Your pastor blesses you every week. It's time to bless them back to show how much you appreciate them!
If you're looking for practical pastor appreciation gift ideas for every budget, look no further! We've done the research to find unique gifts they'll love at affordable prices
We promise not to recommend you buy them another wall placard or leather journal (unless they're really into those) 😅
You may not need to shop around for the perfect gift. In most cases, the best gift you can give your pastor is the gift of time or the gift of service.
Acts of service like this are the easiest way to offer a personalized gift to your pastor.
Aside from free gifts, these are the most affordable ideas for pastor appreciation.
These options may be more than one person can afford, so it's best to get other leaders or the entire church body to pitch in. It's a great way to get your church to invest in your pastor's well-being!
You'll notice a theme with these gift options: Getting away. If your pastor is like most, they need some time to rest and recharge to maintain their own mental and spiritual health.
If you're like most churches, your lead pastor may need some convincing to take a long time away from the pulpit. But it's important for them to spend time away so they can re-engage from a more healthy place.
Is gift-giving not your love language? Me neither! But what should people like us do when we want to give a special gift?
Ask your pastor (or their spouse, if you want to be more discreet) for their Amazon wishlist and buy one or two items. That way the gift is guaranteed to be something they really want and you can more easily stay within your budget.
Pro tip: Share the wishlist with other members so they can get in on the gift-giving action, too! Even go so far as to try to buy every single item on the list together!
Avoid giving your pastors things they don't need or things they don't want. They don't need another coffee mug, pen, study Bible and commentary, or cheap knickknacks. If you and I are honest, we usually toss those types of gifts in the "to donate" pile when we receive them. If we don't like receiving these types of gifts, we shouldn't give them to someone so important to us.
Most pastors already have closets filled with trinkets, wall decorations, Bibles, books, and a variety of other items they never wanted or needed. Let's not add to the pile.
Also...never buy them a book on ways to improve their sermons. No matter your intentions, it might send the wrong message 😬
Whatever your budget, the best gifts are the practical gifts that help your pastor in their daily life. Bonus points if it also blesses your pastor's family, not just them.
One minister I spoke with shared how much it blessed his family when the church bought him a new AC unit for his house when theirs failed. Another was gifted an iPad by the church staff and couldn't stop talking about how much he loved it. At a church I attended, a member that owned a pressure washing business washed the sidewalk and entrance around the church. A member once baked hundreds of cupcakes for free to make my church's Easter Egg Hunt that much more special.
There's no reason to overcomplicate this. Sometimes the best way to bless your pastor is to give them exactly what they need.
1 Timothy 5:17 states that church leaders who preach and teach and lead the church well are worthy of double honor. Your pastor lovingly serves and makes sacrifices for their congregation all the time. They are worthy of appreciation and gratitude.
Go big for pastor appreciation day this year and shower your senior pastor with lots of love. Also, be intentional to share this appreciation throughout the year, not just on their birthday or other special occasions.
The above list is filled with amazing gift ideas that your pastor would love. But this is just a start. The best gifts are chosen with intentionality. The perfect gift for every leader is different, but as long as you give with love, they will feel appreciated.