The Communion season is upon us and families everywhere will be preparing to celebrate their son’s and daughter’s special day. If you have been asked to share in the day you will most likely want to bring a gift to the communion child. But what are the alternatives to money in a card? Here’s 20 Alternative First Communion Gifts that are not Money, with something to suit every budget.
What child wouldn’t truly love a Communion Pinata filled with their favourite treats, to celebrate their special day.
When buying you can choose from unfilled or filled option, so have the option to fill the pinata yourself, with sweets and treats you know they love.
#2. Movie Fun
Give the communion child 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 boxset.
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Each Unique Angelino Angel will be handmade and comes with a special message for the communion child. These truly make a beautiful gift that the child will have forever.
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#4. Jewellery or Watch
A watch, charm bracelet, chain with cross or a religious medal can be a good alternative present especially if you are a godparent to the communion child. It is always best to consult with other relatives and Mum and Dad before making a purchase of this kind.
#5. Photo Shoot
A Photo Session Voucher could be given on the day and the child could visit the studio in their communion outfit at a later date. This will give them a memento to keep forever.
A Boxed Set of Books is a great gift that children will enjoy for a long time.
#7. Adventure Day Out
If you are the adventurous type, an Adventure Day Out together. A few examples could include: Delphi Resort, Croke Park Skyline Tour, kayaking, wall climbing, Boda Borg at Lough Key, Westport House, Powerscourt, Ballyhass Lakes Adventure Centre, Tayto Park or Zipit, so you get to have fun and create memories together.
Rosary Beads are a traditional present for communion. For something a bit different we love these beautiful amber ones which are available from Amber SOS.
#9. Savings Bond
Ok so we know it’s money but it is in a different format and they do last a lifetime. My 8 year old recently won on prize bonds that were bought for her when she was born!
#10. Foodie Voucher
A voucher for their favourite restaurant or ice-cream shop makes a great gift. They could ask their BFF to join them for a special treat and how grown up they will feel when they can pay the bill.
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#11. Fun Outing
The promise of a future fun day out 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.
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A personalised gift such as a teddy or plaque gives the child a special memory of their day. Bumblebee Creations have some lovely gift ideas. Or you could order a personalised print to remember their special day.
#13. Communion Keepsake
A Communion Keepsake Book or Photo Album can be found in religious shops or large bookstores. The communion child can gather together photos and mementos of their special day in one place and have it to show to friends and family.
Who does not like to receive new clothes? A voucher for their favourite clothes shop or clothes with a gift receipt will go down a treat.
If the party is at home a few of you could club together to get an ice-cream van to come on the day and give each child (and some lucky big children) a cool ice-cream treat. Friends of ours did this last year and all the party guests, young and old, were wowed.
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#16. The Communion Cake
If you are a great baker you could offer to bake and decorate the cake. Or let the communion 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!
If you know how many children will be attending the communion party it would be a lovely idea to buy Communion Party Favour Packs for the communion child and their friends.
#18. Game Sets
There are some great outdoor game sets available to buy eg. Giant Jenga, Goal Net, Tennis or Badminton Set. These will not only be used on the day but will give the communion child many hours of fun into the future.
#19. Communion Balloons
Brighten up the day with Communion balloons. These can be bought from florists or specialist shops or be delivered on the day be some gift companies.
If you have a beautiful picture from the Communion Day you could consider getting a canvas print made from it, maybe one with the communion child and their friends. Or check out Art Nouv who produce beautiful and unique paintings from photographs.
Do you have any clever alternative gift ideas for First Holy Communion? Let us know in the comments box below.