There are several bible verses which relate to some of the most important stories told in the Bible. Because these stories are such cornerstones for Christians, many have been translated into meaningful gift ideas. Luckily, you can find such gifts at almost any store you go to, not just the Christian-specific ones.
One of my favorites are the “Willow Tree” figurines. These can be found at Hallmark and other card shops and appear hand-carved. These are rather unique in appearance and allow you to buy family pieces relating to the nativity scene for around $65. You can expand this and also acquire stars for the background and a little stable. To complete the set, you can purchase the three wise-men baring gifts for the infant Jesus. These can be viewed and purchased at Hallmark.com.
Another favorite are “Precious Moments”. These ceramic figurines each carry a verse or saying on the bottom and portray a heart-felt event. One of their collections is of Noah’s Ark. Although retired, these are worth buying when you find them. Since they are retired and no longer being made, they will gain in value in the coming years. This collection consists of Noah’s Ark and many pieces of different animals “coming in two’s” to the ark. Precious Moments also sells several pieces for the Nativity scene including the buildings, family and different versions of the wise-men. These are currently being sold on ebay.com. I often check ebay and google.com to see if any figurines are being sold through people who want to sell the pieces or collectible shops.
If you are buying for a baby, try Wal-mart’s “Precious Moment’s Noah’s Ark 4-piece crib set”. For around $45 you receive a bumper headboard, headboard, comforter and fitted crib sheet. To complete the look you could try “Noah’s Ark Wall dcor Stickers” for $12 and the “Precious Moments Noah’s Ark Throw” for $15. If you are looking for a mobile, Target sells the “Sunshine Kids Noah’s Ark Musical Mobile” for $35. You can order all of this at walmart.com and target.com.
If you are moved by the verse “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not for such is the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:13-14), then you may enjoy a framed artwork depicting such a scene. There are many on art.com, but ones you may enjoy are “Teddy’s Prayer” or “Suspense” by Charles Barber.
A final idea, if you are buying for someone who enjoys reading, is any book by C.S. Lewis. These are bound to make them think about life, God and our purpose. My favorite so far is “The Great Divorce” which gives a vision of what may happen after one dies, why some don’t receive heaven and how some do. If your recipient is fairly cerebral, Chesterton’s “The Everlasting Man” will encourage them to think deeply about Christ, what happened when he was on earth and what that means. For those who prefer to enjoy a movie, I found “Bruce Almighty” to actually be quite moving. This film touches on our innate selfishness, why God is God and why we are not.