Children all around the world are preparing to celebrate Confirmation day. If you have been asked to share in the child’s special 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.
#1. Room Accessories
My 12 year old, who will make Confirmation this year, is obsessed with getting her room looking good. Room accessory gifts could include; cushions, wall art, a desk and chair, new bedding and string lights.
Consult with the Confirmation child before you buy, though, for colour schemes, preferences etc.
#2. Movie Fun
Give them a voucher for their local cinema or a DVD rental voucher. Or ask Mum/Dad for some recommendations for their favourite movies, and you could pick up a box set as a Confirmation gift.
#3. Angel Inspired Confirmation Gifts
An angel inspired gift from a doll to a charm makes a truly beautiful gift that they will treasure forever.
A watch, charm bracelet, chain or ear-rings can all make good alternative Confirmation gifts especially if you are the child’s godparent. It is always best to consult with other relatives and Mum and Dad before making a purchase of this kind.
#5. 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 Mum / Dad may have a nice photo of the child with their friends that you could use.
#6. Adventure Day Out
If you are the adventurous type, an Adventure Day Out together makes a good first communion gift. 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. Even if you don’t want to partake you could organise a day for them and their friends. They can create special memories that will last a lifetime.
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.
A Boxed Set of Books is a great gift that children of any age will enjoy for a long time.
Check out our 25 Teen Book Recommendations & 10 of The Coolest Classic Books for Teens to Enjoy for inspiration.
#8. Savings Bond
Ok so we know it’s money, but it is in a different format and they do last a lifetime. My girl recently won on prize bonds that were bought for her when she was born!
And buying prize bonds / savings bonds means that they can’t get at the money for a few years.
#9. Headphones or Speakers
From listening to music, to watching videos online, and talking to their friends while they get on with life, 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
Music gifts will always be well received by children of this age.
Concert tickets, CD’s, a subscription to a music streaming service, iTunes credit, an iPod or good stereo system would all be good alternative Confirmation gifts.
#11. Foodie Voucher
A voucher for their favourite restaurant or ice-cream shop makes a great gift. They could ask their BFF(s) to join them for a special treat and pay the bill for everyone.
#12. Fun Outing / Your Time
The promise of a future fun day out with you to the cinema, for a special lunch, or to visit their favourite attraction or park will appeal to most children.
The build up to their special day can be hectic and sometimes there is an anticlimax in the aftermath. So having something special to look forward to is a bonus.
#13. Personalised Gifts
A personalised gift such as a teddy or a personalised print gives the child a special memory of their Confirmation day.
For sports fans, we love the personalised football from the teen gifts range from Not On The High Street.
Who does not like to receive new clothes? A voucher for the Confirmation child’s favourite clothes shop, 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 good hair days.
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
#16. The Confirmation Cake
If you are a baker you could offer to bake and decorate the cake – here are 10 simple homeade Confirmation cakes that will delight. Or 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!
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 Erasers, Colouring Pencils and Books, Notepads, Drawing Books, Doodle Pads, Stickers, A Good Pen, Markers and Highlighters, especially Sharpies.
#18. 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.
#19. Photo Shoot
A Photo Session Voucher 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.
#20. Game Sets
There are some great outdoor game sets available to buy eg. Giant Jenga, Basketball Hoop, Goal Net, Hula Hoops, Tennis or Badminton Set. These can not only be used on the day, but will give the child many hours of fun into the future.
Do you have any clever alternative Confirmation Gift Ideas? Let us know in the comments box below.