Catholic Gifts for Christmas - Lots of LINKS

Giving a gift that supports religious Monasteries, Convents, Abbeys and Hermitages is giving a gift that gives TWICE!

"Gentle" reminders keep coming to me that there are only a few weeks until Christmas.  While I didn't want to get ahead of myself, I did count...gulped...and decided I did want to be proactive. I asked a Facebook group of Catholics...
Besides the Mystic Monk coffees what other monasteries or nunneries can we support by shopping their gift catalogs this Christmas?
I had purchased the Monks wonderful coffees last year and I am hoping to expand my Catholic repertoire of gift-giving this holiday season.  

Here below are the links of those Catholic Religious Catalogs that came recommended.

Holy Spirit Monastery Gifts  -  At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit we produce our own fudge, fruitcake and biscotti with the highest quality ingredients. From our moist, Southern-style fruitcake to our light and flaky biscotti, there is a treat for everyone! Also, rosaries, books, mugs, soup, grits, nuts and seasonal gifts are available from this Abbey in Georgia.

The Nun Gift Shop benefits Mother Angelica's nuns of EWTN. There you can buy many items like Mother Angelica Tea, art, CDs, veils, calendars, apparel, jewelry and more!
Then there's MONK ROCK for the cool and hip gifts...something different.  These buttons caught my eye. 
In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the cross can all fit together. - G.K. Chesterton
(1" Button)

And there are many more buttons, manly t-shirts - necklaces - scapulars for the Catholic gentlemen in your life and MONK is the New Black blend!

Besides having an extensive collection of CDs and MP3s to download from vespers and more, there are also soaps, scrubs and lotions at  Monastery Creations
 "We Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are a contemporary monastic community living according to the Rule of Benedict. We serve the Church through a ministry of prayer and a dedication to the Eucharist. We strive to witness to God's presence in our world through our community life and by offering a welcoming space for silence, prayer, and spiritual hospitality in a shared environment of monastic peace." - Mission Statement

Chocolates from a peanut free Factory...that'sTrappistine !
Enduring the test of time.  Pure.  Wholesome.  Unadulterated.  Infused with Love and Prayer. These words symbolize not only the lives lived by those in our order, but also, our candy. This fruit of our labor, work of our hands, financially sustains our life of prayer, spirituality, and simplicity, and it, too is infused with our love and prayer.  It is part of the Trappistine tradition – one that has endured and thrived since 1098.

Who doesn't want cookies at Christmas?  SimplyDivine Cookies are beautiful and varied and can come in assortment boxes.
At the monastery, baking cookies is a hands-on process with a personal touch and a divine dimension. Sister Barbara Jean Luebbehusen considers working with the dough “a sacred experience. I feel closer to God when I’m preparing the cookies,” she says. Our bakers are artisans of the monastery, who are living out the words of St. Benedict: “Then are they truly monastics when they live by the labor of their hands.”

Brigittine Monks - Founded in 1370 and dedicated to a life of prayer and work, the Brigittine Monks are completely self-supporting. In our Monastery located in the lush Willamette Valley in Oregon, the monks quietly go about producing some of the most delicious candy in the world.

Our Gourmet Confections have received hundreds of accolades from candy experts and customers alike. Numerous television programs, including the ABC Nightly News and CNN, have featured segments about our candy. We have also been featured on the game show Jeopardy.
Perhaps you read about our delicious products in Town and Country Magazine, Bon Appetit, People magazine, US News and World Report, Chocolatier, or The New York Times. 

Thinking feast of St. Nick, December 6th
Room sprays, art-carved soaps, lotions, lip balms, pens, statues and candles are some of the truly lovely offerings I noted in the Cloister Shoppe
About Our Monastery
The Cloister Shoppe is the online shop of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, New Jersey. 
All our soaps contain glycerin to soften combined with shea butter or goat’s milk to moisturize and nourish skin. Best of all, because the soaps are made and packaged by our nuns each bar is wrapped with prayer! The Story Behind the Soap’s Name Translated from the French as the “Sign of God”, the “Seignadou” (pronounced “Seh-nya-doo”) was seen by our founder, St. Dominic de Guzman on July 22, 1206, as he kept vigil on a hilltop in Southern France. In answer to his prayers for guidance, a large fireball descended from the heavens and hovered over the the Church of Saint Mary of Prouilhe. His prayers were answered. He would establish the the first shoot of the “Holy Preaching” at this sacred site marked out by God, the first community of Nuns of the Order of Preachers. We chose this name, so beloved to Dominicans, for our soap in honor of the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Nuns.

Monastery Greetings has the goods of many religious orders, monasteries, convents, abbeys under one roof.  ONE STOP SHOPPING. Baked goods, seasonings and sauces, mixes, popcorn, jams-honey-syrup, chimes, pet items, cards, water from Holy Sites and more, more, MORE! They even sell many beers and ales!

I've got LOTS of ideas now....hope you do, too.  PLEASE share any other links you recommend in comments.


Kelly said...

This group of nuns is growing with joyful and faithful women! Beautiful gifts:

Barbara said...

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey sell the most wonderful caramels:
Click on "support us" at that link.

If you ever come across a monastery that sells their beer online, please shoot me a note. My menfolk would enjoy it.

Sarah said...

These are great ideas! I love the idea of giving gifts that also help monasteries and convents!! I also am thinking about purchasing a few gifts through CRS's Fair Trade catalog, to help our brothers and sisters around the world!

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