny Saints, small rubber saints to affix to backpacks, diaper bags or keychains
*Catholic Curio, cookie cutters (so! cute!)
My Saint My Hero, first communion bracelet
*Sweet Tees shirts, the softest tees with the cutest sayings
*Kendra Tierney’s prayer books, woodland, superhero and fairy-tale Catholic prayer books
It wasn’t that long ago we were celebrating our oldest’s confirmation. That joy is still in my heart and here’s all the details of how we made it happen.
YouCat (youth-inspired Catechism) via Amazon
*Little Catholic Box subscription and saint-inspired pencils
*Providential Company, candles
Pink Salt Riot, keychains and cufflinks
Wall crucifix or a 12″ statue of confirmation saint (I recommend a local Catholic bookstore for those, or a friend in Rome!)
My Saint My Hero, jewelry
*Lily Joy, wall rosaries, felt/wood ball garland
*Kelly’s Heavenly Artillery, Our Lady of Guadalupe
*Rugged Rosaries, men/boys
Trendy Traditions, personalized for any child/occasion
Loreto Rosaries, vintage rosaries
These are fairly easy to obtain and the fee is typically less than $50. It’s a form you fill out through your local bishop’s office. They only do them for sacraments and milestone anniversaries, among a few others. You’ll need to get permission and clarification through the diocesan office, but they can make for a beautiful gift! Just make sure you budget several weeks and patience with your diocesan office. Your bishop and the Vatican process many, many requests.
That was a lot of clicks, y’all. Thanks for hanging with me. Hopefully, one will be just what you’re looking for to bring even more joy to the sacramental celebration. I love this season!
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