What To Buy Your Missionary For Christmas (Or Anytime)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's that time of year again which means OF COURSE that I'm constantly finding myself having flashbacks to the mission....anxiously awaiting packages from home during the Christmas season when home seemed farther away than usual.

So I figure now is the prime time to put a list out there that's guaranteed to get the "My family (MOM) is the BEST" reaction as soon as that missionary of yours breaks through those eight layers of packing tape on the box you sent.

What To Buy Your Missionary For Christmas (or anytime for that matter:):
  • Razors
  • Leggings/nylons/socks (esp in the winter)
  • Mints/breath strips (not being able to chew gum gets real old, real fast:)
  • Sticky notes/mini notepads
  • Gift cards (generic...this allows your missionary to go out and get what they really need/want)
  • Mascara/makeup:)
  • Shoe polish/waterproof shoe spray
  • Hand sanitizer (I loved the mini ones from bath and body works)
  • Stamps (want mail? make it easier on em and send stamps)
  • Perfume/cologne
  • NEW MUSIC!! Anything from EFY to Hilary Weeks to Vocal Point:) missionaries tend to get tired of music fast out in the field;) 
  • Chapstick (esp in the winter time)
  • Scrapbook paper (I loved using this for making thank you notes, writing down cute quotes, or for decorating the bare apartment, etc.)
  • Notes to investigators (these are the best!!!!)
  • Duct are not always  never in top shape and that tape SURE comes in handy;)
  • Super glue...for the same reason above...there are always repairs to be made, from shoes to shelves
  • Home-baked goods (if serving stateside)
  • Key chain (personalized, or something to remind them of home)
  • Candle/air/car freshener
  • Mini travel containers/bottles for exchanges
  • Zebra pens/pencils, Sharpies, or colored pencils
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Mini flashlight
  • Deodorant
  • Mission/CTR ring
  • Plan of Salvation kit (this can be homemade, best made:)
  • Festive decorations/wall quotes/Christmas lights
  • Clothing/ACCESSORIES (jewelry and scarves for sisters, tie pins for elders)
  • Hot Hands (cold areas)/Sunscreen (hot areas)
  • Fridge magnet (family photo/saying, quote, home state, etc.)
  • Mini collapsible mirror
  • Watch
  • Thumbdrive (to add photos)
  •  Framed family photo
  • Small gifts for investigators

(And just a side note, it was always nice when my mom sent a little something for my companion (or vice versa when my comps mom sent me something in her package) because then it doesn't make for awkward situations:)

Alright, so hopefully this is a starting point! Most of all, don't forget to include notes (especially around this time of year) that are extra encouraging and that don't dwell too much on what's going on at home...keep them motivated and focused on the work!

If you have more ideas, send them my way and I'll add them to the list! 

Good luck!

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