Christmas Gift Ideas & A Special Prayer Request {Plus Another Sleighful of Giveaways}

by | Nov 20, 2016 | Advent and Christmas, Favorite Toys, Giveaway | 102 comments

It’s time for this year’s list of “Christmas Gift Ideas” and another “Sleighful of Giveaways” from my amazing sponsors!  (You can find last year’s list here, as well as even more Catholic gift ideas listed in my past Easter posts as well: 100+ Easter Basket Stuffers & Catholic Gift Ideas and Easter Symbols: Catholic Gift Ideas.) 

Before I get started, I have another little favor to ask this year… Could you please offer a prayer for the newest addition to our family? We had quite the surprise at the end of October! In fact, it wasn’t until our oldest son asked, “Are you sure you aren’t pregnant? This isn’t your usual sick… this is how sick you get when you are pregnant!” that I finally took a test… He knows me well and has seen me pregnant a few times! 😉 I truly thought I was just having another one of my long cycles, I was sick because my hormones have been so off for so long, and that our soon-to-be-five-year-old “baby” was going to be the last! (We even got rid of most of the baby stuff just last summer…) But, he was right! My husband and I were so excited to see our little baby’s tiny heart beating during a dating ultrasound on the morning of the elections (we never did see heartbeats with our miscarried babies) and then I got another little peek at the baby during my first appointment with my new doctor last Monday afternoon. So far everything looks perfect! I wasn’t going to say anything yet, but I have such a hard time keeping secrets… I’ll be going in a week from Monday for some more blood tests and another ultrasound and would really appreciate prayers. Thank you!

When I started coordinating all the weekly giveaways leading up to Advent this year, I knew it might be overly ambitious, especially considering I’m homeschooling all seven on top of my work schedule this year, but I had no idea just how challenging it was going to be to get out of bed each day! pull off… It’s all coming together though and has been a lot of fun! I plan to host one last giveaway for you all next weekend focusing on the O Antiphons.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter this GIVEAWAY for a chance to win one of 27 PRIZES with a combined value of over $1,500.00!

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.: Fun Finds for Advent & Christmas 2016 :.

  1. 100% Beeswax Advent Taper Candles (Our candles from  have sold out for this year. Other options include: Toadily Handmade Beeswax CandlesHoney Candles, or these from Big Dipper Wax Works.   I’ll be using these pillar candles in pink and purple for our large wreath. If you are looking for less expensive candles, these might be a good option.)
  2. Lavender Pearl and Bronze St. Andrew Chaplet from Mary Devotions (A beautiful new addition to our collection of St. Andrew Chaplets.) 
  3. Christmastime in New Orleans (CD) and the Special Edition (DVD)
  4. A Gospel Advent Calendar (Also available from Catholic Child! I’ve added this to our 2016 Advent Book Basket. The kids also have a few toy Advent Calendars again this year, one in each bedroom: LEGO City for the older boys, LEGO Friends for the girls and NHL Playmobil for the little boys.) 
  5. Caroling at Ephesus is brand new from the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
  6. Baby’s First Christmas Ornament from Blessings from Heaven*
  7. Christmas Tree Creche Candle from The Cloister Shoppe
  8. DIY: Christmas Chocolate Coins (I originally shared these back in 2010, but finally moved the FREE printable document over to Dropbox for easy access. You’ll also find printable documents for St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins, Jesse Tree Coins, and O Antiphon Coins!) 
  9. Three Kings Wise Men Puzzle Scene (This will be one of our O Antiphon gifts this year! I’m hoping to share more about the rest of our O Antiphon picks, along with one last giveaway, next weekend.)
*We’ll be adding one of these to our Christmas Tree this year, I just haven’t decided exactly how to word the custom text… It will be something along the lines of:

Baby’s First Christmas 
♥ Due June 24, 2017 
Since I have been so incredibly sick this fall (I keep reminding myself it’s a good thing!) I decided to ask our kids to help me with this year’s “Christmas Gift Ideas” post.  I had them each list nine of their past favorite gifts for me to share with you all. Here are their answers: 
(Note: Our children usually unwrap three gifts on Christmas morning – something they need, something they want, and one other gift which is usually faith based – along with a stack of books which I’m considering saving for Epiphany this year.  The gifts listed below have been received over a number of different years/occasions.)
.: Captain’s Picks – Age 16 :.

  1. Key Chain (Tiny Saints are his favorite. He also has this Captain America LEGO Keychain.) 
  2. Favorite Sports Team Clothing (In his case it’s the NHL Penguins and Beavers for College Golf – go Uncle Kevin! Last year the boys each got these NHL Fleece Pullovers.) 
  3. FOOD (Beef Jerky, Trail Mix, Clif Bars, Coffee and Restaurant Gift Cards) 
  4. ENO Hammock with Suspension System (He has the 2016 National Park Service Centennial DoubleNest Hammock in Forest Green – I’m hoping to get hammocks for our other teens this Christmas or for their next birthdays.) 
  5. T-Shirts (He has some great Catholic T-shirts including St. Benedict Medal, The Lord Be With You T-Shirt, and St. Patrick.) 
  6. Super Hero Anything, except costumes… (T-Shirts, SlippersMovies, LEGO, Metal Earth, etc. He’d love these Marvel Golf Balls.) 
  7. Music CDs (Celtic Thunder, Michael Buble Christmas)
  8. Audiobooks or Audible Credits (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings narrated by Rob Ingles, etc) 
  9. Strategic Board Games (Axis & Allies, Settlers of Catan, Stratego, Risk, Battleship)
.: Ranger’s Picks – Age 14 :.

  1. Metal Earth Model Kits (Note: These are challenging to assemble.)
  2. Headphones (Particularly the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. His older brother won a pair from the 2015 NPLTW Contest and he has been borrowing them for his online Latin class. He’d love a pair of his own! If you have a favorite/more affordable option I’d love to hear about them! He also loves the Bose Mini BlueTooth Speaker he won.) 
  3. Sports Gear (Hockey Sticks, Golf Clubs, etc – Last year he received a new Hockey stick and we were able to get an amazing deal on these Golf Clubs for our oldest son. This year we are watching for another great deal on golf clubs so they each have their own set. Last season we borrowed an extra set from the high school.) 
  4. Movies (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Avengers
  5. Weapons (Swiss Army Knives, Bow, BB gun, etc… He also loves making things using these books: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare and Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal. He recently raided his sisters sewing box for supplies to make the darts pictured above. On his wish list: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 3: Build Siege Weapons of the Dark Ages and Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction Targets: 100+ Tear-Out Targets, Plus 5 New Mini Weapons
  6. LEGO (ArchitectureCreator, and Modular sets are his faves – the Lincoln Memorial provided some of the pieces for his recent Ancient History Mini City. I need to share pictures of the Mini Vatican he has been working on building!) 
  7. Swiss Army Backpack (His is similar to this one.)
  8. Clothing (American Eagle Flannel Shirts, Dress Shirts, Slim Straight Jeans, etc – Watch for sales and I always make sure to click over from Ebates first to earn cash back on purchases! I was able to get the boys AEO Extreme Flex Slim Straight Jeans for less than $20 a pair recently.)
  9. The Brotherband Chronicles and Ranger’s Apprentice Books (He doesn’t know about the brand new release of The Battle of Hackhan Heath (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years) coming out this month… I have already pre-ordered a copy. Shhhh!) 

.: Twinkle Toes’ Picks – Age 13 :.

  1. Baking Supplies & Cookbooks (She received this Apron, Sweethearts Pot Mitt and Heart Cakelet Baking Pan for her 13th Birthday, celebrated with a When Calls the Heart party!)
  2. iTouch Gold (Last Christmas we went back and forth between getting her a digital camera and the iTouch and ultimately picked the iTouch. She keeps it in a Pink Survivor case.) 
  3. Books (Some current favorites include The Paradise Project, A Single Bead, Anne of Green Gables. On her Wish List: This set of Jane Austen books and this Literary Mug. I also want to get her this Anne of Green Gables coloring book.) 
  4. Clothing (For her… or for her dolls! She especially loves the saint outfits from The Little Habit, before these were an option the girls loved making their own.) 
  5. Stationary & Gel Pens (similar to these, check Costco for fun and affordable sets in stands – You can see hers pictured with her gifts from her Molly Birthday) 
  6. Journals & Colored Pencils (She has been enjoying these Seasonal Planners lately.) 
  7. When Calls the Heart DVDs (She has the Collector’s Editions of Season 1 and Season 2
    … maybe she’ll receive Season 3 for Christmas!)
  8. Klutz Tiny Stitches book and Other Sewing Supplies
  9. Beauty Supplies (Hair Brush, Curling Iron, Chi Straightener, Manicure Sets, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and Lip Shimmer, etc – some of these she has, a few she borrows from me.) 
.: Chiquita’s Picks – Age 11 :.

  1. Sewing Basket & Supplies (Last Christmas one of her gifts was a darling sewing basket, picked up at Michaels using a 50% off coupon, filled with sewing supplies including: embroidery thread, scissors, a small purple embroidery hoop and this book.) 
  2. Dolls and Accessories (She loves all the Historic American Girl dolls and accessories that she has collected over the years. One favorite is Josefina’s Holiday Gown, complete with her lace mantilla for Mass!) 
  3. Puffin In Bloom Collection (and so many other books!) 
  4. Paint-by-Number Kits (Her past sets include: Chickadees and Lilacs and Goldfinches.)
  5. Make Your Own Washi Tape Stickers 
  6. Bow and Arrows (She has this Genesis kit with this case.) 
  7. LEGO Christmas Creator Sets (The girls have this Winter Toy Shop and Santa’s Workshop.)
  8. Chapel Veils from Robin Nest Lane
  9. Sketch Book & Art Supplies (Her favorite is the eeBoo Nature and Observations Notebook

.: Rose’s Picks – Age 6 :.

  1. Calico Critters (Hopper Kangaroo Family is one of her favorites.) 
  2. Seri’s Dollhouse (This was given to the older girls Christmas morning 2011 and it’s still played with every week. They love using it for their Calico Critters.) 
  3. Play Silks in a Variety of Colors
  4. Dolls, Clothing & Accessories (Saint Habits and Accessories from The Little Habit are favorites! She’ll be receiving this St. Therese Doll for either Christmas or her birthday next month! I posted a review here.) 
  5. Shining Light Dolls (Mother Teresa and St. Therese are two new favorites!) 
  6. “ALL of my St. Therese St. Dolls!” (includes this Saint Therese from Trendzilly and a Saints n’ Stitches pattern available here)
  7. Grimm’s Wooden Fairy Tale Village (and the rest of our stacking blocks… I blogged more about them here.) 
  8. Dress Up Clothes (I’ve found some great deals on Gymboree’s clearance racks after Halloween in the past, including her Peacock dress up.) 
  9. Enchanted Forest and Frozen Surprise Slides are two of her favorite games. See more of our family’s favorites in this post

.: Bud’s Picks – Age 4 :.

  1. Games (Bug BingoAnimal Tracks Memory, etc) 
  2. Swen and “Little Swen(These live on his bed along with all the Pillow Saints from his Godmother and a few other favorite toys.) 
  3. Barn and Schleich Animals (Our fabulous wooden barn is ridiculously expensive now, but this might be a nice alternative. Add a Blessed Sacrament and St. Anthony Blessing Block to reenact the story of St. Anthony of Padua and the Hungry Gray Mule.) 
  4. Wooden Mass Kit from Almond Rod Toys
  5. Saints on the Go! and Shining Light Dolls (St. Joseph, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick, St. FrancisSt. Martin, St. Pio
  6. Naturally Catholic toys and Hand Painted Wooden Saints from Catholic Folk Toys (You can see our Our Lady of Fatima set here. The 100th Anniversary of the apparitions is coming up in May! The Pope and Swiss Guard Set is another one of his favorites.) 
  7. Wooden Trains (Thomas)
  8. Melissa & Doug Car Carrier and Car Loader (He also loves the Log Truck, but it doesn’t look like it’s available.) 
  9. Mini Hockey Set
.: 2017 Catholic Calendars, Saints & Planners :.

  1. 2017 Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Liturgical Calendar (FSSP – Extraordinary Form)
  2. 2017 Catholic Calendar – Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (Saints Galore) 
  3. Saints – A Year in Faith and Art (This one is a book, not a calendar, but it’s one of our favorites to have out year round.) 
  4. 2017 Saints Calendar & 16 Month Planner (TAN)
  5. 2017 Catholic Daily Planner™ (Michele Quigley)
  6. Holy Heroes Spiritual Diary (for children) 
  7. Mary and the Saints 2017 Wall Calendar (TAN)
  8. The Life of Our Lord 2017 Wall Calendar (TAN) 
  9. The Angels 2017 Wall Calendar (TAN)

.: A Sleighful of Giveaways :.

There will be one winner for each of the following 27 PRIZES from many of my generous sponsors here at Shower of Roses with a COMBINED VALUE OF OVER $1,500! 

Prize #1 – $50 Gift Certificate for Custom Missal & Breviary Covers, Nativity Finger Puppet Set, and Catholic Cuisine Apron sponsored by (value $110.00)

Congratulations, Karen S! 
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Prize #2 – The Illuminated Rosary Complete Set (Hardcover Edition) sponsored by Peanut Butter & Grace (value $100.00)

Congratulations, Laura B! 
“Thanks for the giveaway!” 
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Prize #3 – The Virgin Mary Around the World! A Pilgrimage of Faith and Winner’s Choice of Six Marian Shining Light Dolls sponsored by Shining Light Dolls (value $87.93)

“Oh, how wonderful about your new little blessing! God’s goodness knows no bounds. I will be praying for you for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Nothing like a little baby to keep our gaze on Heaven! Thanks for all the giveaway goodies. God bless you.”

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Prize #4 – Nativity Set and Baby’s First Christmas Ornament from Blessings from Heaven (value $79.95) 

Congratulations, Carolyn L! 
“All the prizes are wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I love following your job and your family! We too had a surprise this year.. #6 due May 17. I skipped my whole first trimester before I noticed! I was distracted and not very sick. Many prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy/delivery for you!”

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Prize #5 – Winner’s choice of (2) Windeatt Comprehension Sets sponsored by TAN Books (value $75.70) 
(Options include: Children of FatimaSt. Rose of LimaSt. Benedict, and The Little Flower. Each comprehension set comes with three items: the actual Windeatt novel, the student workbook, and the Teacher’s Manual.)

Congratulations, Stacy G!
“What a wonderful giveaway! Congrats on the new blessing!” 
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Prize #6 – Set of two To Know the Savior Prayer Guide & Journal books, Give Him 5 Coffee Mug, Prayer Bag and Bracelet sponsored by Give Him 5 (value $63.00) SAVE 10% off all orders with coupon code: Roses

Congratulation, Tara! 
“Thank you for offering this giveaway! Prayers for you and your baby.”

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Prize #7 – CLSP Pro-Life Tote Bag filled with Educational Materials sponsored by Culture of Life Studies (value $60.00)

(Options: The winner can choose an elementary pack or a high school pack and the bag will be filled with an appropriate assortment.) 
Congratulations, Deborah D! 
“Congratulations! Praying for you and your baby!”

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Prize #8 – Wooden Mass Kit sponsored by Almond Rod Toys (value $56.00)  Until Dec 18th, if you say a Hail Mary for the conversion of sinners and type in FOUNT OF MERCY in the comments section of check out you will receive an extra patron saint block of your choice with your order.

Congratulations, Kathleen C! 
“We are SO happy for your blessed news! You will be in our prayers. Your giveaway is phenomenal. So many wonderful prizes. I love #8 (mass kit for kids) and #21 (Jesse Tree – on my wish list!). All wonderful choices.”
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Prize #9 – Set of Four Books by Rev. Henry S. Spalding, S.J. sponsored by St. Augustine Academy Press (value $55.80)

Congratulations, Christine B!
“Congratulations, Jessica! Please be assured of my prayers for you and your baby. I am so happy for all of you. I’ve been hoping and praying that you will be blessed with a second round of babies like my husband and I have been. God bless all of you!”

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Prize #10 – Heroes of Grace, Compendium Primary Edition and In Depth Edition sponsored by Sacred Heart Books and Gifts (value $53.90) FREE SHIPPING for orders over $40 now until December 10th with promo code JMJFS. They also have almost 200 items on special from 5-30% off

Congratulations, Elizabeth S! 
“Congratulations on your newest little one! You are in my prayers! I would love to win the Jesse Tree Ornaments, I’ve wanted those for years 🙂 God bless you!”
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Prize #11 – Set of Three Pendant Necklaces sponsored by Art Angel Gallery (Includes: The Immaculate Heart pendant, Madonna and Child pendant, and double-sided Sts. Therese/Zelie/Louis pendant. value $52.00)  SAVE 10% off any purchase with coupon code: SAVE10

Congratulations, Heidi!
“Yea! Another baby! i’d love to win the Mass kit—my boys (and girls) would love it!”
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Prize #12 – $50 Gift Certificate sponsored by Catholic Folk Toys (value $50.00)

Congratulations, Michelle! 
“So happy for you! May God’s peace be with you! 
All of the gifts sound wonderful. I’m drawn to any of the wooden Saints or books for kids, but #6, 13 and 27 also sound great too!”
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Prize #13 and Prize #14 – $50 Gift Certificate sponsored by Regina Martyrum Productions  (two winners, value $50.00 each) 

Congratulations, Judi S!
“Congratulations, what exciting news. I would love the book ” The Virgin Mary around the World” or the Catholic Folk Toys. What a wonderful gift for Christmas. Thank you.”

Congratulations, Susan S!
Wow! What a great list! Thank you!

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Prize #15 – Therese’s Sunday Best Outfit, “I am Therese” Book, and “She is Joan of Arc” Book sponsored by Dolls From Heaven (value $48.00, Doll not included.)

Congratulations, Audrey S! 
“We will be praying for you and your new little one! Thank you again for such a wonderful giveaway!”
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Prize #16 –  Mary’s White Dress with Blue Cape & Lace Veil and Blue Rose Wreath sponsored by The Little Habit (value $46.00)

Congratulations, Susie M!
“Thank you for the opportunity! What a wonderful collection of Catholic gifts! I love them all! I would like the Jesse Tree set, the peg dolls, the 18″doll clothes… but the Shower of Roses mystery gift is so exciting!!!”
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Prize #17 – Precious Blood Bracelet sponsored by Gail’s Designs (value $45.00)  FREE SHIPPING on all orders with coupon code: Christmas16

Congratulations, Cheryl G! 
“I’ve had my eye on the Jesse Tree Treasures set for a couple of years so I would love to win it!”
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Prize #18 – Red Carnelian Rosary Bracelet with Miraculous Medal sponsored by Et Corde Rosaries (value $44.95) Until Christmas you can save 15% off with coupon code: ROSES15

Congratulations, Tricia M! 
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Prize #19 – Two copies of Christmastime in New Orleans (CD) & one copy of Christmastime in New Orleans (DVD) sponsored by AimHigher Recordings (value $44.93)

Congratulations, Theresa N!

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Prize #20 – A Trio of Marian Pillowcases from Prayer Pillowcases (value $44.85) FREE PERSONALIZATION on Prayer Pillowcases through November 2016 with coupon code: Name4Free

Congratulations, Stephanie L!
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Prize #21 – Jesse Tree Ornaments (or apply towards custom set of your choice) sponsored by Jesse Tree Treasures (value $42.95)

Congratulations, Jenny P! 
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Prize #22 –  Christmas puzzles for young and old & some merry background music sponsored by Catholic Child (Includes: value $42.85)  SAVE 15% through November with coupon code: CmasRoses (one time use)

Congratulations, Traci S! 
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Prize #23 – Soft Peach Convertible Covering and Girl’s White Veil with Ties sponsored by Robin Nest Lane  (combined value – $42.70) SAVE 20% off your order with coupon code: ADORATION2016

Congratulations, Teri!

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Prize #24 – Complete Set of Gospel Trekkers sponsored by Pauline Books & Media (value $41.70)  You can find my review of these books here. 

Congratulations, Christine C!

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Prizes #25 –  Set of Three Books by Msgr. Raymond O’Brien sponsored by St. Augustine Academy Press (value $40.85)

Congratulations, Samantha L!
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Prize #26 – $40 Gift Certificate sponsored by Naturally Catholic (value $40.00)

Congratulations, Rebecca S!

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Prize #27 – Christmas Gift Package from Shower of Roses (value $40.00+)  Contents still to be determined… It will be a surprise!

Congratulations, Marie B!
“Oh Jessica, I am so, so, SO happy for you and your family! Grow, baby, GROW!!! I am praising God tonight for new life!!! You were on my heart in a particular way a couple months ago and I offered up one of my Masses for you, maybe this was the reason you came to mind that particular day. 🙂  Thank you again for the generous giveaway and all of your wonderful sponsors, I found a few tonight I want to look into more when I do some Christmas shopping. There are so many wonderful prizes to pick from, but I love both the Shining Light Doll prize and the Art Angel pendant prize. 
Deo Gratias!!”

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  1. Julia Blaxton

    What a great list…I love the Saint Therese and Saint Joan of Arc dolls. There is just so much goodness in this giveaway thank you for doing this.

    2016-11-20 21:32:02

  2. jennifer brown

    WOW! thank you!

    2016-11-20 21:50:18

  3. Anna

    My son would love the Mass kit!

    2016-11-20 21:53:15

  4. Sarah Mason

    Congratulations on your new baby! How exciting! You will be in my prayers. I would love the win the mass kit from Almond Rod toys, but all of the prizes are amazing!

    2016-11-20 22:04:01

  5. Emma

    Oh Jessica, I am so very very happy for you. We will keep you in our prayers🍃🌸🍃Love, Emma

    2016-11-20 22:05:31

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

    2016-11-20 22:09:08

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Emma! ♥

    2016-11-20 22:09:40

  8. Anastasia

    Wow, what a generous giveaway!

    2016-11-20 22:11:56

  9. Molly

    Ooh, I would love to win any of these great gifts but my favorite would probably be the veils or the doll outfits 🙂 Congratulations on the new little one!

    2016-11-20 22:14:03

  10. Elena Stahl

    May our loving Savior keep you comforted in his gentle embrace.

    2016-11-20 22:14:05

  11. Emily

    Most excited about the catholic folk toys gift certificate. Prayers for you and baby!

    2016-11-20 22:15:51

  12. Geowne

    Congratulations Jessica and to your whole family! I will be praying for you. I love that your son knows you so well!

    2016-11-20 22:19:37

  13. Angie Petrolia

    Congrats on the new little one. Prayers for healthy baby and mama.

    2016-11-20 22:22:15

  14. Luisa

    beautiful giveaway! I would feel incredibly blessed winning any of these prizes.

    2016-11-20 22:25:35

  15. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Geowne! Me too! ♥

    2016-11-20 22:27:29

  16. megsnoelle

    Congratulations! Such exciting news! I love the Naturally Catholic statues, so I would love to win that gift certificate.

    2016-11-20 22:31:44

  17. Debbie Thompson

    How wonderful! So many beautiful things I couldn't pick just one! Praying for you and your family!

    2016-11-20 22:34:32

  18. Kate Dahlsrud

    Congratulations! We will be keeping you and baby in our prayers. So excited for you! May God bless your newest little one and your pregnancy. In our thoughts and prayers.

    2016-11-20 22:41:32

  19. Mary Vogel

    Exciting news for you and your family. May God bless you with an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby! Thank you for offering this giveaway.

    2016-11-20 22:41:44

  20. Amy Garner

    So many wonderful choices! I would most like #8 or #16 – the wooden Mass kit or the beautiful saint outfits! Adding these all to my wishlist!

    2016-11-20 22:45:09

  21. Jada

    Great ideas! Congrats on the new baby! Thank you for the giveaway chances!

    2016-11-20 22:47:02

  22. Kate Dahlsrud

    Naturally Catholic's saint dolls…I've been wanting to purchase from them since you advertised them last year. Beautifully done!

    2016-11-20 22:48:46

  23. Jacquelin

    The Jesse Tree ornaments and puzzles look great!
    2016-11-20 22:50:15

  24. Jennifer T

    This is such a generous giveaway, thank you! My girls would adore the saint doll clothing 🙂

    2016-11-20 22:51:26

  25. Michele

    Such a generous giveaway! I would love to win prize #21. I've been thinking of ordering that set for the past couple years. Prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

    2016-11-20 22:51:43

  26. Mindy McDonald

    Too many great things to choose just one!

    2016-11-20 22:52:52

  27. Susan

    Wow! What a great list! Thank you!

    2016-11-20 23:06:45

  28. Kaitlin Ketchum

    I love the cloister shop! They have great room sprays that don't give me a headache 😊 and if you need a husband present they sell shaving kits with homemade soap and brushes.

    2016-11-20 23:10:23

  29. Carolyn

    These prizes are wonderful! I love the Jesse Tree ornaments, thank you so much for doing this! I've followed your blog for several years and your posts and info are so helpful in passing on our faith. I think this had to be the best one you've done however- I am so happy for you and will keep you and your littlest one in my prayers!

    2016-11-20 23:13:45

  30. Heather

    Congratulations and you will be in my prayers! I think your surprise prize #27 would be awesome. I like surprises 😉

    2016-11-20 23:20:01

  31. Nicole

    Wow! So many amazing gift ideas. The Mass kit or new baby ornament are favorites. Praying for you!

    2016-11-20 23:21:32

  32. joyfilledfamily

    Deo gratias! We are covering you in prayer, currently it is a novena to Pope St. Pius X in the presence of his first class relic. May His joy and peace fill you throughout a healthy pregnancy and safe birth. ad Jesum per Mariam

    2016-11-20 23:23:15

  33. Molly

    Love the gift suggestions

    2016-11-20 23:24:10

  34. Amy

    Congratulations! Praying you and your family with this new edition. Also, thanks for another wonderful give away! Would be blessed to win any of them.

    2016-11-20 23:27:54

  35. Lora

    Wow! Awesome! I get so many ideas, thank you!

    2016-11-20 23:29:35

  36. jbc2789

    Congratulations! Keeping you and your baby in my prayers!

    2016-11-20 23:35:33

  37. Jenn

    Congratulations and many prayers. I always love your gift suggestions. Thanks for all of your time you put into these posts.

    2016-11-20 23:36:00

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    2016-11-20 23:40:11

  39. Jennifer

    Prize #1 is my favorite!

    2016-11-20 23:45:05

  40. Mykaela

    Congratulations! I am thinking the Baby's First Christmas ornament would be awesome for our wee one. But, I also really love surprises!

    2016-11-20 23:50:53

  41. Jessica Ost

    So very exciting!! Congrats to you and your family Jessica!

    2016-11-20 23:56:26

  42. Pam

    Love it! Thank you for the opportunity. Blessings!

    2016-11-20 23:56:59

  43. Jessica Wright

    If I have to pick just one then I choose the Naturally Catholic gift certificate but I love them all. Congratulations!

    2016-11-20 23:58:53

  44. Carolyn

    All the prizes are wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I love following your blog and your family! We too had a surprise this year.. #6 due May 17. I skipped my whole first trimester before I noticed! I was distracted and not very sick. Many prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy/delivery for you!

    2016-11-21 00:03:00

  45. Alicia

    It would be too, too hard to pick a favorite! I love the St. Therese costumes for 18inch dolls. The veil headbands are a nice way to eeeease into veiling. The Almond Rod Mass kit is beautiful! Okay. I need to stop or I'll end up listing everything. 🙂

    2016-11-21 00:07:03

  46. Melissa Steele

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a great giveaway! I would be happy to win anything boy-orientated due to my 4 boys! God bless you and your family!

    2016-11-21 00:08:59

  47. Theresa

    I would most like to win the wooden mass kit. Praying for your newest one. There is something so special about being pregnant during Advent and waiting along with Mary.

    2016-11-21 00:09:08

  48. Bridget

    Prayers coming your way, Jessica! Thanks for another wonderful Christmas post and giveaway!

    2016-11-21 00:14:39

  49. Tracy Smith

    CONGRATULATIONS Jessica! You will be in my prayers! You amaze me with your beautiful posts and blog, especially this one as you endure pregnancy sickness. Thanks for all your hard work and giveaways! I would love to win the Jesse Tree ornaments! I've been eyeing them for several years now!

    2016-11-21 00:23:46

  50. Christine

    Congratulations, Jessica! Please be assured of my prayers for you and your baby. I am so happy for all of you. I've been hoping and praying that you will be blessed with a second round of babies like my husband and I have been. God bless all of you!

    2016-11-21 00:24:04

  51. Cassie W

    I think I would like the Naturally Catholic prize the most of all the prizes. They all look wonderful. Thank you for hosting and thank you to the sponsors.

    2016-11-21 00:28:34

  52. Marie G.

    Congratulations on your newest family member!!!! What a wonderful surprise! 🙂 As fas as choosing one prize to win, it's so hard! There are so many wonderful gifts. Although the rosary bracelet and certificates to St. Luke's paint brush and Naturally Catholic caught my eye. Yours though also sounds fun and surprising!

    2016-11-21 00:30:32

  53. Beth Schloemer

    I love all of the gift ideas from your kids!

    2016-11-21 00:31:16

  54. Angela Ploran

    First Congratulations! Second thank you for putting this together, especially since you are pregnant! I've had my eye on so many of these prizes that it would be lovely to win any of them 🙂

    2016-11-21 00:34:00

  55. Jaclyn

    Love the gift ideas! I've definitely picked out a couple that would be great for my kids.

    2016-11-21 00:44:05

  56. meg

    Prayers for your sweet baby – & for you to feel better. Too many gifts to select just one but I have Give Him 5, & Gospel Trekkers on my list already! Thanks for hosting this.

    2016-11-21 00:44:57

  57. Jennifer

    So happy for your family! I will be praying for you and the new little one. I did not know there is a new Ranger's Apprentice book coming- wow! Thanks for the heads up 🙂

    2016-11-21 00:54:44

  58. Aimee Landreneau

    There are two saints I'm eyeing at Catholic Folk Toys that I'd love to win! Congratulations on that new bundle of joy! God is so good!

    2016-11-21 00:55:23

  59. Kim Loney

    Another precious little one!! What a blessing! Offering a prayer for you and your baby!

    2016-11-21 00:55:24

  60. Shalon

    What a great giveaway! And congratulations on your new blessing! You will be in our prayers, Jessica!

    2016-11-21 01:04:00

  61. Joanne

    I like the puzzles and the rosary bracelet. Beautiful!

    2016-11-21 01:04:59

  62. Bernadette McMaster

    Oh, how wonderful about your new little blessing! God's goodness knows no bounds. I will be praying for you for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Nothing like a little baby to keep our gaze on Heaven! Thanks for all the giveaway goodies. God bless you.

    2016-11-21 01:05:01

  63. Andrea

    Thank you! And God bless your precious growing babe!!!

    2016-11-21 01:07:40

  64. Brenna

    Congratulations! What a blessing, keeping you in my prayers.

    2016-11-21 01:12:32

  65. Taryn

    Congratulations and we will keep your family and littlest one in our prayers! Thank you for doing this round up of gifts – it always gives me great ideas. I would love to win the books by Rev. Spalding!

    2016-11-21 01:13:22

  66. Lindsey

    Congratulations! We are praying for you and your family! My favorite prizes are the Illuminated Rosary books (#2) and he Robin': Nest Lane chapel veil (#23).

    2016-11-21 01:14:15

  67. Judy

    Congratulations, Jessica! I will keep you and your little one in my prayers. I am a little jealous though as we've had our last three kids at the same time. I am quite a bit older than you and I think my baby days are over! You can't get much better than the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist for a due date! Thank you so much for sharing so much about yourself and your family. It truly is a blessing to us!

    2016-11-21 01:16:08

  68. Audrey S.

    We will be praying for you and your new little one! Thank you again for such a wonderful giveaway!

    2016-11-21 01:26:39

  69. Melinda

    Congratulations! What a wonderful giveaway. My 8 year old would love the Gospel Trekkers book set.

    2016-11-21 01:49:04

  70. Kelly H.

    Congratulations! Welcome to the 2017 Baby Club!!! I pray all will continue to go well. St. Gerard, pray for Jessica and her sweet baby.

    2016-11-21 01:52:39

  71. megan

    Congratulations!!!! Thanks for the give away 🙂

    2016-11-21 02:03:18

  72. Sarah

    Congratulations on your sweet baby! You will be in my prayers!!! <3 How exciting this news is! Thank you for another wonderful giveaway! I absolutely love the Art Angel jewelry and the doll clothes!

    May God bless you and have a happy Thanksgiving!

    2016-11-21 02:06:20

  73. giselle

    Hermosos regalos!! Felicidades y bendiciiones por el nuevo bebe!!

    2016-11-21 02:06:31

  74. Betsy Hunhoff

    Congrats! What wonderful news!!

    2016-11-21 02:12:54

  75. Jacki

    Congratulations and so many prayers! Thanks for doing this when you have so much going on.

    2016-11-21 02:22:12

  76. Robyn

    Congratulations and thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

    2016-11-21 02:27:19

  77. Kari

    Congratulations on your new baby! How exciting, we will be keeping you and baby in our prayers! We are expecting our 7th this April, if you wouldn't mind keeping us in your prayers too.

    What a great giveaway!

  78. KackyK

    What sweet news!! Woohoo!! Thanks for all these generous offerings!!

    2016-11-21 02:44:06

  79. Beth

    Congratulations to you and your (growing!) family. I'd love to win a rosary bracelet. The Jesse Tree ornaments would also be awesome -I've had my eye on them for years but can never justify the price with some many other expenses this time of year. Thanks for the giveaway!

    2016-11-21 02:51:36

  80. A Kramer

    God bless you, your family and new little one. Thank you for doing these giveaways.

    2016-11-21 02:54:00

  81. Linda

    Wow! How in the world do you find the time to do all this and homeschool? I'm in awe! Congrats on your new baby! God bless!

    2016-11-21 03:00:41

  82. Leslie

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I think I would lean toward the gift certificate for Naturally Catholic… good excuse to buy one of their beautiful items!

    2016-11-21 03:03:16

  83. Lenetta

    11 or 27! What a wonderful giveaway, thank you for putting it together for us!!

    2016-11-21 03:04:09

  84. Marianne

    Congratulations, Jessica! And thank you for another wonderful giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

    2016-11-21 03:06:09

  85. Debbie McL

    Dear Jessica, I will keep you and your precious little one in my daily prayers with heartfelt requests to Dear Saint Gerard beginning today. This is a most blessed announcement and I am happy for you and your husband and children. I am sure that this dearest child of God can already feel so much love coming from you and your dear family. Most Sincerely, Debbie

    2016-11-21 03:06:23

  86. Rachel

    Congratulations! I will be praying for you and your new little one. There are so many great prizes…I love both the Precious Blood bracelet and the rosary bracelet, but I would also love to find out what's in your surprise gift package! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    2016-11-21 03:08:43

  87. Dale

    Wow, thank you for this amazing giveaway! I've been eyeing those illuminated rosary books for a while now, would love to win them! And congratulations on your little one on the way. You will be in my prayers!

    2016-11-21 03:18:04

  88. Erica

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you- my due date is 6/23! May God continue to bless you and your family this Advent.

    2016-11-21 03:23:06

  89. Julie

    The Virgin Mary Around the World and Shining Light Dolls! How precious are those?! Congratulations to you and your lovely family! I LOVE your blog!

    2016-11-21 03:30:05

  90. Joanna Dell

    Will be praying for you and your baby. Awesome giveaway! Thanks! My sons favorite would be the wooden mass kit.

    2016-11-21 03:31:21

  91. Ann

    Congratulations! May Our Lady watch over you and your like one. Thank you for posting so many wonderful Catholic gifts. I have been looking at the Tan reading comprehension set about The Children of Fatima, especially with the anniversary approaching in the coming year. The Catholic Saint peg dolls are lovely as well. Wishing you a blessed Advent.

    2016-11-21 03:31:42

  92. Julie

    And Dolls from Heaven! Those dresses are too cute!

    2016-11-21 03:34:43

  93. Marie

    Oh Jessica, I am so, so, SO happy for you and your family! Grow, baby, GROW!!! I am praising God tonight for new life!!! You were on my heart in a particular way a couple months ago and I offered up one of my Masses for you, maybe this was the reason you came to mind that particular day. 🙂 Thank you again for the generous giveaway and all of your wonderful sponsors, I found a few tonight I want to look into more when I do some Christmas shopping. There are so many wonderful prizes to pick from, but I love both the Shining Light Doll prize and the Art Angel pendant prize. Deo Gratias!!

    2016-11-21 03:43:36

  94. Jaime Gugala

    Congratulations! I would love the Regina Martyrum gift card!

    2016-11-21 03:44:50

  95. Andrea

    Congratulations on the new baby! I will pray for a safe pregnancy! As always I love to look through your sponsors. Always great gift ideas!

    2016-11-21 03:57:13

  96. Heidi

    Yea! Another baby! i'd love to win the Mass kit—my boys (and girls) would love it!

    2016-11-21 04:00:56

  97. Deb

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway! Thank you.

    2016-11-21 04:03:49

  98. Erin

    CONGRATS!!! We are so happy to hear of you wonderful news!!! God Bless you all!!

    2016-11-21 04:08:00

  99. Hope

    So exciting! Praying for you and your precious babe and family!

    2016-11-21 04:08:23

  100. Cindy

    First, congrats!!!

    Second, wowie, zowie what a giveaway and the posts with all the gift ideas and ideas from the kids. Clearly a ton of work to put this all together!

    2016-11-21 04:09:00

  101. Kristin

    Thank you, and congratulations!!! 🙂

    2016-11-21 04:10:13

  102. Monica Glasgow

    What an amazing great list of gift ideas!!

    2016-11-21 04:11:51


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