What's the absolute best pastor appreciation gift?
People ask me that question all the time. It's hard to find something for your pastor when 100 other people are also giving pastor gifts. And it makes it even more difficult when you don't really know what he needs or wants.
I've listed some good Christian gifts, religious gifts, and pastor appreciation gift ideas on other pages. But this page is dedicated to my favorite gift idea. It's the gift I wish my churches gave to me.
Three things help to make this the perfect pastor appreciation gift.
It's been a long time since I graduated from college and accepted my first pastorate. It was a little church in rural Wisconsin. I have a lot of memories about those first years in ministry. But over time those memories disappear - people's faces fade, important events get replaced.
I wish I had pictures - a lot of pictures - from those years. I wish I had pictures from all my ministry years. It would be fun to think back. It would be encouraging to remember what God did.
I do have some pictures... somewhere... I think. The few I have are scattered here and there. I'm trying to scan into my computer as many pictures as I can find. But unfortunately, I can't find nearly as many as I would like.
If only I had scrapbooks or photo albums with all those memories organized. Then I could just put them all on a shelf; know exactly where they were; and look at them whenever I wanted... whenever I needed some encouragement.
That's what makes this the perfect gift.
This gift is unique because it is so flexible. There are many reasons to give your pastor a photo album or scrapbook.
There are many reasons to create a photo book. The one I like best, though, is an annual book that reviews the previous year at your church. Books like that are priceless.
You can create your own photo book or scrapbook from materials you find at local stores. And there are many places online you can order scrapbook supplies.
But in my opinion, ordinary photo albums and scrapbooks have a few problems.
That's why I like photo books created with digital pictures and printed in actual book form.
There are several places online you can create nice photo books. So you might want to look at a few before you decide. When I checked some out, I asked three questions.
Using those three questions, I chose Picaboo
The process is simple.
print your book. They'll send it to you within a few days.
These books are beautiful, long lasting, and the perfect pastor appreciation gift!