If you are searching for a Catholic First Communion gift for a special child in your life, you have a great opportunity to impact that child’s faith journey. A perfect First Communion gift will commemorate the very special occasion, help the child practice his or her faith, serve as reminders of the Catholic faith in the child’s daily life, or educate the child about Catholicism. I have put together a list of gift ideas that serve these purposes and will surely be cherished by girls and boys receiving their First Communion.
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First Communion Gifts for Boys or Girls
The following First Communion gift ideas will work for either a boy or a girl. In some cases, I have identified more feminine or masculine versions of the gift ideas to help you find just the right one for your First Communion gift.
This Bread of Life T-shirt is perfect for a boy or girl to change into after the First Communion Mass and to wear afterward as a reminder of the special Sacrament. It can be personalized with the child’s First Communion date. This might also be a fun option for a First Communion class to order as a group.
Personalized First Communion Bookmark
A personalized bookmark is a thoughtful, practical First Communion gift. This personalized bookmark is made of stainless steel with the child’s name and First Communion date on one side. You can also have a special message engraved on the other side. You might pair it with a Bible or a Catholic book for kids to complete the gift.
Every Catholic child needs a rosary! Introduce your special child to the Holy Rosary and gift a rosary of his or her very own. This rosary is perfect for boys, while this rosary is more feminine for girls.
Instead of a rosary, you could gift the child a rosary bracelet for First Communion. Wearing a decade of the rosary around the wrist means the child will be able to pray the rosary wherever he or she may be. Try this rosary bracelet for girls or this rosary bracelet for boys.
First Communion Wall Hanging
A wall hanging made just for the child receiving First Communion will serve as a daily reminder of the special Sacrament. I found a beautiful First Communion wall hanging on Etsy that uses The Christian Alphabet™ letter art to spell out the child’s name. It also includes the First Communion date and a verse from the Gospel of John. (Just request to the seller that “any one” be changed to “anyone” to be grammatically correct. That would really bother me!)
A wonderful First Communion gift would be a Bible that’s personalized with the child’s name. An Etsy seller does these amazing custom painted Bibles that she will create especially for you with any design and wording you want. They look just stunning! If you prefer a more traditional route, try the “The Catholic Children’s First Bible” with the child’s name and birthdate or First Communion date stamped on the outside.
Do your kids love hanging Christmas ornaments as much as mine do? Each Christmas, your special child can remember his or her First Communion if you gift a Christmas tree ornament. This First Communion ornament is a classy option for either a boy or a girl.
First Communion Keepsake Box
Give the child a place to keep all their First Communion cards and mementos with this beautiful wooden keepsake box. The child’s name and First Communion date are engraved on the outside, along with an inspirational message about trusting in the Lord.
Give the child a place to write down prayers and conversations with God by gifting a prayer journal for First Communion. The Prayer Map books are wonderful because they give the kids prompts about how to pray. Spending time in prayer on their own may be a relatively new thing for them, so it’s nice to have some guidance and structure. You can order The Prayer Map for Girls or The Prayer Map for Boys on Amazon.
There will surely be lots of beautiful photos taken for First Communion that could be proudly displayed in a personalized photo frame. This wooden First Communion frame available on Etsy can be engraved with the child’s name and First Communion date.
First Communion Bowl
This stunning ceramic bowl is engraved with “Whoever eats this bread shall live forever,” along with the child’s name, First Communion date, and a small cross in your choice of color. It is a beautiful keepsake for either a boy or a girl. The child might display it on a dresser or use it to keep their rosary, small jewelry, or loose change inside.
Saint Prayer Pillow
Does the child have a saint that is special to him or her? This saint prayer pillow would make a lovely personalized First Communion gift. The pillow has a picture of the saint and a request to pray for the child. You could choose a saint who is the patron of something related to the child, or maybe a saint who shares the child’s first or middle name. St. Mary is always a wonderful choice! The seller also provides the option of adding the Hail Mary or Our Father prayer to the back of the pillow.
First Communion Jewelry
As your First Communion gift, consider giving a piece of special jewelry that will serve as a reminder of your child’s faith and her special day. You could also gift the jewelry in advance of the First Communion, and she could wear as she receives the Sacrament.
This elegant Swarovski stretch bracelet is made with pearls and clear crystals to perfectly complement a First Communion dress. It is accented by a small crystal cross.
Holy Trinity Necklace
I found this symbolic necklace on Etsy. Its three circles each represent one person of the Holy Trinity. The circles are accompanied by a small disc with the child’s first initial. The packaging includes a thoughtful message perfect for First Communion: “May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you always.”
First Communion Charm Necklace
This simple First Communion necklace includes a heart charm and a disc with the child’s first initial. It is boxed with a message that reads, “First Holy Communion,” on the top, and on the bottom, “May God bless you today and always.” You can choose from sterling silver or gold vermeil for this necklace.
Personalized Cuff Bracelet
Your child will surely appreciate the unique, thoughtful gift of a personalized cuff bracelet. Customize this cuff bracelet with the child’s first name and your choice of stamp, such as a cross, dove, or heart. On the inside you can engrave the date of the First Communion. The Etsy seller offers other bracelets that would also be perfect First Communion gifts.
Crucifix with tag
This piece of jewelry would also make a great First Communion gift for a boy. It is a long chain with a cross on which hang a crucifix and engraved tag. On the tag, you can have the child’s first name and First Communion date hand-stamped.
I discovered these dainty cross earrings on Etsy. They are just the right size for a young girl and would complement any First Communion dress beautifully. The message on the earring card reads, “May this holy occasion bring with it lots of joy and happy memories. God bless you!”
Catholic Books for Kids
A book to help the child continue to engage with his or her Catholic faith makes a great stand-alone or add-on First Communion gift.
Dear Pope Francis
This award-winning book contains Pope Francis’ answers to thirty letters written by children from different countries. Each letter is accompanied by a picture drawn by the child. The book contains many uplifting messages from the Holy Father, including, “I feel great hope because every child is our hope for the future of humanity.” I love that this book shows the pope’s humanity, teaches the child important lessons, and shows the child that there are Catholics all over the world!
Receiving Jesus for Little Ones
Receiving Jesus for Little Ones brings children deep into the mystery of the Eucharist. Through warm illustrations, quotations from saints, and inspirational text, children are encouraged to prayerfully consider what it means to receive Jesus through their First Communion and every communion after.
Loyola Kids Book of Saints
This book introduces children to an important part of their Catholic faith – the canonized saints. It is not a colorful picture book, but it is jam-packed with engaging stories about the lives of more than sixty saints, written in language that is accessible for kids. Perhaps a child will learn about his or her future Confirmation saint or favorite intercessor from this First Communion gift!
The Catholic Children’s Prayer Book
I think I have found the quintessential book of Catholic prayers for kids in The Catholic Children’s Prayer Book. It includes Mass prayers, Rosary prayers, and everyday prayers — a comprehensive foundation for a strong Catholic prayer life.
131 FUN-damental Facts for Catholic Kids
This Catholic Q&A book provides an engaging introduction to a huge variety of aspects of the Catholic faith, from things they see or experience at Mass to symbols, sacraments, and beyond. Reading this book, children will have questions answered and learn fun facts they can share with others.
I don’t know about you, but I am excited about all the possible First Communion gifts on this list. I am not sure how I will choose what to give my daughter! Do you have any other recommendations?
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