As a Youth Pastor, you understand the immense value that dedicated volunteers bring to your youth group. They invest their time, energy, and love into guiding and mentoring your young congregation members. With the holiday season approaching, it’s the perfect time to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication. Choosing thoughtful gifts for your youth group volunteers can be a great way to express your gratitude. Here are some holiday gift ideas that will make your volunteers feel valued and cherished.
Custom Group Long-Sleeve Shirts, Hoodies or Polos
Let’s kick it off with the obvious: group shirts are a great way to say “thank you” for all your volunteers do each day. The caveat with these shirts, polos or hoodies is that they should be exclusive to volunteers. This will 1) help volunteers stand out to new students and 2) give your volunteers a sense of special unity.
If you don’t know where to get started with designs specific to your volunteers, that’s fine! Let’s talk, and our design team can help you customize your message into something they’ll love.
What better way for someone to start their morning than with a reminder of the positive impact they have on the youth in your church? We’ve got a variety of mug styles and colors that your volunteers will love. Customized mugs with each volunteer’s name or a heartfelt message can be a practical and cherished gift.
Say “thank you” with a book! Whether it’s a devotional, a guide on youth ministry, or an inspirational title, books can be a meaningful, powerful gift. Choose books that align with your church’s values and mission.
If you want to go above and beyond, buy different books based on your volunteers’ interests. Have someone who loves Christian music? Try one of David Crowder’s books like Praise Habit. Know someone who uses the gym as a place of worship? Any number of Tim Tebow’s books would be a good gift.
Self-Care Gift Baskets
Who doesn’t love some TLC as a gift? Treat your volunteers to a little self-care with spa gift baskets. Include things like scented candles, bath products, and relaxation items (ahem, cozy socks anyone?) to help them unwind and recharge. You can also throw in a customized blanket embroidered with your group’s logo, courtesy of Uth Stuph!
Keychains are a classic group gift and they’re great for huge groups of volunteers. Personalized keychains with a church emblem, a Bible verse, or an uplifting message can serve as a constant reminder of the importance of their service.
Handwritten Thank-You Cards
We. Love. Thank-You. Cards. Notes can last a lifetime for people, especially for those whose Love Language is Words of Affirmation! A heartfelt handwritten thank-you card can be one of the most meaningful gifts. Express your gratitude and appreciation for their dedication in a personal and genuine way.
Want to do something streamlined? Consider gift cards to their favorite restaurants, coffee shops, or stores. This allows them to choose a gift that best suits their preferences and tastes.
Volunteer Retreat or Dinner
Organize a special dinner or retreat as a way to celebrate and connect with your volunteers outside of the usual group activities. Sharing a meal or spending quality time together can be an invaluable gift. (Plus, it means volunteers finally don’t have to do the clean-up after a group dinner!)
Regardless of the gifts you choose, make sure to express your heartfelt gratitude and acknowledge the vital role they play in nurturing the faith and growth of your youth group. At Uth Stuph, we’ve been in the business of supporting youth ministers for over 25 years. We know that you all succeed in a large part thanks to the incredible team of volunteers who show up each Sunday, Wednesday and all the days in between to help your ministry grow.
If you don’t know where to get started with your holiday thank you items, give us a call at 800-242-9166 or fill out our inquiry form! We’d love to talk to you about your ministry and help figure out which items you’d like to send to volunteers.