Best First Communion Gift Ideas
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the source and summit of the Christian life, so the first time a child receives the Eucharist a momentous occasion. Receiving the Blessed Sacrament makes the child a partaker in the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ!
First Communion for children traditionally takes place in the springtime during the Easter season. Usually, at seven or eight years old, First Communicants have reached the age of reason and their First Communion is preceded by their First Reconciliation. At Mass, the First Communicants receive the Eucharist for the first time, marking a milestone in their life of faith and providing them with the grace they need to draw closer to Jesus.
To celebrate such an important day, many families gather with loved ones following Mass, often giving memorable gifts to the First Communicant. But it can be a challenge to find just the right gift that reflects the sacredness of such a special day in a child’s spiritual life.
Below are some gift ideas and helpful tips for selecting a meaningful First Communion gift for your child, grandchild, godchild, niece or nephew, brother or sister, cousin, or friend.
“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.” - Blessed Alan de la Roche
The gift of a rosary for a First Communion will last a lifetime, helping the child to grow spiritually as they ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother and reflect on the life of Jesus. Many great saints have found praying the Rosary to be a great blessing in their spiritual lives, and this great Catholic devotion can help in the formation of saints-to-be!
2. Bible, Missal or Book
“My dear young friends, I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be your compass pointing out the road to follow. By reading it, you will learn to know Christ.” - Benedict XVI
A First Communion Bible equips a child to learn more and grow closer to Our Lord by reading Sacred Scripture. Commemorative Bibles of high quality may become valued keepsakes to someday be passed on to their children and grandchildren. Missals help a child to follow along in the Mass, gaining a deeper understanding of the profound mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Other books, too, enable a child to read about the Blessed Sacrament at their own level.
A necklace, bracelet, or medal serve not only as appropriate accessories for the celebration of a First Communion but will be treasured reminders of their special day. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry specifically designed for a First Communicant or a the medal of a special saint, the gift of jewelry is one that can be enjoyed for years to come as a visible sign of the child’s faith.
A statuette, cross, rosary holder, or plaque is a great way to remind the special child of the precious gift of the Eucharist, even when they are at home. By making their faith visible in their room, they will have a constant reminder of God’s love and a treasured memory of the first time they received the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Gift Set
Can’t pick just one? Why not choose a coordinated set selected to bolster the child’s faith in multiple ways. Sets often contain a missal or prayer book, a rosary, other faith-promoting items, and a wallet or purse to hold them in so the child can bring them all to Mass with them. A thoughtful way to help a child’s faith to grow in many ways, a gift set is sure to be greatly appreciated.
Still can’t decide on a gift? A gift card to Gospa Missions’ store will enable the child to choose a gift that is meaningful and useful to him or her. Perhaps the child already has multiple rosaries and several Bibles, but would like to learn more about the lives of the saints or has wanted a crucifix of their own. All our products are in line with our Catholic faith, so you can trust that the gift will be a blessing and help the child grow in faith.
A child’s First Communion is such a special day not only for the child, but for family and friends as well. Aside from the gift that is the Blessed Sacrament itself, your presence at the celebration, whether it is physically or in prayer, is sure to be the most treasured gift. A gift from you that reflects the momentous spiritual importance of the Sacrament will also be truly meaningful. Regardless of the gift you choose for your loved one, be sure to remember the child in your prayers on the day of their First Communion and in the years ahead!