2017 Christmas Gift Guide

" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

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Welcome to our 2017 Gift Guide! Here you’ll find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Many of these gifts are custom-made by contributors and friends of — and some of them come with special savings! Be sure to order handmade items early.

Custom Handmade Gifts

" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of Barbara Stein of Mary Devotions. All rights reserved. Used with permission. contributor Barbara Stein handcrafts rosaries and religious jewelry, which you’ll find in her Mary Devotions shop on Etsy. I have a few items made by Barbara, including a bead rosary, a twine rosary and a custom jewelry creation, and they are all beautifully made. Barbara notes, “For over ten years I have been creating handmade, quality rosaries and chaplets. I use high-quality parts and careful craftsmanship, and create chain, strung, wire-wrapped and twine rosaries. I use glass, stone, wood, crystal, and crystal pearl beads. I use bronze, sterling, and base metal rosary parts. I try to always have something for everyone, and for all budgets. Many of the rosaries and chaplets I make are commissioned for someone in particular. Some people know just what they want, and some people I take time to work with to create the ideal rosary for Sacramental events, weddings, special gifts, or just to keep for personal prayer. I enjoy working with people to create a rosary that is meaningful, but practical. A rosary should be a prayer aid — the beads keep us focused on what we’re doing, as it can be difficult to keep our minds on our prayer and intentions, and the entire story of Our Lord’s life that the rosary unfolds for us. Making rosaries is my apostolate. I feel I have been called to help bring Catholics closer to Jesus Christ through the rosary. One of the very first rosaries I made was a Seven Sorrows chaplet, so I feel particularly close to Our Lady of Sorrows, but Our Blessed Mother under all of her titles has my devotion.In addition to creating a variety of rosaries, I create hand-embroidered 100% wool brown scapulars, and handmade religious jewelry, including Consecration bracelets for women and men who have Consecrated themselves to Our Blessed Mother.”

Copyright 2017 Meg Herriot. All rights reserved.

Custom Hand-Knits: Mittens By Meg is an Etsy shop owned by contributor Meg Herriot. She specializes in custom-knit items from mittens to blankets and more! These products can be custom ordered in cotton, wool, or a fiber of your choice. The coupon for CatholicMom readers is CMOM2017 for 10% off of purchases $20 and over, good through January 31, 2018.

For the Kids

" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of Mandy May Laschon of Sanctus Stitches on Etsy. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Handmade saint dolls by Mandy at Sanctus Stitches. These saint dolls are hand-stitched and made of wool blend soft durable felt. They will be a great friend to your little one intended to help children grow in the Catholic faith and love for Jesus. Perfect for all ages, including the inner child. Saints offered include the Blessed Mother, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. George, St. Patrick, St. Anne and many more.


" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of Monica McConkey at All rights reserved. Used with permission. Catholic Craft Kits by Monica McConkey. Monica is a wife, Catholic Mom of five and CatholicMom contributor who offers Catholic Quizzing Cards, Prayer Journal rubber stamps and Catechism, Saint, Sacrament and Prayer-packed Craft Kits as tools and gifts to help families celebrate the Catholic Faith. Visit her shop at and her blog at

Products offered include

  • Super Saints Quizzing Cards
  • Prayer Journal/Saints Rubber Stamps
  • Catholic Craft Kits (PDFs)


" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of The Catholic T-Shirt Club. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The Catholic T-Shirt Club offers a special product just for kids. Give the gift of faith with a subscription box from Catholic T-Shirt Club! Their Little Saint Boxes will allow your kids experience their faith in a fun and exciting way! Each month, receive Catholic T-shirts, crafts, coloring pages, and Sacramentals to help learn important Catholic Church teachings!  It’s the perfect gift for your Catholic Kids ages 3 to 8!

Are there teens and adults on your list? The Catholic T-Shirt Club has you covered with the perfect gift for your “hard to shop for” teen and young adults! These monthly surprise boxes will give more depth to the lessons of the Catholic faith, and become strength for their journey as they grow closer to Christ! Receive exclusive Catholic T-Shirts, Sacramentals, and Reflections every month!

Music Moms will Love

This summer I heard Marie Bellet perform several songs from her new album, Round and Round. Marie presents an inspiring collection of songs about the beautiful and mysterious contradictions of married life & love, and those unexpected lessons which form husband and wife, slowly revealing the hearts within. Featuring new songs and songs from her many albums, the variety of music styles and wonderful lyrics make this an album that will resonate with married couples of all ages, and those preparing for marriage. 16 songs include Lay It on Down, Nothing But Need, One Heroic Moment, It’s Nothing Personal, He Is a Daddy, He Loved Me First, and 10 more. This album is available through Ignatius Press.

A Gift of Encouragement


" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of Tami Kiser and the Motherhood Matters Conference. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Motherhood Matters: an online conference hosted by contributor Tami Kiser is now available for online viewing or in a 5-DVD set. This encouraging conference includes 16 presentations designed to lift moms’ spirits. Presenters include Kate Wicker, Emily Jaminet, Michele Faehnle, Sarah Reinhard, Rachel Balducci and many others. Give a gift membership to Motherhood Matters Online Conference to watch the sessions online, or a set of DVDs of the entire conference. Online Membership is only $14.95, and the DVD set is priced at $29.99. For gift options: leave a note at the time of purchase (in the notes box located on the purchase page) that it is a gift and who the recipient is: either email address for an online Membership or full address and name for the DVDs. A gift note will be sent.

Online Spiritual Direction from contributor Jason Weirich. Java and Jesus offers spiritual direction via Skype. “I’ve hit a wall. No idea where I’m going.”
“I believe in God. I just am struggling to see Him.”
“I want some help but I can’t afford expensive assistance.”
Java and Jesus is here for you. We publish blogs that are both practical and Spirit-filled. We offer mobile Spiritual Direction: this can take place wherever you are, thanks to Skype. Our prices are income-based and your plan for success is built around your needs. During this holiday season, we are offering 5 online Spiritual Direction sessions (we call them Jesús sessions) for 50 dollars. For more information, please contact us through our Facebook page.


Ethical Trade Goods

" 2017 Holiday Gift Guide"

Copyright 2017 Catholic Relief Services. All rights reserved.

Our friends at Catholic Relief Services have put together a holiday gift guide with ethically produced gifts that uplift a world of people. Every partner is vetted for fair wages, safer working conditions and environmentally sustainable practices. Gift ideas include items for the home, gifts for kids and teens, fashion, beauty and jewelry, and gift sets (they’ve labeled that “for your child’s teacher” but I can think of plenty of non-teachers who would love these treats!) With every purchase, a donation goes to CRS – for twice the impact!


Planners, Calendars and Cards

The Catholic Daily Planner™ by Michele Quigley, a Catholic homeschooling mom, photographer, blogger and business owner. I’ve been using Michele’s planners for several years now, and I can vouch for the high quality of this product. Michele’s customer service is top-notch, and she’s very responsive to customer suggestions for future planners as well. This planner is a useful, annual resource designed to help you live your Faith and order your life – every day. The inside margins are color coded to the liturgical year, including ALL feast days and daily readings for BOTH calendars (OF AND EF). All Holy Days of Obligation, First Fridays & Saturdays, Ember Days, Rogation Days and O Antiphons. Icons and images for special feast days. Daily Rosary mystery reminder and popular novena reminders. Options to add on a menu planner, lesson planner and/or journal. 13 beautiful cover options.
Available: Clear coil bound | Hole punched | Loose paper/No punching. While supplies last on the January – December 2018 planners, enjoy special pricing:
Small: 5.5″ x 8.5″ Regularly $40 now $35.
Large 8.5″ x 11″ Regularly $45 now $40


" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Courtesy of Anne Neilson Home. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Anne Neilson Scripture cards: Born out of a desire for families to feel inspired by her signature fine art Angels series, Anne Neilson developed Anne Neilson Home. Anne Neilson Home delivers faith with a flourish: creating art and lifestyle products that provide one-of-a-kind beauty and quality while always giving to a higher purpose. Every product in Anne Neilson Home’s suite of home goods exudes elegance, high end beauty and daily encouragement. The 100 Days of Scripture cards pair 100 carefully curated scripture verses with Anne’s ethereal fine art, oil painted angels. The 100 Days of Scripture cards come packaged and nestled in a beautiful, lucite box, perfect for displaying and protecting these daily promises of goodness and faith. Anne Neilson Home products, including these exclusive Scripture cards ignite hope and joy for the giver and receiver. Through 12/31, readers can use coupon code MOM10 to receive 10% off your order.

Catholic Calendars from TAN Books. Every TAN calendar contains special feasts and fascinating Catholic traditions. They are marked with days of Fasting, special Saints Days, and the Sundays of the Liturgical Year for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Calendar. Options include Mary and the Saints, The Life of Our Lord, The Angels, and Drinking with the Monks wall calendars, and a Saints Calendar and Daily Planner.

" 2017 Christmas Gift Guide" by Barb Szyszkiewicz

Image created in Canva with background from Pixabay (2016), CC0 Public Domain

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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