5 Fun Ways to Be Like Our Gift-Giving God

I’m a terrible gift-giver.

Well, I’m actually a pretty good gift-giver if it’s not your birthday or Christmas—as long as I’m not socially obligated to give you a gift. If you’re my friend, I’m probably thinking about you and praying for you more than you know. You might even find a little gift waiting for you in your mailbox just because. But the minute I start feeling the pressure to give you an award-winning, beautifully-packaged, thoughtful and within-budget gift, my stiff-necked-murmuring-Israelite self kicks right in.

This year let’s have fun being like our gift-giving God. He gives the best gifts, and don’t we want to be just like Him?

In spite of my ongoing angst over birthday and Christmas gifts, the occasions to give them keep right on coming. Have you noticed that? But it recently occurred to me—the God I love and serve is a great giver of gifts! He’s the best gift-giver of all time.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look at what the Bible says:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:16-17).

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:31–32).

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8).

If God is a giver of good gifts—the very BEST gifts—and if we’re His beloved daughters made in His image, then maybe we can grow up to be good gift-givers, too.

If you’re like me and having to get Christmas gifts for your friends and family and teachers makes you break out in hives, I’m doing some of the brainwork for you today. Just think of it as my gift to you.

Here are five ideas to get you started:

1. Give your time.

Need a gift for your teacher? Why not offer to help in the classroom or get materials ready for the next semester. Need a gift for your neighbor? What if you offered to be her assistant for two hours during this busy season? Sharing your time is always a valuable gift. Make a coupon with three (parent-approved) dates when you can come help. Make sure to follow up to get a date on the calendar!

2. Give your skills.

Can you babysit? Pet sit? Clean a kitchen? Wash a car? Do yard work? (Sure, you can!) If your pastor is married, encourage him and his wife by offering your services as a Christmas gift. Ask your mom or dad for advice about what would encourage your pastor’s family most, write a little note offering your help, and wrap it up as a gift. (Again, make sure to follow up to get that date on the calendar, or it will probably go unused.)

3. Give your words.

When I receive a handwritten note of encouragement, it means the world to me! I keep the notes in one of my dresser drawers, and when I feel discouraged, I re-read them. Who might you encourage with a kind and fit word this Christmas? A grandparent? A friend? A soldier serving away from home over the holidays? Ask God who needs encouragement, and stand ready to offer it.

4. Give your creativity (or someone else’s).

If you’re creative, make a set of small gifts for your friends. Maybe you can give a small, framed piece of artwork. Our Dollar Tree store sells frames for a dollar. Score! Maybe you have a delicious recipe for salsa or cookies or blueberry syrup; whip some up,
and give it away.

If you have a little money in your pocket, Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop. If your friend loves art, for example, search for “paintbrush” and let that little search tool do the creative thinking for you. (Just remember to order early so you have time for the vendor to fill your order and ship it.)

5. Give your awareness.

If you have a heart for helping others and want your money to go to a good cause, check out sites like Sudara. I especially love their tees, the Bengal cuff (this is one of my go-to gifts) and their Punjammies. I’m also a big fan of Thistle Farms products. They smell so good.

Another one of my favorite shops is Dear Mushka where my lovely friend Katie sells the jewelry she designs and raises awareness about adoption. Katie is the real deal, girls. She loves Jesus with all of her heart. And just for fun, she’s offering a $25 gift card for one of you today! (Keep reading for those details.)

This year let’s have fun being like our gift-giving God. He gives the best gifts, and don’t we want to be just like Him?

What are your favorite gift-giving ideas? Log on to the giveaway widget below, and tell me about them. We’ll choose one of you to win that $25 shopping spree in Katie’s Etsy shop. (Wow! This really is fun.)

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About Author

Jennifer Case Cortez is a literary-agent-turned-stay-at-home-mom. She loves connecting young women with God's Word, and her writing has been featured in the Mom's Bible, the Devotional Bible for Dads, and the Life Promises Bible. Jennifer loves playing her guitar, eating Nashville hot chicken, and hanging out with her husband Daniel and their four children: Sam, Joshua, Jacob, and Evelyn Grace.

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