Thoughtful & Practical Gifts for the Ministry
So, you have some friends or family who have decided to volunteer full time and you want to show them some love and appreciation with a practical gift! But what do you get for someone who spends long days going door to door, engaging in public cart witnessing, or special metropolitan witnessing? Don't worry, I've got you covered with this list of useful items that will make their volunteering experience even easier - whether you're looking for a friend, spouse, brother or sister!
1. A Versatile Bag
A sturdy bag is a must-have for any volunteer. It can hold all their essentials like magazines, tracts, and a planner. Plus, it's perfect for carrying snacks and a water bottle (and all the other items noted below!) I like using a backpack since it can hold a ton inside, but my husband likes something with a smaller profile since he likes to keep it simple.
2. Get Organized with a Perpetual Planner
Help your friends keep track of their busy schedule with this handy ministry planner & goal tracker! They can start in any month or year, and jot down their service schedule, daily appointments, to-do lists, and even write down their thoughts and goals for each day, week and month.
These handmade holders are not only practical but also add a touch of personalization. Your friends can keep their contact cards, magazines, and tracts neatly organized and easily accessible.
4. Stay Hydrated with a Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Volunteering full time can be tiring, so it's important to stay well rested and hydrated. A stainless steel water bottle will keep their drinks cold or hot for hours, ensuring they always have a refreshing sip on hand. Click here to see my personal favourite!
5. Leak-Proof Thermos for Hot Beverages
For those chilly mornings or long days, a leak-proof thermos is a game-changer. Your friends can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea while spreading the good word. I personally am not a morning person, so having a good to-go thermos is a major essential! This is the one I got for my hubby >
6. Bring Snacks on the Go with a Reusable Snack Bag
Snacks are essential for keeping energy levels up during volunteering. A reusable snack bag not only helps reduce waste but also adds a fun and eco-friendly touch to their snack game.
7. Always have Tissues nearby
Volunteering can be an emotional journey, and a pack of tissues will come in handy for those heartfelt moments. Your friends can wipe away tears of joy or offer a tissue to someone in need. (Or if you live in Canada like I do, you'll definitely need these in the freezing cold winter months!)
8. Hand Sanitizer for Clean Hands
Keeping hands clean is crucial, especially when interacting with different people throughout the day, or taking transit to your metro shifts. A pocket-sized hand sanitizer will be their best friend, ensuring they stay germ-free and ready to spread positivity. I get mini sized ones at my local dollar store to throw in every bag I own so I'm never without peace of mind!
9. Lip Balm for Soft and Smooth Lips
Braving the elements while volunteering can take a toll on the lips. A moisturizing lip balm will keep their lips soft and smooth, even during the harshest weather conditions. Lately I've been obsessed with these 100% natural lip balms; I have one in every service bag and room in my house!
10. Protect Your Shades with a Snappy Glasses Case
When your friends are not wearing their sunglasses, they need a safe place to keep them. A stylish sunglasses case will protect their shades from scratches and ensure they're always ready to hit the streets in style. I've made some cute ones you can see here!
11. High Quality Pens & Pencils for Taking Notes
Whether it's jotting down important information from a return visit or writing a quick note to a not-at-home, a reliable pen or pencil is a must-have for any volunteer. Help your friends stay prepared with my best selling writing tools here.
12. Sticky Notes for Easy Reminders
Sticky notes are a fun and practical way to leave reminders or mark important pages in magazines or books. Your friends can use them to stay organized and keep track of their progress. You can never have too many sticky notes in fun colours - grab some from your local dollar store or walmart! I also like these ones.
13. Tote Bag to Hold Everything
Finally, a machine washable tote bag to hold all these amazing gifts! Your friends can use it to carry their new items and have everything they need at their fingertips.
So, what do you think?! With these thoughtful and practical gift ideas, you'll surely bring a smile to your friends' faces. They'll appreciate your support and love as they continue their pioneering for years to come. If you have a suggestion on another great item to add to this list, leave a comment below!
Happy gifting, xo -Mandi