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My friend, who's Catholic, is going to a Bar Mitzvah for the 1st time. She wants to know what she can give as a gift. I know money is usually a good gift, but my friend is also going through some especially hard money times. I knew you ladies would have some wonderful ideas, so I offered to post for her. Bring on the great ideas!!
It's been a long time since I went to a Bar Mitzvah, but maybe in today's dayand age, a gift certificate would be nice. Money is always good, but you said that was out. If she knows the celebrant's taste in music, maybe cd or two. Enjoy the hamentaschen. They come in many different flavors of filling. HTH
If you give a gift of money, it is nice to do it in multiples of $18. 18 being a number that means "life". Kids love gift cards too. I don't know what your friend's financial situation is, but it IS the thought that counts. Joanne
She could even do a stationary set, with a nice pen...so the girl could write thank-you's. I think the more lavish gifts are given by the immediate family. I have only been to 2 Bar Mitzvah's and they were both when I was schoolmates with the child celebrating. Since it was a 13 yr old to a 13 yr old gift I gave passes to the movie theater-LOL. However, it IS the thought that counts.
If money or a gift certificate are out, how about a book? Depending on the boy's interests, a good book is a nice gift as well. If she wants to make something, I'm sure that a nice pack of Thank You notes would be appreciated.
One of my older son's favorite gifts was a nice journal with a Mont Blanc pen. Not all boys are writers though. Other things that are nice: books (as Yapha suggested); a donation in his honor to a favorite charity; depending on how well you know this boy, maybe an invititation to dinner at her house or a trip to the beach in the summer with the family or something like that; a pocket knife (although probably not a good gift anymore). Not sure if your friend is a paper crafter - can't really think of much that can be made for a boy besides maybe a nice name frame or framed page with Bar Mitzvah memories (date, place, haftarah portion, invitation, etc).