Black Friday Gift Ideas for Christian Readers

Ideas for Christmas gifts for Christians for 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become big deals in America, especially in the business world. Many businesses spend all year in the red and don't break even until this weekend.

While I don't like the emphasis on materialism, selfishness, and big business ads on top of ads, this time can be used wisely by Christians to show true thanksgiving. Though tempting to buy a lot of stuff “just because it's on sale,” If we plan ahead, we can show our loved ones how thankful we are God has placed them in our lives by buying thoughtful gifts while still remaining good stewards of our financial gifts by utilizing the best prices of the year.

Knock out some of the stress of the holiday season by crossing off items on your to-buy list of gifts, specifically those with spiritual benefits of refreshment and nourishment.

 Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping? Find gifts for readers and Christians with spiritual benefits.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping? Find gifts for readers and Christians with spiritual benefits.

gifts For teenage girls:

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls

gifts For Teenage Boys:

Live Pure & Free by Dave Howe

gifts For Busy Moms:

  1. Slow Down Mama by Patty H. Scott

  2. The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

gifts for children:

The Greatest Gift (the Unforgettable Adventures of Junior Bear) by Brad & Jen Klassen (my 8-year-old son loved Junior Bear!)

gifts For moms, grandmas, daughters, sisters, (even yourself), or any woman that has had trouble losing weight in the past:

  Healthy holiday challenge  by Faithful Finish Lines. Christian Weight-Loss for women.

Healthy holiday challenge by Faithful Finish Lines. Christian Weight-Loss for women.

You have a goal of losing weight and eating better. But in December, it seems almost impossible. Schedules are craaaazy. Christmas cookies are everywhere, not to mention holiday parties. You want to stick to healthy habits, and you really don't want to walk into the new year with extra pounds to lose on top of the ones you already have.

You want to keep Christ at the center of your holiday, but it's tough to find peace on earth when you struggle to find peace on your calendar.

A Solution is Here! Faithful Finish Lines Healthy Holiday Challenge 2018. Click here to join the Healthy Holiday Challenge 2018.

gifts For Busy Readers who want relaxing yet clean & Biblical fiction:

   No Other Will Do   by Karen Witemeyer. A new favorite of mine!

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer. A new favorite of mine!

No Other Will Do (#1 in the Ladies of Harper's Station series) by Karen Witemeyer

Love is Not Arrogant or Rude, #1 by Lila Diller. Love is Not Arrogant or Rude is an inspiring, first-person, love triangle but with Christian values, a Christian romance about finding true love. Morgan wonders if her boss, Jason, might be her true love, but just as romance begins to bloom, her old flame Tony bursts back into her life and tries to woo her. How will Morgan choose her soulmate?

   Love Does Not Envy or Boast   by Lila Diller, #2 in the “Love is” series.

Love Does Not Envy or Boast by Lila Diller, #2 in the “Love is” series.

Love Does Not Envy or Boast, #2 by Lila Diller. Love Does Not Envy or Boast is an inspiring, first-person, Christian romance about what happens after the girl has got the guy, in the official dating stage. Jealousy and boasting threaten, plus family arguments and a stagnant relationship with the Lord leave Morgan plagued by doubts and emptiness. Will their love take root or wither before it gets really serious?

   Love is Patient   by Lila Diller, #3 in the “Love is” series.

Love is Patient by Lila Diller, #3 in the “Love is” series.

Love is Patient, #3 by Lila Diller. Love is Patient is an inspiring, first-person, Christian romance about a tempted couple's battle to overcome their desire for physical intimacy and remain pure. Will they learn to wait on the Lord, or will they rush into an impure relationship and sully their love with guilt?

gifts For the Classic Reader:

   Pride & Prejudice   by Jane Austen.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

   The Love Comes Softly   series by Janette Oke. These are the ones I have.

The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. These are the ones I have.


gifts For the Christmas Lover:

   A Tale of Two Hearts   by Michelle Griep, a Christmas, Christian, historical romance, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas book 2.

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep, a Christmas, Christian, historical romance, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas book 2.

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. A Christmas, Christian, historical romance, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas book 2.

   12 Gifts of Christmas   by Lena Nelson Dooley, a contemporary Christian Christmas romance.

12 Gifts of Christmas by Lena Nelson Dooley, a contemporary Christian Christmas romance.

12 Gifts of Christmas by Lena Nelson Dooley. A contemporary, Christian, Christmas romance.

gifts For the Writer or Aspiring Author:

  1. Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams

  2. Elements of Style by Strunk & White

  3. The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne (I haven't read the book, but I've found his excerpts and blog very helpful)

gifts For the Christian Wife (especially newlyweds, engaged, or struggling):

  1. Marriage from Roots to Fruits by Matt Pavlik

  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

gifts For the Christian Single or any Bible Lover:

   Uninvited   by Lysa TerKeurst, + study guide.

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, + study guide.

   Uninvited   by Lysa TerKeurst, a look inside at my color-coded notes.

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, a look inside at my color-coded notes.

   His Word Alone   by Summer Lacy, a Bible study how-to.

His Word Alone by Summer Lacy, a Bible study how-to.

  • UnInvited by Lysa TerKeurst (how to deal with feeling left out)

  • His Word Alone by Summer Lacy (How to study the Bible on your own)

  • Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst (how to deal with anger)

  • Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz (how to deal with comparison)

  • Equipped, a study on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 by Ruth L. Snyder

   Holy Hustle   by Crystal Stine.

Holy Hustle by Crystal Stine.

 Quote by Max Lucado in  Anxious for Nothing : “There is a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past.”

Quote by Max Lucado in Anxious for Nothing: “There is a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past.”

gifts For the Nerds in your family: ;)

  Amazon Echo Dot  (3rd generation) with Alexa, charcoal.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) with Alexa, charcoal.

  • Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation). Tons of sermons, audio Bible files, and podcasts for listeners

gifts For the Creatives in your Family:

  Inspire Bible  (NLT) for Bible journaling and coloring.

Inspire Bible (NLT) for Bible journaling and coloring.

Inspire Bible NLT for Bible journaling & coloring. Bible journaling has taken Bible study to an even more personal plane for me. Thought not meant to take the place of study, journaling can enhance a study to make it much more personal and applicable. I highly recommend a Bible journal for any Christian who considers themselves even somewhat creative.

These are all my Amazon Affiliate links. Since my family is going through a tough financial situation, I would appreciate you using the links here to help me receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). Thanks in advance!

 Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping? Find gifts for readers and Christians with spiritual benefits.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping? Find gifts for readers and Christians with spiritual benefits.


For those of you who are not Amazon Prime members, now would be the best time to try out a Prime membership with their 30-day free trial, during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals + free shipping! Here is a breakdown of all that comes with a membership:

Here are some bonuses you gain access to with Prime Membership. The first two are well-known and worth it for most people to join, just because of these two. But the rest are lesser-known and yet valuable, in addition.

As always, as an Amazon Affiliate, if you sign up to become a member of Amazon Prime through this post, I will earn a small commission to offset the cost of my author business. I would appreciate your support, and it costs you nothing extra.

1. Free Shipping

“The benefits start with free shipping for all merchandise, and you don’t have to meet a certain dollar amount to receive this benefit. You just have to be a member.” - Sara at The Holy Mess

2. Movies & TV Shows

As a member, you will be able to access thousands of free videos, movies, and TV shows. You will also have the option of buying movies, too. Need to relax with a good movie or binge-watch a good series?

3. Music

In addition to movies and videos, you also gain access to free music downloads and streaming. Amazon offers a wide variety of free downloads plus streaming songs on Prime Music. So you always have access to your favorite artists. My husband would binge on TobyMac, if I let him. ;) Who doesn't want more worship music?

4. Special Credit Cards

“As an Amazon Prime member, you have access to both a Rewards Visa Signature and an Amazon Prime Store Card. These offer special savings that you won’t get with other cards. For example, you’ll get five percent back when you use these cards to buy from Amazon and there is no annual fee for either one.” - Sara at The Holy Mess

5. Amazon outlet & warehouse centers

As a member, “you can find a wide variety of overstocked or slightly used items at discounted prices when you shop at the Amazon outlet and warehouse centers. If you buy a used item and you’re not satisfied with it, Amazon has a great return policy.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

6. Cloud Storage

Instead of backing up your hard drive, you can access Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Not only does it come with 5GB of cloud storage for free, but you also get free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos.

7. Coupon Site

You can save lots of money on tons of products when you use Amazon’s easy coupon site. Simply choose the coupons you're interested in and redeem them whenever you’re ready, automatically applying the discount to your order.

8. Sharing Program

This is one I hadn't even heard of. You can actually share your Amazon Prime benefits with two other adults in your household so that you don’t all have to pay for separate accounts.

9. Free Books

Amazon offers a variety of eBooks on Kindle for free only for Amazon Prime members, as well as some comics and magazines periodically. The free books and periodicals change often, so be sure to check in regularly to see what's available.

Bonus benefits for Amazon Prime members:

  • Anyone can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime membership with free two-day shipping. You can try it for 30 days and then cancel. This might be especially good to sign up for before Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving)!

  • College students get a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime Student.

  • Buy groceries with Amazon Pantry. Use this link to learn how to get a free $5 credit by using no-rush shipping. Also, to save money try their $5.99 flat fee shipping for pantry items.

  • Use Amazon Family (formerly Amazon Mom) to get 20% off on diapers, shipped right to your door. Create a child profile to unlock even more savings.

  • Have trouble with a delivery? When you talk to customer service, request a month of free Prime membership in exchange for the 2-day delivery guarantee not being met.

  • Say goodbye to cable when you invest in the Amazon Fire Stick. Thousands of TV show options are available.

  • Prime Members get early access to deals. (Remember the Instant Pots that sold out in an hour on Black Friday and Amazon Prime day? Be sure you get the deals you want as a prime member.)

  • Baby on the way? Sign up for Amazon Baby Registry and receive a welcome box full of gifts.

Conclusion: With all these added bonuses, a yearly membership to Amazon Prime is extremely valuable, saving lots of money.

Again, if you decide to sign up, even for the 30-day trial, please use one of my links in this post, so that I can receive a small referral fee to offset my costs. I only offer this, because it's so valuable, and I truly believe it could help you save money on things you're already paying for. If you sign up, let me know how you like it. My husband signed up, and he loves his free shipping on everything!

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