It’s that time of year when we start looking for Christmas gifts for loved ones. Chicago Catholic staff put together this list of unique gift ideas for this year’s shopping season.
Support the monks of the Abbey of the Genesee in New York by gifting your loved ones with some of Monks’ wide assortment of delicacies, including hand-baked biscotti, savory cheese crisps, wholesome fruit and nut bars, premium nut butters, and Monks’ Bread, available in eight varieties. Gift boxes and bundles are available in a range of prices. Every purchase from MonksBread.com supports their ministry of prayer and hospitality.
Sock Religious is a mom-and-pop online store launched by a team of young Catholics during the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2017. They offer socks for both adults and children featuring the likes of Mother Teresa, St. Joseph, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pope Francis. Adult socks, $14; children’s socks, $10
Celebrate your favorite stories from the Bible in this fun new word game. The Bible Edition of Scrabble features new Bible rules and a specially designed game board. Also included is a new Bonus Word Guide. No two games are alike as you draw on your biblical knowledge to spell unique words with spiritual significance.
With the Spirit Warrior Action Figures children can bring the greatest stories of the Bible to life. Each of the six action figures comes with a mini-storybook. Spirit Warriors are durable toys standing 5 inches tall.
A set of five plush manipulatives, each depicting an item from Catholic liturgy or devotion by Betty Jo Sews on Etsy. Toys are illustrated on both sides. Set includes monstrance, host, chalice, Lectionary/Roman Missal, and rosary. Items are stuffed with fiber fill. Great for toddlers, preschoolers or even young school-aged children learning about the Mass.
Founded by a mom, this subscription box service is geared toward families with children aged 3-12, with unique materials developed each month. Subscriptions are available as digital only for $7.99 a month or $39.99 for physical items mailed to the home. The crates feature items that can be used to celebrate liturgical feast days.
These wood engraved AMDG ornaments make good gifts for Bible study groups, youth groups, teachers, friends, and family. “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” (AMDG) was St. Ignatius of Loyola’s motto, and it translates to “For the Greater Glory of God.” Hang this ornament as a reminder to seek God in all circumstances. Birchwood ornament is 3.5 inches in diameter.
Both of these local and national legends have their own bobbleheads available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame. They are a must-have for Chicago sports fans. A portion of the sale of both bobbleheads goes to charities picked by the religious women.
Made by Kikkerland and powered entirely by solar energy, the benevolent pontiff will wave his blessings from your bookshelf, window or dashboard.
This is just one of the humorous Catholic T-shirts created by That One Sheep whose mission is “to evangelize the world through products centered on truth and reverent humor.” Other shirts feature saints like Catherine of Siena, Maximilian Kolbe, Joan of Arc and Padre Pio.
The newest thousand pages from Walter Isaacson, Diana Gabaldon or Stephen King is always a welcome Christmas gift, but when it comes to spiritual reading, give me the briefer book, with short chapters and simple, thoughtful ideas.
The following books are suitable for Christmas giving:
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