Looking for great Catholic gifts for Easter, Confirmation, or just because?
As I think back to the gifts that I received for Easter over the last 26 years of my life, they’ve largely fallen into one major category: bunny-shaped candy. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my chocolate bunnies (and peanut butter cups). But recently, as I’ve been thinking about Easter gifts for my family this year – admittedly it’s coming down to the wire now – a thought crossed my mind: what could I give my friends and family members that is actually related to the holiday? In other words, what gifts could I give that could help others grow in their faith lives?
So I started looking around and have been pleasantly surprised by some of the amazing resources that I’ve found out there, and knew I had to share a few of the newest ones with you. I’ll keep this short and to the point so I’ll just share my top 3.
First is a beautiful Mass journal called Every Sacred Sunday. Every Sacred Sunday provides the Gospel reading for every Sunday’s Mass and is complete with gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations and a place to take notes, allowing you to both better prepare for the Mass, and to respond and reflect more deeply afterwards.
Second is a list of some of my favorite books. There are countless great books out there that have helped me grow in my faith life, dating all the way back to some classics written by saints hundreds of years ago such as Confessions by St. Augustine, Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Ávila, and Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross.
But new books are always coming out as well and two have even come out this very month that I would highly recommend reading: the first is The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today by Samuel Guzman, and the second is The 5 Habits of Prayerful People by Michael St. Pierre. Both of these books are extremely helpful in learning how to grow in holiness and in a relationship with God while living in today’s world.
Lastly, as I’m sure you saw the shameless plug coming from a mile away, you can never go wrong with giving the gift of Catholic Meditation through a Hallow gift card! Great news is they come instantly to your inbox after purchase, so it’s no problem if you procrastinated your shopping this year just like I did.
This only scratches the surface of the huge world of wonderful Catholic gifts that exist out there, but I hope it gives you a few ideas for how we can use this time of year (or any occasion at all!) to help one another grow spiritually. If you’ve got any ideas that we missed, please feel free to leave them in a comment below!
Also, I hope this goes without saying, but please don’t feel like these have to replace the chocolate bunny, they can always just be added on instead 🙂 After all, Easter is a feast day and those magnificent candies aren’t exactly available year-round.
Quick disclaimer as I’ve seen the question come up a lot for similar posts before: this is not a sponsored post, and the owners of these products were not aware that I was writing it or would be mentioning them. I do know some of the folks behind these amazing products – I find their faith and ministries truly inspirational – but wrote about them because I genuinely believe you’ll find them to be powerful aids for spiritual growth 🙂