What is a meaningful gift for a bar/bat mitzvah?
If possible, ask the bar or bat mitzvah and his/her parents what might be an appropriate, useful, or valued gift. Here are several present possibilities (categories and specific items):
-Harvey Fields, A Torah Commentary for Our Times, UAHC Press
Classical Jewish Literature
-Barry Holtz (editor), Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, Simon & Schuster
Jewish Religious Practice
-Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath, FSG Classics
Jewish History & Culture
-Bryan Schwartz (Author), Jay Sand (Contributor), Sandy Carter (Contributor), Scattered Among The Nations, Weldon Owen
-Leah Koenig, Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen, Chronicle Books
-William Novack and Moshe Waldoks (editors), The Big Book of Jewish Humor, William Morrow Paperbacks
Jewish Sacred Objects (see, for example, Fair Trade Judaica):
-Havdalah Candle Holder
-Kiddush Cup (used to sanctify Sabbath and holiday meals)
Jewish Works of Art (see, for example, Fair Trade Judaica)
Gift Certificates ($18 or multiples of it is a common amount as it equals the Hebrew word for “life,” chai) or charitable donations (this could be related to the bar/bat “mitzvah” project).