Christmas has to be my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it. From the music, to the lights, to the sweets and decorations. And the gift giving.
It’s so much fun to shop for special gifts that you just know will light up someone’s eyes. And homemade gift are even more meaningful. This year I’m making handmade gifts for my daughter Laura’s American Girl collection. Last year I made a handmade Adventure Bag and Treasure Map for my grandsons. And, I’ll be baking my Orange Cranberry Nut Bread for the folks at the ice rink.
Gift giving is a way to bless those in our life that we love and appreciate. But don’t you feel like you are blessed when you hand someone a gift and they smile? It’s such a great feeling, right?
Teaching Kids to Give from the Heart
It’s easy for kids to get so caught up in wishlists for themselves that they forget to think about others. But, it’s really important to instill a heart of giving in your children and teach them that it is better to give then receive.
I’ve talked before about the little church bank that sits on our dining room table so our family can save money each month to help build churches. As a family, we pack food baskets and deliver them to families in need around our community each year. My children have learned to serve by working hard unloading boxes of clothing to give away to the poor. And we’ve taught our kids the importance of tithing.
Christmas time is a perfect time to demonstrate what a heart of giving looks like to your children. And it’s a great time to get them thinking about others instead of just themselves!
Giving a Meaningful Gift
There are so many ways your family can share a meaningful gift. Talk to your kids and ask them to help you think of ways that your family can be a blessing to others.
- Bake cookies for you neighbors.
- Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
- Make a coupon book for a family member with gifts of service and time.
- Visit a nursing home with your children.
- Purchase a gift from Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog.
Read verses from the Bible together that talk about giving and about how God loves a cheerful giver.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
The Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog
The Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog features 42 gifts that you can purchase to help people in need and share the Gospel. Gifts include things like purchasing baby chicks for $14 so that an impoverished family has an ongoing source of nutrition and supplemental income or spending $25 to provide warm clothes and shoes to families fleeing for safety in northern Iraq.
What’s so great is that there is a gift for every budget. You don’t have to be wealthy to be a blessing to someone in need this Christmas. In the Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog, gifts range from $7 to $35,000, and you can always share the cost by donating a portion of the amount to a project you are passionate about.
For instance, my girls wanted to help save the life of a child by donating money for heart surgery. We don’t have $2,200.00 to give, but we can give $22.00 and share in the cost. They also chose to help feed a hungry baby for a week – it’s only $9.00! Plus, you can give a gift that keeps on giving by selecting Monthly Recurring in the drop down menu when you go to checkout.
Oh and me? I personally loved the idea of giving a family baby chicks so they would have fresh eggs to eat and sell for income.
It’s so easy to give. And you can feel good knowing you really blessed someone with a meaningful gift in the name of Jesus when you select a gift from the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog. I want to encourage you to sit down with your family this week and choose from their list of meaningful gifts to give.
I’d also encourage you to read about the projects and learn more about the people who you might be helping when you donate to Samaritan’s Purse. Talk to your kids about how there are many, many people in this world who have very little. Compare your own lifestyle and blessings and get your child thinking about how blessed he or she is. It will help your child to be grateful!
Let me know in the comments below what you chose to give and any tips you have about teaching your children to give gifts from the heart.