Practical Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones
Practical Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Are you done with your Christmas list? There are a couple of days before Christmas and many of us are still trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for our loved ones that they may actually need or like. We tend to spend long hours of contemplating or thinking of what we should get for our relatives and friends during this season. But, if you change your perspective about gift-giving — there are many ways to show your love and care to the recipient of your gift this Christmas . So, here are some practical gift ideas for your loved ones.
A meaningful letter or greeting cards.
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” – Ephesians 1:15-17
Touch your loved one’s heart during this season and send cards to them. Express how you feel about them and tell them that they are included in your prayers always. “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:2. Write a meaning letter to them using some uplifting and encouraging verses. Thus, you can also show your appreciation to your pastor’s ministry by giving him a simple note with these verses: “As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.” – 2 Corinthians 9:13-14.
Something that can ignite their faith.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17
As an ambassador of Christ, we have a responsibility to spread His Word through our lives and actions. So, giving your relatives, friends and co-worker some things that may ignite their faith is a great idea to share the Word of God to them. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20. Give them faith-filled gifts such as Scripture arts, sticky prayers note set, mug with Bible verses, the Bible, a devotional book or 2020 Calendars with God’s Promises. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Give them something you made.
“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.” – Exodus 35:35
Use God’s given talent/gift to you and make something special for your relatives, friends and co-workers such as a personalized photo frame, homemade candles, a knitted blanket or put together a care basket for them. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23. Let your creativity flow and wrap your gift with love. Thus, you can also cook or bake their favorite pastry or cookies. Ask your spouse to help you put up Christmas baskets or presents or let your kids get involved in the kitchen while you bake or cook. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalm 90:17.
Your love, attention and time.
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14
Lastly, there is nothing compared to the love, attention and time that you can give to your loved ones. So, this Christmas is the best day to show your love and affection to them.“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12. Spend quality time with your family at home, share a meal together, have a game night, pray together and enjoy each other’s company. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10. You can also give them clutter free gifts such as movie tickets for the whole family, out of town trips, a day at the amusement park with them or treat them to their favorite restaurant. “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” – Acts 10:2
Remember, giving gifts doesn’t have to be luxurious or extravagant — it is the thought that matters. And, the most important thing is your good and kind intentions to the recipient. Thus, let’s not forget the true essence of Christmas and give thanks to God for giving Jesus to mankind. So, gather your family, pray together and reflect upon the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:11-14