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					                                                                    OUR OWN ACTIVITY
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                                         Gift Giving




You don’t need to spend lots of money to purchase gifts. The best gifts come from the heart.
Help your troop to learn the value of giving. To earn this emblem, complete the following tasks.

1. Think of times or occasions when people give gifts and the type of gifts given on these
   occasions. Identify at least five times when gifts are given and name some appropriate gifts
   for these occasions.

                OCCASION                                   GIFT

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2. Not all gifts cost money. Think of some gifts you can make or give that are free.

3. How would you choose gifts for the following people? Remember that not all gifts are things
   you buy.

       Mother                Brother                       Grandparent
       Father                Sister                        Best Friend
       Leader                Pastor/Corps Officer
4. It is always important to say thank you when you receive a gift. Learn the difference
   between a personal thank you and formal thank you. Know which is appropriate for different
   occasions? Write a thank you note for a gift you have received.

5. Practice accepting a gift that you like and a gift you may already have or do not prefer.

6. Make or buy a gift for someone. Share with your troop or leader:

   What gift you choose _______________________________________________________

   Who the gift was for ________________________________________________________

   What was the occasion _____________________________________________________

   How they responded to the gift _______________________________________________

7. Read a Bible Lesson about giving or receiving gifts.
                                                                   OUR OWN ACTIVITY
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                                                         Gift Giving Leaders’ Resource
1. Holidays and birthdays are good times to give gifts, but help the children to understand it is
   appropriate to give gifts to celebrate such milestones as marriage, birth, graduation, etc. It
   is also appropriate to give gifts when a person is sick or having a bad day. Reinforce that
   gifts may be something intangible, such as a hug or help in the kitchen.

2. Make small crafts or gift “coupons” that are redeemable for help around the house, a hug or
   breakfast in bed.

3. How would you choose gifts for the following people? Remember that not all gifts are things
   you buy.

       Mother                 Brother                        Grandparent
       Father                 Sister                         Best Friend
       Leader                 Pastor/Corps Officer

4. Practice making thank you cards or letters. If you have young children who find it difficult to
   write, download thank you cards from the internet and allow children to decorate and sign
   them.

5. Make gift-giving manners fun. Wrap inexpensive items that you have around the house or
   corps. Some of the gift should be fun and others should be things children would not
   necessarily be happy to receive. Let children take turns giving and receiving gifts. Teach
   them to say, “Thank you,” before opening the gift. Practice being kind when the gift is
   disappointing.

6. Inexpensive and easy crafts ideas can be found at the following sites:

   www.allfreecrafts.com
   www.orientaltrading.com

7. Here are some lessons you might want to use. Read the lesson from a Children’s Bible or
   Bible storybook.

   The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
   Ten Lepers (Only one said, “Thank you?”) – Luke 17:11-17
   John 3:16
   Hannah’s Gift – 1 Samuel 1:9-28

OTHER RESOURCES
Websites
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/coupons/tp/couponsprint.htm
http://fun.familyeducation.com/gifts/childrens-art-activities/36853.html
http://fun.familyeducation.com/holidays/christmas/29608.html
Videos
Saint Nicholas: The Tale of Joyful Giving; Veggie Tales DVD

Books
Veggie Town Values: Cool Hand Cuke; Cindy Kenney; Zonderkids

Submitted By:
   Jerrie Miller
   Territorial Director of Character Building Ministries
   USA Central Territory

				
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