|Everett Ledbetter has been interested in the clergy for 15 years. He originally became interested in when he realized he had a ability to really engage and draw a response from large crowds in high school speech class.
His occupation is: Pastor.
Clergy work has become a very important part of my life and I hope to offer you some useful information that you can utilize when shopping for someone with similar interests.
It is important when shopping for someone interested in clergy to keep in mind:
That they are humans too. Look for gifts that will touch them on a human level.
What denomination are they? A rabbi may have different gift preferences compared to a Catholic priest.
While keeping in mind the recipient’s preferences when buying for the clergy enthusiast, knowing whether they are a beginner, intermediate or expert is also important in making the right decision.
With a beginner you must keep in mind:
They have a lot of energy. They’re ready to change the world. They’ll need maturity oriented items.
Someone at this stage may need encouragement to help them get past the seminary or associate Pastor level.
I would suggest products like name plates, pen sets, and coffee mugs with inspirational messages. Also, office management tools like software for the church’s office.
With an intermediate I would suggest putting yourself in God’s hands and let him help guide you.
I would suggest products along the lines of artwork or anything that provides inspiration. I would also recommend products along the lines of gifts that provide inspiration for a certain person’s long-term goals.
With an advanced clergy enthusiast you might keep in mind:
That you should focus on showing your appreciation.
Showing your appreciation for their hard work and devotion while also celebrating the work he or she’s been doing is the most important thing to remember when looking for a gift.
I would suggest products along the lines of: religious items like statues or framed artwork, a tie with all the books of the bible, briefcases or products used for document storage, and bible study software programs.
On the topic of gifts, the most unusual and best items that I have ever received or purchased, given my passion for clergy have been the following items: artwork with hidden religious images, a communion cup made of Israeli Olive Wood, a ram’s horn trumpet, tote bags with the skyline of Jerusalem on it, or any various religious items that come straight from Israel.
In conclusion, there are many factors in giving the right gift and avoiding embarrassment. These are only some suggestions and you must rely on your knowledge of the person more than anything. Good luck and happy gift hunting.
One expert on gift giving reports:
Good Gifts are a good match for the recipient’s wants, needs or interests. They are relatively expensive compared to the gift-givers budget and they represent a commitment.
Bad Gifts are token gifts. They are generic – something you would give anybody, that’s always a downgrade. They symbolize something you want the person to be. And if they are additions to a collection – collectors are sensitive to product attributes so this approach doesn’t always work and no joke gifts. Also something practical – It’s usually not a gift if there’s a cord attached