Around the holiday season, a lot of sponsors call and ask what they can send to their friend for Christmas.
Sending small items that fit in a regular envelope are the best gifts to send to your sponsored friend.
Packages must be no larger than 9 x 12 inches, weigh less than a pound and be under an inch thick. Larger packages result in high customs fees and run the risk of theft.
What can fit in an envelope that small, you ask?
Well, a lot! Here are 18 small but awesome gift ideas for your sponsored friend!
1. Make a friendship bracelet. My niece makes friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss, which you can get at any fabric store and usually cost less than a dollar. (Check out the D.I.Y. tutorial!)
2. Include a bookmark in your Christmas card.
3. Send a photo of yourself. When I visited a sponsored child’s home in India on a mission awareness trip, I noticed the family hung the sponsor’s photos all around the home. Sponsored friends love to receive photos from their sponsors!
4. Stationery. Who doesn’t like fancy paper?
5. Baseball cards. Do you and your friend bond over baseball? Send a card of your favorite player or team.
6. Paper dolls are a great idea for any young child. I loved playing with paper dolls when I was a child and I found a great website with templates for dolls, clothes and accessories. Simply cut, color and send!
7. Send your friend some stickers.
8. Postcards from your state or places you have visited.
9. Make a paper frame out of cardstock or heavy paper. Don’t forget to include your photo!
10. Finger puppets: When my nephew was born, I made him a set of finger puppets out of felt. I cut out animal shapes and sewed them together. You can also use fabric glue or a hot-glue gun, just don’t forget to leave a spot open for those little fingers!
11. Try painting a picture or sketching something for your friend.
12. Silly bands are tiny rubber band bracelets in different shapes. Kids love them, and you can usually get a package for just a few dollars.
13. Send miniature party favors such as a pinball maze or other flat games.
14. Miniature memory games are great for little kids. You can even make your own with cardstock or heavy paper.
15. Miniature coloring book (no crayons please ó they often melt).
16. For older students try school supplies they might not be able to access. For example, when I was in college I used post-it page flags all the time! You can also send fancy folders, post-it notes or index cards. (Just make sure your envelope is less than an inch thick.)
17. Send your friend a pocket-sized journal with a pretty cover. (I found one for a friend of mine at World Market for only $3.)
18. Wooly Willy mini games are great to send to your friend. Wooly Willy is a toy that uses a magnetic wand to draw hair, a beard and eyebrows onto a cartoon face.
Any ideas spark your interest? We have more gift ideas on our Pinterest page. If you decide to send your friend an item from the list, post a comment and let us know what you think! Happy Christmas!