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Peace This Season – And Peace About Your Shopping With Catholic Gift Stores

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

When you think Christmas shopping, do you think big-chain retail stores … and lines, full parking lots and general fatigue?

How about this picture instead: You, cozy at home with your laptop and a mug of hot cocoa, enjoying Christmas music and browsing at your leisure through great faith-filled gifts for everyone on your list. This is the scene you can enjoy when you shop Catholic gift stores.

Shopping online for religious greeting cards and inspirational gifts is better now than ever, with new items like fashionable wall plaques, candles, scented soaps and jewelry that helps friends and family members share their faith every day. Another wonderful part of shopping online if that retailers have safe and secure sites that can even hold onto your favorite items in a wish list or shopping list.

So what are some of the top items to click, buy, and relax again with this year?

1. Focus more this year on the power of the written word, expressed by you in a beautiful religious greeting card they’ll keep to display year after year. Don’t breeze through a bustling retail store at the last minute for cards for parents, spouses, teachers or in-laws – try taking your time and enjoy the awe-inspiring collections you can find online. The Printery House, for example, offers stunning artwork and messages created by monks and artists on-site at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in northwest Missouri.

2. Message blocks pack a lot of faith in a small space. Send a college student or faraway friend a message block, adorned with bright colors and affirming messages of faith that will complement any shelf, desk or corner.

3. Celtic-inspired items are trendy and fashionable all year, across all age groups. Pick up a Celtic cross necklace or two for a Sunday school teacher or family member. Keep an extra one on hand for a great gift. Teens wear them too!

4. For the guys, try a unique “Man of Faith” mug and coaster set or a scented shaving kit, part of the Monastery Scents line. The soaps are hand-crafted by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and come attractively packaged and ready to wrap. The boxed collection includes Oatmeal & Honey, Frankincense & Myrrh and Swiss Lavender.

5. Now, how to celebrate that extra time you gained by shopping Catholic gift stores at home? Pick out a bright and bold new Jim Shore ornament from The Printery House to light up your tree or anywhere in your home. You’ve earned it!

You’re only a few clicks away from some peaceful Christmas shopping when you browse Catholic gift stores like The Printery House online. For 60 years, The Printery House has created wonderful greeting cards in their on-site print shop, and they offer a full line of inspirational gifts, too.

Find Faith-Filled Gifts for all the Kids on Your Christmas List Shopping Catholic Online Stores

 

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Willow Tree Angel Musical Figure

Looking for Christmas gifts for kids with meaning? Want something that will be different from a basic shirt, toy or video game?

This year, spend 30 minutes shopping at Catholic online stores. You’ll find many excellent resources to review, click and buy without meandering aimlessly through a major department store and ending up with something that may not add any value or meaning to a child’s life.

Great news – with stores like The Printery House, you can shop for inspiriting gifts around the clock, cozy at home. Gifts for kids and teens today on Catholic online stores will likely go way beyond your expectations; many have updated selections and can reach all age groups.

Here are some examples of religious Christmas gifts kids will love:

1. God’s Smallest Wonders Mug: The little red bird with a backdrop of falling snow, printed with “God’s smallest wonders… often bring the greatest joys” will make a child smile as they enjoy a cup of milk or hot chocolate. Kids love to have their own special mug! Buy an extra one to send to mom and dad.

2. Willow Tree Musical Angel: This popular Willow Tree figurine turns as it plays “Amazing Grace,” sure to bring a little girl on your shopping list joy day after day. It’s decorated with tree branches representing life and growth.

3. What Child is This? Seek and Find Advent: This bright new addition features daily devotions for children and seek-and-find photos that tell Bible stories about waiting and watching for the coming Messiah. A child will enjoy this adventure every day of Advent! Order now for a surprise holiday gift.

4. Jesus Calling Bible Storybook: “Nothing in heaven or on earth can stop Me from loving you” is the core message of this Bible storybook for kids. Stories from the Bible are placed with devotions from top Christian author Sarah Young.

Check out these Christian gift ideas for teens this Christmas:

1. Framed art prints: Teens want to make their space their own, so send a teen on your list a bright framed print. It will inspire and remind others who visit about the Truth and hope in God. Try one from The Printery House, such as “Let your light shine before others.”

2. The Word For All Seasons Desk Calendar: This new and vivid wall calendar or desk calendar is the perfect faith-filled way to help a teen keep track of plans and assignments, their way.

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Monogram of Christ Pendant: With bold mosaic colors and contemporary lettering, this cross pendant is a hip way for a teen on your list to share their faith. Pendant says “I have called you by your name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)

This year, won’t you enjoy Christmas even more by shopping at Catholic online stores like The Printery House? Start today, and in half an hour, have several of your names checked off your list. Every card is made on-site by monks and artists, as it has been for 60 years. Read more and be inspired at: www.printeryhouse.org

 

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.

The Election of Pope Francis is Encouraging for Catholic Gift Stores

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Pope Francis Portrait in Gold Frame

Early August saw the 17th annual Catholic Marketing Network convention. The event is really a trade show where suppliers can showcase merchandise to buyers. It’s also a great place to witness trends within the Catholic community. This year’s show was brimming with enthusiasm for expanding inventory to include new items tailor-made for Catholic shoppers.

The convention was buzzing with opportunity. Many there were discussing how to reinvent Catholic gift stores with new items and new marketing strategies. The foundation of Catholic supply houses has long been the sale of devotional materials like books, icons and rosaries but the buzz on the convention floor was that this is a good time to expand inventory. A lot of the excitement about tapping into the Catholic sales market has to do with the church’s new pope, Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is a leader who has already managed to gain positive attention from the world press and many Catholics are energized by his outspoken yet loving leadership style. Pope Francis is clearly interested in reaching out to all Catholics including those currently outside the fold of the church. This rekindled enthusiasm among Catholics and belief that Francis will be effective in calling many to faith, is expected to translate into increased sales at Catholic gift stores.

Already, demand for Pope Francis-themed items has begun to soar. One of the largest suppliers of Catholic artwork reported devoting entire work weeks to producing wall art featuring the Pope, including at least one life-size cardboard cutout of the pontiff. Catholic gift stores will certainly be offering more greeting cards, Holy cards, bookmarks and other items highlighting Pope Francis. But most vendors agreed that it is time to start offering Catholic shoppers an even broader range of merchandise that celebrates their faith.

Of course, Catholic gift stores face some of the same challenges confronting all book retailers and faith merchandisers – a competitive market where consumers don’t necessarily need to shop at a specialty store to find what they want at the best price. Catholic retailers need only glance over at evangelical retailers to see how stiff the competition for customers can be. Evangelical bookstores are struggling to compete with online bookstores and giant discount stores that now carry some, though not all, of the same merchandise.

While mega-stores may carry some of the big name book titles and generic Christian gift items, Catholic stores can still be competitive if they revamp their marketing strategy to include items that promote the Catholic faith/brand. There is room for innovation and creativity in the current climate. The Pope has infused Catholics with renewed zeal and there will be demand for faith-centered merchandise if it is offered with a bit of savvy and a lot of excitement.

If you are looking for cards, gifts or books that celebrate your Catholic faith check out The Printery House. This Catholic purveyor of faith-centered gifts and supplies is run by the monks of Conception Abbey, and sales help to support the on-site seminary. Cards are made on-site at The Printery House using the artwork and lettering created by the monks themselves.