Would you like to send your favorite missionary a Christmas gift but have no idea what to send?
Do shipping costs hold you back from sending actual packages?
Below you will find several ideas to assist you in knowing what to give your favorite missionary for Christmas. But not just for Christmas. This guide can be useful for every occasion!
You will find ideas for gifts that can be given digitally as well as gifts to be mailed. There are ideas for what to buy for children and a small section that instructs you on ideas for what not to send.
Before you mail a gift to a missionary, be sure to check with them ahead of time about any import taxes they may need to pay on shipped items.
The Ultimate Missionary Gift Guide
One more thing to bear in mind, before you ship or order a gift for a missionary is this:
Do not send money or checks. Not only is there a chance that these could be stolen during customs checks, it is never advisable to send cash money at all.
In many countries checks cannot be cashed as in the States so a check would be worthless or cost more to cash it than it is worth.
Due to region codes, before you send DVDs make sure your special missionary is able to watch DVDs on his computer or has an unlocked DVD player.
1. Gift Cards
Check ahead of time with the missionary about whether or not they are able to use iTunes, Pandora, or Amazon Instant Video and MP3s. Some countries are unable to access these online digital services. Even still, if your favorite missionary has a Nook or Kindle, a gift card would be a wonderful blessing to them!
Amazon eGift Card – Generic Icons$100 Visa Gift Card (plus $5.95 Purchase Fee)$50 Visa Gift Card (plus $4.95 Purchase Fee)Google Play Gift Card $15App Store & iTunes Gift Cards Configuration Asin – Email Delivery
Here are my top 20 books for both men and women. Kindle books can be read on any device, even a laptop or desktop! Plus here is a post about my favorite fiction authors, and other books that are great for Christians.
Rees Howells: Intercessor100 Prayers for Your Marriage: Draw Close to Each Other and Closer to GodWomen Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your HomeThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsThe Power of a Praying® WomanThe Power of a Praying® WifeThe Power of a Praying® HusbandThe Power of Praying® for Your Adult ChildrenThe Power of a Praying® ParentThe Power of a Praying® TeenThe Power of a Praying® GrandparentThe Power of a Praying® KidThe Resolution for WomenThe Resolution for MenFervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic PrayerThe Release of the SpiritThe Cost of DiscipleshipOf Whom the World Was Not WorthyA Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy CarmichaelThrough Gates of Splendor
6. The Best Yes
16. The Heavenly Man
3. Magazine Subscriptions
Check ahead of time with the subscription service on shipping details to make sure that shipping wont cost more than the actual subscription, or if they even ship to countries outside the U.S. and Canada. Most do ship magazines to other countries for a very reasonable price and I know that your favorite missionary will look forward to receiving a magazine every month!
Gifts to Ship
Bible Study Materials
Here are some of those ideas and more:
Pigma Micron 01 Fine & 05 Medium Point Bible Study Kit (Set of 6)Accu-Gel Bible Highlighter Study Kit (Set of 6) – 2 SetsDallas Pen Company Tub Higlider Gel B/g/y/o/p 36c Tub Higlider Gel B/g/y/o/p 36c10 Piece Inductive Bible Study Kit + Accu-Gel Bible Highlighter Study Kit (Set of 6)Zebrite Bible Marking Kit (Set of 5 + Ruler)Verse Keeper Book Darts (40 Mixed Colors)
Is your favorite missionary musical or a worship leader? Purchase him or her a new worship CD with accompanying lead sheets.
Burn The ShipsHallelujah Here BelowLook Up ChildThe Best Praise & Worship Songs Ever: Piano, Vocal, GuitarThe Hillsong Worship Collection: Easy Piano by (2011-10-01)Shout to the Lord: The Platinum CollectionUltimate Worship Collection Volume 2Passion – Here For You
Photoshop, Microsoft Office and other similar programs are often of great need to missionaries and yet the price often prevents them from purchasing these very useful programs. Receiving them for Christmas will be a special blessing to them and their ministry!
Pack ingredients for Christmas goodies: Marshmallows, a small jar of corn syrup, chocolate chips, sprinkles, special edition Hershey’s Kisses, Christmas scented Yankee votives, and some special ornaments to make this Christmas a special treat, with some flavors from home.
Does your special missionary enjoy a certain type of food that they cannot get on the field? Consider packing a box with non-perishable ingredients and spices.
Tea / Coffee Lover
Pack a box with various teas or coffees from home. For a coffee lover, you can also include mini jars of Torani syrups or powdered creamers. For tea lovers, include some loose tea and an infuser. Note: to save space, you can empty the powdered creamers and lose tea into Ziplock bags.
Craft or Hobby
Does your special missionary enjoy quilting or fishing? Perhaps they enjoy other hobbies, such as jewelry making, scrapbooking or puzzles. Consider packing a box with hobby supplies. To save space with puzzles, simply empty the puzzle pieces into a large ziplock bag and cut the picture of the puzzle out and include it in package.
Don’t forget children! Ideas for children’s gifts are
Magazines (such as Clubhouse from Focus on the Family)
Play dough (stored in zip lock bags to conserve space)
Glitter glue and more.
Find more Christian-themed gift guides here:
Articles on Christmas
- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.