So, I am traveling abroad from my home country and will have the opportunity to visit some really cool, super old churches and cathedrals in Europe. I would like to bring a gift back home for a friend who is a Catholic, and I was thinking of bringing something related to the church like a rosary, etc. since I will be so close to so many important historical sites of this organization that's important to their life. I've read that when people get things like that ("sacramentals"?) they often have them blessed (?) and I think that would be something cool to have done in one of the medieval/Renaissance churches I'll visit, it would make it a more unique gift.
I have access to translation tools/know enough Spanish and Italian to physically ask a priest to, but is there like a proper way to approach him or an appropriate time? Should I specify that it's not going to be mine, but a gift? Would he care that I am not religious? And for my friend, are there any steps I would need to take to avoid delegitimizing the blessing in their eyes (not touching item directly afterwards, not taking an active role in the blessing and asking a nearby Catholic to deal with it for me, etc.)? Thanks