Gift giving can be tough…especially for teenagers! So, how do you find a Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift that is sentimentally important, but still suitable for a young adolescent? Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of creative concepts that satisfy both of these needs.
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We know what you’re thinking – money’s not personal! But it can be meaningful by giving your cash gift in a multiple of 18, the Hebrew number representing “chai” or life.
You can add some creativity to how you present your monetary gift. Putting cash and coins in a cookie box is one fun example. You can also tuck the money in the 18th page of a book, or fill a wallet with gift cards and cash in multiples of $18. The possibilities are endless when you use your imagination!
Also check to see if the child has a Cash Gift Registry on a site like Deposit a Gift.
2. Personalized Gift Cards
Gift cards are always a hit, but how about a gift certificate for something that encourages the young person’s interests? You could give a gift certificate towards cooking classes or guitar lessons. Art supplies aren’t cheap, and a budding Picasso would probably love to get some things from their favorite supply store – same for dancers, musicians, or technology buffs.
There’s a beautiful trend of Bar & Bat Mitzvahs donating some or all of their gifts to charity, or a cause that is meaningful to them. You may not want your entire gift to be in the form of a donation (unless this is requested, it should be up to the child), but you can certainly allocate a portion of your gift for a charitable cause.
Learn about the child’s Mitzvah Project – whether they are volunteering, organizing a charitable drive and/or other initiative – and think about how you can help. If the child is fundraising, consider making a donation to their cause (they may have a fundraising site set up on Deposit a Gift, making it super simple to donate).
4. Gift Pillows
Personalized invitation pillows have everything the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift needs – functionality, style, and sentiment!
Sew Many Gifts makes a beautiful pillow using the original invitation, with fabrics to complement the invitation or child’s room decor. Each pillow is custom and unique.
The Pieced Palette’s fashionable gift pillows are inspired by the child’s invitation, style and vision. They design the keepsake pillow in their ‘craft-couture’ style that incorporates fabric, photos and any other special or meaningful materials.
There are few memories more perfectly consolidated than those in a sign-in board, but they often go to storage closets after the party ends. How about letting The Pieced Palette transform it into a pillow, for the ultimate Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift?
5. Invitation Collage
With so much time and thought put into finding the perfect invitation, what child wouldn’t absolutely love an invitation collage from Carol Colman Collages? The collage captures the spirit of the invitation and brings it to life, showcasing it either by itself or with other memorabilia. Each time the child looks at it, they will connect with the heartfelt memories of their special day.
6. Keepsake Box
A keepsake box is a great way for the child to keep their sentimental mementos safe and organized.
This custom keepsake box from Wooden It Be Lovely is the perfect gift for any occasion! You can personalize it to coordinate with the event theme, and even include a miniature version of the invitation, making it totally unique!
This one from Etsy incorporates the invitation and matches the child’s style and colors.
7. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Certificate
Ashra Designs :: Judaic Art Creations creates beautiful, museum-quality 3D art with these Bar and Bat Mitzvah certificate designs! Each design is filled with meaningful images, symbols and text, and carries a message that the child should remember each day. View more about Bar & Bat Mitzvah certificates.
Other Jewish gifts for the art lover include this Mazal wall hanging by Yair Emanuel.
8. Jewish Jewelry
Jewelry is a heartfelt gift for any occasion, but even more so when it represents something so special. The gift may simply be a gorgeous piece, or it might hold sentimental meaning for the spirituality of the day. Designs such as the hamsa, evil eye, Chai, Star of David, mezuzah, or Shema make for beautiful symbols of the child’s special day.
Alef Bet by Paula sculpts the Shema blessing and other Jewish symbols into necklaces and bracelets, with a relevant beauty for any Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
A wonderful gift idea is a name necklace in Hebrew! These, along with other traditional and modern designs, are available from World of Judaica.
There will be no shortage of photos from the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, which means frames will be a necessity! Jewish-themed frames, like these options from Traditions Jewish Gifts, are thoughtful and appropriate.
The Tallis Lady offers beautiful Talit and Tallis sets that make for a wonderful present for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child.
Also popular are her Tallit Clips…
Available from The Tallis Lady.
…and beautiful Kippot.
Available from The Tallis Lady.
Judaism-themed gifts are great mementos for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs…and the options are endless!
Tzedakah Box, Yad Torah Pointer and Glass Menorah available from Traditions Jewish Gifts.
We hope we’ve inspired you! Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift idea we didn’t think of? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.
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