Giving Gifts that Matter: A Meaningful Christmas Gift Guide

I sit by the fireplace, sparks crackling as I sip on tea and cut up another gangly piece of wrapping paper.

Glancing at the pile of to-be-wrapped gifts, I see sweaters, gift cards, lotions, soaps, and more.

Gifts. Things. Things that will be torn open, said thank you for, and likely forgotten about, expired, or used up by next year.

Forgotten. Used up. Expired.

Ever feel forgotten? Ever feel expired? Ever feel like people welcome you with zeal and as time passes, treat you like just another ordinary thing? Do you ever do that to others? To the things you buy? The things you're gifted.

What if we could give gifts that do more than sit on a shelf? That last longer than a few months? That hold weight in light of eternity? That bring about transformation?

This holiday season, I've set out to find gifts that make an eternal difference in the heart of the receiver.

The immediate answer I came up with is this:

The most meaningful gifts aren't the kind you wrap at all. They're the kind that wrap you up in love.

Who can I embrace this Christmas season? Who can I be a gift to? Who can I cherish? Welcome in? Hug? Invite? Spent time with? Lend a hand to?

The most meaningful gift we can give isn't a gift at all. The most meaningful gift we can give is ourselves–giving our life, pouring out extra time just because, sharing laughter, lending our faith to the one who has none.

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We become the ground breakers, kingdom builders, and world changers when we let ourselves the be the wrapping that's cut into and that covers precious beating hearts in joy and hope and merry love.

We become the ground breakers, kingdom builders, and world changers when we let ourselves the be the wrapping that's cut into and that covers precious beating hearts in joy and hope and merry love. Click To Tweet

We've become accustomed to believing we deserve great gifts.

The fire crackles, embers burn before my burning eyes.

Maybe it's only when we understand what we actually deserve that we can give the best gift to the undeserving. 

Because I've heard it said that the first Christmas was an indictment before it was a blessing.

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Indictment: a thing that serves to illustrate that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned.

We were in such a bad situation–so condemned to death by our sin–that the God of the universe wrapped Himself in human skin to become the greatest gift. He came wrapped up in swaddling clothes, left wrapped up in bloody rags, all to wrap us up in abundant love, cover us in righteousness, and give us the gift we don't deserve: mercy.

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Maybe that's the secret. Maybe that's the depth. Maybe we mimic the babe Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger when we first let Him wrap us up and then wrap up this world in love. Maybe when we learn to see the gravity of just what we deserved–and just what we've been spared–that we can see the undeserving and spare a moment of our time, our patience, and our love.

So, that's the most meaningful gift we can give. And I hope, and I pray, before giving anything listed in the meaningful gift guide below, we first give ourselves away.

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I did promise I'd give a gift guide, though. So, I've spent the last few weeks compiling ideas of meaningful, impactful, life changing gifts you can give this holiday season. Many of these I've used myself and have personally been impacted by, or have given as gifts and seen the impact they've had on friends and family

1. Delight: A Walk Through The Psalms

If you're looking for something affordable and awesome, consider getting a Bible Study book for a friend.

This is a study by my friend, Kristin Schmucker, and is a great resource to give anyone who is wanting to dig deeper into the Word on both a personal and practical level! I highly suggest this one for the girls in your life.

Order it here: Delight: A Walk Through the Psalms

 

2. Prayer Journal

I love this prayer journal because it is so intentional. It guides you through your prayer and reflections daily, making each and every quiet time less distracted and far more fruitful.

This is great for those friends in your life that may be going through something difficult or that are often hard to buy for. Everyone needs prayer and journaling is such a great thing to get in the habit of!

At $24, this is also an affordable, meaningful gift that will last someone many months into the New Year!

Get it here: Daily Grace Prayer Journal

Prayer Journal Prayer Journal Inside

 

3. Daily Grace Planner

This planner has changed my life because it's the perfect balance of prayer and plans. It's not too detailed and doesn't require too much work yet offers a solid daily structure balanced with a challenge to reflect and pray short prayers in the middle of the ordinary day. The to-do list style planner is practical and helpful for an organized scatter brain like me (it's complicated). And the space to write prayers originally felt a little foreign to me but I've fallen in love with that piece because it constantly reminds me to pray but also because I love to look back at older prayers from days a few months ago and see how things have changed and where I've seen God move. This planner is a must for any organized scatter brains longing to spend more time with Jesus out there 😉

Get it here: Daily Grace Planner

Daily Grace Planner

4. Cultivate book and Write the Word journals

This book has been such a blessing during one of the busiest seasons of my life. It's not just a reminder to slow down and live with intentionality but instead, through the beautifully crafted words penned by my friend, Lara Casey, it actually shows you HOW to do just that–it's a guide to cultivating a more intentional life in the small things, in the crazy and the chaos, in the mundane and all the moments in between. It's loaded with practical application and soul-scrubbing wisdom.

The Write the Word journals are some of my favorite journals to use for quiet time. Each one has a different goal and the purpose is to first write the Scripture for the verse provided each day and then on the other half of the paper, write out your prayers, fears, worries, reflections, notes, and more. It's an intentional way to grow in Scripture memorization as well as a guided way to get into the Word a little bit each and every day.

The Powersheets Intentional Goal planner helps one put cultivating an intentional life to paper to develop a game plan and then make it a reality.

These resources would be a good one for the busy ones in your life–the new mamas, the rockin' business owners, the ministry leaders, and more.

To grab one for a friend, just click the photos below.


Write the Word Journals
2018 PowerSheets Collection

 

5. COLLEGE: Real and Relatable Devotionals For College Girls

I wrote this devotional the year after I graduated college myself because I didn't want to forget any of the experiences I had just walked through and learned so much from. This devotional is written specifically for girls in college and can be great for both group study or individual study as there are discussion questions and reflection questions in each entry.

It's meant to accommodate a busy college student's schedule, offering just one solid devotional per week so that it can work well for weekly group meetings.

Get it here: College Devotional

College: Real and Relatable Devotionals for Every College Girl

College: Real and Relatable Devotionals for Every College Girl

 

6. Your Brokenness is Welcome Here™ Apparel

Nearly three years ago, I coined this little phrase as the tagline of my blog. Inspired by Mark 2:17, where Jesus sets the example of what it means to be the church, it has served as the driving force behind all that I do. In this verse, He showed us that the church is meant to be like a physician for the sick and broken…not a club for the righteous. Yet so often, people who love Jesus are seen as religious, judgmental, uptight and exclusive.

This shirt is meant to share a message that is radically different from the stereotype the world puts on Christians…AND the true message and hope of Christ.

It's not only meant to serve as a reminder that YOUR brokenness is welcome here but also to serve as a tool and an opportunity to invite OTHERS into the Kingdom, too. I hope that it starts many conversations and opportunities to share the Gospel wherever you wear it.

Get it here: YBIWH Apparel

Your Brokenness is Welcome Here Sweatshirt

Your Brokenness is Welcome Here Sweatshirt

YBIWH Hat

 

7. Single Column Journaling Bible

Nearly three years ago, I coined this little phrase as the tagline of my blog. Inspired by Mark 2:17, where Jesus sets the example of what it means to be the church, it has served as the driving force behind all that I do. In this verse, He showed us that the church is meant to be like a physician for the sick and broken…not a club for the righteous. Yet so often, people who love Jesus are seen as religious, judgmental, uptight and exclusive.

This shirt is meant to share a message that is radically different from the stereotype the world puts on Christians…AND the true message and hope of Christ.

It's not only meant to serve as a reminder that YOUR brokenness is welcome here but also to serve as a tool and an opportunity to invite OTHERS into the Kingdom, too. I hope that it starts many conversations and opportunities to share the Gospel wherever you wear it.

Get it here: Single Column Journaling Bible

 

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

Single Column Journaling Bible

8. Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to Be Noticed

This is one of my favorite reads from 2017. Sara is a true gem and this book is the sweetest combination of conviction and comfort.

If you feel unseen, unappreciated, or unproductive and/or purposeless, this book will change your life. It also makes a great gift for friends of ours in seasons that can be exhausting and where a woman often feels unappreciated or “unseen” (ie. early motherhood, entry level jobs, etc.).

Get it here: Unseen by Sara Hagerty

Unseen Book

9. Daily Grace Scripture Memory Journal

This is my favorite way to memorize Scripture for a couple of reasons. The first is that it's simple and small yet sits on my desk where I see it every single day so that I cannot forget to study the verse I'm on. The second reason is because unlike many Scripture memorization tools (ie. Scripture memory cards), this one helps me memorize so much more because it requires that I write down the verse. It's been scientifically proven that writing AND reading something helps memorization and I've found that to be true when it comes to memorizing Scripture.

If you know anyone who is trying to learn more Scripture and/or memorize it, this would be an awesome, impactful gift for them. Plus, it's only $12!

Get it here: Daily Grace Scripture Memory Journal

Daily Grace Scripture Memory Journal

Daily Grace Scripture Memory Journal

 

10. NaviDating: His and Hers Dating Devotionals

Last summer, my husband and I released His and Hers dating devotionals because we felt that there were very little resources for Godly dating. While this can certainly serve as a marriage prep resource, it was designed to also serve the new couple that are wanting some guidance and practical help when it comes to establishing their relationship on God and His Truth from the very beginning. These are 15 day studies that are written so that you can go through it with a significant other (the topics and study questions of both the guys and girls daily devotional match in the booklets) but they can also be done individually if you are not dating someone currently.

I wrote the girls booklet and my husband wrote the guys booklet. Together, we provided helpful Scripture and crafted study/discussion questions to help you either prepare for dating or honor God in your current dating relationship.

If you know any young couples or individuals looking for more Christian dating resources, this is the gift to give them!

Get the guy's book here: NaviDating for Him

Get the girl's book here: NaviDating for Her

NaviDating: Equipping Couples to Navigate the Modern Dating World with Godly Principles

And that's a wrap! I pray that these ideas challenged you to consider more meaningful gifts you can give to those you love. While I love the simple gifts, it's so sweet to give something that's both simple AND impactful.

What's your favorite gift to give? Leave a note or other ideas in the comments below!

 

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