21 Ideas for Your Church’s Christmas Gifts
(plus a few bonus ones!)
Celebrate your people and reinforce the meaning of Christmas—within your church’s budget!
Table of Contents:
- Why should we spend time and money on Christmas gifts for people in our church?
- How Is CTA Supporting Churches This Christmas?
We’re here to talk about church Christmas gift ideas, but before we do, let’s set the scene….
The last carol has been sung, those little white candles are in the trash, the instruments are in their cases, and you’ve shut off all the lights. As you walk out of your church—an exhausting but fruitful season of Advent ministry behind you—here’s what matters:
Will people take the real message of Christmas with them into their everyday lives?
We at CTA create devotionals, journals, gifts, and ornaments so you don’t have to wonder! We design products meant to support your ministry while you’re at church, but just as crucially when people have left because you want people to live as everyday disciples and not just “church service attendees.”
There are no “best practices” when considering whether to spend time and money on Christmas gifts. But before Advent even begins, we recommend you look at your church and ask four questions:
What segment of our church needs encouragement right now?
As you think about your congregation, where is your vitality lagging? A Christmas gift can be part of an overall strategy to show them how much you value them.
Segments of your church to consider:
- Staff members
- Volunteers and volunteer leadership
- Small groups (from their leaders or your Community Pastor)
- People in the hospital
Who are we having trouble reaching right now?
Maybe it feels like you’re having trouble connecting with younger families. Or older adults. Or visitors, who seem to be slipping in for Advent services and slipping out as soon as Christmas is over.
Consider gifts as part of your strategy to deepen their ties to your church.
What scriptural truths do we need people to connect with?
When you’re trying to instill the truth of Christmas in a distracted congregation, sometimes it helps to give them something they can carry with them outside of your church that will remind them of what they received at church.
What event or outreach would benefit from a take-home gift or giveaway to extend the ministry moment?
Whether it’s a Christmas Tea, a children’s concert, an Advent Preparation Series, or a massive community celebration, you want more than a moment of encouragement for people. You’re after a genuine life change.
If you give them a token that will help them remember what they learned, they’ll be able to return to that truth every time they see it.
Because Christmas is such a busy time of year, most Christians struggle to stay focused on God's incredible gift wrapped up in the person of Jesus. We’re sure you’ve found this in your ministry. And maybe you’ve discovered it’s true for you, too, as you wrap gifts for your loved ones, attend shows and parties, and put the finishing touches on your Christmas program.
(What’s that? The shepherd came down with a cold and can’t sing “Away in a Manger”? Again?)
There is so much to do at Christmastime in your ministry. Let CTA shorten the time you have to spend to give fondly received gifts for leaders, visitors, members. Or help you put on a Christmas tea or Advent event for your women's ministry. Or create a complete children's ministry Christmas program. CTA offers affordable, Christ-centered items and free downloadable resources to save you time and money and coordinate your events.
We have 3 new product lines for Christmas this year: All Is Calm All Is Bright, Wrapped in God's Love, and Love Came Down. All is Calm, All is Bright is perfect for leaders, congregation members, visitors, and more. Let our Wrapped in God's Love product line help you in planning your women's ministry Christmas events, and the Love Came Down product line is an endearing theme designed especially for children and offers a free downloadable Christmas service for preschool and elementary children.
Our 2023 Christmas product line All Is Calm, All Is Bright, offers a daily devotional, inspirational card set, and other affordable, meaningful gifts that will remind those in your ministry to be calm in the assurance they are so loved by our Creator, that He sent His Son to save them, and they can delight in the bright hope of salvation. Keep those in your care focused on Jesus this Christmas season.
We have gifts that will help you reinforce this message, and if you choose to feature the theme of All Is Calm, All Is Bright in your services, you can download, for free, themed customizable resources:
- Bulletin cover
- Invitation postcard
- Gift tags
- Theme art in high-res and low-res for your communication director
Download the Digital Resource Pack for free!
Here are 8 gift ideas based around our 2023 Christmas theme, All Is Calm, All Is Bright (and a few bonus ideas, too!)
24 Devotions for Christmas Book – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Help your congregation prepare for Christmas with this new devotion book. Designed to be read one devotion a day throughout the Advent season, this devotion book alternates between Calm and Bright themes and includes journal questions and suggestions for further thought and meditation. You may wish to include a pen with your Devotion book. Purchase the All Is Calm, All Is Bright Devotion & Pen Gift Set that includes the devotion book, matching pen, and is wrapped in a clear bag with a silver bow, ready to hand out. Or check out a second option for an Advent devotion book gift set, A Gift Given. A World Changed.
Pen & Bookmark Gift Set – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Simplify Christmas gifting with this bookmark and pen set, which comes Wrapped & Ready® to give right away. These are great gifts for homebound members, ministry volunteers, and community members. Pair it with the Devotion book for a special gift.
Notepad & Pen Set – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Useful and elegant, this shaped notepad and matching pen are perfect for to-do or grocery lists, encouraging notes, and other quick notes and comes Wrapped & Ready® to hand out. With 50 pages, each containing beautiful Scripture, these notepads will extend the joy of Christmas far past the season!
Ornament of Faith® - All Is Calm, All Is Bright
A customer favorite year after year! This beautiful, pewter-finished ornament shows a star resting over the stable. The Christmas ornament makes a thoughtful and timeless gift for ministry staff, volunteers, and community members. Packaged in a gift box and includes a red ribbon for hanging, these ornaments are ready to give when they arrive, which will help simplify your Christmas gifting. You may want to check out all the Christian Christmas ornaments CTA has to offer!
(If you are using the Love Came Down product line in your children's ministry this year, this ornament is a great way to extend the celebration to the whole congregation!)
Magnet – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
An affordable gift to give to church members and guests, give out at community events, or give or mail to homebound members. With Scripture and beautiful text, they are a tangible, visible reminder of the joy of Jesus’ birth.
Dimensional Christmas Greeting Card – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Brighten someone’s day with this beautiful Christmas card and a mini ornament! More than a card, this gift will delight the recipient and share the joy of Christmas with members, volunteers, shut-ins, nursing home residents, and other community members. Card stands up! Perfect for displaying on a table, shelf, or mantle. Or check out A Gift Given. A World Changed. Dimensional Christmas Card.
Inspirational Card Set & Sleeve – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
These inspirational cards will be a hit with all who receive them! Easy to tuck into a purse or coat pocket, slip into a book, or stuff in a gift basket or Christmas card! Seasonal Bible verses provide daily inspiration on one side, while the other side has prayers and activities to help share the joy of the Christmas season.
Gift Bag & Tag – All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Beautiful, sturdy gift bags make it easy to wrap up Christmas! Includes gift tag & handle.
Women can be especially busy at Christmastime, trying to take care of job responsibilities, getting the kids where they need to be when they need to be, shopping, hosting, food preparation, volunteering at church & school. The list seems endless. Consider refreshing the women in your ministry with an Advent tea, cookie exchange, or Christmas lunch. Below are some ideas on how to gift each women with a little something special, create a lovely place-setting at an advent, and not break the bank. Don't forget to check out the free, downloadable, customizable Wrapped in God's Love resources to tie your event together! Download and print a program or bulletin cover, a placemat, promotional flyer, and art files!
- Wooden Bead Ornament - Wrapped in God's Love
This wooden bead ornament is a fun twist on a gift tag. Add the ornament to a coffee mug or devotional book for a delightful surprise. The recipient will then have a beautiful ornament to use year after year.
Flip Book - Wrapped in God's Love
Help the women in your ministry to incorporate Scripture and reflection into their daily routine.This flip book is the perfect way to do that! With 64 pages of Scripture, words of encouragement, and thoughts for reflection, it is the perfect size to set on a dresser, desk, or shelf so they will see it every day. An easy way to spend a few extra moments in the Word each day during the Christmas season.
Ceramic Mug - Wrapped in God's Love
Your women will love this beautiful daily reminder that God is always with them! This ceramic mug is the perfect way to start or end each day! The Scripture verse on the mug reminds the user that she is wrapped in God’s love. This mug comes in a full-color gift box to simplify your Christmas gifting.
LED Candle - Wrapped in God's Love
This beautiful flameless LED candle is made of paraffin wax with green and red Christmas greenery. The candle makes a lovely holiday centerpiece with the reminder that we are wrapped in God’s love. It would also be a thoughtful hostess gift or a great door prize at Advent or Christmas events!
5.Gift Bag & Tag – Wrapped in God's Love
Delight the women at your event with this beautiful bag with goodies inside. This medium-size gift bag is perfect for holding any of the gifts listed, and each bag comes with a gift tag to personalize.
CTA's Love Came Down product line includes an astonishing amount of coordinated, FREE downloadables! Reduce your stress with this endearing Christmas program for preschool and elementary-age students. The free digital, downloadable packet includes Christmas service outlines, with planning tips, costume ideas, and scripts! Art files for banners, a PowerPoint version of the Love Came Down softcover book, sheet music, & audio files. Add a special touch to your service with this read-aloud video of the book. Plus you can also download the free resource pack with customizable invitations, thank you postcards, coloring page, devotional object lesson, bulletin cover, & more!
We're ready to provide resources for the whole month of December for your children's ministry program by making available to you our Family ADVENTure Digital Event Kit. The kit is a fun way to help the families in your community as they journey through Advent and into Christmas. Check out all it has to offer!
- Softcover Book & FREE Goodie Bag - Love Came Down
This charming book tells the Christmas story in a perfect way for little ones. Children will ask to read this simple, beautiful book all year round! This book comes with a FREE Goodie Bag and is a great way to send the book home with kids.
Foam Snow Globe Nativity Ornament Kit - Love Came Down
The foam snow globe nativity ornament kit is the perfect Sunday school, children’s church, or Advent event activity for all the children in your ministry. Older children can help younger ones put the ornaments together as they share the story of Jesus’ birth. Snow globes can then be hung on Christmas trees. No glue needed!
Activity Book - Love Came Down
Share the message that love came down at Christmas with the children in your community at an Advent service, in a busy bag, children’s message, or children’s church. Perfect for children ages 7-11, this 16-page activity book contains word searches, mazes, and puzzles to delight the children and reinforce the Christmas story.
Build-Your-Own Nativity Pack - Love Came Down
This activity pack includes a stable to download and color, the characters from the Christmas story: shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus! Families will color and construct their stable and add new characters each week. Each character corresponds with a devotion and acts as a reminder of the beautiful Christmas story throughout the Advent season.
5.Plastic Tumbler - Love Came Down
Plastic tumblers make great gifts for Sunday school, children’s messages, or Advent events! Fill them with snacks, stickers, or other goodies, and share a fun reminder that Love Came Down at Christmas.
Gospel Fun Book - Love Came Down
This 16-page activity book includes games, puzzles, and more to explore the Christmas story. Geared for children ages 3- 6. Makes a great Christmas handout during Sunday school or a children’s message!
- Goodie Bags (Set of 12) - Love Came Down
Are you looking for a memorable way to share gifts with the children in your ministry this year? These goodie bags share the message of Christmas and are the perfect size to fill with all kinds of goodies!
These gifts will help remind those in your church and community to take moments amid all the hustle and bustle to stop and enjoy the true reason we celebrate Christmas!