A Bar Mitzvah is an important time in any boy’s life. It’s the time when he becomes a man and accepts his faith and responsibilities as an adult. When boys turn 13, they are a man in the eyes of the Jewish faith. Well, you’re going to attend the ceremony, and of course, you will be going to the after-party. As a distinguished guest to one of these occasions, you’ve got to bring along a gift as well as show up! The only problem is, what type of gift should you get for this type of occasion?
The question can stump even the most seasoned of attendees. However, not to worry. With a mix of traditional and modern gift ideas, we’ve got some good concepts. Of the great ideas listed here, we’re sure you will find at least one that you would like to give!
1. A Gift Card
Not every gift has to be huge and blown out of the water. Sometimes, the best gift is a simple one. A gift card is always going to be useful and allows the recipient to choose something that they know they would like! It takes the burden off of you and is a solid choice. Don’t rule it out!
2. Cash (In Multiples of $18)
Multiples of eighteen dollars is symbolic in the Jewish faith. Eighteen is symbolic of giving chai (life) in Judaism, so cash is often given in this way. What better way to honor the day than with a check or cash made out to $36, $54, $72, $90, $108, and more?
3. Gold Star of David/Chai Pendant
A gold necklace is a nice way to commemorate the occasion. Plus, it’s made out of gold or gold-plated ware– what’s not to love? The Chai Pendant in Hebrew and the gold Star of David are popular selections.
4. An Engraved Copper or Stainless Steel Mug
On these, you can write a message, you can have icons or words engraved– the sky is the limit. Just put their name and the date of their Bar Mitzvah if you like. It’s totally up to you. The best part about choosing this as a gift is that it can be used practically or decoratively, whichever is better.
5. Important Jewish Texts
This is a day about entering into Judaism, so a book or text that is relevant to the faith is a great gift idea. It will help the young man in question learn more about his faith and enrich his knowledge and understanding at the same time.
6. Guidebook to Israel
Getting a guidebook to Israel is a great idea. This gift helps you learn more about Israel and will come in handy if or when the young man ever visits for himself!
Last but not least, a shofar can make a great gift. Mentioned in literature, it both looks really cool and is a neat part of Jewish history and culture to have on you. It looks great displayed anywhere and the right one will come with a guide on how to use it, be certified Kosher, and come with a bag.
Any gift is a great gift when it comes from the heart! However, if you need something more to go on, refer to the list above. Thank you for reading, and have fun at the Bar Mitzvah!