You probably already do that…and now you can give fun and useful gifts that help your family keep the Faith and support Catholic businesswomen at the same time!
Below is a sampling of businesses that offer gifts for adults, teens, and children that you’d enjoy giving your family and friends to celebrate the birth of Our Lord. I chose many from the list published by Catholic Women in Business and added some of my own finds.
Yes, it’s the Advent Season, not the shopping season :) so we’ll get back to our regularly-scheduled Advent posts next week!
T-shirts are among the safest clothing to give as gifts (no problem with the sizing). Holly Nguyen at Holly Loo Yah! makes good-looking T’s – one of them, perfect for any mom, reads “Surviving Motherhood one Hail Mary at a time”: https://hollylooyahdesigns.com/products/surviving-motherhood-hail-mary-t-shirt
Petite Fleur Catholic Co. offers lovely t-shirts, throw blankets, and many other beautiful items. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetiteFleurCatholic
FOOD and DRINK
For the tea-lover, creative tea blends inspired by the saints. Saint Mary Magdalene tea (green tea + peppermint + ginger) sounds delish! Sacred Heart Tea is a family business owned by Jenifer and Frank Ramirez at https://www.sacredhearttea.com/product-page.
Olives and olive oil from Laura and Giuseppe Pugliano, whose family has been growing olives for generations on their farm in Calabria, Italy. So you know it’s the real thing! https://www.cicciosolives.com/family-farm/
FOR THE HOME
Anna Camacho at CORDA creates dozens of candles inspired by the saints: fun scents like “Roses in Winter” for Our Lady of Guadalupe and “Alpine Ascent” (Mountain Air and Pipe Smoke) for Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati at https://cordacandles.com/collections/shopcatholicsaintcandles/products/roses-in-winter-our-lady-of-guadalupe
Tabitha Kidman and her husband at House of Joppa sell handmade soap in yummy “flavors” like Peppermint Poppy and Lavender Sage: https://www.houseofjoppa.com/collections/shop-best-sellers
Wine glass charms with Catholic saint medals? Yes, please! Made by Robin Kucinic of SipnSaints at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SipnSaints
I wanted to include of a picture of every product on Rifle Paper‘s website because they are all so beautiful. Feast your eyes on the planners, kitchenware, rugs, wallpaper, and other decorative treasures at https://riflepaperco.com/.
Stephanie Weinert offers gifts for moms, including beeswax prayer candles at https://motherandhomemarket.co/collections/seasonal/products/beeswax-prayer-candles
Owners Thérèse and Christie of Lovely Lady Linens offer beautiful Marian-inspired table linens, quilts, and other items for the home at https://lovelyladylinens.com/.
BOOKS and JOURNALS
My friend Sam Fatzinger, homeschool mother of 14, and her husband Rob published A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More: Advice from a Debt-Free Family of 16. Since the book came out last year, Rob has retired in his mid-’50s debt-free with six children still at home. An inspiring book of faith and practical advice for any family: https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Guide-Spending-Less-Living/dp/1646800478
Daily Examen journal for men by W. Williams at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999277316. Includes instructions for doing the daily examen and inspiring quotations especially for men.
Catholic couple Mari and Trey at https://westcoastcatholic.co/collections/shop-all/products invite us to “live in heaven now” with this white linen adoration journal. Other products include jewelry, rosaries, and clothing.
GIFTS FOR TEENS
Heather Lebano offers bead bracelets with messages that help us keep virtue strong. An especially good one for young people reads, “God First”: https://houseofloveandlaughter.com/product-category/jewelry/
Frassati Hiking Club t-shirt from https://www.etsy.com/listing/1313814767/saint-club-bl-pier-giorgio-frassati. A strong reminder to always “climb upward” in courage and faith.
Hand Maid by Emily created a one-decade “Car Rosary” of white marble for new drivers at https://handmaidbyemily.com/product/white-marble-car-rosary/ Rosaries in fun colors, too.
Violets and Moss sells beautiful and sturdy hand-made paper shrines for the faithful of any age: https://www.etsy.com/market/violets_and_moss
Petite Fleur Catholic Co. carries mugs, t-shirts, and sweats that a man would actually use and enjoy. They also offer beautiful prints, tasteful décor items, and clothing for men, women, and children (including onesies that read “Cradle Catholic” and “Future Saint”) at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetiteFleurCatholic
FOR THE CHILDREN ON YOUR LIST
Lily and Lamb children’s clothing and accessories offers “Daughter of the King” items to remind young girls of their true identity: https://lilyandlamb.com/collections/daughter-of-the-king/DOTK. 20% off all orders with the discount code CWIB20.
Catholic Family Crate has fun things to grow your children’s love of God, such as a monthly bundle of activity items to keep them engaged with the Faith: https://catholicfamilycrate.com/collections/monthly-subscription/products/one-month-crate Founder Elissa Tiprigan is offering 20% off the first month of a subscription or 20% off anything in the store with the discount code CATHOLICWOMEN (good through the end of the year).
In the same vein, Seeds for Sainthood offers an affordable weekly download of prayers and activity sheets that keep elementary-school-age children in tune with the Church’s liturgical year. Owners Katie McComb and Emily Ziemba are offering 10% off through Dec. 16 using the discount code CWB2022. https://www.seedsforsainthood.com/apple
Shining Light Dolls offers toys, puzzles, activity books, and dolls like these Mother Mary and St. Joseph plush dolls, for young children: https://shininglightdolls.com/
A personal top recommendation is Saintly Heart at https://saintlyheart.com/. I got to know the founder’s husband at a couple of conferences and was impressed by the quality of the toys. Maggie and Mike have little ones of their own at home to road-test their colorful, high-quality puzzles and use-your-imagination games that enable kids to really enjoy learning about their faith and the saints (they even carry temporary Saint tattoos — what fun!).