One of the most important events in a young girl’s life is the bat mitzvah. It is an event that marks the girl’s transition period from childhood to adulthood as she attains the age of 12. It is also a very important event in the Jewish tradition and the girl being honored always looks forward for quite a number of things. The special day is marked by a celebration with family & friends and there is always music, dancing, food as well as lots of praises and gifts for the girl. If you are invited to a bat mitzvah (מועדון בת מצווה), it is important for you to know some of the appropriate gifts for a bat mitzvah girl. Speaking with her parents or siblings may give you a hint.
Generally, bat mitzvah presents can be categorized into three (commonly referred to as the 3 M’s) i.e.; Money, Meaningful and Much Appreciated
This is one of the best gifts that you will always be right about. If you decide to go for this, always remember that the Jewish tradition has a meaningful number and that is 18. This is because number 18 is of a similar numerical value as the word Chai’ which in Hebrew means life. Therefore the money gifts should always be in divisible by 18 (e.g. $36, $54, —). The category of money also includes gift certificates which should also be 18 multiples. It is advisable to place the money in a card then as you enter the party room,present it (and not at the synagogue).
The Meaningful Gifts
The bat mitzvah is a great celebration of the Jewish childhood and that is why some people may decide to give gifts that have a connection to the event. Among the best options is Judaica and one can get good candle sticks for the mitzvah girl. If there is a festival close by, going for a judaica related to it for instance Machzorim prayer book or Menorah (for Chanukah time) is good. Jewelry is also among the great gifts that the girl will find very meaningful and good examples are Panels and Key chains.
The Much Appreciated gifts
Some people may decide to be accompanied by a funny person that will greatly be appreciated by the bat mitzvah girl. Going for games such as electronic, camping gear, computer, sports gear or any other hobby related gift for the child is advisable. Enclosing an exchange receipt is always a good idea.