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Welcome to my Gifts for Converts and Reverts Roundup!
With the Christmas season just barely peeking around the corner and the RCIA/Religious Ed. year getting into full swing, this seems like the perfect time to pull together a gift guide. When a person is new to and still unfamiliar with the Church, there are specific items and resources that would be very helpful and welcome as gifts.
Small Catholic Businesses and Artisans
First off, I would like to introduce you to some small Catholic businesses and artisans that create and sell Catholic gifts online.
These are wonderful places to find handmade rosaries, beautiful prints and printables, liturgical calendars, jewelry, dolls, and more. I love to support Catholic artisans and small businesses anytime I can!
Many of these fine shops can be found on Etsy.com, so I do want to pass along that Etsy participates in Ebates! Woot! If you are not familiar with Ebates, it is a free membership that offers cash back when you shop online at hundreds of major stores including Target, Amazon, eBay (!), The Catholic Company (!!), and Etsy. There are also in-store rebates to be had.
I have been a member of Ebates for several years; I’m not much of a shopper, but even so, I’ve gotten over $150 cash back so far – and they did pay it out. I think the minimum payout threshold is $5, so they don’t sit around on your money, either.
Finally, Ebates is currently offering a $10 Welcome Bonus to all new members who make a qualifying purchase of $25 within 90 days of signing up. So, if you choose to shop on Etsy (or just about anywhere else online) this season, check out Ebates to get some cash back on your purchases, diffuse the Christmas shopping bills, and support small businesses too.
Without further ado, ready to meet some awesome artisans?
Liturgical Calendars, Prints, and Art
Rose Harrington Shop – A variety of prints, including botanical mysteries of the Rosary.
Telos Art – The liturgical year is confusing when you aren’t used to it! These beautiful calendars would make amazing gifts for someone new to the Catholic Church.
Peter’s Square – This is not an individual seller but a “community of Catholic makers.” There are currently nearly 100 different sellers on there with a dizzying array of goods. (I am especially fond of the “Heretical Nonsense” book stamp!) I love that all sellers donate at least 5% of proceeds to the Church and her ministries. Grab some coffee – you might be there awhile!
Hair Bows 4 Life – Beautiful handmade hair bows including bows featuring saint medals, bows for baptisms and First Communion, bows for holidays and feasts, bows honoring the Blessed Virgin, and much more. 10% of all sales are donated to the Pro-Life community.
SaongJai – Rosaries, jewelry, cards, printables, and more.
Happy Nest Home Goods – Embroidered goods, wall art, and awesome diffuser jewelry.
My Little Felt Friends – Adorable handmade saint dolls, bookmarks, headbands, keychains, Jesse Tree ornaments, Nativity scenes, DIY kits, and finger puppets. Custom orders welcome!
Arma Dei – “Equipping Catholic Families.” Great selection of craft kits, books, cards, all with catechetics in mind.
Kidderbug Kreations– Christmas ornaments and a wide variety of made-to-order items.
Sweet Little Ones Shop – Religious art is important and uplifting, but it can be expensive for a convert to update the artwork in their home to reflect their faith. This shop offers beautiful printable artwork, uplifting words, and quotes from saints to affordably add to the beauty of the Catholic home.
Handmade Rosaries, Jewelry, Etc.
AveMariaFaithcrafts – Rosaries, necklaces, earrings, saint necklaces, and more.
Relics by Rose – Handmade bracelets, necklaces, rosaries, keychains.
Additional Gift Ideas
Some other good possibilities might include:
- Books. There is so much to learn! Check out my Reading List for an exhaustive list of books for converts.
- A wall crucifix. We were so happy to receive one from our sponsors!
- Prayer cards. I think a little collection of prayer cards would be a thoughtful gift; converts often don’t know the classic prayers by heart.
- Art and home decor. Like I mentioned above, sacred art is an important and uplifting thing. If a family is starting from zero religious art and decor, this can be an appreciated and lasting gift.
I hope this little gift guide was helpful as we head toward the holidays and through the RCIA year. The final, and really best, gift suggestion I have to make is this: time. Converts can be lonely. They may have recently lost friends and been rejected by family over their conversion. They can feel confused, out of place, worried. In short, they need a friend! Go have coffee. Invite them to dinner. Say hi to their kids. These things can be a cup of cold water to someone who is walking an unfamiliar road.
Remember to sign up for Ebates before you shop to get a $10 Welcome Bonus and cash back on your shopping!