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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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Christian Paintings For Less Than a Latte

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The Mystical Supper

How can you fill your home or office with Christian paintings for less than a latte? Try using the beautiful and faith-filled artwork you find on Christian greeting cards as a source of inspiration.

Pinterest and other social media platforms are great sources for ideas for how you can incorporate Christian cards into your home on the walls. This is especially true when the cards feature hand-designed artwork, and in many cases, you can find designs that model great Christian paintings and religious icons. In fact, for years, monks have designed Christian and Catholic artwork or icons that help use their talents to support the work of the monastery.

Need ideas for how to incorporate Christian paintings you find on greeting cards?

1. Place a group of them in a collage frame to take up the wall space as a full-sized painting would do.

2. Place Christian greetings cards that depict religious scenes like the birth of Jesus, the resurrection or other pivotal moments behind glass frames and set candles around them for your own custom display.

3. For a child’s room, choose Christian paintings on cards and laminate them for a fun mobile project that the child can help create. Put a verse of scripture on the back of each one.

4. Use a series of images found on Christian greeting cards for telling a story in wallpaper border-style. Adhere them along the top of a room in a repeated pattern for a true conversation piece that talks about your faith.

The Printery House still makes greeting cards in-house with artistic lettering and design work by monks who live at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri. The cards have been designed and printed on the grounds of The Printery House for 60 years, so there’s something truly special about these pieces of Christian artwork. They truly are works of art that you can treasure for years to come.

To start your own home collection, try the Keepsake Prayer Cards, featuring intricate and beautiful designs. You may also want to experiment with the artistic styles on the Mass Cards, which range from contemporary to traditional images. The Icon Greeting Cards collection features bright and highly-detailed designs, including the Trinity, angels and the Last Supper. Selecting these unique, locally-made designs is a meaningful way to incorporate the concept of Christian paintings into your home without a large investment.

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Religious Gifts for Women

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Tree of Life Wall Cross

What do women want when it comes to religious gifts? Many are looking for something that’s unique, personal and also helps them share their faith.

Religious gifts for women can be interesting, memorable and fun. A book of devotions may sit on a shelf, and she may love the bible she’s already using and the notes she’s written herself in it, so it may be time to think outside the box. Instead, think of a decorative and inspiring wall plaque.

Maybe a candle set with a hint of scripture … or even a set of homemade soaps that smell terrific. All of these are options to help a woman celebrate a birthday, religious service anniversary, a wedding shower or as a “just because” gift that lets her know you value her faith and the way she lives it.

Another great idea for religious gifts for women is a wall cross or decorative cross, which have quickly come back into trends all across Christian and Catholic gift stores. New designs include the “Tree of Life” Wall Cross, the Dove of Peace Wall Cross or crosses with a new look of the ancient Celtic cross image. Each of these looks amazing in a home or office and convey in an artistic way that she’s a woman of faith.

If she likes to garden, consider a wall plaque that can be placed indoors or outdoors. Messages with inspiring words have become incredibly popular in flower beds along sidewalks, decks or gardens. This is something she can share and talk about when friends and family visit.

Is she a woman of faith who likes to send notes and letters? Stationary and note cards make great religious gifts for women. Simple designs with a cross or message of faith can suit so many occasions, and she will love having a great set of quality note cards and stationary handy.

Christmas in July: Everyone loves the Christmas and Advent season, so surprise her with a gift she’ll be thrilled to set out at the holidays. Candles and candle holders make a great choice. This is especially fun to give as a wedding shower gift for the couple to enjoy during the first Christmas together.

Who doesn’t love jewelry? A little bit of bling inspired with a faith message is an ideal gift. Try a three-piece bracelet set with a cross charm or a new take on a cross necklace. She’ll think of you each time she wears it.

One additional idea – try giving her a magazine subscription, such as Today’s Christian Woman or others that are inspiring to read and will be something she can look forward to getting. This can be a great complement and a surprise to accompany a candle or wall plaque.

Find great religious gifts for women at The Printery House, now in its 60th year of creating beautiful greeting cards and offering unique gifts to share your faith. Many cards are made with the help of monks who live at the adjoining Conception Abbey, so you’re sending more than just a card with your gift.

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