If you’d rather avoid the mall craziness, allow me to assist by providing gift-giving recommendations that will pretty well cover everyone on your list — even the most difficult people to shop for will love these gifts!
The perfect gift for every jewelry-loving female, shopping at Sunny D’s Marketplace on Etsy is an exercise of sheer delight. Artisan Sunny Dugas combines classical elements of our faith – from crosses to crucifixes, miraculous medals to descending doves – with creative bead work. The result is timeless, beautiful, and inspiring. Best part? It’s affordable too, with items ranging from $10 to $75. This means that — ding! ding! ding! — St. Nick can even put Sunny’s creations in a feast day shoe or Christmas morn stocking!
Since meeting Sunny at a conference in Chicago, her Etsy shop has been my go-to place for faith-filled jewelry. I wear one of her creations nearly every day, and invariably receive compliments on them.
True proof of my love for her shop: I ordered three more things when (disclaimer) she offered to send a free item in exchange for a favorable review on my blog. Several friends have something gorgeous to look forward to!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m pretty much a total tight-wad (out of sheer necessity if nothing else!) That’s why one and all should be shocked at the fact that I walked out of last year’s Awaken Christmas Boutique with $140 worth of saint socks.
Yes. I kid you not. I spent $140 on saint socks. And it was worth every penny. I bought St. Joseph socks for my pastor and associate pastor, both of whom are named Joseph. I bought St. Michael socks for my boys’ St Nicholas day gifts, Our Lady of Lourdes socks for my girls, and St. JPII socks for my nephew John Paul. I bought St. Therese of Lisieux socks for my friend who’s devoted to her. When I learned she already had a pair, I got her something else and kept the socks for myself! And I’d already bought myself some rosary socks – of course!
These things are comfy, they’re versatile, and they’re SAINT SOCKS! What more must I say?
In today’s moral climate, I find myself experiencing a large dose of trepidation with every book my kids bring home. I often sneak onto Amazon to read the summary and reviews, hoping to surmise if it’s another of those books that’s sneaking some un-wanted agenda into my kids’ daily reading. Even with that due diligence, the only way to be 100% sure is to read the book myself — which I hardly have time for!
Fortunately, there are resources to help narrow down the mine-field and find the clear path through
to great reading. Catholic Teen Books is one such resource. I’ve read many of their books and never been disappointed. They are my go-to when finding books for my own children.
A few favorites:
- For middle school boys: AJ Cattapan’s Seven Riddles to Nowhere
- For middle school girls: Carmela Martino’s Rosa Sola
- For young women who love romance: Carolyn Astfalk’s Ornamental Graces
- For anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games: Corinna Turner’s I Am Margaret series
- For anyone who wants to learn what true heroism is: Treachery & Truth by Katie Jones
- For high school boys: Battle for His Soul by Theresa Linden (Winner of the 2017 Catholic Press Assoc. Award!)
During this extremely fun and rewarding process, I spend time with the individual to learn the stories of their lives. The joys, triumphs, sorrows, and challenges – you name it! The interview process alone is a gift, since pretty much everyone loves to talk about themselves! That’s hardly the extent of the gift, however. I take those stories and craft them into a well-written, beautifully formatted hard cover book, complete with photos. It’s a treasure that will be cherished for generations to come!
“Love the book!” and “The book is awesome!” are recent reviews, but “myself and my family will forever be connected to you” was the one that really touched my heart.
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