With Christmas less than three weeks away, I thought I’d share a few of the items that I have enjoyed this past year and recommend to others. If you’re still thinking of what to get the pastor, church planter, or homeworker in your life consider one of the following.
Lip balm from Lucky Tiger. I regularly carry a tube of this. It’s inexpensive, making it a great stocking stuffer. However, while you’re on the Lucky Tiger site you may want to pick up a few more products. I especially like their line of barbershop classics, though I personally haven’t shaved in a couple months.
A wool tie from the Tie Bar. I know giving someone a tie is sort of a cliché and therefore something to be avoided. I agree, when the tie is covered with piano keys or smiley faces. That’s not what you’ll find at The Tie Bar. They have a seemingly infinite number of patterns and materials. And with winter getting under way (we’ve already seen negative temperatures here!), wool is the way to go. I have bought several ties from them and am impressed by both their quality and price.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I reread this earlier this year. Unlike the first time I read it (in eighth grade for a book report), I couldn’t put it down! Even if one isn’t necessarily a Tolkien fan, this is a great story replete with adventure, humor, and wit. The second part of the movie will be released next week, making this particular book a timely gift.
Getting Things Done by David Allen. I suggest everyone read this book—it changed the way I work. Allen’s methods are easy to both implement and adapt to your situation. The individual looking for help in the areas of organization and productivity will find it to be a valuable resource.
A gift card from iTunes. You can spend as much as you want here and as such make this either another stocking stuffer or the main gift. It may give someone an excuse to buy the music or games they just couldn’t bring themselves to spend money on themselves, or the apps they’ve been wanting to try. I even suggested an app a few weeks ago that they may find helpful.
A subscription to Share Faith. For the pastor without staff this would be huge help. It has been for me. This site has so many materials available, from bulletin templates to PowerPoint slides, all of which are customizable. If he’s been creating these materials himself, this will free up his time. If he has never utilized such materials, this would be a simple way to start.