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Youth Group Gift Ideas: 10 Christmas Presents for Your Team

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Thoughtful youth group gift ideas show your ministry team that you care. Yes, caring for your staff and volunteers should be a priority year-round. But Christmas is the perfect time to express appreciation with a gift.

Here’s a list of what I’ve given my ministry leaders throughout the years. Some of these youth group gift ideas are cheaper than others. But they’re all practical, affordable, and doable.

10 Youth Group Gift Ideas for Your Team

1. Gift Cards

First, know that a $10 gift card to any fast-food restaurant is a hit. If your church has a café, ask for or create gift cards for a free coffee or food item. You can buy locally or from Amazon, which sells gift cards to its store as well as hundreds of others. If you’re in a pinch, Amazon will mail or email the cards to you!

2. Meals

We often invite our staff and their spouses to gather at a local restaurant, our treat. It’s a way to say “we love you” to the volunteer and “thank you” to the spouse for lending those volunteers to us. (Pro Tip: Find a location with a private room that can accommodate the whole team.)

3. Notes

A Christmas card with a personal note reaches someone’s heart in ways that food or money can’t. Every ministry can do this, no matter your budget!

4. Books

A resource related to youth ministry or personal growth is ideal for investing in people who are investing in others. One year we gave each junior high leader Kurt Johnston’s book 99 Thoughts About Junior High Ministry. Also consider: The Jesus-Centered Life: 40 Devotions for Teenagers by Rick Lawrence and Grow Down by Ken Castor.


Giving a T-shirt, mug, backpack, or any other item containing your church or ministry logo is a win (as well as sweet promo). Check out the items available from Stickers and More and 4 Imprint.

6. Photos

I love sending photo cards from apps such as Ink and Postagram. Simply snap pics of you with each staff member. Later, use the app to create a personal postcard that’s printed and mailed directly to team members. This may be the best dollar or two you spend all year!

7. Calendar

A customized 12-month calendar is a useful, meaningful gift that reminds team members they’re a key part of what God is doing in kids’ lives. Check out Vistaprint or search online for “custom calendars.”