If you're anything like me, November rolls around (or sometimes December..) and you panic about what to get for supporters for Christmas, get overwhelmed, do nothing, and say you'll do better next year. I've learned the hard way and I'm here to help. Here are some ideas for good supporter gifts this season:
ChristianBook.com always has deals on small books around this time of the year. In the past I've given out "Heaven" and "The Story of Christmas". This is a new one of advent readings that looks good. ($.99-$2.99 each)
2. StuMo Logo Branded Mugs
I've used www.discountmugs.com before. Shipping is expensive so maybe team up with someone else and split an order. If you're fancy, order from Simple Modern and ask Jason for info.
3. StuMo Logo Branded Ornaments
I bought these one year, they are definitely plastic-y but they looked nice.
4. Kids Scripture Memory Verses
I bought these packets for families with kids one year and this book for supporters without kids and asked them to use it to pray for the next generation of college students.
5. Customized Scripture Prayer Rings
This one is more labor intensive, but I made prayer cards for singles, married couples, and kids, made a custom cover with their names on it, and had them printed at a local print shop.
Heres some on amazon
6. Sweet Treats etc.
This year we are doing a hot chocolate kit that includes gourmet hot chocolate packets and marshmallows with a printed card of vision casting questions and scripture to go over as a family/couple/with friends.
We've done fun popcorn (similar to this)
7. Target ornaments
If you go early, target has a decent selection of inexpensive ornaments ($3-$5each)
-Use pirate ship for shipping labels, package them all at home, and take to the post office ready to go. That way you don't make everyone behind you at the post office hate you!
-Get them out right after thanksgiving if possible. Then supporters will see them before your end of the year giving ask letter. I also get a way better response/more thank you texts from supporters when I send them early before the craziness of Christmas.
Would love to hear other ideas and add them to the list :)
For reference, my kiddos were 3 and 11 months when we went in April of 2021. I probably would have waiting until they were a little older, but we had an amazing opportunity to go with work so we said, why not!
Before you go:
-*Get the app* and put your tickets in your apple wallet then you don’t have to wait in will call line! This is a new feature they added a few months ago and it let us skip big lines of people waiting to get their tickets! Also the app has tons of info like wait times and height requirements for rides.
-Research “rider swap” and take advantage of it (wish I did this, I didn’t understand it but now I do, and I feel like I really missed out. Its basically a way for your group to get fast passes when you have littles)
-You can rent strollers from kingdom strollers they drop off at your hotel (I flew with mine but a friend did this and said it was awesome). You’re definitely gonna want a stroller to hold all your stuff. You have to park it while you ride and sometimes cast members move strollers to get them out of the way, so just be aware that it might end up somewhere you didn’t put it!
-Defintely have a plan for rides, we lost time when we didn’t have an action plan
-Measure your kids height before you get to the park and lookup which rides they can and can’t do before breaking hearts
Buy and bring:
-Portable fan for stroller naps, rain ponchos so that weather doesn’t end your day
-Bring a small bag/fanny pack for money and phone to keep on you and a diaper bag to leave in stroller
-Bring in your own snacks and refillable water bottles and food
-Athleta workout masks for kids and adults- these are adjustable and easy to breathe in! Kids 2 and up have to wear masks although I didn’t mask Ella most of the time and no one said anything.
When you’re there:
-Order food on the app, we didn’t do any special dining just went with the flow more
-Baby care center is awesome for nursing and pumping and changing, worth walking to instead of nursing in bathrooms!
Things that were different because of COVID:
-No character meet and greets up close, they had characters but didn’t advertise the time they would come out. Same with parades! You would just happen upon a random float or character.
What am I missing? Let me know in comments!
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