Are you raising a Catholic boy? Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Have no fear – the ultimate gift guide for Catholic boys is here!
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I never imagined myself raising a son. But because God always knows better, I find myself three years in to this adventure of boy-momming, totally smitten with a 3 foot tow head.
I’ve learned a lot in the last three years, specifically that little boys are courageous. Little boys are sweet. Little boys are stinky and dirty and messy and 50 kinds of wonderful, even when they’re covered in dirt and mud and who knows what else.
Boys are a gift to their mamas and their families, and it’s our responsibility to raise them for the heart of God.
Raising young boys to become good Catholic men can seem daunting, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be that hard. I think the first step is to surround them with solid Catholic teaching, and what better way to do that than through their toys and play?
When I reached out to artisans for my gift guide for Catholic girls, I discovered many of them had items for little boys, too.
Thanks to these super talented Catholic artisans, I’m excited to introduce to the ultimate gift guide for Catholic boys for 2017
Want to support your son’s efforts in prayer? These prayer bags make a great stocking stuffer, and include a 5-minute Sand Timer, a Give Him 5 Pocket Cross, a Give Him 5 Scroll (Explanation of Give Him 5), two Give Him 5 Prayer Cards (one to save and one to give away), and a 4 x 6 inch Muslin Carry Bag.
Last day for Christmas delivery: contact Give Him 5
Games and Outdoor Adventures
Arma Dei is the one stop shop for Catholic families, offering beautifully designed, authentic Catholic teaching tools that captivate the attention of children. Owner and designer Monica works overtime to provide families and educators the support they need to raise children in the faith. The Super Saints Playing Cards are the only saints cards you can actually play real card games with.
How’s that for a little friendly game play encouragement?
2. Adventure Bags from Wild Things Adventures
Bringing a little adventure to your everyday! As a homeschooling mom who follows Charlotte Mason principles, Sarah from Sew Many Wild Things aims to get kids outside everyday with high quality, kid friendly leather satchels and adventure bags. She also handcrafts all natural rustic soaps, leather jewelry, and more.
Last day for Christmas delivery: December 10
Discount code: 10% off order of $15 or more NSF10
Dolls and Plushies
1. Hooded Towels and Reading Pillows from Kidderbug Kreations
Unique, handcrafted gifts tailored to your special someone. These items are sewn and embroidered by master seamstress Anne, using the same love her grandmother showed her when Anne learned to sew.
Last day for Christmas orders: November 15 for custom orders; December 4 for in-stock items
Adrianna is a friend of mine and a Catholic, single mom of three kids. She’s also the owner of My Little Felt Friends, one of the sweetest felt doll sites around. Adrianna sells handcrafted religious items for the whole family. From felt saint dolls to bookmarks to Nativity scenes and more, you’re sure to find something your little boy will love.
Last day for Christmas delivery: varies; see website.
3. Peg saint dolls from St. Paul Dolls
Katie is a stay at home wonder, mothering a 2 year old and getting ready to welcome another babe. wife and mother of a 2 year old (and another on the way!) Her shop features hand painted wooden peg doll saints; custom orders welcome.
Last day for Christmas delivery: November 15
4. St. Joseph doll and Mary and Jesus doll from Trendzilly
Ann-Marie amazes me. She’s a stay-at-home, homeschool mother of 4 boys runnina successful business out of her home! Ann-Marie started Trendzilly in late 2013 to generate additional income and inspire little ones in the faith by creating and selling handmade soft saint dolls and religious, holiday and party printables. Her dolls are made of soft fleece, are cut by hand, and have a sweet machine embroidered face. Ann-Marie puts great care into the quality of each doll and happily accepts custom orders.
Last day for Christmas orders: December 8
Discount code: NSFGIFT
5. Peg saint dolls from Emmaus Road Pegs
Kristina from Emmaus Road Pegs makes beautiful, hand-painted saints and bible story characters. I should know – my kids have some of their own! Check out her instagram above, then visit her Etsy shop for individual pegs and her website for the saint of the month subscription.
Last day for Christmas delivery: November 15
Discount code: Ginny20 for 20% off entire purchase exp 11/28/17 midnight
Clothing and Costumes
I first worked with Elayne from Annunciation Designs this past summer; she designed the beautiful family mission statement print which now hangs proudly in our home. While Elayne’s hand lettering is gorgeous, the stay-at-home mom and part time math teacher also creates this awesome t-shirt for the big boys in your life. Take a gander over at her shop; I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Last day for Christmas delivery: Dec 10th.
Discount code: Christmas10 for 10% off any order
2. Vestment sets from VestmentsforJuniors
The talented seamstress behind VestmentsforJuniors is a wife and mother of four children, three of whom are boys. Inspired by her sons’ love of imitating Father at mass, Aimee tried her hand at making chasubles and other vestments. Looks like it was a success to me! Aimee enjoys making custom orders, so be sure to contact her if you have something in mind.
Have a tween or teen who loves good fiction? Check out these solid YA novels from award-winning, bestselling author A.J. Cattapan.
Julia is a former teacher and catechist, turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Her first book, How to Be a Hero: Train with the Saints, is a Catholic virtue training manual aimed at boys and girls ages 9-12.
Discount: purchase the book from Pauline Books and Media and receive 20% off with code HBH20 (October 17 to December 31)
1. Custom Patron Saint Rosaries from Saongjai
Aleesa is the creative genius behind Saongjai, the Etsy shop offering heartfelt, handcrafted, and Catholic goods for everyone. Her custom patron saint rosaries are the perfect gift for the young man growing in faith.
Last day for Christmas delivery: December 6
Discount Code: SAVE20
2. RosaryChews from LittlePrayingHands
LittlePrayingHands makes teething rosaries made of food grade silicone. They are soft for teething and are great for babies and toddlers to chew on while introducing this important part of our Catholic faith. The best part? As children get old enough, they can use their RosaryChew to pray with the family.
Last day for Christmas delivery: December 13
Discount Code: NSFUGG17
3. Tiger eye Rosary from Loreto Rosaries
Ruth is a Catholic homeschooling mother of seven and grandmother to four. Her family lives on a 1/2 acre mini farm raising bees and a small flock of hens. They also have some fruit trees and a small organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden. Loreto Rosaries is a family-owned business, and a portion of the sales goes to Mary’s Shelter – an organization for women in crisis pregnancies.
Last day for Christmas orders: Contact Ruth for details – items are made to order
Prints and Printables
I’m sure you’ve heard of Kendra, the Catholic wife and mother behind Catholic All Year. Printable Prayers is her Etsy shop, full of prayers, saint quotes, and Bible verses made just for you to print at home, online, or at a local copy shop. Kendra even takes custom orders if you don’t see something you like.
Last Day for Christmas delivery: December 25
Rachel and Jordan are the married couple behind Pebble Creek Prints, your purveyor of delightful watercolor and photography prints, note cards and gift tags. Rachel paints each of the original works with ink and watercolor, digitizes them, and has them professionally printed. Jordan is the man behind the camera for the stunning photography prints. Rachel and Jordan mainly focus on nature, because that’s where they feel most at peace.
Last day for Christmas delivery: December 15th
Discount Code: FREESHIP on all domestic orders over $10. Good until December 15th
Want an inspirational quote for you son’s room? Look no further than Lindsey at Just Love Prints – your go-to shop for Catholic artwork and gifts.
Last day for Christmas orders: December 21 (expedited shipping recommended)
4. JPII print from Rakstar Designs
A bit of a nomad at heart, Rakhi McCormick is a Michigan-based self-taught artist, letterer, and crafter. She is a Catholic convert, wife, & Mama to 3 littles who loves Jesus, coffee, food, chasing light, sharing GIFs, & singing loudly! Her shop, Rakstar Designs, is an outlet for her to share the beauty of the Catholic faith and the truth about who we are as children of God. Rakhi’s dearest hope is that her work shines light and healing into the broken parts of our souls and lives, helping us to remember that we are loved and never alone.
Last day for Christmas delivery: Dec 1 for Made to Order; Dec. 10 for all other orders
Discount code: ULTIMATEXMAS for 20% off $40 or more.
Jessica is wife to Jim, mom to 3 sweet little ones through the blessing of adoption, and the artisan behind Sweet Little Ones Shop. Her mission is to help Catholic families decorate their homes in a budget-friendly, meaningful, faith-filled way. The wall art printables she designs serve as beautiful visual reminders to inspire all of us as Catholic women to nurture and deepen our faith in our everyday lives.
Last day for Christmas orders: instant downloads have no deadline. Custom orders: December 8.
Discount code: CHRISTMAS20 20% off all wall art printables and bundles (excluding customizations and some custom bundles – see Sweet Little Ones Shop on Etsy for details). This coupon is good through December 25, 2017.
Raising boys can be a challenge, but thank God we don’t have to do it alone!
This Christmas, encourage your boys’ growth in the faith with gifts from Catholic artisans. You’ll both be glad you did.
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