Monday, February 26, 2018

8 Timeless Confirmation Gift Ideas for Boys



The rite of confirmation in the Catholic Church is the final step in the “sacraments of Christian initiation.” There are three sacraments that constitute the initiate’s spiritual formation and maturity to continue on the path of faith. The initial ceremony is baptism, followed by first Communion, and finally confirmation. 

Confirmation takes place during adolescence when a person has developed enough to identify the difference between right and wrong. Where the name was chosen for the child during baptism, he has completed the cycle of childhood by choosing his own name in
confirmation. He acknowledges his responsibility in his own destiny, and he’s admitted as a fully confirmed member into the Catholic Church.

If you are invited to a young man’s confirmation and are wondering what the appropriate gift is for the occasion, in this article you will find some excellent ideas. This is a religious ceremony, and while money or a gift card is always appreciated, some thought might be given to gifts that signify the importance of the sacrament. Perhaps, a small monetary gift could be combined with a more symbolic one. Without any further ado, here are the best confirmation gift ideas for boys:

Patron Saint Medallion



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Since those seeking confirmation choose a patron saint as a model for their own lives, a medal signifying that saint is appropriate. By wearing the medal, the patron saint is always with the confirmed to guide him.
Patron Saint Statue


A small statue, usually with included prayer card, is another remembrance that a young man can always keep close at hand to remind him that he is not alone on his journey. Whether he goes off to college, or immediately into the work force after school, he can place his patron saint statue somewhere within daily view.

Rosary




A symbol of Catholic prayer and reflection, a rosary offers the young man being confirmed a means of focus and guidance at his fingertips. Rosaries aren’t necessary to pray, but the beads of a rosary are meditative. It can be carried compactly in its case in a pocket without creating bulk. 

Holy Bible or Daily Prayer Book




Now that the young man has confirmed his adulthood, it doesn’t mean that his spiritual life will be without challenges. Quite the opposite, in fact. Scripture offers words of wisdom on a sometimes-uncertain road. Likewise, a daily prayer book provides a daily meditation on which to focus.

Crucifix



Distinct from a cross, the crucifix depicts Jesus still on the cross. It is symbolic of the sacrifices He made for mankind’s salvation. A crucifix is an appropriate gift for a boy who’s just been confirmed. It is a symbol of his faith and the sacrifices he may encounter during his life. 

Keepsake Box




A keepsake box provides the young man with a place to keep his religious mementos. It can be as modest or ornate as you choose, but it’s a helpful addition to the top of a dresser.

Personalized Items

Any relevant item that’s personalized the patron saint of the young man’s is appropriate and especially appreciated. It could also include both names. A box that’s personalized with the name(s) and date of confirmation, for instance, adds a thoughtful touch.

Picture Frame



A picture frame that especially commemorates the sacrament of confirmation, along with a picture of the young man and his sponsor provides a steady reminder of his special day. It’s also an assurance that he doesn’t walk alone in his path.


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