… Instead of purchasing your Christmas gifts from the typical big chain store that sells products made in China how about purchasing from local USA vendors this year – better yet, fellow Papists.
Below you will find a list of Catholic vendors who sell handmade crafts. If you would like me to advertise your business or are offering any holiday specials please let me know, by commenting or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will happily add that information to this post.
Catholic Folk Toys – custom made wooden saint dolls. I can see these being used on home altars, a children’s altars or for children’s catechism.
Colonial Pipe Box – Theresa Barger’s offering FREE SHIPPING with coupon code “THECRESCAT”. I love wrap around rosaries because they don’t get tangled in your purse and those little rosary pouches always get lost in my bottomless handbag. With these, they’re right there. How convenient. Also, Theresa will be adding jewelry to her site very soon.
Matthew Alderman – Many of you know Matthew as the Holy Whapping & NLM guy. He does incredible illustrations and you can purchase his cards, iPhones and iPad cases, posters, prints, and note cards at his Zazzle store.
Nazareth Studios – Greeting cards and Icons.
Catholic Free Shipping – a family owned and operated Catholic supply store in California.
Saint Benedict Center Gift Shop – Their gift shop offers all sorts of Catholic goodies, even a Traddy calendar.
The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ – They sell the best soaps, lip balm and hand creams that are like butt-ah for your skin. I exaggerate not. In fact, Sisters, you can send me free samples anytime.
Catholic Bling – Ok, I thought I invented the phrase “catholic bling”. I guess not. I wonder if I can demand royalty payments in the form of their products for use of the term, because I really love the skinny wrap bracelets and the OLG necklace.
Trendy Traditions – I can’t say enough about how sweet Melanie is. Her rosaries are beautiful and come in cute little packages tied up with strings and those are a few of my favorite things. Seriously though, it just one less gift to wrap. My son has the personalized green 1st Communion rosary.
Mystic Monk Coffee – Did you know they sell tea now! I know. Now I can buy something for myself from there. Pretty much every year I give their coffee as gifts to family and friends. They love it and I enjoy the aromatic smell of fresh brewed coffee. But I don’t drink coffee. Now they sell tea so I can indulge.
UPDATED: WITH ADVENT/CHRISTMAS READING
For moms, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul by Lisa Hendey – now on sale @ Amazon.
Teenagers will enjoy Lino Rulli’s Sinners, also available on Amazon.
A great book for dads, Andreas Widmer’s The Pope and the CEO [look for my review and give-away in the next day or so]
I will be updating this page daily, probably many times a day. The list I already have is pretty long and will take some time adding them.