The most important thing to include in a bat mitzvah speech is a portion of the Torah that resonates deeply with the bat mitzvah. This represents the shared learning that the bat mitzvah has undertaken.
The bat mitzvah ceremony is just one part of the party that occurs during the main celebration of the bat mitzvah's step into womanhood. During the speech, the bat mitzvah should focus on a specific figure in Jewish history who had significant impact on the culture and to discuss how that individual has influenced her own life. Along with this, the bat mitzvah can make an announcement of future plans regarding her mitzvah project; traditionally, this is the first unveiling to her family of these plans.
Bat mitzvah gifts traditionally take the form of books or other educational materials. Monetary gifts are always welcome and are traditionally given in multiples of 18. From the beginning to the end of a bat mitzvah celebration, including the party, the overall tone and focus should be of a spiritual nature. A bat mitzvah ceremony and party can be of any size as long as the focus remains on the importance of the religion and the spirituality that binds every one there together.