Appropriate anniversary gifts for pastors

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Appropriate anniversary gifts for pastors
An anniversary gift is a nice gesture to show your appreciation for your pastor's service to your church. (roman catholic cathedral Christmas interrior image by fotosergio from Fotolia.com)

Whether your pastor is celebrating his anniversary of service to your church or a wedding anniversary, it is good practice to give a gift to show your appreciation. While the gift you give is your personal decision, you should make sure the gift is appropriate to your relationship with your pastor. Consider his age and interests when deciding on a gift. Remember that the size and value of your gift aren't as important as the thought.

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Gift Tokens

A pastor's job requires him to be of service to the church at all hours of the day, so he may rarely get the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal or other form of pampering. You can give him gift tokens to show your appreciation of his service. Give him a gift token to his favourite restaurant or the new restaurant in town. If he has a favourite hobby, you could give him gift tokens for an experience like a round of golf or an evening of bowling. Lady pastors might appreciate the gift of a day at the spa or a free haircut.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are a simple way to provide your pastor with several small gifts in a fancy package. You can purchase themed gift baskets or assemble one of your own. If your pastor is married, it would be nice to give a gift basket to both the pastor and his spouse. Your gift basket could include edible items like gourmet food, chocolates or wine. Seasonal gift baskets are ideal if the anniversary falls near a holiday or change in season. You can purchase Christian inspiration gift baskets that include items like prayer books, decorative items and Christian music. A spa gift basket would be the perfect gift for the pastor who enjoys relaxation and pampering.

Desk Sets and Plaques

When pastors aren't busy at the pulpit or visiting members of the congregation, they spend much of their time in their office. You can give your pastor an appreciation gift that he can display or use in his office. An inscribed appreciation plaque will allow you to personalise a message of appreciation. Desk sets that include pens, name plates, organisers and paper weights will help to dress up his desk. You can order personalised memo pads or letterheads to make his notes look professional. The pastor who often complains about back pain will surely appreciate a new comfortable office chair. Even a nice wall clock would make the perfect gift for your pastor's office. If you are able, it helps to sneak a peek around his office to see what he has and what he might need.

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