Let’s Go Shopping! Christmas Gift Ideas!

A lot of you have been asking for this annual post, and it feels like I am much later with it than usual, but in looking at my archives it seems that with one glaring exception, I’m pretty much on schedule, so let’s get to it.

To start with, be aware that it’s getting towards the deadline to order gifts made by monastic houses. It’s already too late to order the wreaths, but I think you can still squeeze in candy, coffee and soap/creme orders. I just ordered these St. Nicholas Shea Butter Soaps and a supply of what I call the “hand creme inna jar” that everyone so loves during winter!

We’re doing “small” gifts this year.
Aside from our charitable donations, the gift-giving will be modest. So, here are some smallish, but “different” ideas:

I love these Pretty Swiss Army Knives for the ladies. I am giving my sister one, in honor of her late husband, who always had a SA knife in his pocket! No, she doesn’t read my blog, so I am safe sharing that.

The workplace is becoming increasingly stressful. I’m turning to Dead Fred for someone who is living it.

This sounds silly, but I’d be glad to have one: this Take Out Menu organizer is cute and useful and a good alternative to shoving the menus in a kitchen drawer!

For a kid with a curious brain and too much energy: Snap Circuits. I’ve read so many good things about these from Instapundit that a couple of brainy, energetic kids I know are going to hopefully pipe down and create a few things!

My pubescent niece who needs to vent: I’m giving her lots of things to open, Doodle Diary, a nice little art kit and this rasher of gel pens, because okay, I’m a sucker for gel pens, and don’t know why anyone wouldn’t be.

Graphic Novels: I bought my kids a graphic version of A Christmas Carol, and they loaned me a passed-around copy of Watchmen and we’ve kind of decided that graphic novels are fun for all ages, and a nice break from pure text. I am super-intrigued to see the recent release of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, one of my childhood faves, as a graphic novel, and the Art of Manliness recommended Savage, which also looks really good for a guy.

If you’re looking for a smart-kid novel, though, this looks to suit the bill.

Speaking of Madeleine L’Engle, if you’re a fan like me this boxed set is also tempting

For women (and some men, perhaps) I raved about Colleen Carroll Campbell’s new book, and I highly recommend it as a thoughtful Christmas gift that recipients may well come to treasure.

And for a He-Man sort, Jake Tapper’s The Outpost

The Hobbit movie is coming out, and Joseph Pearce is a terrific writer, so this seems like a no-brainer.

For a whiskey-lover, these Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Tasting Glass and Sipping Stones. I actually found these thanks to someone who ordered them through this site, and am very grateful to whoever that was. Add a bottle of hooch and it’s a perfect idea for Fathers-in-Law.

Love, love, love this curling iron from Hot Tools. Just LOVE!

I’ve recommended this large faux ostrich designer knock-off tote before, but it’s worth mentioning again. I love it in orange, but it’s also beautiful in black.

My son bought these sunglasses for his dad last year; a big hit.

After recently reminiscing with a neighbor about the great old Latin hymns, I bought her this. The Salve Regina is particularly great.

Jewelry: Since we’re keeping it small this year, I haven’t bought any, but I am intrigued by this sterling silver and jade dangle earrings, which looks nice. Last year I bought these lilypad earrings for a niece who loved them and wore them all the time.

Okay, here’s something to end on, although, I am not sure I get it. But if I had a little kid I’m sure I would be checking it out.

By the way, I’m giving you Amazon links for all of these things because when you order your stuff through Amazon, you help put a little money in the family coffers at no cost to you — for which I am incredibly grateful (whoever just bought this blew my mind! Thanks!) — but yeah, buy them where you can best get them!

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  • Victor

    (((Let’s Go Shopping! Christmas Gift Ideas!)))


    What do ya think, does Christ still have a chance? :(

    I hear ya! If only we could get sinner vic in our corner! :)


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  • TXRed

    Will whoever bought the stand mixer please call me? I have two batches of cookies and some ferociously stiff bread dough that needs to get made this week, and my hand mixer is tired. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat The Crescat

    What a great list. I put a couple of those items on my wishlist.

  • Adam

    You read graphic novels? My respect for you has increased tenfold.

    I should give you a spoiler-free warning about “Watchmen” before you dig too far into it (assuming you haven’t seen the film). One, it’s pretty heavy on the sex and violence. The violence makes sense within the context of the story–I don’t recall any of it being portrayed as “good”–but there’s gore abound from the first to the last chapter. The sex is *somewhat* muted, but one of the main characters is very obviously naked throughout the book. There’s also some shaded but obvious nudity between two characters which I need to quickly pass over everytime I reread those scenes.

    Two, the story takes a pretty bleak view of humanity and free will. I’d be curious if you’ll blog about the book when you’re done reading it. “Watchmen” is a pretty seminal work in the comic book industry, although it’s probably pretty underappreciated outside of it. (I think Time put it on its list of best 100 books of the 20th century.) If it doesn’t turn you off from graphic novels altogether (I don’t think it will), I’d recommend “All-Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. It’s not a religious book by any means–it’s a Superman comic!–but it gave me a metaphorical understanding of why humanity needs a Jesus Christ.

    P.S.–Watch the “Watchmen” movie at your peril. It’s a very faithful adaption of the comic, but misses the point of the story entirely. I guess it’s the equivalent of Peter Jackson giving exquisite detail to the Battles of Helms Deep and Pellenor Fields, and also saying “Oh yeah, there’s some hobbits doing something with a ring in the background.”

  • Adam

    Oh, p.s., since you’re a Hobbit fan, there’s a very good graphic novel adaption of The Hobbit which is coincidentally showing up in Barnes & Noble again. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Hobbit-Illustrated-Edition-Fantasy/dp/0345445600/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354748667&sr=8-1&keywords=the+hobbit+graphic+novel) It’s very faithful to the book, stylistically different from Peter Jackson’s films, and yet still looks very Tolkien-ish.

  • Mary Emily

    Would love to order the Mystic Monk Coffee through your site — so you get the credit! But the links I’ve tried are no good. Any suggestions?

    [this link should work, and thanks! -admin]

  • Peggy m

    I ordered some Seignadou soaps—the gift sets—for my nieces and really love them. I am also giving as gifts some fancy honey (creamed and flavored with almond, brandy, etc.) among other things that I bought at a Trappist monastery.

    From now on, I am almost exclusively buying Christmas gifts from church-related groups or institutions. The exceptions are for those loved ones who have kept the faith and know the real reason for Christmas. I will buy them something that they will appreciate (a Brent Spiner autograph for my Star Trek fan, a monogrammed bed for my dog [really for the amusement of my kids], Christmas-themed toilet paper for my nutty friend) along with the abbey products. But for those agnostics/atheists whom I love and/or feel obligated to at Christmas, well, I figure the nuns and monks will appreciate the support.

  • Peggy m

    I guess I should clarify—the “Christmas-themed toilet paper” has pictures of Santa Claus and his reindeer on it. I guess I should call it “Holiday-themed toilet paper”.

  • Cathym

    Thanks so much for so many great ideas! I ordered many of these items and felt some of the shopping stress leave my body immediately! I always used to order from Amazon through your site, but since you moved to Patheos I haven’t seen a link. Am I just missing it (as I do so many things lately!)? Thanks and a very merry, blessed Christmas to you and yours!

  • http://www.noodlingonit.com Kris, in New England

    Anchoress – THANK YOU! My husband and I have been wracking our brains to come up with a fun gift for his family’s yankee swap for the men. The sipping stones & crystal glasses are PERFECT and we will add a bottle of single malt. You saved me from a dreadful wander thru the mall.

    Happiest and most peaceful Advent to you.

  • http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com Adam DeVille

    And for the bibliophile on your list, some suggestions here: http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/books-for-christmas.html