Are you searching for a gift for your pastor? Pastor Appreciation Month may have passed but with Christmas coming up soon, here are 37 suggestions that would make great gifts for pastors.
1. A notebook
Notebooks are great for jotting down ideas for sermons, journaling or reflecting on Scripture. You can choose a leather journal with a cross (pictured above), a journaling Bible that allows notes to be written next to the scriptures, a simple journal with numbered pages and a table of contents, a refillable one that's embossed with a Bible verse, or a personalized notebook.
Pastors read — a lot. You can simply ask your pastor what books are on his or her wish list or offer a gift card to a bookstore.
Here are some new and upcoming releases: The Luckiest Man: How a Seventeen-Year Battle with ALS Led Me to Intimacy with God by John R. Paine, Radical Wisdom: A Daily Journey for Leaders by Regi Campbell, Always in God's Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards by Owen Strachan, and Everything to Lose: Doing the Right Thing When the Stakes Are High by Steve Carter.
3. Subscription to audio book service
When pastors are driving, traveling, or exercising, listening to audiobooks could be a better option for them. You can purchase a subscription to an audiobook service, including audible.com or christianaudio.com.
4. Music streaming service
5. Noise canceling headphones
Whether pastors need it to listen to audiobooks or music or to keep from being distracted, noise canceling headphones can be the perfect gift. Here's the bestseller for those on a budget.
6. Bluetooth speaker
If they prefer to listen through a speaker, here are some bluetooth options:
7. Personalized tie
If your pastor is not a techie, one of the most traditional gifts to give would be a tie. But you can make it personal with photos or embroidery.
Personalized tie clips are also a great option.
8. Customized T-shirt
Scrivener is a great tool for a pastor who is an aspiring author (or already is one). The program helps users to organize their notes, research and drafts until they're ready for publishing.
10. C-Pen Reader
This isn't a budget-friendly gift but for those willing to spend more, the C-Pen Reader is a portable, digital device that works as a dictionary and a scanner. Simply move the pen across the text and it will read out the definition or upload a block of text to a PC or Mac — making it easier for pastors to prepare their sermons.
Smartwatches can also serve as a generous gift for pastors. They usually feature fitness sensors, music, bluetooth, GPS, and other apps.
A subscription to Sermonary could help pastors write and prepare their sermons with a bit more ease and in less time.
13. External battery charger
Pastors are usually on call every day to tend to the needs of their congregation. An external battery charger could make for a helpful gift so they are never in a situation where their phone dies.
14. Customized pen
Give your pastor a pen engraved with his or her name or a special message. You can combine it with the aforementioned notebook or it's great as a gift on its own.
15. Clip book light
For all that reading your pastor does, a clip book light would be great to give as a gift.
16. Calendars or planners
While some people use their phones to plan their days or months, many still prefer to write down events on a physical calendar or planner. Your pastor may be one of them.
17. Mugs and travel cups
You can never have too many mugs or travel cups. Dayspring offers ones with inspirational sayings and Scripture references, or you can go for a funny saying.
18. Office decor
Photo frames, plaques and other decor items that reflect biblical messages can be a great option for your pastor whose office needs some personal touches.
Notes, documents, cards and tablets can be conveniently carried around in a padfolio. You can also personalize it with your pastor's name.
With all those books, sermon notes and electronics, pastors may appreciate a briefcase or backpack to carry them in.
21. Gift certificate to restaurants
Find out where your pastor enjoys dining and offer a gift certificate to his or her favorite restaurant.
22. Movie tickets
Give your pastor time to relax with tickets to see a movie with a significant other. If you're feeling generous, add a gift card for popcorn and other movie snacks.
Let your pastor know how much you appreciate him or her with a heartfelt letter or card. Simply expressing your gratitude in words rather than gifts can make a bigger impact.
24. Video presentation
Get creative with a video presentation. Record yourself and others saying thank you and offering words of encouragement and show photos and video clips of events that transpired at your church over the past year.
25. Gift baskets
They may sound old-fashioned but gift baskets are great because you can make them personal. You can fill a basket with all of your pastor's favorite snacks, coffee beans, encouraging notes and other small yet meaningful items.
26. Personalized handkerchief
They may not be as popular among younger folks, but handkerchiefs always come in handy to wipe a brow or a nose.
27. Personalized bookmark
Give your pastor something special to save where he or she left off in a book by getting a bookmark engraved with a scriptural reference.
28. Bible covers
Help your pastor protect his or her Bible with a book cover.
29. Subscription to newspapers
To make sure they stay up-to-date on current events, pastors are constantly reading the news. A subscription to their favorite newspaper (both print and online) would make for a practical and informative gift.
30. Portable coffee maker
If coffee is something your pastor can't live without, a portable coffee maker would be great to give.
31. Coffee shop gift card
An alternative to a portable coffee maker would be a gift card to your pastor's favorite coffee shop.
32. Appreciation party
Throw a party for your pastor complete with food and people. Eating together and sharing stories of gratitude and fun are sure to warm your pastor's heart.
33. Homemade meal
Give your pastor one less thing to worry about in a day by cooking a homemade meal. Good food always speaks to the heart.
Give the gift of time by volunteering to clean the church or serve in some capacity — whether as an usher, an assistant in children's ministry, or in outreach projects.
35. Gas gift card
It's practical and something you know your pastor will use. Help your pastor fill up the gas tank with a gift card.
If your pastor has children, volunteer a few hours to watch them so that he or she can take a break or go out on a date night.
Get more of your congregation together to purchase a prepaid vacation to a place your pastor has never visited. Include hotel reservations, gas cards, and restaurant gift certificates in the all-inclusive package. Don't forget to include your pastor's spouse.