Confirmation is a milestone for many religions and a memorable moment in a child’s life. In essence, confirmation means that a child has reached the age of reason and is accepting and stepping more fully into that particular life of faith. A ceremony marks the culmination of confirmation and a celebratory gathering involving family and possibly a few close friends provides the opportunity to give a gift. Leah Ingram, author of “The Everything Etiquette Book: A Modern-Day Guide to Good Manners,” states that any gift of religious nature is appropriate, but this guide lists the most acceptable gifts.
Money or savings bonds are considered appropriate confirmation gifts. The authors of “How To Be A Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook ” suggest giving between $20 and $40, and “Catholic Etiquette” encourages you to consider family tradition and how close you are to the child before deciding the amount.
A cross presented to a child is a symbol of a more devoted faith walk. Given in decorative form allows a child to hang it on their wall, dorm room, or door and is portable, providing the chance to gaze on it in remembrance daily. A cross necklace, or other jewelry with a religious theme, is a daily reminder and a visible sign to others of the faith.
Engraved Items such as frames, candles, pen and pencil set are customary. Confirmation is a day to be remembered for a child, and as such, engraving the date and the child’s name on a gift provides extra value. Engraved frames for the purpose of holding snapshots of the event, a pen and pencil set, or even candles are typical.
Bibles are considered a lifetime gift and as such, many bibles honor the confirmation with a page for documenting the date and leaving a thoughtful note. Devotions and other religious books to encourage the child in their faith are also appropriate.