Gift Ideas for Priests and Clergy – Ordination Anniversary – Newly Ordained

Priest Ordination & Clergy Anniversary Gifts

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There are many occasions when you may wish to buy your Priest, Pastor or Deacon a gift such as ordination, anniversary of ordination (Silver or Golden Jubilee) as well as religious holidays, birthdays and as a thank you.

Featured here are some guidelines on great gifts you can buy your Priest that they will enjoy, that commemorate the occasion and that reflect your appreciation. Whether you want to buy a thank you Priest gift, anniversary of Ordination, newly Ordained Priest gift, seasonal or other; the options remain much the same.

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Caution! Priests receive a great number of Bibles, Crucifix’s, Rosary Beads, Religious Scripture Plaques as gifts. These are very much appreciated by your Priest however due to the volume they receive after a while many such gifts may be shelved, packaged away in storage or re-gifted to other Priests. This is purely a practical thing and not at all a reflection on your lovely gift. You can ensure this fate does not befall your Priest gift by following the guidelines below.

Religious Themed Gifts For Catholic Priests

If you want to buy a gift which has religious significance (being mindful of other religious gifts your Priest might receive, here are some alternative choices which are less common and yet very desirable.

Buying a gift for your Priest can be tricky when you know they receive so many at this time of year. Buying them something useful, commemorative and personalized is a good way to ensure your Priest knows how much thought you’ve put into the gift and how thankful you are for their services.
Gifts can be personalized via Print, Engraving, Handmade and Artisan.
Zazzle and Amazon have a good selection of Religious Catholic Christianity themed gifts suitable for Priests and other members of the Clergy including Minister, Pastor, Deacons and Nuns.
Priest Anniversary 15th 20th 25th 30th 40th 50th Ceramic Ornament

If you select one of the above pictured gifts, they can be edited for any clergy member and any occasion, years in service and so on.

Popular gifting occasions for Priests include congratulating them on being newly ordained, anniversary of ordination including milestone anniversaries, 10th, 15th 25th, 50th (Silver and Golden Jubilee) as well as Birthday, Seasonal Christian Holidays and as a Thank You.


Unique Gifts For Priests That Won’t Gather Dust

Priests receive many religious themed gifts each year, including icons, religious art work and verses which they appreciate but which can accumulate.

I have read of one Priest who has many storage boxes filled with such gift items. If you want your gift to be seen, enjoyed and not gathering dust in a dark closet, check out this list for inspiration. I have my top 5 Gifts For Priest followed by Golden Anniversary of Ordination Gift Ideas and more.


  1. Personalized Journal For A Priest

Many Priests enjoy keeping a journal, details of sermons, important visits, ceremonies, favorite verses and so on. As such an attractive journal is a practical gift which will be enjoyed. If the journal is personalized with a name, inscription and so on, it has the added value of being a keepsake.

Zazzle Personalized Journals

Priest - Anniversary of Ordination personalized Pocket Moleskine Notebook

Featured here is a notebook sized journal in moleskin.

You can edit the text template fields on this notebook, change the background color and add a different image if desired.

This notebook features an ornate Crucifix. It is waterproof and sturdy and is handmade in California.

2. Personalized Playing Cards

Many Priests enjoy a game of cards and as such a personalized deck is a great idea to commemorate a special occasion. The gift is functional, fun and makes a great keepsake!

You can add your own image to the front as well as editing the text template fields.

Add a special inscription to commemorate the occasion.

3. A Gift Card

A gift card may seem impersonal but it is a great way to allow your Priest to buy something he / she really wants or needs. They are always appreciated and are less impersonal than giving money.

The value varies and you can find something to fit your budget. These can be given via email or sent with a card.

4. Themed Gift Basket

Your Priest is sure to have a hobby. Perhaps it is golf, gardening, cooking? Whatever it is there is gift basket to compliment it. Gift baskets are great as they often contain consumable items such as food and drink and as such they don’t take up space (which your Priest likes!).

If the gift basket is based on something your Priest is passionate about it doesn’t need to have a religious theme. Don’t forget Priests have a lot of religious themed gifts. Don’t be afraid to gift them something based on their other interests.

That said, for commemorating an ordination anniversary, a religious themed gift is appropriate.

5. Personalized Commemorative Watch

Priest Golden Jubilee Personalized Wrist WatchesZazzle has a wonderful range of watches which can be personalized by adding images, text and changing the background colors. Different styles, strap types are available. Featured here are a few religious themed watches which may suit a commemorative anniversary of ordination gift.

This is a great practical gift, stylish too!

Priest Golden Jubilee Personalized Wrist Watches

The Priest Gifts featured on this page can in many cases be customized by changing the text or you can add a photo. In some cases you can also replace the photo /image with one of your own and change the background colors. You can edit the text to include the Priest’s name, date of ordination, number of years ordained and so on.

Funny Gifts For Your Priest

Your Priest does have a sense of humor too, so don’t be afraid to buy something that is funny. Stay away though from controversial topics which he may find embarrassing. Other suitable gifts include gift certificates, other items related to his/her hobbies. If your Priest enjoys music (many do) an iPod, Musical CD or other music themed gift may be appreciated.

Things to consider when buying your Priest a gift

Hobbies and Interests – Outside of the Church, does he/she have any interests or hobbies that you know of or can find out about? Does your Priest enjoy gardening, reading a certain author, music, fishing perhaps? If they do then a gift that can be used to enhance their enjoyment of these activities will be welcomed.. It will also show you know your Priest well!


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