Two beautiful girls are celebrating their First Holy Communions very soon. The first is Emma and the second, Alma. They have been learning about the Catholic faith by attending mass. Now they are ready to take the Holy Eucharist in front of all their friends and family. It is a very special day, a perfect day for them to wear these beautiful special dresses to celebrate the occasion. They are wearing ivory dresses that are very long and full with lots of pretty lace detail. The modest puff sleeves are three-quarter length and edged in lace. Emma and Alma have new ivory coloured shoes to wear with their First Communion dresses and Alma’s are even finished with a little pearl button. They have beautiful gold pendant necklaces around their necks and both have opted for ivory headdresses with pretty organza flowers and bows to complete the look.
These girls will look very pretty in their photos.
But of course, these are not girls, they are dolls!
Emma and Alma and all above dolls are Spanish dolls by Paola Reina: gifts for little girls who are celebrating their First Holy Communion.
In Spain somewhere between 73% and 94% (depending on the source of the information) of the population is Roman Catholic. It’s therefore very popular in Spain to buy a doll as a gift and there’s plenty of choice. The leading Spanish doll brands Paola Reina, Vestida de Azul and D’Nenes have a good choice of dolls at a range of prices – which is great when you’re choosing a gift.
What’s particularly great about buying a doll as a gift from a well known brand is clothes and accessories will be available separately for the doll as a change from the Holy Communion dress after the occasion. We’re sure at the beginning the happy recipient will want to reenact their special day with their doll playing their part, and as time passes on they will want other clothes and shoes for their doll so they can engage in other play themes too. Boys celebrate Holy Communion so we have boy dolls as gifts for girls or boys. It’s popular to buy a child with red hair a doll with red hair for example, so we carry a wide range to accommodate skin tones and hair colours. In April every year we’re very well stocked and as the Holy Communion season progresses we gradually sell out so it’s best to buy your gift early and keep it saved ready for the occasion as it will be difficult to find the same choice towards the height of the Summer.
Vestida de Azul dolls are incredibly pretty, well priced and have beautiful dresses. We raised the dolls in the first photograph so that you can see the detail at the bottom of the dresses which is particularly splendid.
Why is a doll a good gift to give a child celebrating their First Holy Communion?
Perhaps you’re trying to decide between a doll and another gift. Here’s why we believe a doll is a fabulous gift to give. Beautiful dolls touch our hearts in a way that objects rarely can.
A very specially selected gift will have the recipient remembering your thoughtfulness for a long time. It’s quite hard to find these dolls on the internet and I’d guess nearly impossible in the shops, therefore people will know you must have unturned a few stones to find this treasure. Children always remember who gave them what!!!
There is much research to support the premise that playing with dolls has a very positive bearing on the development of the imagination, self-esteem and child’s well-being. Healthy foundations for the making of a content adult. This will be important to parents, godparents, grandparents and all those who care for and nurture the child.
My Doll Best Friend stocks lots of positive image and representative child play dolls, and lots of clothes and accessories for the dolls to stimulate the child’s imagination through creative play. Traditionally book tokens, prayer books and jewellery like a cross and chain or rosary beads are given. Whilst these are appropriate to the occasion you might agree they are not exactly engaging presents for a 7 or 8 year old girl!
Checking with the parents would be a good idea as many parents are happy for their child to receive a mixture of religious presents and non-religious ones.
Something that she can play with, that she actually wants will be the gift she will cherish forever.
The beauty about a doll dressed in her very special day celebratory clothing is that the little girl will be able to relive that day as she remembers and recreates it when she plays with her doll. The doll will be her doll best friend when she’s young and a very special keepsake as a reminder of not only her First Communion and many hours of childhood doll play, but also of you.
Our First Holy Communion, Confirmation and bridesmaid gifts will be arriving throughout March, April and May. Keep up to date with what’s in stock by checking here.