Christmas Gifts That Aren’t Cheese

Youth Specialties
November 10th, 2010

Anybody else have a tradition of buying Christmas gifts for the students in your ministry during the Christmas season?  That can be a huge and daunting task!  What to get?  You don’t want to get them something cheesy!

Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking.

After a big youth ministry conference, my wife noticed a bunch of leftover handmade bags that were given out to the conference attendees at the beginning of the event.  She asked a lady at the store if we could purchase them for a reduced price.  We were told that they would sell them to us for $5 a piece – exactly what we had budgeted for each student!  The bags were such a big hit with the students that we ended up doing the same thing the next year.  Not only a great gift for the students, but the bags were also supporting a ministry overseas that gave ladies a job in the slums of a third world country overseas.  Win – win! 

Another idea is to give them something that celebrates your ministry as the family that it is.  One year we blew up our best pictures of students, had them placed on a hard backboard, and placed them on the walls all over the youth room.  At the end of the year, we wrapped them up and gave them to the students along with a DVD of all our student ministry videos from the year. 

Music can be a great gift, too.  Why not “gift” everyone in your youth group four or five songs that are meaningful to you as a group?  This is easy to do through iTunes and/or Amazon music.  Maybe two or three of your group’s favorite worship songs from the retreat, the theme song from camp, and/or that funny cover song you did for that last dramatic sketch.  Be creative.

There are some of my ideas, but how about you?  If you purchase gifts during the Christmas season, what do you get for your students?  Let us know in the comments below. 

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