Isn’t it joyful to give? Whether we’re tithing, helping the less fortunate, supporting our favorite charitable organizations, or buying a present for a loved one, the happiness we receive in return is immeasurable. But are we sometimes guilty of giving away something that wasn’t ours to give? Of course, we wouldn’t steal money from the offering plate or shoplift from a business.

But if we’re taking from other members of God’s creation what is rightfully theirs, we’re still guilty of theft. God gave His animals their own special talents and abilities, their unique bodies, and their desire to live free from suffering. If we rob them of everything that’s natural and important to them, we aren’t the selfless givers that He instructed us to be. In that spirit, here are more than 100 great gifts for Christians that celebrate their faith and honor all of God’s creation.

Books

Most of us have asked questions such as “Do animals go to heaven?” “Do they have souls?” “What kind of relationship should Christians have with them?” Here are a few of our favorite books that delve into the Bible for answers:

People with animal companions will likely appreciate a thoughtful gift of a book that helps them gain a deeper understanding of their animal family members, such as the following:

Add a daily devotional book or a vegan leather journal for a custom gift set.

Cookbooks

Did Jesus eat animals? Many religious and historical texts suggest not. And a loving God wouldn’t want us to take a life when we have another choice. Help the chef in your family or group of friends whip up delightful dishes that are free of animal-derived ingredients and full of flavor. We suggest the following:

Clothing and Accessories

Animals don’t want to become our sweaters or shoes any more than they want to become burgers or nuggets. Help your favorite people discover their new favorite fashions while building a compassionate closet. Here are a few PETA-tested options:

Sporting Equipment

Church-league intramurals are going kind, too, with sporting equipment that no one had to suffer for. Check out these items:

Home Goods

Isaiah 32:18 says, “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Help your loved one deck out their home sanctuary, with gifts like these:

Food

Everyone loves a present of yummy treats, like these delights:

Or give a heartfelt gift of homemade goodies like banana bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cupcakes, or rosemary focaccia.

Personal Care

In order to help others, we must also take care of ourselves. Give the people on your list the gift of confidence with cruelty-free personal-care products. PETA’s easily searchable Beauty Without Bunnies database will give you loads of ethical options at every price point. Here are just a few selections:

More Ideas

For a personalized touch, make your recipient a gift basket centered on their interests, such as these:

  • Bath time
  • Coffee
  • Gardening
  • Movie nights
  • Picnics
  • High-quality time with animal companions
  • Tea
  • Travel
  • Wine

You could also make a charitable donation to a cause they care about or give them the gift of your time by attending a concert, a sporting event, an arts festival, an animal-free circus, a movie, a play, a gallery showing, or a crafting or cooking class together. No matter what type of gift you choose, the joy you’ll receive in return will likely be much greater.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

—2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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