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Wow the Ones You Love with These Gifts

If you are anything like me, you are thinking about Christmas presents. No, not Christmas presents for you, but for everyone on your list, which is likely quite extensive. And if you are even more like me, you want your presents to be unique and meaningful. And if you are even more like me, you love it when they also have a Jesus touch to them. Search no further kindred spirit, I’ve done the research for you.

(Check out my 2012 and 2013 lists for additional Catholic gift ideas!)

‘Tis the Season

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: The product description really says it best for this one: “Christmas is a season! Enter into the full 12 days of Christmas with these fun and faith- filled ornaments. They are based on the beloved song "The 12 Days of Christmas" and focus on the faith filled meaning behind each of the gifts.”

Nativity Cookie Cutters: This awesome set allows you to make your own nativity scene… in cookies! After all, what would Christmas be without cookies?

G. K. Chesterton Ornament: As they say on the website, every Christmas tree should lean to one side with the weight of G. K. Chesterton.

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh: Why not give the gifts that Jesus received?

Bring ‘em Closer to Jesus

A Spiritual Bouquet: Give the gift of prayer this season through a spiritual bouquet. Simply write a note to your recipient letting them know what prayers you offered up for their intentions. And for your parish priest, you can print off a free card from EncouragePriests.org!

Flameless Devotional Candles: Does your recipient live in a dorm with a no candle policy? Don’t worry; The Catholic Company has you covered. They offer all kinds of candles that any RA would approve.

This next gift might require a group effort, but I promise it’d be well worth it.

SEEK 2019: Sign ‘em up and send ‘em off for the most powerful 5 days of their life.

A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis: A new year is a great time to start a new daily meditation book. A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis is a fantastic way for your Francis fan to spend a few minutes hearing from our Pope and applying his message of mercy to their life. (And my husband wrote the reflection questions; I promise they are just as good as the ones in his last book.)

Prayer Card Holder: For your friend who has a holy card collection that rivals your childhood baseball card collection, get them a prayer card holder. This customizable, leather bound, book is great for the choleric who would love to alphabetize their saints.

Accessories

St. Christopher Belt Buckle: This one is for the John Wayne (or John Wayne wannabe) in your life. Style and holy protection, what more could he want?

Novena Bracelet: Have you ever started a novena and then forgot what day you were on? Friend, I’m with ya and a novena bracelet is the solution to your problem. Here are the details according to the website: “These Novena Bracelets are a simple way to keep track of your Novena!  The moveable crucifix charm helps you count the days of your Novena on the 9 main beads. And if your Novena has different parts, a rosary and written prayers, for example, then the beads in between the main ones, can help you remember to complete every part of your daily Novena :)”

Catholic Vintage Jewelry: Speaking of jewelry, I know your favorite female will adore the Catholic vintage jewelry sold by On This Day Designs. There is so much “gorgeous” in each little piece.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Socks: And to round out the accessories category, I present to you Our Lady of Guadalupe socks. Perfect for impressing everyone at your Newman Center.

P.S. I tried finding a Catholic fanny pack, but I guess they don’t exist.

Kids
And for the kiddos this year, I decided to compile a list of just toys… because we all know that’s what they really want. No descriptions needed, these toys can speak for themselves.

Icon Lacing Cards

Jesus and the Apostles Playset

Crusader Capes

Doll Habits

Mother Mary Rattle

Quiet Book on the Mass (This product is made by one of our FOCUS student alumna!) 

Brick Nativity Set

Felt Saint Dolls

P. S. Nothing you see here was a paid promotion!

What’s on your Christmas shopping list?