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How to Find the Best Religious Gifts

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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.

A Christian Gift Store With the Monks’ Touch – Meet the Printery House

Christian Gift StoresIf you’re looking for a Christian gift store where the cards and products have genuine meaning, and a real story behind them, meet the monks at The Printery House.

The Printery House is an apostolic work of the monks and employees of Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery situated in the rolling farmlands of northwest Missouri. Their mission is to proclaim the Gospel and share the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of printed products and contemporary religious art.

In choosing a Christian card or gift from The Printery House, you share in the apostolic labors of the monks of Conception Abbey. Since 1873, the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey have been committed to a life of prayer and work. Five times each day they come together for the Liturgy of the Hours, the public prayers of the church. At midday they gather to celebrate the Eucharist. The rest of the day is devoted to works in service to the church.

Prayer and work is the mission of the Printery House; the beautiful cards and gifts offered by this online Christian gift store are just one demonstration of this mission. In fact, the artists and monks who share their gifts there have been creating hand-lettered and hand-drawn designs for 60 years. Their products have shipped all over the nation and the world, and cards are all printed on-site – coming from one of the few “made in the USA” Christian gift stores. Together they publish Christian greeting cards, stationery, prayer cards, icons, and other items related to faith.

Some designs are created by monks; others are created by freelance artists. The quality of the art is very important to the continued success of the Printery House, not only by helping retain customer interest through new products, but also by helping spread the Good News of God’s love through the printed word and quality Christian art. The monks also operate and staff Conception Seminary College, where young men come to prepare for priestly service in the Catholic Church.

Sending a Holy card, prayer card or note of encouragement from The Printery House is more than just a card; it’s a message to a friend or loved one that you are sending something you truly believe in. You are also invited to experience the spiritual beauty of the renewed Basilica at Conception Abbey and to visit the AbbeyGuestCenter.


Inspirational Gifts That Encourage Your Child to Pray

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A wise man once said that unless you have a specific destination you will never know when you have arrived. It is definitely like that with raising children. There are lots of goals that parents set for their children, of course. We want them to be diligent and polite, to be caring and grateful. If we are Christians, we also care about whether or not they take the baton of faith and carry it.

Part of raising children to be people of faith is helping them to grow in their faith. We want our children to find joy in things like prayer and bible reading, church attendance and other ways of walking out their faith.

Here are some inspirational gifts and ideas that we’ve come across to help guide your child toward the regular practice of prayer.

1. Have the child paint a rock. Place the painted rock on the child’s pillow. At bedtime, the rock is a reminder to prayer before laying down his/her head to sleep. The rock goes on the nightstand until morning. When the bed gets made, the rock goes back on the pillow as a reminder the following evening.

2. Have a family concert of prayer once per week. Give your child a journal and have them keep a record of the Lord’s answers “yes”, “no” or “wait”. Then, from time to time, as a family go over the answers.

3. Adopt a missionary. Pray over the missionary’s requests with your child and encourage them to do so on their own as well. Point out news stories relative to the missionary’s country of service. Eat foods from the missionary’s country and have each family member pray for the work after dinner. Inspirational gifts might include something that comes from the country and sits on the dresser to remind the child of missionary endeavors.

4. Tell your child the difference between recited prayer, extended personal prayer and arrow prayers. All are important forms of talking with God. Formal written prayers teach us to think and pray in new and often deeper ways. Personal prayer times should be a daily appointment we keep with the Lord. Arrow prayers are the one we shoot up quickly to heaven, often silently. They can be thanks to Him for the delight of an ice cream cone. If you hear an ambulance siren you can shoot up a prayer for healing and the opportunity to hear the gospel.

5. Have family members each write a prayer concern on a slip of paper each month. Then each person chooses a slip of paper and that is the request they pray for during the month.

There are so many ways to teach kids the importance of prayer. Inspirational gifts such as special books for Lent or First Communion often contain special prayers children can learn and use. The Printery House also offers prayer blocks. These blocks have table prayers and bedtime prayers written on each face so the child can make a game out of choosing a prayer at mealtime or bedtime. The important thing is to be intentional. You need to aim for a prayer habit and then take steps to get there.

Personalized Wedding Gifts: For Keeps, For Generations

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Wedding season will be here soon. Halfway into May, you will have probably already attended one or more wedding showers. June brides are making their final fitting appointments. Parents of the bride are double-checking flower orders and reception menus. As the guest, you’ve got it made – all you have to do is show up. Get your wedding gift sooner rather than later, and then there is nothing for you to do but to enjoy the happy event.

Most couples today have made a complete list of the many necessities they need and desire with at least two big-name stores. Buying from the gift registry is a good way to help the young couple set up house, and helping young married couples get set is a real blessing. However, personalized wedding gifts can wind up being more treasured and valued for years to come.

Cash, for example, is fast becoming a popular wedding gift. But as appreciated as it may be at the time, it is not a gift that will be connected to any particular item and it will not likely be long remembered. Money as a gift may say ‘generosity’ and ‘practical’ – but it doesn’t say ‘personal’. Gifts that reflect what you know about the couple do say those things.

Christian couples who wed this summer might be blessed to receive a Wedding Bible. The Printery House offers a beautiful New American Standard edition Bible perfect for newlyweds. The Bible even has a place for the couple to record the bible verses that were part of the wedding ceremony. This is the kind of gift that gets passed on to the next generation.

Another fun idea under personalized wedding gifts, is a musical keepsake box. The Printery House has a music box which plays the tune of On Eagle’s Wings, with eagle artwork on the lid. However, the box is made purposefully with easy access to the artwork so that you could also slide it out and replace it with a 4×6” photo of the couple under the glass to personalize it. This keepsake box will be a keeper.

Believing couples have thought ahead to needing a toaster, a blender and bath towels, but they may not have thought about the holidays they will be sharing. Why not bless them with the gift of an Advent Candleholder? When December rolls around they will be so appreciative…and the December after that….and the December after that….

Consider going off-registry this summer. Try giving personalized wedding gifts instead. The Printery House has them. Take a look soon, then relax and enjoy the ceremony and the cake.