Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas for your Missionary!

I have had an overload of questions from cute missionary girlfriends about what to send their missionary boyfriends for Christmas so here are a few of my favorites:

Spiritual Christmas Stocking:

Fill a stocking with small things that go along with a scripture reference. You can be creative with what scriptures you use and you can even use some of his favorite ones, but if you have no idea like us here are a few to help! It is also fun to change up the gifts to things that he loves!

Psalms 23:4 "thy rod and thy staff" - candy canes
Psalms 24:4 "clean hands" - soap
Matthew 15:11 "cometh out of the mouth" - mouthwash
1 Samuel 2:9 "keep the feet" - socks
Proverbs 10:7 "memory of the just" - writing tablet
D&C 89:16 "grain is good . . . fruit . . ." - granola bar, fruit rolls
Amos 4:6 "cleanness of teeth" - toothbrush
3 Nephi 28 "three Nephites" - 3 Musketeers bar
2 Nephi 3:12 "fruit" - fruit candy, fruit rolls
1 Nephi 8:26-27 "mocking" - Snickers bar
D&C 89:20 "run and not be weary" - nylons
1 Corinthians 13:11 "childish things" - yo-yo
Job 14:5 "his days are determined" - calendar
D&C 6:33 "ye sow" - needle & thread
D&C 9:8 "burn within you" - Rolaids or Tums
D&C 24:19 "prune my vineyard" - prunes or raisins
D&C 38:8 "let every man esteem his brother as himself" - picture of siblings
D&C 65:2 "gospel roll forth" - Tootsie roll
D&C 68:6 "be of good cheer" - Cheer detergent
D&C 84:79 "laborer is worthy of his hire" - Payday candy bar
D&C 84:88 "right hand and on your left" - hand lotion
D&C 88:124 "cease to sleep longer than is needful . . ." - Now & Later candy
D&C 89:16 "all grain" - granola bars, hot cereal packets
D&C 103:9 "saviors of men" - Life Savers
D&C 111:11 "wise as serpents" - gummy worms
Moses 1:22 "gnashing of teeth" - dental floss
1 Nephi 1:4 "commencement of the first year" - calendar
1 Nephi 19:16 "four quarters of the earth" - four quarters
2 Nephi 2:25 "that they might have joy" - Almond Joy
2 Nephi 18:1 "write in it with a man's pen" - pen
2 Nephi 27:14 "words of the book" - journal, alphabet cereal or soup
2 Nephi 31:6-8 "like a dove . . ." - Dove soap
Mosiah 4:16 "succor those that stand in need" - suckers
Mosiah 14:5 "he was wounded" - Band-Aids
Alma 11:24 "puffed up in their hearts" - balloons
Alma 32:28 "a seed may be planted" - sunflower seeds
3 Nephi 14:5 "thou see clearly" - Murine, contact lens solutions
3 Nephi 17:21 "He wept" - Kleenex
Genesis 6:19 "two of every living creature" - animal crackers
Genesis 32:10 "for with my staff" - candy canes
1 Kings 10:18 "throne of ivory" - Ivory soap
Deuteronomy 8:4 "did thy foot swell" - socks, foot powder
Nehemiah 8:10 "eat the fat" - pork rinds
Job 34:31 "will not offend anymore" - certs or deodorant
Psalms 78:24 "corn of heaven" - candy corn or corn nuts
Proverbs 6:28 "hot coals" - red hots or suntan lotion
Proverbs 13:7 "yet hath great riches" - money or check
Proverbs 12:19 "lip of truth" - chapstick
Proverbs 25:25 "good news from afar" - stationery or stamps
Eccesiastis 3:1 "to every thing there is a season" - calendar or seasoning mix
Isaiah 48:21 "and they thirsted not"vcan or box of juice
Matthew 7:10 "or if he ask a fish" - tuna, Swedish fish, sardines
Luke 3:16 "not worthy to unloose" - shoelaces
Matthew 5:13 "salt of the earth" - salt shaker
1 Corinthians 10:3 "spiritual meat" - jerky
1 Corinthians 15:20 "first fruits" - fruit leather, can of fruit, etc.
2 Timothy 4:3 "having itching ears" - Q-tips

Christmas Traditions:
Any type of tradition that he loves and that you can send in the mail is something they will always love!

They love pictures more than anything so I put together a flip book of pictures of us and his family and friends and he loved that!

Getting Creative:
Last year for Christmas I wanted to send something sentimental and handmade. I made an ornament for him to go on his mini tree his mom had sent him. I printed out a map of Utah and of Texas and cut out a heart around where my house was and where he was living at the time. I glued the hearts on the outside of the ornament and filled the ornament with curled up pieces of the map. It actually turned out really cute. Not only was it both places on the same ornament but now when we hang it on the tree we always know where he was that Christmas.

Sending them the boring stuff:
Sometimes they really need things and they have no money. Cam needed razors, deodorant, cologne, etc. Wrap them up all cute and send a few of the things he needs. He will appreciate them more than you know!

Your Testimony:
The first year Cam was still in the MTC and I sent him a Book of Mormon with my testimony in it. Once he got into the mission field, him giving that Book of Mormon away to an investigator turned into one of his most spiritual and prized memories. It means more than you know.

Believe it or not, they get sick of shirts, ties and slacks. I sent cam a really nice pair of buckle jeans, some AE shirts and some nice basketball shorts to wear on Pdays. He loved them it was great to get something nice other than church clothes and a fancy tie... because they have a billion of them already!

This is something you want to send before christmas but a little tree with lights and ornaments, or lights for the house and some decorations make them feel like home. Its nice to have some kind of decorations and they enjoy them!

Gift Cards:
Go onto google maps and find what restaurants are in their area and get them some gift cards for there. They always want food and its nice when they don't have to spend the little money that they have.

Wall Tree:
I never did this but I know many that have. They created a big tree out of paper to put on the wall and had friends and family members write notes to him and the other missionaries on cut out ornaments. You could also do scriptures and spiritual sayings if you don't want to do notes.

There are a few ideas! They will really love anything you send them! Good luck and be happy!! It will all be worth it in the end! :) :)


Anonymous said...

Love this! Have any ideas what to do for a missionary's family for Christmas?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I don't have any missionaries from our family currently out but this will be a big help when I need ideas to send to missionaries in our ward. You got me excited to try these!!

Anonymous said...

My grandson s are greenies but the one boy has had 2 baptisms ( kinda) anyway. I plan on sending thank you notes to those who have had such good influence on him . Making it easy to get a good start.