This time of year, kids can’t get through a conversation with an adult without being asked the million dollar question: “What do you want for Christmas?” Around October, I start jotting down ideas for my own kids. We keep it simple with three gifts per child, so I only need a few ideas to get me started. This year, my tweenager surprised me by asking for a new Bible. The thought never crossed my mind. We gave her a Bible when she was baptized. She asked for something more mature, something to help her study and take notes. It was a proud moment for Mrs. Disciple!
Her request got my mind going. Christmas seems like the ideal time to gift our kids with things to promote spiritual growth. I considered five areas of discipleship and found a few things to help tweens follow Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts for Tween Girls
Start with an alarm clock to help them get up a few minutes early in order to spend time with God.
Journaling Bibles in an easy to understand translation gives your tween the Word and some space to create or journal their response to the Word.
DaySpring’s Illustrated Faith kits can help kickstart your tween’s interactive Bible experience. The I Am Strong Devotional Kit contains a fourteen-day devotional and all the supplies your tween will need to make her Bible pop.
Join your daughter on her spiritual journey using Dannah Gresh’s daily devotional, The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo.
Give your girl a place to record prayers and answers with this beautiful prayer journal.
Stuff her stocking with a few worship CDs like hillsong young & free’s Youth Revival to help her focus during her prayer time.
Sticky Prayers sticky notes can encourage your kid to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17).
Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker Student Edition, will help revolutionize her prayer life.
Sadie Robertson’s Be You Scripture memory cards will help your daughter hide God’s Word in her heart.
Drop by the dollar store and pick up some index cards and markers so she can create her own Scripture memory cards.
Connect the discipline of Scripture memory to her creative side with the Coloring the Scriptures coloring book.
Gifts that give back are a win-win. These bracelets from She Rescue Home support girls rescued from human trafficking. It also provides an incredible opportunity to educate your daughter on the realities and evils of trafficking.
Give-Save-Spend jars are a great way to teach your tweenager how to be a good steward of her money. (Grab these free printables from Three Little Monkeys Studios for a quick DIY gift.)
Fashion & Compassion’s Ethiopia Coin Purse will hold her tithe and support HIV+ women in Ethiopia.
A subscription to Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine (ages 8-12) will keep your child engaged in age-appropriate Christian culture.
Tweens love to hang out at Starbucks. Grab a Starbucks gift card and tell her to invite a few friends for some girl time.
A coupon for a Girls’ Night Out will help your daughter deepen friendships. Offer to take her and a friend out for dinner and a movie during the Christmas break.
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