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Five Myths About Wedding Gift Giving, and Ideas for Blessing a Marriage

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Love One Another Wall Art

A wedding is truly a sacred and meaningful event, and part of God’s plan according to the scripture “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.” Although wedding styles have changed, ranging from destination weddings to large-scale formal affairs, one thing is true – you, as a guest, can take part in blessing a marriage with your support if it, your presence and a special gift you may give the couple.

While many couples may have a list of towels and cookware on a department store registry, you have an opportunity to give the bride and groom something they can treasure. Here are some points to consider the next time you’re searching for what to give a bride and groom:

1. Myth: I should find something expensive from their registry.
Fact: Many times, these gifts are either purchased by the bride and groom themselves with wedding money, or are added to the registry as a “maybe we’ll get it” kind of item. Don’t feel pressure to purchase based on the dollar amount. Instead, try a customized or personal gift like a special frame or devotional. Many times these are the gifts they’ll remember.

2. Myth: I have to bring a gift to the wedding.
Fact: There’s no gift requirement. In fact, a beautiful handwritten card or letter expressing your wishes for them might be just the thing. Try a card with a story, such as a religious greeting card from The Printery House, a monastery set in northwest Missouri. The cards are made on-site by monks and artists.

3. Myth: The gift, if I get one, has to be brought to the ceremony.
Fact: You can appropriately send a wedding gift for blessing a marriage up to six months (or more!) following the wedding. This might be a fun surprise, or a way to see which items the couple truly needs as they establish a home.

4. Myth: It’s impersonal to send a gift to them by mail.
Fact: More and more guests are ordering, paying and shipping right from their computer, and it’s easy for the couple to exchange or return if needed. It’s completely appropriate to send it from an online source, and you can find many personalized items, such as decorative wall art,available from online Christian stores that are specially-geared toward these occasions.

5. Myth: Wherever I get the gift, I should send something tangible.
Fact: Have you considered blessing a marriage using an act of service, such as preparing some freezer meals for the couple’s first months or offering some help with setting up their new home? These ideas and more will mean a lot to the couple and be something they are likely to remember.

Is there wedding shopping in your future? Check out the collection of faith-filled and inspiring gifts and cards from The Printery House. Every purchase goes to support the monastic work of Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

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How to Thank a Priest? Five Simple Ideas for Quality Catholic Gifts or Cards

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Preach the Gospel

Honoring a priest in your life is a special occasion, no matter what the day or event. Their guidance, leadership and service continues all year long – and a message like “thank you” or “you’ve inspired me” means so much. Here are some easy ways to honor a priest with quality Catholic gifts and cards:

1. Send a special message to your priest with a handwritten Catholic card. You can celebrate their ordination day, their birthday, a milestone in years of service, or just honor their commitment to ministry with a note they will cherish. Some religious greeting card companies, like The Printery House, have a special story that goes along with the card. These cards, for example, are designed, lettered and created on-site at The Printery House, an apostolic work of the Benedictine monastery at Conception Abbey. For 60 years, the monks have worked alongside artists there to create beautiful, meaningful and unique cards for every occasion to honor a priest. Go behind the scenes for a glimpse of this process!

2. Send a quality Catholic gift item that will inspire and remind your priest throughout the year that the work they do truly impacts lives for Christ. How about a framed print for his office? One that says “Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary,” from St. Francis of Assisi, is a simple and powerful reminder that you recognize your priest’s acts of service in the name of the Gospel.

3. Does your priest drink tea or coffee? How about a mug and coaster set honoring his faith. One that describes a “Man of Faith,” with the message “As for you, Man of God,…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11),” will be a great complement to his work area.

4. A beautiful wall cross makes a meaningful statement to your priest and is always a quality Catholic gift. Several new designs are available, from a Dove of Peace to classic or antique designs and a Jerusalem Wall Cross. Some have bright colors and bold messages; others are simple and powerful on their own, like the Olive Wood Comfort Cross for holding in the hand.

5. Your priest is likely a reader. How about a few new bookmarks to accompany a handwritten card? Pope Francis designs are sure to inspire, as are contemporary designs. Pick up some extra for him to send in his own cards and notes of encouragement.

Today, in the New Year, as you consider how to let your priest know you value and appreciate his service and his ministry, you have so many options for sharing your thoughts. Why not surprise your priest this month with an unexpected token or card, just to say “thank you.” Check out the new gift items and unique card collection offered by The Printery House – every purchase supports the ongoing work of building up new champions of the faith.

 

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Inspirational Gifts and Other Special Ways to Encourage a Teacher

 

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Praying For You Today – Note Cards

September is over. By now the mad rush to find backpacks and pack lunches in the morning has become routine along with after-dinner homework sessions in the evening. The school year brings all kinds of new demands on everyone in the family. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become self-focused in the frenzy.

Teachers in your children’s classrooms are likely facing many of the same challenges you have to deal with. Many of them are taking care of families each morning and evening on top of preparing for your child’s daily education. With just a small gesture, you can encourage your child’s teacher and demonstrate the other-centeredness to which Christ calls us.

It isn’t hard to encourage another person, you just need to make a plan and do it. Here are some inspirational gifts and ideas for blessing the teachers – or principals, librarians, bus drivers – in your life.

1. Send a card.
Just a few words can really go a long way. Thank a teacher for his/her role in your child’s life. Thank them for the hours of planning and grading and the words of wisdom they are investing in your child. You can let the teacher know that you are praying for them.

2. Send something for the break room.
It could be specialty coffee (pumpkin spice in the fall for example), a favorite soda pop or a jug of tea – but send along something to enjoy during break time. If you love to cook, bake some homemade goodies and put them on a pretty tray.

3. Volunteer to be a helper.
Let your child’s teacher know that you are willing to help. Offer to cut out craft supplies, make copies or staple papers. If it is okay with your school’s policies, offer to monitor a recess or come in occasionally to read aloud to children. Some volunteer duties can be done in the evening if you work.

4. Give a Christian bookmark.
This is a small gift and it doesn’t cost a lot, but it will be a regular reminder of your support.  Pick one that has words of faith, gratitude or a prayer for needed grace. Let him/her know that you realize that teaching means they have little time for recreational reading and thank them for the sacrifice.

5. Provide a box of seasonal or holiday cards.
You feel like you are meeting yourself coming and going – and it’s likely that your child’s teacher feels the same. Drop off a box of seasonal cards and maybe a page of stamps with a post-it note saying ‘just in case you don’t have time to shop this season’.

6. Wrap up some Christian music.
Christian music is near the top of the list when it comes to inspirational gifts. Listening to inspirational music during the ride to or from school can refresh anyone – including teachers.

7. When all else fails, gift cards are also a nice gesture.
If you can’t think of anything else, a gift card to the local coffee shop, nail salon, or grocery store is always welcome.

It will only take a few extra minutes in the week to encourage the person who is with your child all day. And, nothing compares to the great feeling of knowing you’ve followed one of Christ’s commands – to consider the needs of others. If you’re looking for other great inspirational cards and gifts, why not check out The Printery House – an online Christian gift store offering inspirational gifts anyone would enjoy receiving.

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How to Find the Best Religious Gifts

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Lilac Handcrafted Soap

The best religious gifts might surprise you. They can range from whimsical and clever to heartfelt and touching. Today you can expand your thinking far beyond items like a basic cross – new religious gift items truly reflect a growing awareness and interest in faith and all the ways it can be expressed.

Part of the escalated interest in finding the best religious gifts may come from pop culture, with more reality shows and programs allowing faith to shine bright and bold. The wild success of Duck Dynasty, for example, has people searching online for items that express how their faith shared among family makes them “happy happy happy.” Other shows and best-selling books are reflecting a desire to simplify and concentrate on what really matters, and these can be clues as you explore how to find the best religious gifts for a special occasion (or just to encourage someone).

Here are some clues for how to find the best religious gift:

1. Consider the journey the recipient is on. Do they need encouragement? A pat on the back?  Or something to smile about or shake up their day? Try a fun and colorful wall plaque or a piece of Christian wall art, which are popular across secular and religious gift markets. A bold statement about faith, a scripture and colorful text make a straightforward statement to the recipient and all who enter their home.

2. Think about the aspects of their faith that seem to inspire them most. If they are enjoying an active quiet time of prayer and reflection, try a top-quality candle with a scripture verse or embellishment.

3. Is the person you’re shopping for getting ready to embark on a journey? Consider something unique, like handcrafted soaps that include a scripture verse. Or, try a subject-specific devotional that’s easy to pack and share.

4. Coffee, anyone? Many of us have a daily routine of coffee or tea, and a beautiful and inspiring mug can be a great gift they’ll use several times a week. It’s also a way to share faith at work in a non-intimidating way.

5. Consider a decorative planter, or even a popular Willow Tree sculpture. Both are excellent gifts to commemorate occasions like religious ordination, anniversaries of religious service or a life milestone. These are the kinds of gifts that are likely to be enjoyed for years and eventually passed on to others.

When you’re pondering how to find the best religious gift, consider the source and the story behind the gift. Gifts and cards from the monks and artists at The Printery House  are outstanding for their craftsmanship, quality and because they support a legacy of monastic works. Cards from The Printery House have been made on-site in the USA for the past 60 years, and together with a diverse assortment of gifts, you’ll have everything you need to truly celebrate life and faith with friends and family.

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