20 Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for Christians
With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s time to finish your gift list. But we encourage you not to go overboard. It is easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle – and overspending.
According to a 2023 report, “Every year, an estimated third of American adults go into debt to pay for holiday expenses.”
God wants to be good stewards of our finances. He also wants us to be cheerful givers.
Fortunately, we can be cheerful givers and shower those we love with gifts this time of year while also thinking carefully about how and why we spend money.
If you are looking for budget-friendly gift ideas for fellow believers, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Offer Your Time
One of the most meaningful gifts you can give is your time. Is there a family in your life who is in desperate need of a night out without kids? Offer to babysit. Is there someone who is alone during the holidays? Offer to come over and watch a movie together. Is there someone who is struggling physically? Offer to come help clean or do yard work.
2. Fill Their Freezer
Cook a few extras of your favorite meal. Freeze it in individual containers and give these meals to those who would appreciate a home-cooked meal (college students, shut-ins, elderly, new parents, etc.).
3. Share Your Unique Talents
God has given us all unique talents. Some of us are gifted singers, others are gifted crafters. Use your talents to make personalized gifts for your loved ones.
4. Gift Them Journaling Tools
Encourage them to journal and take notes as they study God’s Word by giving them some journaling tools, such as a journal, pens, and highlighters.
5. Buy Them a New Devotional
Give them a new devotional. Consider giving them a copy of your favorite devotional and write a message on the inside explaining why it’s meaningful to you.
6. Sign Them Up for a Streaming Service
Consider signing them up for an inexpensive streaming service for a month or two. There are several Christian streaming services that they may find encouraging. For example, RightNow Media offers Bible studies and more.
7. Turn Them on to an App
Is there a Christian app or podcast, such as Abide, you use and love? See if you can sign them up for a discounted rate.
8. Write a Letter
One of the most meaningful gifts I received from my father was a letter. He typed up a letter that included his prayers for me and printed it on thick stationery. I’ve kept it all these years.
9. Honor Their Favorite Bible Verse
If you know your friends favorite Bible verse, look for something that includes it. This can be something as simple as a homemade bookmark with the verse or a beautifully illustrated print from Etsy.
10. Celebrate Their Favorite Hymn or Worship Song
If you know your loved one’s favorite worship song, see if you can turn it into a frameable print for them. Look for the sheet music online.
11. Make Them Handmade Ornaments
Spend some time crafting handmade ornaments that you can give to friends and family. These will be cherished for years to come.
12. Create Custom Prayer/Scripture Cards
Using digital tools, word publishing tools or calligraphy, create custom prayer and scripture cards. Use a business card template and fill in your favorite verses and encouraging prayers. Tie them together with a ribbon.
13. Give Them a Calendar with Bible Verses and Prayer Reminders
You can use a calendar making service, such as Shutterfly, to design a calendar. Or you can simply purchase a calendar and go through it making prayer and verse annotations throughout.
14. Bake Some Treats
Spend some time in the kitchen baking homemade treats you can package and give as gifts.
15. Subscribe to a Magazine
Magazines still exist! See if you can find a discounted rate on print or digital magazines for your loved ones.
16. Craft a Prayer or Gratitude Jar
With just a mason jar, paint, and blank cardstock, you can assemble a ready-to-go prayer or gratitude jar.
17. Embrace Their Love Language
Consider your loved one’s love language (words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, gifts, or acts of service). What can you give them that will make them feel loved?
18. Design Something Digital
If you are digital creator, put your skills to use by designing digital gifts, such as videos or photo slideshows.
19. Put Together a Homemade Coupon Book
Think of some “free” coupons for your family member to enjoy through the year. For example:
- A foot massage
- I’ll doing the dishes
- You pick the movie.
20. Host a Christmas Gathering
A final option is to simply open your home for your friends to gather and celebrate. Consider a $5 gift exchange and potluck appetizers to keep it budget-friendly for everyone.