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.
gifts For teenage girls:
100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls
NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Teen Girls
gifts For Teenage Boys:
Live Pure & Free by Dave Howe
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:
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.
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gifts For Busy Readers who want relaxing yet clean & Biblical fiction:
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, #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, #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:
The Complete Works of Jane Austen. This is the one I have, but it's a little hard to read, if you can't handle two-column, fairly small print. Here is a beautiful boxed set I found, though I've not seen it in person.
Or, if all 7 novels intimidate you, you can wet your feet with my favorite, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke
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.
12 Gifts of Christmas by Lena Nelson Dooley. A contemporary, Christian, Christmas romance.
gifts For the Writer or Aspiring Author:
Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams
Elements of Style by Strunk & White
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):
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 (how to deal with work and rest; great book! Full review coming in December!)
Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
gifts For the Nerds in your family: ;)
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation). Tons of sermons, audio Bible files, and podcasts for listeners
Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case. Can buy the digital versions of almost all of the previous books and pre-load. Or just the tablet itself is great for any serious reader.
gifts For the Creatives in your Family:
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.
Bible Study Color Code by Embracing the Lovely. The bookmarks are handy to keep with you as you underline or Bible journal, to keep colors for different themes separate. When I first started Bible journaling, I made up my own color code, but I was always forgetting which color I had decided on for thinks like “giving thanks.” Is it red for action, something I need to do, or should it be green for gifts and graces that are given to me? Lil's color code is much more broken down and the bookmarks make it so much easier to remember. If you're just starting out with Bible journaling, or if you start with a brand new Bible and need a more organized system, I recommend using Lil's color code.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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