First Communion Gifts
First Communion is an important period in the development of a child's faith. It marks the first time a child receives the Eucharist or body of Christ. This sacrament is celebrated in the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches and occurs between the ages of 7-9. Other Christian faiths recognize a First Communion in a different way, sometimes during infancy or only after Confirmation. Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments in the Catholic church and can only occur after baptism and one’s First Confession or Reconciliation. The preparation for a Holy Communion is as important as the day itself because children begin to learn important Church doctrine, new prayers, and participate in classes and retreats. Parents are also very involved in activities and help their children better understand the maturity and faith required for the Holy Eucharist. As such, Holy Communion is very much a family-oriented process and celebration, yet is a time during which the child begins to take more responsibility for their faith life with a deeper understanding of various teachings and rituals.
Like many religious celebrations, First Communion encompasses many age-old traditions that include certain preparation rituals, the wearing of particular First Communion attire and accessories, and the giving of First Communion gifts and cherished mementos. Celebratory gatherings at church, home, and Catholic schools are incredibly common. At St. Patrick's Guild, we have everything you need to make your child's Holy Communion day special and memorable.
If you are planning a First Communion party or gathering for family and friends, we have plenty of themed and reverent supplies to make it a seamless event.
Of course, no First Communion day would be complete without a beautiful outfit to mark the occasion. Our wide selection of First Communion dresses and veils ensures that you'll find the perfect outfit for your young lady to wear. All of our First Communion dresses come in a variety of sizes and our selection of veils has been hand chosen to complement whichever dress she chooses. Our dresses are available at a variety of price points to satisfy varying budgets. From neckties to lapel pins, we have everything you might need for that young gentleman, too, so shop online today with St. Patrick's Guild for all of your First Communion attire needs! Personalized jewelry for boys or girls can be a nice extra touch and something that can more easily be worn after the big day or tucked away as an easily preserved memento. It is common for Holy Communion jewelry to be passed from generation to generation.
St. Patrick’s Guild’s First Communion gift selection includes bibles and books, plaques, holy medals, religious games, and cards. Not sure about what to get that special child on such a momentous day? The most popular gifts bought in recent years in our stores and online have been our patron saint medals and St. Christopher sports medals for both boys and girls. We have over 100 of the most popular saint names and most sports medals for that special First Communicant in your life. Saint medals are unisex and generally very neutral in design, so they work well for just about any child. If you wish to add that extra touch to your gift of First Communion jewelry, we offer custom engraving on many of our saint medals for only $9.95 with a very reasonable turn-around time! A name, date, or phrase on the back may be just the thing to remind your loved one of this special sacrament every day!
One of the newer types of First Communion gifts you may consider are crafts. We carry a DIY Holy Communion banner and a build-it-yourself First Communion frame. Other crafty choices abound and these types of First Communion gifts provide an opportunity for quality time with the communicant during the sacrament period. Working together on a faith-based project means you have time to talk with the child about their feelings related to the sacrament – excitement and along with apprehension and confusion are all quite normal experiences. The crafts can also be done after the First Communion and, again, provide a unique “break” from it all to debrief and talk about the experience with the child.
A common choice for many is to give a child some sort of cash gift to celebrate their Holy Communion. This can make a great addition to a college fund or savings plan – or just as a way for the child to treat him or herself. If you still want to include a nod to the religious or spiritual importance of Holy Communion, St. Patrick’s Guild carries many affordable token gifts that would be great accompaniment to a cash gift.
St. Patrick’s Guild has been in business since 1949 and we bring this wealth of knowledge to our stock of First Communion supplies and gifts. Contact us with questions about any First Communion product or gift - and happy shopping!