What did you get your bishop for Christmas last year? How about your Relief Society president? Maybe you haven’t started the tradition of buying a gift for your local church leader, but you should consider starting that tradition this year. Your bishop is going to be opening Christmas gifts of ugly socks and ties from his kids while he stresses over the last few names on his tithing settlement list.
Or you might actually be married to a church leader and are looking for the perfect gift that will make his or her time serving a little more comfortable.
Here is a list of the 11 Christmas gifts for the lay leader in your life.
1. Books, books, and more books
Nothing satisfies the heart of a leader more than sitting down with a new book on Christmas afternoon. Church leaders are always striving to enhance their leadership ability or their doctrinal knowledge. Here is a list of books that every leader would love and thank you for:
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
- Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
- Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change
- Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success
- The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
- Counseling With Our Councils: Leaning to Minister Together in the Church and in the Family
- The Truman G. Madsen Story: A Life of Study and Faith
- Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History
- David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
2. LDS Leadership Calendar
It’s almost a new year and every leader relies on a calendar to stay organized. The LDS Leadership Calendar will help them get the big picture and it looks great in a bishop’s or clerk’s office. All LDS Church-wide dates are printed on the calendar so they won’t have any event sneak up on them.
3. The Mission Belt
When I first shared my love for the mission belt on Facebook, many in the Leading Saints community jumped in to say how much they love their mission belt. You might think it is hard to love a belt, but the quality of the mission belt is second to none and the unique clicking design maintains the quality of the belt because you don’t have to bend and twist it with each use.
The leader in your life will love this belt! See different designs HERE.
4. The Collar Perfect
I have a secret. As I church leader that wears a suit to every church meeting, I never iron my shirt. What’s the point when I cover my wrinkles with a suit coat? Now it definitely doesn’t cover every inch of white so the Collar Perfect is a great practical gift for the suit wearer in your home. It also helps keep those pesky collars stay put.
With this bad boy, Bishop Good-Lookin’ can quickly iron his collar and chest (not while wearing the shirt, of course) and be ready for the 3 hour block.
5. Shirt Stays
This one is definitely on my Christmas list! Is your lay leader constantly tucking in his shirt or looking a little unkempt because of his loose shirt? This is a great product to keep your leader together during a long Sunday of meetings.
6. Rebound Scriptures
I recently took my scriptures into a local bindery and had them rebound just how I like them. I had them remove all the indexes since I primarily reference indexes on the Scripture Library App on my smartphone. I now have a great, condensed copy of my scriptures that are easy to carry around from meeting to meeting on Sunday.
7. The Ultimate Scripture Marker (8 Colors)
This is a scripture marker I have been using for the last year. I like that fact that it has various color options but is still small enough to carry around in my bag. It has helped my scripture study be more dynamic with different color combinations. Your bishop or Relief Society president will thank you for it!
8. Relief Society/ Young Women Jewelry
How about a gift focused on just the sister leaders in your life? WashburnCollective has put some elegant LDS themed jewelry that a Relief Society president or Young Women leader would hold dear to their heart.
9. The Consequence Stick
The bishop’s office is a tough place to teach at times. When it is just a desk and a couple chairs the bishop has to get creative. Help him out by giving him a Consequence Stick for his office to use as a teaching visual aid. This is also a great tool for a youth leader or a parent of children still learning about choice and consequence.
10. Food Order Reference Guide
Everyone wants to make the Relief Society president’s or bishop’s job easier. A simple gift to give them is the Food Order Reference Guide. This will be priceless as they walk individuals through the welfare process of the Church. It will also help them use the Church resources most effectively.
11. Emergency Food Kit
A simple and meaningful gift would be to buy some nonperishable foods and snacks and put together a food kit for leaders that have long meetings at the church. I remember numerous Sundays as a bishop realizing I was starving but failed to bring a lunch. Most Sundays felt like Fast Sunday.
12. Forever Mints
I first tried Forever Mints a few months ago and I now can’t live without them. With meeting after meeting a leaders breath can become toxic (especially on Fast Sunday). The Forever Mint lasts up to 4 hours and keeps your breath fresh! I highly recommend them as a stocking-stuffer.
Do you have any other ideas? Share in the comments below!