Originally Posted by wishin'&hopin'
I'm a priest and will get MANY plates of cookies. And, truth be told, I kind of dread it. Mostly b/c cookies in my house get eaten, by me. And, too many cookies is too many for this mama! Money gifts make me uncomfortable because of the ethics of accepting them, and in my mind, alcohol as a gift becomes problematic b/c I know too many folk who are alcoholic. All that said, I am always grateful for the thought behind the gift and always say "thank you".
My favorite gifts from children (and people in general ) tho' are the handmade ones. I'd much rather have a handmade, glitter filled card from a child than just about anything else...
Totally This. I have many friends who are priests/seminarians and it's always food food food for gifts. And normally it's sweets. If it's not sweets it's religious items - trust me your priest has plenty of crucifixes and icons. Freezer ready meals are good though, especially if said priest is living alone. Ask first of course for allergies, etc.
A gift card to the bookstore, gas station, grocery store, mall, etc it greatly appreciated, especially if said priest it a member of an order that takes vows of poverty. Don't give cash, especially in that case, as they may have to turn all cash over to the order.
A really nice gift a priest friend of mine in college got one year was an entire family gifting him a "work day" each month - they came over to his apartment, cleaned, did his laundry, cooked some homemade meals, mowed the grass outside, did minor repairs - i.e. all the stuff he didn't have time or didn't know how to do himself. He was a very busy priest though as the on-call for 7 hospitals while taking college classes for his master's in religion.
I'd go with a nice handmade card from your child, and a gift card.