By Nicole Ossevoort | Communications and social media specialist
If you’re looking for gifts that mean and do more this Christmas, here are some suggestions for you!
• Lisieux Nail Polish
“Nail polish for your soul and a holy reminder you can take anywhere!” Inspired by the New Evangelization and rooted in a love for sacred Scripture, Lisieux Nail Polish brings high-quality nail polish with names inspired by Catholic tradition. With 29 colors with names like Avila, Caritas, and Lourdes, you’re sure to find the perfect stocking stuffer for all of the faithful women in your life. The polish is manufactured in the U.S.A. and does not test on animals (it’s also vegan!). $8 at lisieuxnailpolish.com.
• Saint Marianne Cope Mother of Outcasts T-Shirt
Inspired by our very own St. Marianne Cope, this unique tee is a great option for someone with a particular devotion to the Mother of Outcasts. If you’re looking for a Saint Marianne-themed gift there are plenty of great options at the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum gift shop (visit online or in-person at 601 N. Townsend St., Syracuse). $20 at saintmarianneshrineandmuseum.org.
• Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing
A heartwarming story that introduces young children to the tradition of the Bambinelli. Start a new family tradition using the Christ Child you already have in your nativity scene! $15.99, shop.franciscanmedia.org.
• Fat Friar Cookies
Cookies make the perfect hostess gift during the Christmas season. Fat Friar cookies, handmade in Syracuse, are a delicious cookie with a purpose. All proceeds support the Assumption Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. A tray includes assorted Italian cookies and, of course, their signature chocolate-dipped shortbread. $35 for a 2 lb. tray at fatfriar.org.
• NunBetter Chocolates
These delicious treats are handmade with love (and a prayer) by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. From holiday chocolate bark to hand-assembled gift baskets, NunBetter has a delicious treat for everyone on your list (and something for every budget). We recommend the chocolate dipped pretzels! Prices vary; nunbetter.org.
• Advent Taper Candles by Cathedral Candle Company
Handcrafted in Syracuse, these candles are a beautiful way to celebrate the hopeful season of Advent within your domestic church! $15.95 at cathedralcandle.com.
• Madonna and Child Rosary Box
Pope Francis prays 15 decades of the Rosary every day. If you know someone with a particular love of the Rosary, why not gift them a beautiful place to keep their sacred prayer tool when they’re not praying? At under $15, it’s a thoughtful Christmas gift for a friend or co-worker.
$12.99 at The Catholic Shop, 201 E. Laurel St., Syracuse. buyagreatgift.com/
• Gift of Hope
For 75 years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has offered inspirational ways to make a life-changing difference for families and communities across the globe. You can choose a gift from categories including education, clean water, and medical supplies, and even make a gift in someone’s name. CRS also offers a variety of unique fair-trade gifts, like coffee and clothing, at prices that fit every Christmas budget. Prices vary; gifts.crs.org or ethicaltrade.crs.org/guide.
• Dear Pope Francis
In this sweet book, Pope Francis answers questions from children around the world. A tender and heartwarming book for the special young faithful in your life (also available in Spanish). $18.95 at loyolapress.com.
• Subscription to the Catholic Sun
For more than 125 years the Catholic Sun has delivered Catholic news from our communities and around the world to faithful in the seven-county Diocese of Syracuse. Available in print and online, the Sun is a wonderful gift for any Catholic in your life (including you!) $25 at thecatholicsun.com/subscribe.