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Top 10 Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

This list of 10 best gift cards for pastors or clergy will help you select the card thatÂ’s right for your pastor. Pastors do so much for their churches. It's only natural to think about them during Christmas.

No one gives more to a church throughout the year than a pastor. This list of 10 best gift cards for pastors or clergy will help you show your appreciation.

Pastors leave home in the midnight hours to help parishioners or leave in the very morning hours to pray with someone before surgery. They may or may not take a day off during the week and work almost every weekend. Granted, it’s not a job but a calling but pastors like to be thought about too.

Gift cards of any amount are appreciated. They don’t have to come from fancy stores or be for spectacular luxury items. Sure. Those things are great but it’s the every day cards that make the best gifts.

#1 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Christian bookstore

A gift card to your pastor’s favorite Christian bookstore is almost certain to be appreciated. Pastors often need to pick up sermon resources, personal study tools or small gifts.

#2 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Dining

Everyone thinks mid-scale or upscale when it comes to dining. Local diners are good options too. These are certainly welcome as it can give the family a special treat. But, they’re not the only cards that are appreciated.

A $5 gift card to a fast food restaurant can be helpful to a pastor with a busy schedule. When visitation appointments are stacked on top of each other, a grab and go meal may be the only choice that a pastor has. Panera Bread and Starbucks are popular places to meet with other pastors. Many of these cards can be ordered online or purchased locally.

#3 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Oil Changes

Pick up a gift card for Jiffy Lube, Fast Change Lube and Oil, Firestone or an oil change place in your area. This will help the pastor keep the car running for all those errands or visits. Ditto for gas cards.

#4 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Car repair shops

No one likes to get hit with a repair bill. Firestone and Sears gift cards can be great to help with the cost of an unexpected repair or flat tire. Even a relatively small amount can help with a smaller repair or pay the tax on a larger one.

#5 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Motel

Choice Hotels offer gift cards that can be used for any of their brands. These can be purchased at local hotels or through the Choice Hotels website. A $25 minimum applies. The pastor can put the card toward a family vacation or out of town meeting.

#6 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Lawn care

A pastor cannot simultaneously mow the yard and care for the flock. Gift cards toward lawn maintenance or an annual cleanup can help.

#7 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Grocery store cards

What’s a pastor to do when the person who takes care of communion elements goes out of town? A $10 gift card can help with that quick run to the local grocery store. Larger gift cards can be used for ready-to-serve meals after a long day.

#8 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Movies

Help your pastor spend quality time with the family. Movie passes are almost always appreciated by pastors or clergy. It allows them to have an inexpensive albeit temporary break from the pressures of pulpit or church ministry.

#9 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Online booksellers

Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers are popular choices that are well received. These gifts can be used to purchase needed reference or study materials that may not be available locally. It also opens a wider choice of Christian music selections than are found in the traditional brick and mortar store.

#10 Best Christmas Gift Cards for Church Pastors or Clergy

Clothing stores

The best gifts are the ones that a minister will be able to put to good use. A pastor can use only so many ties or scarves. Many pastors would happily receive a gift card to a clothing store. Of course, ties or scarves still work too.

Sources:

Personal Experience

 

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