‘How Would Jesus Drive?’ and other outside-the-box gifts

Moira Cullings

The Christmas season is an enchanting time to be with family and friends and grow closer to Christ. But sometimes, finding the perfect Christmas gift for the loved ones in your life can add more stress than peace. We’ve come up with a few ideas for unique gifts that are sure to make this a memorable and hassle-free holiday!

The Vatican Cookbook and apron gift set

For the person in your life with a passion for food, this cookbook contains recipes for a variety of meals for special holidays and simple dinners. The meals included have been served at the Vatican over the past 500 years, and you’ll feel like you’re in Italy with the photos of holy sites throughout the country that are incorporated in this book.

You can find the book and apron set at catholiccompany.com.

‘How Would Jesus Drive?’ bumper sticker

Lighten up the mood in Denver traffic with the “How Would Jesus Drive” or the “Do you follow Jesus this close?” bumper sticker. We all know a friend who can’t stand their daily work commute. Add a little humor to their suffering with one of these stickers.

Visit zazzle.com and search for each bumper sticker using their titles.

JP II, We Love You!

 

This past August, the archdiocese celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver with the More Than You Realize conference. More importantly, it served as the launch of a discipleship movement within the archdiocese.MTYR has an online store with t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stickers, phone cases and more. Great gifts for people of all ages!

MTYR.church/shop

The Night Sky print

 

 

Looking for a unique gift for a loved one’s baptism, confirmation or birthday? Show them what the sky looked like the night of their special day. The Night Sky’s website allows you to customize the date, location and any special message you want to include, and it will mail you a beautiful art print of the night sky.

Visit thenightsky.com for more.

Lenten Ark Diorama

Similar to an Advent calendar, the Lenten Ark Diorama is a great way to help children prepare for Easter. The ark’s windows and doors are designed to be opened each day of Lent, and they contain scripture stories that will help you and your kids learn more about this solemn season and the joy of Easter.

You can find this diorama at catholicgiftsandmore.com.

Catholic magnets

Cafe Press offers a variety of Catholic-themed magnets, both classic and humorous. These would make the perfect gift for your loved one whose refrigerator looks a little lonely.

Visit cafepress.com and search “Catholic magnets.”

Monk/nun bottle cover

 

For the wine connoisseur in your life, these covers are perfect to pair with a bottle of wine. The monk cover is modeled after the Franciscan order, and the nun cover looks like a traditional habit. These covers are made right here in Colorado!

Visit etsy.com and search “WineMonk.”

My Little Church magnet play set

This is a great gift for the child in your life who loves to play and is curious about the Mass. It comes with 36 magnetic pieces that can be arranged on a magnet book. The set is designed to help kids learn about the pieces within a church that help us celebrate Mass.

You can find this play set on catholiccompany.com.

Highs and lows t-shirt

This trendy shirt comes in multiple colors and styles. The subtle message stands for “God is greater than the highs and lows,” and the design is sure to make people curious about its meaning. This is a great gift for teenagers and young adults.

You can find this shirt and more on elevatedfaith.com.

Coffee tumbler

 

 

We all have a friend who’s not fully awake until they’ve had their coffee fix. These tumblers from Religious Tumblers on amazon.com are the perfect way to feed your loved one’s passion for coffee and faith.

Visit amazon.com and search “Religious Tumblers.”

COMING UP: Not your ‘this-could-be-for-anyone’ Christmas gift guide

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, many of us run into the problem of finding great and unique gifts for our friends and relatives. For this reason, we have come up with a gift guide that can make your Christmas shopping a little more fun.

For your friend who enjoys “Naptio Divina”

We all know that sleeping during adoration or prayer isn’t all that bad: you rest with Jesus, right? Well, we thought this quality would be worth honoring with this shirt from Elly and Grace that you can gift your “Jesus-took-naps” friend. The cozy baseball shirt is perfect for any man or woman who enjoys resting with Jesus. Visit EllyandGrace.com for more information.

It is great to nap with Jesus; but… it is also good to pray. Therefore, we have included Fr. Larry Richard’s “No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible, No Bed!” Scripture Calendar, in case your friend is tempted to nap with Jesus every time, instead of talking with him. You can find this calendar on CatholicCompany.com and help your friend remain faithful to praying without napping.

For your friend who evangelizes while they drive

Is your friend’s driving accompanied by countless Rosaries and acts of contrition? We have the perfect gift! The Catholic Company provides numerous car accessories for the fast evangelizers. It reminds them to wait for their guardian angels on the road in their works of mercy. On the Catholic Company inventory, you can also find sacred images and pins, such as the visor clip for any parent who is worried about their children’s driving habits.

For your friend who fights for a cause

Religious art, yards, a great cause: everyone wins with one. Angel Haus is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides employment for the disabled by creating religious art, especially for yards. The founder is the newly-ordained Deacon David Arling, who has been operating it since its initiation five years ago. They have now sold over 300 Christmas Display boards and San Damiano Cross images. The family business has encountered much support from their pastor, Father Michael Carvill at Nativity of Our Lord Church. Nonetheless, they need your support to continue with this project. To purchase an item for your friend and help this great cause, email Arling at djarling2011@hotmail.com.

For your friend who is a lost cause

Okay, okay, no person is a lost cause; but we all know someone who is pretty close to being one. As soon as you think they’ve finally gotten it, an off-the-cuff comment smashes all your hopes. Hold fast and do not despair, St. Jude is here to help! This 3 ½” tall St. Jude wooden peg from Etsy.com will make sure that the patron saint of lost causes is constantly at work for your friend. Etsy provides a wide variety of religious hand-painted figures from Whymsical Lotus that range from the Sacred Heart to your favorite saints, such as St. Therese, St. Patrick, and Our Lady of Guadalupe. These charmingly detailed and delightful dolls make a unique gift for those friends who need a special intercessor.

For your little friend

Running out of ideas to gift your child, godchild, or short friend? The search is over. Faithful Findz from Etsy.com makes great replicas of saints’ attires. Take, for instance, the “Saint John Paul II the Great” costume, handmade out of cotton poly fabric (Hawaiian Pope mobile not for sale: sad, I know; but a miter and red cape can be purchased separately). Some of their popular costumes include the habits of Mother Teresa and Padre Pio (gloves included). Even more, the maker requests the person’s waist measurement to ensure the best fit. When in doubt, you won’t lose with the saints, and neither will your little friends.

For your priestly friend

He already has all sorts of things, what could he possibly want? Rosaries, religious art, and other religious accessories are probably some of the most common gifts for priests (or priestly friends). Nonetheless, we can assure you that very few have a custom-made priest bobblehead of themselves. It makes a great gift! All you have to do is send a couple pictures of your favorite priest to MyCustomBobblehead.com. Doesn’t sound like the best idea? Look at it this way: it is a way for your priest to remember and embrace his obedience to the teachings of the Catholic Church, as his bobblehead will constantly nod to God’s will and shake his head to refuse all sinful things. Plus, you’ll get a discount if you mention you saw this in the Denver Catholic.

For your friend who never gave up on comics

Why would anyone give up on comic books when you have great initiatives like The Ultimate Catholic Comic Book? A group of Catholic cartoonists joined forces to bring about this entertaining, clever, humorous, and enriching book for all ages. Although many of the parodies and puns may well go over children’s heads, the comics contain messages that remain true to Catholic Doctrine. You can buy it and check out the sample digital copy at CatholicComicBook.com.