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Affirmation Ideas for Under $2

bankThe economy's tight and you need to say "thank you" to your amazing team of volunteers. Here are 14 ways to do it with style--and without busting your budget!

Budgets may be tight, and funding may be trimmed.

But there's one thing you can't afford to cut back on--and that's appreciation for the volunteers who make your ministry possible. Finding great gifts that affirm and delight volunteers is always a challenge, but when you're on a squeaky-tight budget, it can be downright discouraging. So Children's Ministry Magazine decided to find fantastic ways to affirm volunteers--that don't break the bank. We went on a special quest to find budget-friendly, unique affirmation gifts and then create ways to say a very special "Thanks!"

We found each of the featured items widely available in stores, and we've included a downloadable, custom thank you tag with each idea to give it special meaning. Simply browse the ideas, purchase the items at the store or online, and download and customize our specialized "thank you tags" . Then get busy affirming your vital volunteers!


THE MISSING PIECE

Children's Collection 100-Piece Puzzles

Drive home the key role your volunteers play by giving them a fun puzzle as a reminder that they make the picture complete.

• $2

• Wal-Mart and The Dollar Store, toy section.

• Thanks for being the missing piece that completes our ministry to children!


BIG IMPACT

Giant Stampers and Stamp Pad


These desktop-worthy oversized stampers are guaranteed to bring a smile to your volunteers' faces. Choose from various faith-based messages and images, add a stamp pad, and you have a gift that'll be a faithful reminder of your ministry.

• $1 for stampers, $1 for stamp pad

• The Dollar Store, teacher supply section

• Thanks for making God's imprint on your kids!


SWEET SAVINGS

Tootsie Rolls Reusable Bank


Give your volunteers these cute re-usable banks as a nod to the eternal investments they're making.

• $1

• Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and The Dollar Store, candy section

• Thank you for the eternal investments you're making in kids' lives!


HAVING A BALL

Best Occasions Soccer Hacky Sacks


These nifty hacky sacks appeal to male and female volunteers-and encourage the fun they bring into children's lives.

• $ .50

• Wal-Mart, party favors section

• Thanks for making every week a score for God!


THE KEY INGREDIENT

Crazerasers Collectible Puzzle Erasers


These super-cute and eye-catching puzzles come in many shapes of food and kitchen ingredients. They'll make your volunteers smile-and give them something useful.

• $1

• Wal-Mart, toy section

• Thanks for helping make our ministry to kids scrumptious!Subscribetoday

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