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Bar Mitzvah Guest - Gift Giving
Getting an invite to a Bar Mitzvah is exciting, but it can also be kind of nerve-wracking if you're not sure what to get the guest of honor. Don't panic -- just take note of these etiquette tips to help you choose the perfect gift.
Give Good Luck
Sometimes cash or a gift card is the easiest way to go -- ensuring that the Bar Mitzvah celebrant will get exactly what he wants. But that doesn't mean you can't still get creative. The Hebrew word for "life" (chai) is also the Hebrew number 18, so monetary gifts in multiples of 18 ($36, $180, etc.) are considered lucky.
Use Your Talent
"You don't have to spend a fortune on a Bar Mitzvah gift," says Guerdy R'jouis-Abraira, owner of Divine Design by Guerdy, an event planning company in Miami Beach. "Give what you can -- and make it something from the heart." A handmade card or an item that shows off a special skill can be more meaningful than the most expensive thing on your host's wish list. Are you known for your homemade brownies? Are you gifted with a paintbrush and canvas? Then use your talent and hold on to your savings!
Ask for Help
Ask around to see if other guests would like to contribute to one big Bar Mitzvah gift. Or, if you're close to the family, you can also ask the parents for advice. For example, if they're getting their son a portable DVD player, consider giving DVDs of his favorite flicks.
Give to Charity
Mark this special occasion by making a donation in the Bar Mitzvah's celebrant's name. Is he a dog lover? Give to the ASPCA. Does he spend most of her free time playing the violin? Write a check to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. (And make the donation in multiples of 18!)
Make It Memorable
Think about giving your host something he will cherish for years to come, such as a special book about his faith or a collection of poems. You could also give him a card stating that a scrapbook of Bar Mitzvah photos and mementos is in the works, and present the book to him when completed.
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