Can you believe it’s almost Christmas already? It seems like 2021 has slowly passed by as quickly as 2020 came and went. While the passage of time is ever dissipating, the Lord remains constant through it all, and we now enter a time of anticipation and waiting for his coming during the Advent season.
As the Church prepares to receive the gift of Jesus on Christmas, so, too, do we give gifts to our family, friends and loved ones in the spirit of this joyous season. There’s certainly no shortage of “stuff” out there to buy; but as with every aspect of the Christian life, discernment should be a part of not only the gifts we ask for, but also the gifts we give.
So, without further ado, we present to you the 2021 Denver Catholic gift guide!
Media and Books
Whether you’re looking for a new book on the saints, want to bring St. Joseph more deeply into your spiritual life, are looking for a new copy of a spiritual classic or want to re-live The Chosen, here are some options to make those cold winter months just a bit warmer with the light of faith.
The Silent Knight: A History of St. Joseph as Depicted in Art by Elizabeth Lev
In Caelo Et Terra: 365 Days with the Saints
Consecration to St. Joseph by Father Donald Calloway
There’s never been a better time to buy a new Bible for that friend or loved one. The following options go far beyond just the 73 books of the Bible — they immerse you in the greatest story ever told and show how we fit into it!
Art prints from artists we like
Need something to spruce up that bare wall at your house or in your office? Consider buying a beautiful, high-quality print from one of these artists! You may even recognize Elizabeth Zelasko’s work from some Denver Catholic covers earlier this year…
Elizabeth Zelasko – elizabethzelasko.com/print-shop
Brie Schulze – brieschulze.com/shop
Baritus Catholic – barituscatholic.com/shop
In addition to a good ol’ fashioned rosary to commemorate this Year of St. Joseph, aids for prayer can also come in a card and app form — check out these ideas!
Spiritual sustenance and saintly swag for the tiny tykes in your life.
The Christmas Light by Claudia Canglia McAdam
Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles
Skateboards and comics and computers, oh my!
Kingstone Bible Comics/Graphic Novels
Carlo Acutis: God’s Computer Genius by Ellen Lebrecque
Brilliant! 25 Scientists, Mathematicians, and Super Smart People by David Michael Warren
We are blessed in Colorado to have several incredibly faithful local Catholic businesses just around the corner. They also offer online stores. Buy local if you can!
Bethlehem Handicrafts – bethlehemhandicrafts.com
Denver Blooms – denverblooms.com
Stargazer Fine Chocolates – stargazerfinechocolates.com
Gerkens Religious Supplies – gerkens.com
The Retro, home of Full of Grace USA and Motherboards – theretro.net
Aquinas and More – aquinasandmore.com
Patron Saint Medals – patronsaintmedals.com
Annunciation Heights weekend getaway – annunciationheights.org/guest-groups
Plan ahead and buy your family an unforgettable weekend getaway at Annunciation Heights. The memories made and holy respite will be a gift that keeps on giving.
St. Joseph Audio Course – bit.ly/josephsaint
Daniel Campbell, Executive Director of the SJV Lay Division, has recorded a series of talks on the life the St. Joseph as a husband, father and a saint. We can think of no better way to wrap up this Year of St. Joseph, and the best part is you can keep coming back to these talks whenever you want. St. Joseph, pray for us!
DC subscription – denvercatholic.org/subscribe
Last but not least, gift a subscription to the Denver Catholic! It’s the gift that gives all things Catholic faith eight times per year, and best of all, it’s free!