Bar Mitzvah celebration holds much importance in the life of the Jewish people. They celebrate it with all their relatives and other guests. These guests give various gifts to the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah. If you are among those guests and going to attend such ceremony soon, then you must be confused about the gift you should take along. Selecting gifts are always a difficult task but you can minimize your options by choosing items which are customary for this special occasion.
Here we are suggesting you those customary gifts for Mitzvah ceremony. Some of these can be-
Money– Cash is the most common gift in a bar or bat mitzvah parties. It is generally given in the multiples of $18 as it is the most favorable number in Jewish tradition. They believe that the number 10 and 8 represent life. So if you are comfortable with giving money then you need not think about other options.
Books – Books related to Jewish culture and Judaism are customary gifts on this occasion. Although it is not necessary that bar and bat mitzvah children would appreciate your present but still it is an option for those who are fond of reading. Moreover, the introduction of e-books has devalued these printed books.
Religious Gifts– Various religious items are received by Bar and Bat Mitzvah at their Mitzvah ceremony. Tallit, kippot, tefillin, kiddush cup, candlesticks, tzedekah box are such gifts which symbolizes their beginning of new life.
Special Gifts– Jewelry like necklaces, pendants, rings have always mesmerized women. If you are attending a Bat Mitzvah ceremony this will be a good option and we are sure she will definitely like it. Shabbat candlesticks are also given which are lighted by the woman. She gets this honor and leads the blessing.
Other Gifts– Besides these gifts related to Jewish tradition, you can also go for the common gifts liked by any 12 or 13 year old children like dresses, videogames etc.
Charity – One more noble option can be donating some amount of money to the child’s favorite charity. It will not only please the child himself but will be good contribution towards society. Don’t forget about the importance of number 18.
The above gifts are just suggestions. A person’s imagination holds no bounds so try to be as creative as you can while choosing the gift. Still if you are confused, you can ask the family and friends of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah child. But one thing should be remembered that it is not necessary to spend a lot on these gifts. Always try to be in your budget because it is not the price of the gift that is counted, it is your love and affection that is embedded in it. Whatever your present is it will definitely be a contribution for a wonderful life that beckons the Bar and Bat mitzvah child.