Kathryn’s Favorite Things: A Religious Shopping Guide
Remember back when Oprah had her favorite things episode on her talk show? That was nuts. As much as I enjoyed seeing everyone squeal like kids on Christmas morning, I was always curious to see what Oprah chose and why. This is kinda like that, but without the TV deal.
I’ve mentioned our “three gift” Christmas we celebrate with our kids. The gold gift is the one they want the most (within reason), myrrh is a gift for the body and frankincense is a religious gift. While I have no idea what your kids want most, nor do I know which gifts would be perfect for their physical selves, I do have a beautiful roundup of religious gifts for you, your toddler to teen, and everything in between. These are all things we personally own and really love. As you strive to help your kids celebrate the reason why we’re so excited for December 25, I pray these gifts help.
I’m also including Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday specials they’re offering. Fair warning, a few of them are no longer taking Christmas orders, BUT they were so good, I had to keep them on the list. Just pin the things you love and you’ll be all set for Christmas 2017, or sacrament preparation for the new year. Happy shopping and blessed Advent to you. I’m direct linking them here, but to read my reviews, get the coupon codes and see photos, keep on scrolling.
Dove Tail Ink | Flor Larios | Jen Norton | Shining Light Dolls | YouCat | Holy Heroes | Saintly Silver | Inspired Traditions | Under Angel Wings | Tiny Saints | Clarey Clayworks | Santa Clara Design | Trendy Traditions | Rugged Rosaries | Chews Life | Punch & Judy Pegs
ART: Dove Tail Ink
No code necessary for this BOGO (buy any print, get a free 5×7 notecard). Monica is an Austinite who produces some stunning pieces. She has prints, notecards and artwork. This morning offering print hangs in my kitchen.
ART: Flor Larios
CYBERSALE33 for 33% off and Team Whitaker readers use TEAMW30 for 30% off from now until 12/31. I purchased several of her greeting cards for teacher gifts (and kept a few for me) last year. They’re stunning and so unique.
ART: Jen Norton
HOLIDAY20 for 20% off 11/24-12/1. Our daughter received a wooden painting for her First Communion and we loved it. Jen even went the extra mile and wrapped it since our Godmother couldn’t be in attendance.
BOOKS: Shining Light Dolls: The Virgin Mary Around the World
No coupon code yet, but this is such a favorite board book of ours for Gianna. Her aunt purchased it for her and it’s been a winner.
No coupon code, but you can find it on Amazon. For the teenager, this is a must-purchase. Such a fun, useful Catechism that’s relatable to middle and high schoolers.
CDs: Holy Heroes, Glory Stories CDs
3-for-2 special through 11/27. I bought these a couple of years ago for us to listen to them in the car. Even my teenager asks to listen to them, they’re that good. The stories make the saints feel like real, relatable people.
FELT SAINTS: Saintly Silver
A couple of years ago, I purchased each child’s namesake saint (St. William, St. Pope John Paul II, St. Anne, St. Clare, St. Luke and St. Gianna) for Christmas. I love that each has a prayer on the back, too. Erin is so talented. She’s only got pre-made nativities for sale now, but bookmark this site. I promise it’s worth it.
JESSE TREE: Inspired Traditions
No coupon code yet. If you’re like me, I kept saying we were going to do the Jesse Tree and by golly I was going to make the ornaments. Bwahahahaha. Seriously. I turned in my crafty card and ordered these last year. SO happy I did. We prayed the prayers and hung the ornaments each night and it was such a beautiful way to end the day.
KEEPSAKE BOXES: Under Angel Wings
CYBERMONDAY20 for 20% off. For Clare’s First Communion I stumbled upon this gem. Iwona makes just about any saint and we chose the sliding lid box in green, but she has a number of finishes and saints. Clare stores her saint medals and rosaries in this box. Functional and beautiful. Love x 1,000.
SAINT MEDALS: Tiny Saints
CYBER30 for 30% off on Cyber Monday and 20% off through Christmas Eve. Oh boy have I sung the praises of these. We own SO many and love each and every one. They are well made, adorable and win kudos from my littles to my bigs. You can clip them to purses, backpacks, pet collars, key chains, rosaries…you get the idea.
POTTERY: Clarey Clayworks
TEAMWHIT16 for free domestic shipping now through Cyber Monday, 11/28. Anne and her talents are no stranger to my blog. We have ordered bowls for Godparents, Baptisms, First Communions and soon, Confirmation! You just won’t find a more beautifully handcrafted gift than this one. It’s perfect for holding rings, rosaries, saint medals, change or your favorite pair of earrings.
PRINTABLES: Santa Clara Design
ADVENT16 for 20% off anything in the shop. When we did a little remodel for the Sister’s convent last winter, we included one of Lauren’s prints. Not my house, so I didn’t blog about it, but it was SUCH a lovely addition to the space. Lauren is so talented (she also happens to be the beauty behind my blog design!)
ROSARIES: Trendy Traditions
TEAMWHITAKER2016 from 11/25-11/28 for 30% off. Melanie and I go way back, like a dozen rosaries or so! She’s crafted one for each of my kids (and my family) and her attention to detail and the love she puts into every rosary is just awesome. I can’t sing her praises enough.
ROSARIES: Rugged Rosaries by Cord Bands
KATHRYN10 for 10% off. Will, our teenager, has one of these and it is indestructable and so manly. My friend Susan shared its greatness and she was right. We love the weight and look of this rosary so very much. Rosaries aren’t just for women, y’all.
ROSARIES/TOYS: Chews Life Shop
TEAMWHITAKER16 through 12/5 for 15% off; after 12/5 get free shipping with that code. Oh, the hours this rosary has saved us at Mass with Gianna! It’s durable, adorable and functional. Shannon knocks it out of the park with this one, and her customer service is outstanding.
SAINT PEGS: Punch & Judy Pegs
I discovered Maria after my failed attempt to paint peg saint dolls for my kids. Hers are works of art. Some of the kids *might* be getting one for Christmas. While she’s not taking custom saint peg orders right now, she does have some pre-painted items in the shop. Whatever you do, bookmark this site. So much goodness.
This post contains affiliate links, but I already professed my love, so you know I’m legit!
Kathryn, these are so good! Thank you for this list! I had Virgin Mary Around the World on my list this year, so thank you for the good review!
It is SUCH a sweet book. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Coupon Code for Rugged Rosaries: KATHRYN10
Thank you for the mention!
Outstanding! I’ll update the post. Thank you!
I love those keepsake boxes! Thanks for the idea. I just bought one for my niece’s 1st communion. The St. Lucy one was so well done!
They are lovely. So glad you found a winner!
I can’t get the TEAMWHITAKER16 code to work at Chews Life? Aren’t those SO cool! I was going to order one for my daughter and little Godson.
Give it another shot. I just talked to Shannon and she fixed something on her end. Thanks!
Just ordered from FlorLarios. Such beautiful things!
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