Share Your Ideas For Christmas Gifts…

Share Your Ideas For Christmas Gifts...

We often write our wishes for “a happy and holy Christmas” to friends and relatives on our cards. But how often does this sentiment influence the kind of presents we buy?

Click on the photo to find a range of gifts which you can purchase online from Angelus Press – we can recommend them because the materials they publish are solidly Catholic.

If you have another solidly Catholic outlet to promote, feel free to do so on this thread.

Or perhaps you feel Christmas presents should be “fun” items or you have reasons why giving religious books and items might not be a good idea for you. Whatever your thoughts on this, we’re interested to hear them.

8 responses

  1. A nice rosary or statue is a good gift, or perhaps a nativity to remind the recipient about the real meaning of Christmas.. I hear there’s a wee shop in one of the Edinburgh chapels that has some lovely nativities.

    • Vianney,

      I’ve heard that the man who runs the shop is a real case for the High Court, but then it takes all sorts… šŸ™‚

      Now, today while I was out and about, I came across the author Paul Henke signing books for Christmas.

      He assured me that his books have no bad language, crudity or explicit you know what in there, so I thought they might make good presents for those who enjoy thrillers and adventure stories. I bought “Corruption” (set, appropriately, in the European Parliament) so I will soon find out if he’s as truthful as he appeared to be during our chat.

      His books can be ordered here.

      • That link to Paul Henke’s site looks interesting – I think those books might be good for men, more than women, but I will spend some time looking at the story-lines on offer. I do sometimes give books so I am glad to have a recommendation from this blog about a crudity-free author. That’s really helpful.

      • Editor, nothing was ever proved and the judge through the case out because he said the wee nun giving evidence for the prosecution had a shifty look about her, and added that you can’t trust a nun called Sister Beyonce.

    • Vianney,

      Unfortunately, when nearly everybody in a family is lapsed, that makes it really difficult to give out rosaries or statues for Christmas gifts. If anyone has any tips round this, I’d be very interested to hear them. At the moment I just buy the usual Christmas presents, nothing religious.

      • Looks like everyone’s out doing their Christmas shopping, already! I should have posted this thread earlier!

        Lily,

        For young people, good wholesome books with a moral such as those used by home-schooling programmes, would make excellent gifts without seeming to be “religious”. Books like An Old Fashioned Girl (can’t remember the author) which I thoroughly enjoyed reading when I was helping with a home-educated thirteen/fourteen year old. These are thoroughly enjoyable while teaching discreetly about purity and other Catholic values, so that’s one way around the “lapsation” problem, at least for grandchildren, nieces/nephews etc. and children of friends.

  2. I like the way my parents give gifts — something I need, something I want, and a surprise. It’s a nice little balance and it’s never too much. We never forget the real meaning of the holiday. Often times my gifts end up being religious as well. Last year I needed a new bible so that was one important thing. I wanted some other religious books from Joyce Meyer, so there is another religious thing from my want category. My surprise was a giftcard to go out to eat with my boyfriend one night. That was my surprise. I think people should remember religion when it comes to gift giving but not be afraid to have fun with it. I’m buying a lot of Catholic gifts online for people this year and have found many unique items that I think qualify as both fun and religious. I know they’ll love them!

    • Ann Shirley,

      That is a really good website you linked there, thanks for that.

      It’s good to be able to give some small religious item along with a fun present, although with so many lapsed family members and friends, it’s not easy to decide what to give. I find it easier to do that if I’ve been to Lourdes or some other pilgrimage place, to give something as a memento of the trip, but I’m giving thought to it this Christmas and your link is a big help.

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