Gift Ideas and Buying Tips for Bar Mitzvah / Bat MitzvahGifts are usually given to a bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs as they celebrate their entrance into adulthood. The gifts are given at the reception after the main religious service and may vary widely. Friends of the bar or bat mitzvah shouldn’t have a hard time picking their gifts but for parents and other older guests, they surely need some suggestions to help them choose an ideal gift.
Before, the most common gifts for this celebration include a pen set, gift certificates or a savings bond. The bond, to be used for the child’s college education, usually comes in multiples of $18 as the number is said to be favorable in the tradition of the Jewish people. The number 18 is known as gimatria similar to the Hebrew word meaning “life.”
Today, guest invited to a bar or bat mitzvah can give whatever gift they want. Gifts with Jewish themes such as books and religious items would be nice especially if you wish the child to be aware of his Jewish lineage. However, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a rabbi or perhaps, the celebrant’s parents if you wish to give gifts related to the Jewish tradition to guide the child in his learning process.
Some ideal gifts that reflect the Jewish tradition include Shabbat candles, a Kiddush cup, a sidur or talit (prayer shawl). If you’re planning to get one of these, be sure to check first with the celebrant’s family to avoid duplication.
Non-traditional gifts are most welcome as well. Find items that a 13-year-old boy or 12-year-old girl would like to use or have. Ask from the child’s parents or friends about the interests of the celebrant to get a good idea. A good tip is to buy something useful and lasting so you will be well remembered.
For girls, stuffed toys, a set of hair brush, comb and mirror, a nice-looking shirt, school bag, pendant or bracelet, room decorations or a set of school supplies are great gifts. For boys, guests can buy music on CD, book, software, tool box, pendant, electronics or sports-related items will do.
Personalized gift items are also best. There are lots of products to choose from these days such as mugs, shirts, key holders, decorative plates, magazines or organizers with the name of the celebrant or even his picture on it.
Guests who may be confused as to what to buy can avoid the stress of searching for an ideal item by just giving money instead. This will be well appreciated and will actually give the celebrant the opportunity to buy what he or she really wants.
For a bar or bat mitzvah that will involve a donation to charity, gifts may also be brought by the honorees. The gifts will depend on the type of charitable organization chosen by the celebrant.
There are so many unique gift ideas available today if you search through the internet. But more than the gift, it’s the thought and sincerity in giving that matters most. When a child feels that you care for him or her, your gift will truly be appreciated and treasured.
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