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How much money should you give as communion gift?

By Kim oLeary

It's that time of year again, when hundreds of children across the country make their First Holy Communion and Confirmation with the Catholic Church.

However, for some family members and friends it can be tough to know how much money is appropriate to gift youngsters on their special day.

Taking to local parenting groups and messaging boards, most Dubliners were of the opinion that a cash gift of €50 is appropriate for niece, nephew, godchild or grandchild, and then between €20 and €30 for friend's child or neighbour.

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During the pandemic Irish children received slightly less money for their communion, according to an Ulster Bank survey.

As large gatherings and celebrations were cancelled or scaled down, children who made their communion in 2020 made an average of €588. This was a decrease of €29 from the 2019 of €617.

The number of parents reporting that their child received less than €200 for their Communion jumped from 9% in 2019 to €28% in 2020, and at the other end, proportion of children receiving more than €1,000 fell from 13% to 6%

Meanwhile, some 85% of respondents said their child’s Communion was rescheduled to either later in 2020 or in 2021 due to COVID-19.

Read more: Dublin woman provides free communion dresses to families who can't afford them

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