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What's the going rate for 1st Communion gifts?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
My 7yo neice is having her first communion on Saturday. I assume I'm supposed to give money? What is an appropriate amount?
post #2 of 24
I bought a cool book that was $20.
post #3 of 24
It doesn't have to be money. The last First Communion I went to, I gave the girl a necklace. It wasn't even a religious one. I remember getting a record with a book for mine.
post #4 of 24
I guess most people do give money but you could also give a religious book, a rosary, a bible, a religious medal, etc. I will admit I feel that religious gifts should be given for baptisms/1st communions/confirmations.

If you want to give money, I would suggest whatever amount you would give for a graduation.
post #5 of 24
Here it's pretty normal to give $50-100 either in cash or as a savings bond.
post #6 of 24
It's a Sacrament, a BIG DEAL! I would give a religious gift, not money.
post #7 of 24
http://www.gifts.com/search/product/...&prodID=331139

I am not Catholic but I went to a first communion and brought the little something like that.
post #8 of 24
My son is getting his first communion this weekend.. what is a mom supposed to give?
post #9 of 24
They sell little pink and blue children's size bibles..
post #10 of 24
I've never heard of money gifts, especially not from immediate family. I'd give a religious gift, like a missal, rosary or something similar.
post #11 of 24
I just bought a Lego rosary on etsy, $20, perfect for my 7 yo boy.
post #12 of 24
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I just bought a Lego rosary on etsy, $20, perfect for my 7 yo boy.
My children got these in their Easter baskets - totally awesome!
post #13 of 24
$50 around here.
post #14 of 24
My son just had his first communion a couple of weeks ago. Most of the cards had a $10 bill in them.

A rosary, a necklace, or any sort of religious symbol or item would also be appropriate.

As to the PP who asked what the parent should get - We got my son a cross tie tack (went back and forth between that and a cross necklace) and a mass and holy communion book that came with a book mark, a rosary, and a pin. We thought about getting him a children's bible but didn't have time to research a really good Catholic one. We just went to our local religious store and found tons of good gift options. We wondered around until we found a few things we liked.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
But wouldn't she get a ton of bibles and rosaries? I got her a gold cross necklace at some point in the past (don't remember what it was for). A charm bracelet would be cute, but now I have to find something in person cuz I'm too late for shipping, and there are no Catholic stores around here that I am aware of.

Hmm, I'll go browsing tonight. Maybe a small gift and $20 in the card?
post #16 of 24
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But wouldn't she get a ton of bibles and rosaries?
You would think, but in my experience it rarely turns out that way. You could always go for something a little more unique (a necklace with a patron saint, for ex.) or include a gift receipt.

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Hmm, I'll go browsing tonight. Maybe a small gift and $20 in the card?
post #17 of 24
Depending on their reading level I have given Chronicles of Narnia books in the past as well:

Pop Up Chronicles of Narnia

Boxed Set
post #18 of 24
When we baptised my 2 kids, they recieved (combined) nearly 1k in cash and savings bonds, 17 religious themed photo frames, 4 bibles, 2 outfits from WM, 2 piggy banks w/ crosses painted on them (???) and 9 crosses that can hang on the wall. Oh, and one of the Christening outfits was a gift, too.

Granted, this was 2 kids at one time, but really, wth is any one family going to do with *17* religious themed (some cross shaped, some square but with scripture imprinted/written on them, etc) photo frames and *9* wall hanging crosses?

We give $50 in cash. It's just easier that way...
post #19 of 24
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there are no Catholic stores around here that I am aware of.
Any Christian store might carry 1st communion stuff. Also try calling your local parish(es). Sometimes they have a small store carrying Catholic gift stuff. This is often true when there isn't a catholic book store in the nearby area.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
I got her this http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3093471/...bo=6017450&P=1 with the matching bracelet.

I'm assuming I don't need to put any money in the card?
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