For an LDS missionary and their family, Christmas can be a both joyous and difficult time. A gift from home can do wonders to boost a missionary’s spirit. We took to Facebook and asked you what you thought the best gifts to give missionaries at Christmas are. According to your answers and a few ideas of our own, here are LDS Daily’s Top 10 Best Missionary Gifts for Christmas!
Hands down, keeping it personal is key! No matter what was suggested, our readers noted how much missionaries appreciate the small things from home. Whether it was updated pictures of the family or a collection of letters from friends and ward members, hearing from loved ones is as good as it gets.
LDS Daily suggests turning to social media to gather heartwarming notes! Post a status on your missionary’s Facebook page asking for a quick hello or letter. Copy and paste the statuses into an e-mail for your missionary or, better yet, print them out and send them in the mail. We’ve also got some great missionary themed cards here.
2. Mission Rings
Get your missionary a gift that will remind them of their service for years to come. These surgical-grade stainless steel rings will stand the test of time and can even be personalized on the inside. View all the missions available here!
It’s no surprise that food gifts made it high on our list of the best missionary gifts for Christmas. Not only is it sure to bring a smile, but your missionary also won’t have to worry about carrying it around transfer after transfer. Send your missionary their favorite candies and non-perishable food items. This is a great idea for missionaries serving in foreign countries who do not have access to beloved cereals, spreads, and more.
Save your missionary from six months of the same CD by refreshing their music collection. Multiple LDS artists have produced albums specifically with missionaries in mind:
- Set Apart by BYU Men’s Chorus
- Sisters of Zion: Sister Missionary Collection
- The Missionary Collection: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- The Work: A Nashville Tribute to Missionaries
When purchasing a new CD for your missionary, always keep in mind the direction given in the missionary handbook:
Listen only to music that is consistent with the sacred spirit of your calling. Music should invite the Spirit, help you focus on the work, and direct your thoughts and feelings to the Savior. Do not listen to music that pulls your thoughts away from your work, merely entertains, has romantic lyrics or overtones, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity by its tempo, beat, loudness, lyrics, or intensity. Listening to music must never interfere with your personal preparation or proselyting.
5. Basic Necessities
Missionaries are always in need of some basic necessities. Most are easy to ship, cost-effective, and will be used consistently. Some of our readers suggested:
- Soaps and other bathroom supplies
- Sticky notes
- A Teflon plan with a non-stick spatula
- Gift cards or cash
- Razors and shaving supplies
- Shoe polish kits
- Sewing kits
Another reader mentioned laundry supplies: “I think that an iron and a white cotton cloth is perfect, so that they can keep creases on their pants, what you do you put the white cotton cloth over the pants that you are going to crease, that way your pants don’t get shiny as you iron them.”
6. Missionary Bags
Missionaries have a lot to carry! Multiple copies of the scriptures, pass-along cards, pens, water bottles, biking gear, and more all need someplace to go. More important than that, everything inside has to be safe. Update your missionary’s bag with one designed to last the entire 18 months or two years. This one is our favorite!
Elders and sisters, no matter where they serve, experience lots of wear on their clothes. Send them a new tie, a new blouse, or a fun t-shirt for P-Day. To view a large collection of clothing made with missionaries in mind, click here.
8. Festive Decorations
Missionaries don’t have much time to think about decorations, so send a bit of festive cheer! These posters are a great and affordable way to make sure your missionary has a Christmas tree. Made of sturdy paper and featuring a bright, large design, your missionaries can place their gifts underneath it without any stress or fuss.
9. Teaching Supplies
Missionary work is hard. Help make the job easier with these great resources for teaching and studying.
- Elder Missionary Gift Pack
- Sister Missionary Gift Pack
- The Missionary Reference Library
- Mission Journal
10. Missionary Support
Perhaps nothing means more to a missionary than when they are supported in hastening the work. Christmas is a perfect opportunity to give a Book of Mormon as a gift, to have friends in your home while the missionaries are there, and to share the gift of the gospel. There are many ways to do so that suit your situation and comfort level.
For your missionaries out in the field, send them stories of how you’ve been trying to share the gospel.
Was there anything on this list that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!