If you have been asked to share in a child’s special Confirmation day, you will most likely want to give them a gift – but what can you give when you don’t want to just hand them money in a card? Here are 20 alternative Confirmation gift ideas that aren’t money, with something to suit every budget.
Don’t miss our best content straight to your inbox! Sign up now and get our FREE newsletters packed with fun ideas and things to do with the kids, family-friendly recipes, expert advice, parenting tips and great competitions.
Tweens and teens will always appreciate cash in a card, but for special occasions it is much more special and memorable to give a physical gift.
We’ve compiled some great ideas to give you inspiration when it comes to shopping for the Confirmation child – and you’ll find these Confirmation gift ideas are definitely well received!
Looking For More?
Are you struggling to think of gift ideas for kids or teens? Try one of these fun experience gifts – all kid-approved!
Creative Confirmation Gift Ideas
A personalised gift that’s just for them gives the child a special memory of their Confirmation day.
Engraved jewellery, personalised team jerseys, monogrammed clothes or accessories, a mug, room decor, and wall art are all good choices. Sites like Etsy, Not On the High Street, Getting Personal, and Prezzy Box all have lots of items to choose from.
You can even personalise a large range of Adidas products, including trainers, clothes and accessories – these would definitely be popular!
My 12 year old, who will make Confirmation this year, is obsessed with doing her room up. Room accessory gifts could include cushions, wall art, a desk and chair, new bedding, personalised decor, or string lights.
We love the colour combo from this tween room by The Creativity Exchange, however it’s a good idea to consult with the Confirmation child before you buy as they may have a favourite colour, theme or idea in mind.
A watch, charm bracelet, cufflinks, necklace or earrings can all make good alternative Confirmation gifts, especially if you are the child’s godparent.
If you’re unsure where to start, check out brands like Pandora, Alex and Ani, and Thomas Sabo which are all very popular.
Give them a voucher for their local cinema so they can enjoy a fun afternoon out with their friends (or with you!).
Ok so we know it’s money, but it is in a different format and they do last a lifetime. My daughter recently won on Prize Bonds that were bought for her when she was born!
Plus, buying Prize Bonds or savings bonds means that they can’t get at the money for a few years, so you are saving for their future.
Adventure Day Out
If they are the adventurous type, an action-packed day out together makes a great Confirmation gift. Ziplining, escape rooms, water sports, wall climbing, trampolining, hiking – there are lots of options available. Even if you don’t want to partake, you could organise a day for the child and their friends. They can create special memories that will last a lifetime.
A few examples for Ireland could include: Boda Borg at Lough Key, Delphi Resort, Croke Park Skyline Tour, a trip to Westport House, Powerscourt Estate, or a trip to go kayaking, wall climbing or other adventure facilities.
Music gifts will always be well received by children of this age. Concert tickets, an iTunes (or similar) voucher, a subscription to a music streaming service, an iPod or good stereo system would all be good options.
Fun Outing / Your Time
The promise of a future fun day out with you to the cinema, for a special lunch, or to visit a fun attraction will appeal to most children.
The build up to their special day can be hectic and sometimes there is an anti-climax in the aftermath. Having something special to look forward to is a bonus.
A book reader, such as a Kindle, makes a great gift for children who love to read. Or for those who already have one, credit towards new books.
If physical books are preferred, find a boxed set of books you think they would enjoy or perhaps gift something you enjoyed at their age.
Creative and Artistic Gifts
If the Confirmation child is artistic, choose some art and craft supplies they may enjoy – canvases, different types of paint, an easel, craft supplies, etc. Alternatively, you could book them a class so they can develop their skills. There are usually classes in pottery, jewellery making, painting, photography, calligraphy, creative writing, sewing, knitting and many more to choose from.
Similarly, if the child in question is musical they may appreciate some one-on-one lessons to develop their skills.
Canvas Print or Painting
If you have a beautiful picture from the Confirmation Day or of the child, you could consider getting a canvas print made from it. Or, if you would prefer to have a gift on the day itself, ask the Mum or Dad for a nice photo of the child with their friends that you could use.
The Confirmation Cake
If you are a confident baker, you could offer to bake and decorate the cake – here are 10 simple homemade Confirmation cakes if you want some inspiration.
If baking is not your forte, let the Confirmation child pick their favourite cake from a local bakery and buy that for them to share and enjoy on the day. You will be a big hit with Mum and Dad too!
Headphones or Speakers
From listening to music to streaming shows online, talking to friends or gaming, good headphones are a must these days for kids of this age.
Prices vary wildly so take advice from experts on what might be the best product depending on your budget.
If the Confirmation child already has good headphones, a bluetooth speaker would be a good alternative.
A voucher for their favourite restaurant or a cool place they haven’t tried yet makes a great gift. They could ask their BFF(s) to join them for a special treat and pay the bill for everyone.
You May Also Enjoy 18 Alternative Bar Mitzvah Gifts That Aren’t Money
From cute cards to notebooks, young teens love stationery. And they will have all those thank you cards to write after their Confirmation Day…!
Super stationery gift ideas for tweens include: journals, novelty items, colouring pencils and books, notepads, sketch books and drawing books, doodle pads, pens, markers and highlighters (especially Sharpies).
Summer Camp Place
With summer just around the corner, the Confirmation child may wish to attend a summer camp with friends. You could offer to book a place in their chosen summer camp as a gift. Check out the best summer camps for teens so you can offer some suggestions.
A voucher for a photo session could be given on the day and the child could visit the studio in their Confirmation outfit, with family or friends at a later date. This will give them a memento to keep forever.
As an alternative, creating a photo book for them is always a thoughtful gift.
Who doesn’t like to receive new clothes? A voucher for the Confirmation child’s favourite clothes shop/site, or clothes with a gift receipt will go down a treat.
From hair accessories to a hair cut, every young teen likes to look their best and have a good hair day.
Hair gift ideas could include:
- Gift set of hair care products
- Treatment at their favourite hair salon or barbers on the morning of their special day
- Hair straighteners, curlers and driers
- Hair accessories
- Style consultant session for new hair style ideas
Game Sets or Sports Equipment
There are some great outdoor game sets and sports equipment available to buy, such as:
- a basketball hoop
- goal net
- football, rugby or GAA gear
- tennis or badminton equipment
- Giant Jenga and garden games
These can not only be used on the day itself, but will give the child many hours of fun into the future.
You May Also Enjoy 11 Alternative Birthday Gift Ideas for Teens that Aren’t Money
Do you have any more clever Confirmation gift ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!