You can show the ones you love just how much you appreciate them this holiday by giving them the perfect Christmas gift. If you're like me, you often run out of ideas to express just the right personal touch. With Christians in mind, I've put together a few suggestions to stir your thinking toward choosing uniquely personal Christmas gifts.
Try to keep in mind the particular interests, hobbies or talents of the person you are buying for, and just the right choice is waiting to be discovered!
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When carefully chosen, a Bible is a cherished gift. An audio Bible is perfect for the frequent driver, a large print Bible for the mature Christian, a slimline Bible for the traveler. If you're shopping for a student or Bible teacher, you might want to consider a comprehensive Bible Study Software
package. For more ideas, visit my list of Top 10 Bibles
or check out the best Children's Bibles
A music or worship CD will rarely disappoint, especially when it's chosen with your loved one's musical interest in mind. Do they love classical, jazz, rock, R&B? Is there a new release from their favorite artist or worship band? Check out these:
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For the one who loves to read, there's nothing more enjoyable than receiving a new book. Is your loved one a fan of historical fiction? Consider a Francine Rivers' novel. For those who can't resist supernatural suspense and intrigue, I recommend Ted Dekker or T.L. Hines (hint, hint - my favorite genre!). For the non-fiction readers, consider authors like Jim Cymbala, John Piper, John MacArthur and Max Lucado. For a few more ideas, browse these reader submitted Christian Book Reviews
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One of the smartest things I ever did was invest in a subscription to Audible.com
. Having the ability to listen to great Christian audiobooks provided the perfect incentive I needed to help me stay disciplined and motivated in my regular exercise routine. If your loved one has an MP3 player and is trying to get in shape, why not complete the package with a subscription to an audiobook club. If they already have a subscription, most clubs will let you purchase credits or gift cards for their members. Nothing would thrill me more than a gift of audio credits for Christmas! Check out these bargain audio book club
suggestions from Donna L. Montaldo, our Bargains Guide.
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If your loved one is a movie buff, why not consider giving them a Christian movie? The supply of quality movies with Christian values is greatly increasing. Would they enjoy a comedy, a suspenseful thriller, or a drama? Are they young (in age or at heart)? Would they enjoy an entertaining and educational video series? Are they looking for a particular DVD to complete a special collection? Would they love a film set of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings
Trilogy? For ideas, browse my Christian Movie Reviews
A magazine subscription can make the perfect personalized Christmas gift that will continue to be appreciated all year long. There are magazines for every imaginable interest, from weight loss to fitness, sports and music, sewing, golfing, and parenting. A subscription is relatively inexpensive and your thoughtfulness will be remembered all throughout the year. Check out these suggestions in my top picks for Christian magazines.
Do you know someone who's dying to see their favorite Christian artist in concert, but can't afford to buy the tickets? Well, here's a way you can really bless them! If you
can't afford the tickets either, get some friends to go in with you and make it a group gift. For a list of Christian artists and bands currently on tour (or getting ready to hit the road), check out this list of dates and venues:
There's probably at least one person on your Christmas list who loves to share their faith by wearing Christian-themed clothing. Check out these online outlets from my Christian Shopping Mall for "in your face" quality Christian clothing and accessories.
Gift certificates are great options for personalizing your gifts. They allow you the flexibility to choose the dollar amount of the gift according to your budget. A favorite restaurant, an art store, a book store, a craft store, a night out at the movies, a shopping spree, you name it, the possibilities are endless! And if you require the convenience of shopping online, hundreds of options are available to choose from.
Is there a special someone in your life who's feeling particularly stressed out? Now here's a gift idea that's sure to win favorable reviews! A gift certificate for a relaxation massage, a facial, or a salon pedicure is the perfect treatment, and guaranteed to be a hit!