With Christmas just around the corner (44 days, but who’s counting?), it’s time to start thinking about ways we can show our volunteer team how fabulous they are!
Here are 10 ideas that might be useful in your own ministry!
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Volunteer Team
- Redbox Gift Card taped to a pack of microwave popcorn
- Fancy soaps (grab them at Bath and Body Works on Black Friday) — even though this is more of a female gift, men do still wash their hands (hopefully) and they may appreciate a holiday themed scent
- Coffee Mugs — most of your team probably enjoys a hot beverage in the winter time. You can either get a Scripture themed mug at someplace like Dayspring (watch for sales!) or get a generic one and fill with hot chocolate or tea. Here’s the mug I got for the team last year
- Make a magnet with a group picture on it. We made one a few years back and most of the team still has it on the fridge. You can watch for freebie deals at places like Vistaprint, Shutterfly and even Walgreens
- If your budget allows for it, purchase a copy of a Children’s Ministry book that would really benefit your team for everyone. Last year, I picked up the Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know book for my Wednesday night team. Another book that I think would be super helpful for the kidmin team is The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School.
- If your budget is tight, baked goods are almost always a hit!
- If you are crafty, you could make hand warmers or stencil initials onto plain canvas bags.
- Ornaments are a great way to appreciate volunteers and a great way to remember those who have served for multiple years.
- Music CD’s or CD’s from a conference are a great way to show appreciation and help provide further equipping for the job at hand.
- If your budget is next to nothing, you can always write a hand written note. Try to think of something specific to each person to thank them for, whether it’s the way they always think to clean up the snack crumbs or whether they tell the best jokes — make it personal and meaningful to your team members!
More Volunteer Appreciation Stuff to Check Out:
- My Volunteer Appreciation Pinterest Board
- Volunteer Appreciation Posts on Growing Kids Ministry
- Volunteer Appreciation Discussion on CMConnect
- Christmas Gift Discussion on Facebook