I am needing ideas for cards and gifts for pastors.
By Reba from Pangburn, AR
I would think a pastor would be easy to buy for, because they're usually pretty gracious about gifts. The Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com) sells inexpensive nativities and other ornaments that are Fair Trade certified and made around the world, they have some cute handmade creches and profits go to help feed the hungry. They also sell cards.
Being a PK myself we use to receive cash trees for Christmas. Back then Ministry was not a profitable task. My fathers take home pay was about 250.00 a week with no other allowances. Today one of the pastors makes over a thousand dollars a week. With all that said why don't you bake him something delicious. Never saw a preacher who didn't like to eat. Or if you can't bake a small gift card for him to take his fabulous wife out to dinner. You know behind every successful pastor stands a wonderful wife.
Aside from the gift card or cash idea, which is great, other great ideas would be to take out his car, fill it up with gas and have it detailed. Offer to babysit their kids one evening (if they are smaller) so they can have a night alone. Other things like offering to shovel snow, mow grass, etc. Gifts of service to the pastor, who is always serving others, are always highly appreciated. Source: My husband is an associate pastor and my pastor is our uncle. :)
Hmm, if you know your pastor's food preferences, stock him or her (there are lady pastors these days!) up on basic groceries. Even with pastors being salaried, money is sometimes scarce. Another idea is to give the pastor and spouse, or the pastor's household, a night, weekend or longer, completely "away from it all." And don't call for the entire time, except in the most dire emergency! Pastors and their families live in a sort of pressure-cooker, like parents with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of children. They need and deserve a real break from time to time.
As far as a card, thank-you cards might be appropriate. If nothing strikes your fancy and you're a bit of a poet, why not write your own? The heartfelt sentiment will surely mean more than any store-bought card. And God bless you for thinking to honor your pastor's hard work and sacrifice.
Get them gift cards to their favorite movie house, DVD rental store, restaurant, etc. that encourages family time - which is always scarce.
I think they would appreciate gift cards from a favorite restaurant if its a personal gift. If it is from the entire congregration I would give a give of money and let them use however they want. As far as cards are concerned use a card with an appropriate theme. You can find great ones at Dollar Stores.
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!