The economy's tight and you need to
say "thank you" to your amazing team of volunteers. Here are 14
ways to do it with style--and without busting your
Budgets may be tight, and funding may be
But there's one thing you can't afford to cut back on--and that's
appreciation for the volunteers who make your ministry possible.
Finding great gifts that affirm and delight volunteers is always a
challenge, but when you're on a squeaky-tight budget, it can be
downright discouraging. So Children's Ministry Magazine decided to
find fantastic ways to affirm volunteers--that don't break the
bank. We went on a special quest to find budget-friendly, unique
affirmation gifts and then create ways to say a very special
We found each of the featured items widely available in stores, and
we've included a downloadable, custom thank you tag with each idea
to give it special meaning. Simply browse the ideas, purchase the
items at the store or online, and download and customize our
specialized "thank you tags" . Then get busy affirming your
THE MISSING PIECE
Children's Collection 100-Piece Puzzles
Drive home the key role your volunteers play by giving them a fun
puzzle as a reminder that they make the picture complete.
• Wal-Mart and The Dollar Store, toy section.
• Thanks for being the missing piece that completes our ministry to
Giant Stampers and Stamp Pad
These desktop-worthy oversized stampers are guaranteed to bring a
smile to your volunteers' faces. Choose from various faith-based
messages and images, add a stamp pad, and you have a gift that'll
be a faithful reminder of your ministry.
• $1 for stampers, $1 for stamp pad
• The Dollar Store, teacher supply section
• Thanks for making God's imprint on your kids!
Tootsie Rolls Reusable Bank
Give your volunteers these cute re-usable banks as a nod to the
eternal investments they're making.
• Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and The Dollar Store, candy section
• Thank you for the eternal investments you're making in kids'
HAVING A BALL
Best Occasions Soccer Hacky Sacks
These nifty hacky sacks appeal to male and female volunteers-and
encourage the fun they bring into children's lives.
• $ .50
• Wal-Mart, party favors section
• Thanks for making every week a score for God!
THE KEY INGREDIENT
Crazerasers Collectible Puzzle Erasers
These super-cute and eye-catching puzzles come in many shapes of
food and kitchen ingredients. They'll make your volunteers
smile-and give them something useful.
• Wal-Mart, toy section
• Thanks for helping make our ministry to kids scrumptious!