December 3, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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It’s that time of year again when everyone starts hunting for something special for those they love! Should we give practical gifts or something more personal? The options are endless, and it can be overwhelming! So, if you need a little extra inspiration, we’ve got a few gift ideas for different kinds of people you may find yourself shopping for this year.
Those who love to decorate their house with wall art would love some unique seasonal decor. Perhaps you can pick out the perfect Christmas ornament or a decorative piece of wall art. It’s a great way for them to spruce up their home and let them know you notice the things they love. Additionally, looking online at personalized home decor items would add a special touch to the gift. Perhaps make a frame with cherished photos or a pillow with their last name!
For the friend or family member who loves to be thought of, something a little more personal is best! Pick out a shirt, bag, or coffee mug that reminds you of them. There’s always something out there with a saying that’s just right. Jewelry is an excellent alternative for something a little more intimate—try a simple cross pendant or bracelet for someone close to your heart. Whatever it is, make sure you convey the reason why you chose that gift just for them!
If your loved one is a new believer, Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate with them by getting them their own Bible. You could get an easy-to-read translation or a study Bible for someone who loves research, more context, and taking deep dives into more information. One of our top recommendations for an easy-to-read translation is the New International Version (NIV). Additionally, a nice journal or a Bible study to pair with it would equip them to begin their journey of growing closer to God.
Choose a book or devotional for those seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. With many topics to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right one. If you know someone is going through a difficult time, you may want to give them Max Lucado’s book, You Were Made for this Moment. Lucado takes readers through the story of Esther and shows them how God helped Esther through her struggles. Another book recommendation is The Story Changer: How God Rewrites Our Story by Inviting Us into His by David Murray. This book is targeted at helping one discover their purpose and identity in the story God is writing for them.
In recent years, it’s become important to many to shop local and support their favorite small businesses. So, as you’re shopping for your friends and family this year, consider shopping at the Generous Cafe and Bookstore. The store is full of trendy decor items, jewelry, and the best book selections. Not to mention, you can get a delicious treat to enjoy while you check off items on your Christmas shopping list! For hours of operation and more information, please visit CalvaryFTL.org/Generous.