Does your priest like to read? Get him a gift certificate to Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. Then he can pick out something he likes. I bought mine a hand-made rosary I got on etsy.com. I also get statues…Jesus holding a sheep since priests are our shepherds. If you know he isn’t diabetic maybe a container of muffins or cupcakes or cookies (cookies can be frozen). Does he have a Kindle or Nook? A gift card so he can get an e-book would be excellent. Ask the secretary or if he’s serving with another priest ask that priest. There are tons of ideas that don’t cost a lot.
My priest was thrilled with a CD of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy that he can listen to in his car-that’s only about 10-12 dollars.
Does he have a hobby? Gardener? Loves the beach, baseball/football team? You can always get something to do with those. I never have a shortage of low cost ideas for priests. I often leave baked goods in the sacristy with a name tag on it. Priests are busy. On St John Vianney’s feast day I bring a full dinner, wine, and dessert to the parish office for the priest and parochial vicar. I love to cook so that’s a gift from my heart.
I have an Irish Parochial Vicar so he gets a goodie basket on St Patrick’s Day. He loves it too. Also, who is your priest’s favorite saint? I know mine, so in that way I can get things that have that saint on it for him.
What do you like to do? Offer that as a gift from your heart. I guess it also depends on what your priest likes to do or what he enjoys.
By all means get a card and write a brief sentiment of what his priesthood has done for your spiritual life and express thanks for all that he sacrifices and how much he means to you. We all need to hear that sometimes. We need to know we are appreciated. They sacrifice so much, we need to let them know we notice that and appreciate them.