Confirmation is a sacrament within the Catholic Church that involves boys and girls typically between the ages of 12 and 14, where they are considered by the church to be faithfully mature enough to enter adulthood. A sponsor, picked by the one receiving Confirmation, stands behind the child as they are confirmed into the Catholic Church by a priest. The celebration is usually marked by a party in which the confirmed receives gifts from family and friends. However, for those not familiar with the process, you may wonder what to buy.
Patron Saint Medal
Every candidate for Confirmation must choose a patron saint whom they hold in high regard. The name of the saint is then referred to as their Confirmation name, which is added to their first and second names. A good gift idea is to purchase a medallion necklace with an image of the chosen patron saint. This gift is acceptable for both girl and boy Confirmation recipients.
You may think it sounds boring and unoriginal, but it may be the most suitable gift for this particular occasion. The gift is good if you are a family friend of the confirmed and do not want to buy expensive jewelry. Another popular choice can be a debit gift card. Enclose the gift card or money in a Confirmation-themed greeting card. Anywhere near the range of $25 to $50 is customary for this type of occasion.
Rosary beds are another popular choice, if you want to stay more on the traditional path of Confirmation gift giving. However, you may want to choose a set of rosary beads that stands out in terms of originality. Rosary beads are made in many different kinds of materials, ranging from beads to stones or even silver. Most Catholic gift shops, or on-line stores, have Rosary sets that sometimes come with small Bibles or fancy cases.
Personalized Catholic-themed items make a great gift, as well. Many Catholic shops can engrave plaques or crosses that can be saved or hung on a wall for many years after the teen makes Confirmation. A cross or plaque to hang on the wall can be engraved with the name and date of the service. Crosses and plaques can be purchased in many different materials and forms.
- saint patrick's cathedral image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com