A Sweet First Communion

The GiftMy nephew is getting to that age where it is difficult to find him keepsake gifts, or those special ones that he will always remember and not outgrow. So when his First Communion was coming up, I was stumped. Everyone already called the gifts that were memorable and First Communion specific. I knew I wanted to give him money, but no little boy loves opening up a card with just money inside. It had to be an actual gift. But what?

Thank you Mason Jars for coming to my rescue! I washed and dried one entirely.

Mason Jar

I ran up to b.a. Sweetie Candy Company Inc., my go-to store for all of my gifts, crafts and baking needs. They have every candy you can dream of and for any occasion. They carry a different version of m&m’s called Gems. I found their shades of blue.


And white.

White Gems

I decided to use them as my color story. Taking an empty paper towel roll, I cut it to fit inside of the Mason Jar (toilet paper rolls would work well, too). Consider writing a special message or decorating the paper towel roll to give it an added touch.

I then placed the paper towel roll into the center of the jar.

Paper Towel in Jar

Using the candies, I placed them around the paper towel roll, careful to cover it entirely so the roll would be unseen, and I arranged the Gems in a pattern.

Candy in Jar

I rolled up the money and tied it with a little ribbon.


I placed the money in the center of the paper towel roll, protecting the candy from the money.

Money in the Jar

I added Washi Tape to give a small bit of decor. I originally tried fabric, but didn’t like how it covered the pattern I made with the candy. You can add decor to the top depending on the gifting event (ie. wedding, Christmas, birthday, etc.). You could even personalize m&m’s to make the gift really special. Had I thought of this idea sooner, I absolutely would have!

With the Washi Tape

I loved this idea because it is the best of both worlds: The parents love that it is not just a jar filled with candy and that it is an additional item to go towards their future. And the munchkins love it for the sweets.

My nephew surprised me when he opened the gift and was happy, but set the jar aside. I told him to open up the jar and his reaction upon seeing the money was something I will never forget. He was so excited and shared it with everyone (well, shared what the gift was; he did not share the money).

This gift is so quick to make and is a unique option to gifting money or gift cards.

Happy Crafting!




2 thoughts on “A Sweet First Communion

  1. Made one of these for my grandson for his 1st Communion and he really enjoyed it!

    Thanks for the great idea

    • Hi Rose! So happy to hear you created one for your grandson; too sweet! I’d love to see photos of it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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