2023 Shower of Roses Christmas Gift Guide + Giveaway

by | Nov 18, 2023 | Gift Guide | 213 comments

Welcome to our Annual Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway! Get ready for a curated selection of fantastic gift ideas and a chance to win amazing prizes. Once again I’ve gathered suggestions from every member of our family to ensure there’s something for everyone. We’ve got a variety of recommendations to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

First I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the generous sponsors who help make this possible, enabling us to spread awesome prize packages to lots of families once again this year! So grab your favorite beverage, take a moment to unwind, and enjoy browsing our carefully curated annual Christmas Gift Guide, filled with shopping inspiration and exclusive coupon codes.

You can also find my lists from the last eight years here (2022)here (2021)here (2020)here (2019)here (2018)here (2017)here (2016) and here (2015)  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.

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New Finds for Advent

New Finds for Christmas

St. Nicholas – December 6th

Scroll through all of our past St. Nicholas posts here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12th

You can also check out the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pillow Case from Prayer Pillowcases! We also love the Our Lady of Guadalupe Puzzle, if you can find it, and we usually celebrate with an Our Lady of Guadalupe Brunch or Dinner after Mass! Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican Mocha Coffee is a perfect addition!

Scroll through all our past Our Lady of Guadalupe posts here.

Santa Lucia Day – December 13th

Scroll through all of our past St. Lucy posts here.

Favorite Nativity Sets

We have Fisher PricePlaymobil and Shining Light Doll Nativities too, and the Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar, but I especially love our wooden versions! I also love our Schleich Nativity but it’s hard to find, same with A Child Is Born from Naturally CatholicFontanini Holy Family (a wedding gift – also available from The Catholic Co.) was the beginning of our Fontanini Collection. Our 11 year old gets a new addition every year from his godparents. ❤️

Our children have once again taken an active role in this year’s gift guide! I asked each of them to list nine gift ideas for me to share. Most of their suggestions are things they already own, with a few desired items included. Here are their answers:

Please note: Our children usually unwrap three gifts from my husband and I on Christmas morning- something they need, something they want, and one other gift which is usually faith based. We draw names on the first Sunday of Advent for Christkindl and end with a family Christkindl gift exchange. It’s always the first thing they want to do after our morning prayers (or morning Mass if we didn’t make it to the Midnight Mass) on Christmas Day! They also receive books on Epiphany (which often include many books that have been given to me to review, or school books for the next semester). The gift suggestions listed below have been received over a number of different years/occasions, handed down from older siblings, or on their wish list.

Captain’s Picks – Age 23

“Been saving a video just for when you asked this question🤪🎄

A lot of these are similar to last year’s list but like I said before, the older you get the less you want stuff and the more you want time with people you love. ❤️”

  • 1 – A fun, easy to carry game that a lot of people can play. (Bang fits that category perfectly and is easily one of my top favorites!)
  • 2- A nice pair of sunglasses. I know I had them on my list last year but like come on. Who wouldn’t like getting a new pair of shades 😎
  • 3- Cowboy hat or boots (definitely spices up your wardrobe, and is a MUST if you live in the south 🤠)
  • 4- Running/gym shoes (if you use enough you’ll quickly wear them down so it’s nice to get a new pair every couple years)
  • 5- A Rosary. (I’m not always very good at praying the rosary everyday but it’s a great way to grow closer to our Lady and our Lord.
  • 6 – A fun/unique Desk Calendar. (I love seeing a new picture of the National State Parks every morning. Makes me want to do some traveling 😄🏕️)
  • 7- A Charlie Brown or Blues Clues shirt/sweater (something that expresses your inner child🤪)
  • 8- A gift card to go towards a hobby or a favorite pass time (like an Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card, Scuba Shop, or Music Store Gift Card)
  • 9- An Apple Watch/ something to track your health stats. (I’ve also been doing a lot of physical activity so it would be nice to monitor my heart rate and other stats. Definitely on the more expensive side but I can see why people my age get them.

Ranger’s Picks – Age 21

He has been pretty busy but I finally got his list! His list is more of a “wish list” than it is specific to things he has. My comments are in italics. 🙂

Twinkle Toe’s Picks – Age 20

Age 20 Gift Ideas
  • North Face ThermoBall Traction Shoes – These shoes feel literally like slippers and are so great especially after a long day of skiing.
  • Unsolved Case Files – If you don’t know me, I absolutely love solving mysteries. My family used to always joke that I would become a private detective. This is so fun and it almost feels like I’m solving a real murder.
  • Jewelry Tree Stand – This is a beautiful stand to keep my necklaces, bracelets, and earrings (I’ve been given quite a collection of earrings from friends, I’ll get my ears pierced soon haha). It’s big enough to hold a good amount of jewelry but small enough to not take up too much space on the counter.
  • Heatless Hair Skinny Curling Ribbon Set – I can’t recommend this curler enough! It is a game-changer! Because I have such thick hair, curling with an iron usually takes 30 mins-1hr but with this, it takes 5 mins. 🙂 Definitely a must have for those who are too busy to do their hair before Mass/events and those who don’t want to compromise their hair health.
  • Bulova Mother of Pearl Watch – I was gifted this elegant timepiece on my birthday this year and I love it so much! It’s such a classy accessory that adds so much to any outfit.
  • Sunflower Mason Jar Coffee Cup – This beautiful sunflower glass coffee jar was a birthday gift from I friend and I couldn’t love it more. It gives me a perfect excuse to use my parent’s Espresso Machine!
  • Bagallini Women’s Backpack – This is an absolutely fantastic backpack that’s incredibly durable, comfortable to wear, chic, and has plenty of pockets to keep me organized. It’s laptop compartment is well-padded and fits my laptop amazingly. Overall, it’s a very stylish yet practical backpack.
  • Poloroid Go Camera – Polaroid cameras are so incredible because they are able to connect a moment with a photo that you can hold, share, and display instantly.
  • Manicure Set – Such a great set that has all the tools to keep your nails healthy!

Chiquita’s Picks – Age 18

  • Ukulele – Ukuleles are fun, easy to learn and is my number one way to de-stress when the homework load starts getting insane. Also, it looks super cute hanging on my wall in my dorm room! 🙂
  • Vera Bradley Campus Sunflower Backpack – This backpack has been a life saver! When I need to lug around all my huge books, everything always fits and fits well. I love it!
  • AirPods – During Work Study, I’m able to listen to music, pray with Hallow, or speed read my homework assignments! I would have definitely missed quite a few deadlines without them. 😛
  • Fitbit – Just as a watch and built in alarm clock (buzzes, doesn’t chime 👌), my Fitbit keeps me on track throughout the day, but it also keeps me moving and shows how much (more accurately, how little) sleep I’ve been getting so that I know to make sure to get to bed early!
  • Miraculous Medal Slider Necklace from Telos Art Shop – Yep, it’s back! This necklace was on my list of favorites last year and it’s still going strong. I’m wearing it right now, actually. Even though it’s not as shiny as before and though my baby sis broke the chain twice, I’ve always fixed it and made it wearable. It’s just so pretty! (**Use code ROSES for 10% off!)
  • Clothes (any clothes!) – I never realized how hard it is to see people every single day and look cute all the time. Clothes, any clothes, are always welcome! Dress code skirts, dresses, and tops are definitely one of my top gift suggestions. On behalf of all eighteen year olds, we all just love clothes 🙂 (Last Christmas we got her these darling Camo Ankle Boots!) Her Columbia ski coat is also super cute!
  • Benedictus and Hallow Subscriptions – The Benedictus Subscription was on my list last year and I ABSOLUTELY love them! My favorite part about them (besides the fact that I don’t have to flip around in a huge missal) is the Morning and Afternoon Psalms. I also love my Hallow subscription! If I’m struggling to cope with stress, social anxiety, or just want to give a some of my day to God, I always find what I need on Hallow. The professional advice is always helpful!
  • Books!! – I LOVE books and honestly, don’t really know what specific books to list… one of my tops favs is “The Shadow of His Wings” (another repeat), or Dickens, or Austen, or whatever! (Note: Shadow of His Wings is also available directly from Ignatius Press!)
  • Art Supplies – Water Colors, Acrylic Paint, Paint by Numbers, Coloring Pencils, Gel Pens, I just love them all! Perfect therapeutic pastime after a long day of classes and homework ☺️

Scout’s Picks – Age 16

  • Academic Planner – Going into highschool, I wish I had used the academic planner my mom gave me last year more. This year I am using it daily! These planners help keep track of due dates on assignments and papers for classes and check off daily tasks. For a school planner, it’s surprisingly fun to use, and mine has many cool decorations and iconic Star Wars quotes. 😄 Highly recommend.
  • Airpods – I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want AirPods, especially Apple AirPods. I mostly use them for music when doing school or chores around the house or watching recorded class videos on the computer. They’re very portable 😎 Very nice.
  • LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle – The LEGO Ideas sets are all fantastic builds made by brilliant LEGO fans. The ship in the bottle was fun to build and is a neat addition to the many LEGO decorations in our room.
  • Cover Your Assets – Haha, I love this game 😂
  • Bronze Tone St. Benedict Leather Bracelet – I wear this bracelet all the time, whether I’m going to Church or going to Hockey practice. It’s classy and Catholic at the same time. 😎
  • Hockey Skates – “Don’t rent skates, man. Buy some. It’s worth it.” – Michael Gordon 😎
  • The North Face Thermoball Traction Shoes – These shoes are so comfy. It’s like wearing small blankets on your feet 😄 They work as slippers and outdoor shoes at the same time. Highly recommend.
  • Hydro Flask Water Bottle – This water bottle was a gift from a friend… who’s a girl… who can only be my friend… for now… 😉
  • St. Michael Socks – “These socks are aMaZiNg!” – SuperCarlinBrothers
  • Travel Hammock – Hammocks are awesome!… if you have sturdy trees on your property… which we don’t… *sniff* 😞
  • Wish list: Sturdy Trees

Rose’s Picks – Age 13

  • Heart Necklace – Dad gave me a heart necklace on my 13th birthday. It’s a family tradition for girls on our 13 birthday. It is SO beautiful and it makes me feel loved! (Had to drop hints to get it though.)
  • Headphones – I don’t have any, but noise-cancelling headphones are great for online classes and peace and quiet around the house!
  • LEGO Cozy House – I have found my lego person’s dream house!!!
  • Iceberg – I’ve read a lot of books this year, like a lot! and these (Iceberg, Anne of Green Gables and Half Upon a Time) are my ultimate favorite ones!!  (Wish list: Words on Fire, Resistance, Rescue, A Night Divided, Lines of Courage)
  • Anne of Green Gables Book Set with Journal – I also really love my Anne of Green Gables Coloring Book and my Scratch and Sketch Books. This is my first time reading these books (only on the 3rd book so far) The characters are absolutely amazing and Anne is so funny! Can’t wait to see what happens next!
  • Half Upon a Time Trilogy including Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time, and Once Upon the End – Didn’t think I would like these books at first till I read the first couple of chapters! And I think there are some follow up books to it too… (Update: We don’t recommend the follow up books, particularly the final book in the series published in 2023. The author snuck in an inappropriate agenda at the very end (read the 1 star reviews for details), unlike the original three books from 2014. Had I known I would have never purchased the first three.)
  • Pink Sweater Pusheen – IT’S SO CUTE!!!
  • Dashing Diva Gloss Nail Strips – These are really fun to do with friends. They are beautiful, plus they last pretty long!
  • #SaintGoals Sweatshirt from Annunciation Designs – (Note: This has been out of stock. Elayne opened up pre-orders for a couple weeks so if you’d like one now is the time to snag it!)

Bud’s Picks – Age 11

Grace’s Picks – Age 6

Joy’s Picks – Age 4

Favorite Wooden Toys

This list doesn’t change much from year to year but links are updated where necessary:

  • Fagus Wooden Trucks and Vehicles  – German crafted and made of solid Beechwood. We have been collecting for awhile and have the Limited Edition Red Fire Engine, Jeep, Snow Plow add on, Container Tipper Truck, Front End Loader, Conveyor Belt, and the Excavator, Tractors and Trailers. My little girls love them even more than their older brother did when they were younger! Look for them in the US at The Wooden Wagon, Nova Natural and Bella Luna Toys.
  • Grimms Spiel und Holz Wooden Toys – Grimm’s Counting Rainbow (similar to this) with Grimm’s Natural Semicircles Building Set.
  • Ostheimer Toys – Collectible hand carved figures made in Germany and finished with non-toxic stains and finished with natural oils. Collections include: Family Figures, Fairy Tale Characters, Farm Animals, Woodland Animals, Zoo Animals, and landscape pieces, such as Trees, Fences, Ponds, Grass and much more!  We have been collecting these for years now. They have gotten hard to come by the past couple years (frequently out of stock everywhere in the US) and have really increased in price, but we still love them.  You can find them in the US at the same stores as the Fagus Vehicles above. (Here are lookalikes from an Etsy shop in the US)
  • Interlocking Blocks – I keep a basket of these (2 or 3 sets of 92) in a basket in our living room and they are played with daily! I’ve blogged more about these here.
  • Saint Blocks from Almond Rod Toys 
  • Thomas the Train Wooden Train Track, Buildings and Trains
  • Melissa & Doug Medieval Folding Castle – We bought this over ten years ago and it’s still a favorite. We have (and LOVE the Princess Castle too- it was the first one I purchased of the two) but unfortunately it’s not currently available. Also, wood toys have at least doubled in price… Back then I paid around $50 for each! They have been played with by all of our children and are still getting played with frequently! We also have the Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse.
  • Wooden Peg Dolls – Perfect for painting dolls as gifts for younger siblings! 😉
  • Grapat Sorting Toys – I bought a couple of these for Easter Baskets and planning to add more in this year’s stockings and next year’s Easter Baskets. Our little girls love them!  They are also great for using along with their Fagus Dump Truck, Trailers and Conveyor Belt.

Gift Ideas for Catholic Women

Here’s a peek at what I’m currently reading 💕

Gifts Ideas for Catholic Men

  • Chalices – “Having suitable glasses for special occasions will not be a problem with these glass chalices from the monks of Norcia.  Use these to offer a special toast with guests or treat yourself on special occasions.”
  • Don’t forget the beer.
  • Consecration to St. Joseph (Commemorative Edition) – “Every dad needs a copy.  The earlier the better.  Certainly single men discerning engagement should be serious about their future as Catholic men with St. Joseph as their advocate.
  • Also from Fr Calloway, this book is available for pre-order and looks excellent.
  • Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0
  • Catholic Coffee All Saints Variety Pack (Save 15% till 11/23/23 with coupon EARLYBIRD)
  • St. Michael Bronze Finish Statue
  • The Imitation of Christ (Deluxe Leatherette Edition with Zipper) – “Want to see your father or husband spiritually improve each day? Get him to read one chapter a day out of The Imitation of Christ. Lauded by St. Therese of Lisieux as the only other book she needed besides the Sacred Scriptures, the short 1-2 page chapters in this masterpiece will surely bring a conversion of heart and a spiritual renewal so much needed in today’s world. The illustrations alone within the book are worthy of their own meditations.” (Also available from TAN Books)
  • I recently asked one of my brother-in-law ‘s to give me some ideas on gifts for priests and he suggested “Gift Cards to Sporting Goods Stores”. That’s definitely a thoughtful and flexible option that caters to diverse hobbies and interests. Whether it’s athletic gear, outdoor equipment, or fitness accessories, gift cards to sporting goods stores offer a choice for priests to enjoy their preferred activities.

Board Games – Family Favorites

Top three this year than have been played a lot: Bang!, Cover Your Assets and Raccoon Tycoon. If you have any favorites I’d love to hear about them! We are always looking for great new games.

Catholic Family Games

Christmas Puzzles

Our family loves putting together puzzles during Advent and Christmas.  Here are some puzzles that are currently available to purchase: 

Advent & Christmas Music

*We also love the Christmas music from Celtic Thunder, Michael Buble, Bing Crosby and so many others! I’d love to hear your favorites!

2024 Catholic Calendars and Planners

Here are the links to all of our book lists, our 2023 Advent Book Basket and the list of books our children will receive this year on the feast of St. Nicholas.

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Shower of Roses Christmas Giveaway

This year I’m giving away 30 PRIZES with a combined value of $3,200!

(There will be 30 winners – one for each prize.  You have more than one way to earn entries so you could possibly win more than one prize! Thank you so much to all these generous businesses for sponsoring the annual Shower of Roses Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway! Please consider supporting their businesses with your Christmas Shopping this year.) 

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Catholic Art by Caitlin McCarthy

Prize #01 – A beautiful 8×10 oil painting of the Blessed Mother with 24 kt gold leaf mounted in an ornate frame by Caitlin McCarthy. Caitlin is 15 this year and a freshman. She can be found sketching or painting in her free time and her favorite subjects are the Blessed Mother, other saints, religious themes, and children having adventures. Sponsored by Live, Love & Sacred Art  ($467 Value)

Congratulations, Kristy F!

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Come Holy Spirit Rosaries & Gifts

Prize #02 – Catholic Chaplet of the Month, 3 month subscription sponsored by Come Holy Spirit Rosaries & Gifts ($256.00 Value)

Catholic Chaplet of the Month is an exclusive opportunity to explore our rich and diverse Catholic faith. Each month you will receive a handmade, solid bronze chaplet with a curated prayer card and storage pouch, plus special access to directions on praying with your chaplet, history of the devotion, reflections, and many other resources to assist you in your spiritual enrichment.

Come Holy Spirit Rosaries

Congratulations, Jodi S!

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Saint Cards

Prize #03 – Special SaintCards Bundle! Includes: SaintCards: Base GameDeluxe Blue Game Mat, SaintCards: Duel Expansion, and the Mendicant Orders Expansion w/Purple Game Mat! Total of: 212 SaintCards, 2 Deluxe Game Mats, 2 Jesus Cards, and 100 Treasures! Sponsored by SaintCards ($175.00 Value)

Enter Promo Code SHOWEROFROSES at beginning of checkout to SAVE 10%

Congratulations, Cathy H!

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Shining Light Dolls

Prize #04 – Includes: Double-sided Advent to Christmas Wooden Wreath Set, Our Lady of Guadalupe Wooden Prayer Candle, Our Lady of Guadalupe Rag Doll, Nativity Cookie Cutters & Stamps Set, Christmas Nativity Wooden Cube Puzzle, and Nativity Holy Family Rag Doll Set sponsored by Shining Light Dolls ($159.90 Value)

Save 10% with code SHOWEROFROSESBLOG

Congratulations, JoAnn!

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Pelican Printery House

Prize #05 – Calligraphy and Illustration of St. Therese of Lisieux, unframed. 7″ x 9″ Watercolor and Japanese Sumi inks on Bristol Board. Calligraphed quote of St. Therese: “We must sweeten our minds by charitable thoughts.” Something nice to hang in the homeschool room, children’s bedroom, home altar, kitchen, etc. 🙂 sponsored by Pelican Printery House ($150 Value)

Congratulations, Kristen!

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Telos Art Shop

Prize #06 – Free subscription to our 2024 Quarterly Subscription Box! Each quarter a new item will arrive in the mail with a unique piece of jewelry and a special note behind the inspiration of each piece. Centered around the liturgical seasons, boxes will be sent within each quarter (April-May, July-September, October-December) with a theme related to a special feast day or celebration. By the end of 2024 recipients will receive four handmade gifts. Sponsored by Telos Art Shop ($150.00 Value)

Save 10% with Coupon Code ROSES

Congratulations, Amber R!

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Elizabeth Clare Shop

Prize #07 – 2024 Wall Calendar, 2024 Catholic Planner, Stations of the Cross Flip Book, Rosary Flipbook, Planner sticker sampler sponsored by Elizabeth Clare Shop ($140.00 Value)

Coupon Code:  “ROSES20” for 20% Etsy store through December 15, 2023

Congratulations, Tess L!

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My Little Patron

Prize #08 – My Little Patron has created a special Immaculate Heart of Mary Rosary with pearl pink 10mm Ave beads and large blue resin heart Pater beads paired with a large 5×7 holy card, Our Lady of the Rosary wooden rosary hanger, saint stickers, printed saint bunting, a bundle of all the new printables made this year: Marian Bunting & Holy Cards, Jesus Bunting & Holy Cards, Set 4 Saint Holy Cards, School Holy Cards & Prayer Posters, Saints Bunting, and the Traditional Rosary Guide printable. Sponsored by My Little Patron ($121.00 Value)

Enjoy the code ROSES30 for 30% off printables from Etsy

Congratulations, MaryLiz K!

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Prayer Pillowcases

Prize #09 – Shower your loved ones with prayerful gifts this Christmas! Joseph and Leane Ambrosio of Prayer Pillowcases are giving away this Family Advent + Gift Bundle specially chosen to nurture the faith in your family! Prayer Pillowcases are lovingly designed to bring Catholic art and prayer to families in practical way – who doesn’t use a pillowcase? 😊 Their designs for all ages can be personalized too. 

The Family Advent + Gift Bundle of 7 pillowcases includes two Holy Family designs, including a Child’s Prayer for Advent, for joyful additions to your Christmas traditions. Looking for lasting stocking stuffers? Just roll and tie with a ribbon! You receive the essential prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, Our Lady of Good Counsel with the Hail Holy Queen, Mother Teresa’s Peace Quote, and the Circle of Friends Saints, one for boys and one for girls. Sponsored by PrayerPillowcases.com ($104.00 Value)

When you buy 3 you’ll get one free with code: LoveRoses

Congratulations, Christina!

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Rycraft Cookie Stamps

Prize #10 – Set of 8 Cookie Stamps with Recipe Booklet (Includes: #416 – Snow Star, #463 – Christmas Ornament, #020 – Frosty, #355 – Trumpeting Angel, #023 – Holly Sprig (1), #030 – Christmas Tree, # 368 – Nativity and #271 – Jolly Santa) sponsored by Rycraft Cookie Stamps ($103.92 Value)

Rycraft Cookie Stamps

Congratulations, Alena F!

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Saintly Heart

Prize #11 – Church Playset, the new Jonah and the Whale Bath Set, and the new Paint and Pray Canvas Paint Kit sponsored by Saintly Heart ($100.00 Value)

Use Coupon Code Roses15 for 15% off Regular Price Items

Congratulations, Lianne B!

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Almond Rod Toys

Prize #12 – New! Solemnity BIG Block Set (7 Blocks) – These blocks are about 50% larger than AlmondRod’s well-known and loved Saint Blocks. The newly designed and versatile set can be played with at a little prayer altar, or displayed above a fireplace. Check out the combinations these blocks can be used for during Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, the Annunciation, and the Feast of St Joseph. This is the first of four Solemnity BIG Block Sets that AlmondRod will be introducing in the coming liturgical year to help you celebrate every single Solemnity!  sponsored by Almond Rod Toys ($98.00 Value)

Use code ADOREMUS for 15% off www.AlmondRodToys.com through December 14th

Congratulations, Elizabeth Bo!

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Haley Stewart

Prize #13 – Four books by Catholic author Haley Stewart including The Sister Seraphina Mysteries: The Pursuit of the Pilfered Cheese, The Curious Christmas Trail and The Strange Sound by the Sea, as well as a copy of Jane Austen’s Genius Guide to Life: On Love, Friendship, and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be. ($91.80 Value)

Haley Stewart

Congratulations, Jenny!

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The Rose Picker

Prize #14 – Miraculous Medal Jasper Rosary, wire wrapped, from The Rose Picker ($85.97 Value)

The Rose Picker

Save 10% off everything using code CHRISTMAS10 until 12/31/23

Congratulations, Tiffany R!

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Sophia Institute Press

Prize #15 – Include Fiat Traditional Catholic Planner, The Illustrated Liturgical Year Calendar (Christmas Cycle) , The Illustrated Liturgical Year Coloring Book Volume I : (Christmas Cycle 2023-2024) sponsored by Sophia Institute Press ($80.89 Value)

Congratulations, Rachel S!

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Faith Beads

Prize #16 – St. Hubert Rosary sponsored by Faith Beads ($80 Value)

St. Hubert Rosary

Coupon Code SHOWEROFROSES23 for 15% off thru Dec 15th

Congratulations, Suzanne H!

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Annunciation Designs

Prize #17 – 12-month subscription to The Wanderlust Catholic!  The winner will receive a full year of adventures and pilgrimages through snail-mail letters featuring fictional pilgrim Bona Therese.  Explore the treasures of our faith in this beautiful, engaging journey. Sponsored by Annunciation Designs ($72.00 Value)

The Wanderlust Catholic Subscription

Congratulations, Leslie!

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Ignatius Press

Prize #18 – Includes the first three books in the In the Shadows of Rome series along with the first three books in The Loupio Series. Sponsored by Ignatius Press ($65.94 Value)

 Currently offering Buy one get one 50% off on certain series and these series are both included! Discount will be reflected in cart.

Congratulations, Cindy G!

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The Purgative Way

Prize #19 – The Purgative Way Board Game sponsored by The Purgative Way ($64.99 Value)

Congratulations Meredith D!

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Catholic Family Crate

Prize #20 – Pray by Sticker, Mass Ring, Alleluia Card Games, Rosary Ring and Marian Edition: Catholic Playing Cards sponsored by Catholic Family Crate ($64.00 Value)

Catholic Family Crate makes Catholic educational resources, games, art, stickers, subscription boxes, and more to make growing in the Catholic faith easy and fun. They are on a mission to revolutionize Catholic resources and make them affordable, accessible, high-quality, and engaging.

Catholic Family Crate

Bonus: Check out the following links for a FREE 12 Days of Christmas Planner & Activity Pack and a FREE Jesse Tree Activity Pack

Discount code: SHOWEROFROSES23 for 20% off for CFC items valid until December 31, 2023, and for 1x use per customer

Congratulations, Corina G!

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St. Augustine Academy Press

Prize #21 – Our Friends in Heaven Trilogy which includes: The Blessed Virgin: Mary Our Mother, Saint Nicholas: Patron Saint of Children, and Saint Francis: The Little Poor Man, as well as a copy of The First Christmas for Our Dear Little Ones sponsored by St. Augustine Academy Press ($63.70 Value)

Save 20% with coupon code GRATIAS2023  – Good from Wednesday, November 22nd through midnight on Monday, November 27th, 2023

Congratulations, Lizette!

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TAN Books

Prize #22 – Agnes Dei Calendar & 12-Month Planner for 2024 and JMJ 12-Month Daily Planner sponsored by TAN Books ($61.90 Value)

Congratulations. E L!

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Catholic Author Leslea Wahl

Prize #23 – Catholic author, Leslea Wahl, is giving away signed copies of two of her teen mysteries. Also included in the prize pack is a copy of a short story, one of the CatholicTeenBooks.com anthologies, a wooden puzzle, and a gift bag with ribbon bookmark, Bible verse magnet, and decorative soap. ($60.00 Value)

Catholic Author Leslea Wahl

Congratulations, Faith!

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Holy Heroes

Prize #24 –  FeastDay! Board Game plus an expansion pack sponsored by Holy Heroes ($58.90 Value)

SAVE 15% off your order with coupon code SHOWER15 through 12/5/23

Congratulations, Elizabeth Be!

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St. Mary’s Messenger

Prize #25 – Includes ONE YEAR Subscription for St. Mary’s Messenger Magazine (valued at $19.95), SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS An Introductory Latin Missal for Children, TAN Books (valued at $22.95), PRAY by STICKER Catholic KIDS from CATHOLIC FAMILY CRATE (valued at $9.95), 7-DAY Preparation for Family Consecration To Jesus, through Mary, in Union with St. Joseph (valued at $4.99) Apostolate for Family Consecration sponsored by St. Mary’s Messenger ($57.94 Value)

Congratulations. Elizabeth S!

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Catholic Author Patrick O’Hearn

Prize #26 – Autographed hardcover editions of Courtship of the Saints: How the Saints Met Their Spouses and Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints. Available to purchase from TAN Books or Amazon.Sponsored by Catholic author Patrick O’Hearn. Visit the author’s website here! ($55.90 Value)

Congratulations, Laura B!

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Hohme Candle Co.

Prize #27 –  Sacré Cœur Beeswax Candle, Sacred Heart Matches and a Brass Wick Trimmer sponsored by Hohme Candle Co. ($54.25 Value)

Congratulations, Megan C!

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Celestine Publications

Prize #28 – Hardcover edition of The Whisper of Wings and paperback edition of Morning Star. “Our hope is to bring to life the traditions of the Church by immersing young readers in the truths of the Faith, encouraging them to strive to become saints.” Visit the website here and watch the book trailers over at YouTube! Sponsored by Celestine Publications. ($51.96 Value with shipping)

Congratulations, Emily W!

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“Be the Light” Saint Candles – Forestville Candle Company

Prize #29 – Includes: Trimming the Tree with Nicholas and Receiving a Mother’s Love from Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Trimming the Tree is a Pine, Citrus and Spice scent.  Receiving a Mother’s Love is a Rose and Incense scent. Sponsored by Forestville Candle Company ($50.00 Value with shipping)

Congratulations, Philomena!

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Heartwood Coffee Roasters

Prize # 30 – Three bags of Coffee (not necessarily those pictured) sponsored by Catholic owned Heartwood Coffee Roasters in Ohio! ($50+ Value)

Congratulations, Emma R!

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Explore our book lists, our 2023 Advent Book Basket (coming soon – past book baskets), and the selection of books our children will receive this year on the feast of St. Nicholas. Find Advent planning tips in our Archive and The Advent Season in Our Catholic Home.

For additional inspiration, check out our Gift Guides from 2015 to 2022.


  1. Jennifer

    Wow this list is amazing!

    • giselle vargas

      Thank you for ideas and giveaway!!

      • giselle vargas

        I would love to win these prizes

        • Alicia German

          What a great list! Would love any of these listed. In no particular order…4, 6, 8, 10, 11,12,13, 14, 19 are some of my favorites.

          • Janet Brungardt

            I love your kids’ picks, which gave me some ideas for my older kids. Beautiful prizes. If winning, I would choose: 30, 18, 13, 26, 28, 6, 14

      • Tiffany Rider

        What an amazing selection!
        Would love a review on prayer journals if you don’t already have one.

        • Mary k

          6 and 25 are my top picks

      • Laura O.

        I would love the following prize choices:


      • Kelly

        Wow, the list of prizes are amazing! Thank you for a chance to win!

      • MaryLiz

        So grateful for your lists! They really help every year. Thank you!

    • Jan Le

      Beautiful items.

      • giselle vargas

        I would love to win these prizes

        • Kaycee

          Another great list!

      • Candice

        I always love these posts. I would love to win any of the following: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 21, 27, 29,

        • Laura Sweeney

          So many great ideas!! We would love all the items in #4 from shining light dolls !!

    • Dawn

      God bless you for this wonderful gift guide! I look forward to it every year as you always have great ideas and gifts! I love all the give awsys but especially the games amd gifts for older children since my children are growing up 😪sad no longer little!!! Wishing you amd your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Advent season. Thank you again!

    • Amalu Susan Santhosh

      All of these are beautiful especially to gift my young ones at my parish faith formation or my god daughter!

      6, 14, 16, 15, 1, 2, 4, 22, 13, 21, 29

      • Elizabeth

        Thank you so much for such an amazing blog post and so many wonderful ideas! Helps out so much with Christmas shopping!

        All of the prizes are wonderful! Would love to win #10, but all are so great!

        Thank you again!

    • Kimberly Timmerman

      Wow!! This post is full! Thank you so much for ALL the ideas and recommendations – especially what the kids like.

    • Megan

      This is amazing and had to be a lot of work to put together. Thank you!!!

    • Dax

      I would love to be able to get 2, 6, 14, 16, 28, or 29

  2. Brittany Molda

    Wow! The amount of amazing gift ideas, i really love the game suggestions

    • Andrea

      This is so amazing! Thank you for the opportunity!

  3. Suzanne

    As always thank you for sharing. Such a diverse and wonderful list of gift ideas.

  4. Sarah G. Ortiz

    Would love to win the Telos Art subscription box or the books from St. Augustine Press. Thanks for such a great gift guide!

    • Amanda

      Amazing list as always! I’ll be checking out the items from prizes 1, 4, 20, and 27, they’re new to me and look great!

  5. Alexis

    Thank you for these beautiful ideas. So thorough!

    • Kelly

      Wow, what an amazing selection. Would love to win prize #4,7,10,11,12,15,20 or 21. Thank you!

  6. Dinh D

    Awesome giveaway! Would love to win these prizes


  7. Maria Norris

    Thank you so much for offering this! My favorites are: 1) almond rod toys, 2) shining light dolls, 3) my little patron, 4) Haley Stewart and 5) saintly candles but these are all amazing!

  8. BW

    I love coming to the list each year to get ideas for our family. Thanks for putting it together

  9. Mary F

    Love all these recommendations. Thank you!!!!

  10. Chris Schremmer

    Another wonderful post full of great ideas! Thank you!

  11. Sheena Dolechek

    So many wonderful gift ideas! I am always looking for great Christmas gifts!

  12. Lauren Andrews

    Would most like to win prize #21 but all are beautiful.

  13. Mindy LaPointe

    Such wonderful gift ideas once again! I appreciate all the time and effort you put into these posts every year! Thank you! ❤️

  14. Rachel S.

    Another great gift guide! Last year I went through a bunch of the past years’ posts for ideas for my one year old – we ended up with a Wheely Bug and it has been a huge hit!
    From the giveaway, my top choices are:
    1. Sophia Institute Press. The planner is on my wishlist, and I love the posters, too!
    2. Shining Light Dolls. We love all of their things, and I know my toddlers would be soooo excited to find those dolls under the tree!
    3. Rycraft Cookie Stamps. I think these would definitely be a long-standing Christmas tradition that could even be passed down through the family.
    4. St. Augustine Academy Press. Such beautiful books!
    5. Pelican Printery House. Beautiful!
    6. St. Mary’s Messenger.
    7. Prayer Pillowcases

  15. Jessica

    Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that! Wheely Bugs are so great. Our youngest two still enjoy using the ones passed down from their older siblings!

    Here’s the link for anyone else who would like to check them out – we have both the large and the small cows but lots of cute options: https://amzn.to/46rgVRg

  16. Mary

    I look forward to this post each year–thank you for all of your time and effort in putting it together. Wonderful prizes! #12 Almond Rod Saints blocks would be my first choice.

    • Susie

      I’m always so excited to see your amazing gift recommendations. Thank you so much!

      • Angie Wolfe

        I would love.the Shining Light prizes or Haley Stewart books! What a great selection of prizes!

    • Maureen

      What an amazing giveaway!! I’d love to win Haley’s books!

  17. Mariana

    This is amazing! Shining light dolls are on my list!

  18. Corina Gomez

    Wow! Thank you for putting up this list and giveaway! It’s my first time following you and seeing this post and the prizes are amazing. My toddler would love:
    -The Shining Light Dolls prize
    -Catholic Family Crate
    -The cookie stamps
    -Really any of the books but especially Haley Stewart’s 🩷

  19. Dilia Leon

    For my granddaughter, Cala, I would love the Shining Light Dolls prize 🥰

  20. Aretha

    I look forward to this list every year! It’s like a Toys R Us catalog for Catholics! Thank you for continuing to put these together!

  21. Amy

    Thank you for all the beautiful gift ideas!!

    • Amanda Valenza

      Love all of these recommendations. Thank you for providing such a detailed list of wonderful Catholic items!

      • Teresa

        So many great gift ideas. Thanks again!
        I would enjoy prize #17, 4 or 12.

        • Lexi

          So excited for this giveaway

  22. Jessica Compton

    Always love your gift guides! I would love to win 18, 13, 28, 24, 9, 19, 4, 12, 30.

  23. Yokasta Lara

    Ohh, all of these are soo wonderful!! And love ALL the prizes, especially #’s 5, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 24!

    God bless!

    • Stephanie

      I love this list and would be thankful to win anything on it!

  24. Megan C.

    Thank you for this detailed list of recommendations every year! Like many others, I look forward to it.

    I personally love prizes 27 and 4.

    • Kristi Glasshagel

      I love all these. I especially love #4, #6, #21, #25

      • Angela Schutzman

        Thank you for doing this! I would love to win one of these numbers 29, 27, 24, 21, 19, 16, 15, 14, 11, 6, 4 and 3!

        Angela S.

  25. Lianne B.

    All these gift ideas are great. Thanks for introducing me to some new catholic companies!
    Would love to win any of the prizes but these were my favorites: 5, 10, 11, 12, 20.

    • Kristi Glasshagel

      I love all these. I especially love #4, #6, #21, #25

  26. Lydia

    This is such a great list, thank you!

  27. Emily

    All the book!! My to read list just grew a bit 🙂

  28. Margaret Theis

    I love all of your recommendations!

  29. Latanya Thornhill

    Prize 10

  30. Deborah Connell

    So many great things! I love six, 10, 13, 15, 18, 21, 27, 29!

  31. Jessica Ost

    I always love seeing your gift and book list each year. Such a helpful reference when you’re buying for many. Thank you for all the work you poor into this.

    I’m really wanting to give the Sophia Liturgical Planner a try this coming year.

  32. Kathleen L

    So hard to decide which gifts I like best! Thank you for the give away! Like St Therese I choose all!! Lol

  33. Julie deTar

    Beautiful post and lists! I’d choose #11, #12, or whatever you think the grandkids would enjoy!

    • Cynthia

      Such a wonderful list! Definitely checking some out for my children!! Thank you!

  34. natosha

    They all look like amazing gifts. The two that caught my attention were the
    Prize #27
    Prize #10

  35. Melissa

    Thank you for all the gift ideas! I have added things to our wish list based on your past posts! I am really excited about #6, 11, 13, 19, 21, and 25.

  36. Karen H

    Wow! How DO you do it, Jessica? One word – ‘consistently’! Year after year, season after season, you consistently have the very best ideas for celebrating and making spirits bright. Thank you for these super ideas. Now that some of our grandkids live with us, this really, really helps with ages and interests. Thank you and may God bless you and yours!

  37. Lenetta

    Such great ideas! I love these posts every year!

  38. Sarah Fink

    These are always so amazing! God bless your family this Advent & Christmas. We’d love to win prize #4 (Shining Light package) for our littles! Or Prize #13, the Haley Stewart book set, or #12, #9, #11 or #2!

  39. Danny F

    6,13,22, 15, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29

    So many great gifts!

  40. Rachel Lynch

    Hi! Thanks for doing these every year… I am most interested in “parents of the saints,” Catholic Family Crate, and St. Augustine Academy Press books.

  41. Anna

    What a great list!

  42. Shaina Purves

    I’d be happy just to win, anything not already chosen.
    Thanks Jessica!

  43. Katie

    This was such a fun gift guide to read, I love the span of kids ages to adults. The giveaways that particularly caught my eye:

    12. Almond Rod toys package. We have the guardian angels blocks and also enjoy Almond Rod illustrations in Saints around the world.

    13. Haley Stewart books. I’ve been admiring the mouse mysteries from afar and think my girls would LOVE them.

    16. St. Hubert Rosary looks beautiful and sturdy, perhaps as a gift for my husband!

  44. Randi

    Wow! This is quite the line up. Thank you for taking the time to put all this together!

  45. Deborah Schaefer

    Wow! What an amazing selection and wonderful gift ideas!
    If I won I would love #14, #2, #6, #29, #27, #30 or # 16… if possible… but any gift would be appreciated!

    • Marie Gomez

      This is such an amazing giveaway! Thank you and your sponsors so much for putting this together. So many wonderful great ideas. All the prizes are amazing!! My favorites are 6,2,14,26,27,29,7,17,25,21,28,13,18&23!

      Blessed Advent!

  46. Elizabeth

    These look so great!

  47. Sarah M Grignon

    I look forward to this post every year, so many great ideas for gift giving! The prizes are all great but #15, #19, and #22 were ones I thought my kids would enjoy. Thank you so much for doing all this and for the chance to win!

  48. Katie Langville

    So many amazing ideas here, for everyone In the family! My top contenders, in no particular order are: 1, 3, 5,7,15,19, 26, 27, 29,30

  49. Leslie

    Thank you for taking the time to put together these lists every year! I look forward to them every year and always find lots of great ideas, and learn about new (to me) Catholic companies and products!
    Would especially love to win the Saint Cards, Shining Light Dolls, or St. Mary’s Messenger, but really all the prizes are fantastic!

  50. Kristy F

    I always look forward to your gift guide- such great ideas!

    I would love to win the Saint Cards game (perfect for my classroom!), the Catholic art, or the coffee, or any of the wonderful prizes, really!

  51. Genevieve

    I would any of these beautiful gifts but most especially 1, 5,6

  52. Sofia Creitz

    All of these prizes are lovely! My particular favorites are the ones from Pelican Printery House, Telos Art Shop, Sophia Institute Press, Tan Books, Patrick O’Hearn, and St. Augustine Academy, in no particular order. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed Advent!

  53. Marcy

    Thanks so much for including our book in the gift guide!

    The prizes all look so amazing. Favorites are probably: Telos Art, any of the Rosaries (they are all gorgeous!), Annunciation Design’s subscription, Haley Stewart’s book set, Almond Rod Toys & Saintly Heart!

  54. Jodi S

    I am so glad you are able to host this giveaway again this year! I look forward to your gift lists each year. My favorite prizes are: 2, 6, 14, 10, 13, 26, 19, 24, 3, 17, 25, 16

  55. Melissa H

    I always look forward to your lists! So many beautiful gift ideas. Thank you for spreading the faith in beautiful and creative ways ❤️

  56. Elizabeth Evans

    These prizes all look so wonderful! I would especially love 1,4,12, 13, 14, and 25.

  57. Cyndi Baker

    An opportunity to win and share His grace.

  58. Tracy Smith

    Love these giveaways! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into them! I’d love to win them ALL! 😁

  59. Anastasia Wheeler

    I suggest checking your local pawn shops for your son’s electric guitar. My son wanted to switch to guitr from violin, and we were able to get a good quality used instrument for a very good price.

    • Jessica

      Great idea! I never considered that option!

  60. Emily Weissing

    This is such a generous giveaway! Thank you!!

  61. Kristen

    Thank you for taking the time to share these each year! So many great, new finds! Have a blessed advent!

  62. Marion

    I would like 3 4,13,18, or 21. Thank You for this generous giveaway. God Bless.

  63. Lizette Rodriguez

    Thank you so much for hosting a give away!

  64. Alice

    Hope to see more from your wonderful family over the season! Thank you!

  65. LauraB

    Thank you for gift guides and giveaways.

  66. Elizabeth O.

    You have so many amazing ideas and suggestions! Definitely using some of these for my kids!
    1, 10, 12, 13, 20, 25

  67. Jennifer F

    Thank you for doing this for us every year! I am looking forward to some family together time during the upcoming Seasons. I hope you will enjoy that, too. There are so many good things! Family games, rosaries and wonderful books! My preferences are #3, 24, 19, 26, 2, 28, 15, and 14.

  68. Jeramie Dean

    This is such a wonderful list! I will definitely be picking out some gifts for my family and suggesting a few! Thank you for putting this together!

  69. Alena Franson

    These are so great! Thank you! We’d love the stamps or the holy heroes games! Really, all of the prizes are amazing!! You do such a great job!

  70. Anna

    Great giveaway!

  71. Vera Doverspike

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE how detailed your posts are! Thank you for these giveaways–I am so excited! My preferences for winning: 21, 2, 3, 12, 6, 8, 16!

  72. Elizabeth Stankiewicz

    Thank you for all your wonderful gift ideas and the opportunity to win prizes. God bless you and your family. My choices for prizes, if I win, are: #18, #24, #4, #29, #3, #25.
    Thank you Jessica!!!

  73. Elizabeth B

    Amazing giveaway! I love the gift ideas too. I would love to win the Elizabeth Clare planner, the shining light dolls prize, or the almond rod toys prize.

  74. Erin H

    Your lists every year have added so much to our catholic and liturgical library and living! Thank you so much for sharing so many incredible ideas and links. Truly amazing.

    • Dax

      Great Post! I would love to be able to get 2, 6, 14, 16, 28, or 29

  75. Desiree. N

    Such an Amazing post! I’m always inspired by your blog post and recommendations every year! The kids lists and commentaries are also the very best and totally made my day! lol
    I love every one of the giveaways this year! Top Favorites if I had to choose would probably be the Artwork, Saintly Heart set, Sister Seraphina books, Ignatius Press set, and the St. Augustine Academy press set.

    Thank you for pouring your heart and time into such a beautiful post and giveaway! Have a Blessed Advent and Christmas Season(s)!

  76. Kathryn Baltrinic

    Thank you for putting this together! My favorites are #15, #21, #12, #7, #11, and #22.

  77. Alex G

    Wonderful gifts
    #18 #6#5

  78. meg

    Have used your book suggestions for years – thank you so much.

  79. Alexa

    Amazing guide!

  80. Abby Troy

    I have been anxiously awaiting your gift guide!! So many great options!!

    You’ve outdone yourself on the giveaway. I would be so happy to win any of these prizes but here are my favorites:


  81. Amber Rennier

    Oh that chaplet subscription from Holy Spirit Rosaries would be amazing! I also love the Telos Art box and the TAN planners.

  82. Molly Van Alstine

    Thank you for putting these gift guides together! I have found it exceptionally helpful!

    (most interested in prizes #6, #7, #13, #18, #21)

  83. Maria F

    Such lovely companies featured this year!! If I had to choose my favorite raffle sets and the order it would be starting with my favorites: 6, 21, 27, 14, 7, 30, 26, 10, and 12.

  84. Melisa

    Thanks for publishing these lists every year – I always find great ideas for at least one of our 8 children. So lovely to hear you’re reading Father Jacques Philippe; he’s amazing! I’m re-reading Interior Freedom.

    Would love to have the opportunity of winning any of the prizes.

    Blessings to you and yours,

  85. Lindsay Valle

    My favorite Catholic gift resource that I reference all year long! Thank you!

  86. Alexandra S

    What an amazing list! Thank you for all the inspiration. ANY of those prizes would be a pure delight

  87. Rachael Banks

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful gift ideas! I was stuck with a few family members and definitely have some ideas now.

  88. Isabella Aleman

    Any of these would be amazing to win! The order of my favorites are: 1, 12, 4, 9, 15, 3, 8, 19, 21, 24, 26, 27, 18, 13, 22, 7

  89. Ava C

    So many helpful ideas! Would love to win from Telos Art Shop or St. Mary’s Messenger or St. Augustine Academy Press or any of them. ; ) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  90. Kara McGee

    Wow! The Feast Day Game, candles, coffee, books…oh my! I am so thankful I found this site. I would be happy if every gift I give/receive comes from these guides. Of course, winning would be amazing. I am a fairly recent convert, so I am always excited to find Catholic items. ESP when we can support a small business in the process!

  91. Lisa P

    Thank you for this giveaway. loving # 6,18,21,26
    Lisa P

  92. Meredith Dickson

    Thank you so much for this wonderful compilation!!! Looking forward to shopping many of these Catholic shops!

  93. Grace McKeegan

    Thank you for hosting! I would especially appreciate #2, #6, #7, #15, or #22. Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

  94. Grace McKeegan

    Thank you for hosting this! I would especially appreciate #6, #7, #15, or #22. Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

  95. Dee K

    Thank you for this giveaway! Have a Holy and Blessed Advent!

  96. Amanda

    Awesome list as usual! I’m excited for prizes 1, 4, 20, and 27!

  97. Jenny

    I LOVE all these gift ideas thank you so much! Favorites to win are Haley Stewart’s books, Shining Light Dolls and Patrick O’Hearn’s books.

  98. Mary

    What a great collection! My favorites are: 2, 7, 13, 14, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26, and 30.

  99. Regina

    Thank you for this list of beautiful and unique items! Shining Light dolls are our favorites!

  100. Rosie

    Thank you for hosting this again – I always end up with so many good tabs open when I go through your list!
    So many lovely prizes – I’d especially love 1, 6, 21, 15, 17, 10, 25, 5, 4

  101. Megan

    Thank you for all these ideas!

  102. Maggie Liebhaber

    Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway! I’d love to win #’s 6, 9, 21, 30 and 27.

  103. Lauren Fredrickson

    All these prizes are exciting and inspiring! Thank you for the opportunity; I’ve always used your lists for my kids throughout the seasons and it’s been so helpful! I think the Saint Cards would be my top prize because it’s what I was hoping to get my kids for Christmas. Secondly, would be the original art in gold frame. Thank you!

  104. Gabrielle R

    Thanks for such a fun guide each year! I’d love to win the Almond Rod blocks or any of the book selections.

    • Marie Bauman

      I love your gift guides Jessica! Such a labor of love and so helpful! I hope you have a blessed Advent!

  105. Abbey F

    So many lovely prizes that it is hard to decide which I would love most to win. In no particular order, #22 (Tan Books planner set), #3 (Saint Cards set), #7 (Elizabeth Clare planner set), #16 (St. Hubert Rosary), #18 (Ignatius Press book sets), #23 (Leslea Wahl teen books package), and #2 (the Catholic Chaplet of the Month subscription. I could definitely use the planners, but my kids would absolutely love the books. The rosary would be lovely for my husband. See why I have a hard time choosing?!?

  106. EL

    Thank you! My favorites are 22, 15, 10, 7, 16, 14, 5, 2, and 6.

  107. Anne

    Thank you! Most interested in Augustine Academy Press or Rose Picker.

  108. Audrey D.

    Thank you for putting these together every year. The prizes all look amazing, and the following really caught my eye (and had me heading to their websites to check them out further)
    1 – Purgative Way (this is on the list to get this year as a family gift!)
    2 – Almond Rod Toys (I love her illustrations – I recommend the book she made for one of your future lists!)
    3 – Saint Cards
    4 – Sophia Press
    5 – Annunciation Designs
    6 – Ignatius Press
    7 – Haley Stewart
    8 – Shining Light Dolls (I used your code today – thank you!)

    Thanks again!

  109. Kirastin

    Thank you for putting together so many amazing gift ideas! I always love reading your blog posts. These gifts are all great but I would especially love to win items #01, #4, #08, #20 or #25 for my little girl! I’d also be so excited to win #02 or #07 for myself! Thank you again!

  110. Meghan Mulherin

    These are all beautiful prizes. Putting them in order of preference is really hard because I would equally love:

  111. Laura Sweeney

    So many great ideas!! We would love all the items in #4 from shining light dolls !!

  112. Jacinda


    Lovely gifts!!!!

  113. Jennifer Barbosa

    So many wonderful gifting options-thank you for sharing your time in organizing this blog-I eagerly anticipate your lists every year!! I especially like the Elizabeth Clare items and St. Augustine Academy Press books.

  114. Amelia Desch

    Always more helpful ideas than I would ever have found! My favorites are #s 3, 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, & 26.

  115. Cheryl

    So many great ideas for gifts – Thank you!
    Also, what a wonderful give-away! If I win, #30, #13, #21, #14, and #16 are my first picks; however, everything on the list is fabulous!!

  116. Tess Lesniewski

    Thank you so much for doing this! My preferences are #7, #15, #21, #25, #26, #27

  117. Kimberly Payne

    Thank you for putting together this years gift guide.
    I am most interested in the following.
    #14, 16, 19, 24, 17, 12. 3, 21, 26 and 4

  118. Melodee M

    Thank you very much, Jessica! I really trust and appreciate your recommendations and generosity.

    #7, 22, 9, 15, 21, 6, 4, 16, 30, 10, 12

  119. Angela Schaefer

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! I always follow your blog extra close this time of year. God bless!

    12, 2, 19, 10, 11, 21 and 14

  120. Elisa

    What a gift! Thank you for doing this each year. Would love to win #17, 26, 15, 13, or 28 – although many beautiful items!

  121. Genevieve M

    Thanks so much! I love website and recommendations!

    #9, 6, 29, 26, 22, 23, 14, 16, 21, 30, 25

  122. Laurel Muff

    I would love:
    the cookie molds
    Haley Stewart’s books
    Sophia Institute press items

    Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!!

  123. Jordan Whalen

    Hi! I’m Jordan Whalen!

    These prizes are all so thoughtful! Hoping to snag either a book for my husband, a toy for my baby, or candles for me! 6, 12, 17, 26, 29, 30

  124. Susie

    Any of the giveaways, but the ones with books would be my first pick so I can continue to add to our family library and Advent basket!!

  125. Hannah G

    Thank you for putting together the wonderful Christmas lists and the giveaway!! I always have loved looking though the lists and getting great ideas!

    I am most interested in:
    Numbers – 5 6 7 10 14 22 23 26 28

  126. Michelle Brinck-Lund

    Amazing! thank you. God bless you!

  127. Ashley Figueroa

    Wow these are all great ideas! Thank you so much for putting this together!

  128. Kathy B

    Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway! I look forward to seeing your recommendations every year! Everything is wonderful, but the items that I would like to win the most are 6, 7, 14, 15, 22

  129. Kate Angeli

    Love the shining lights doll bundle because I have a toddler, but all the prizes look amazing. Thanks!

  130. Hope Schuster

    Thank you for all of these wish lists! I’ve gotten some good ideas for my own children! The giveaway is amazing too!

  131. Emma Rhodes

    Thank you for the gift guide and the opportunity to join the giveaway! My ideal picks:


  132. Christine T.

    Yay! I look forward to this post every year! So many wonderful gift ideas here, and great prizes too. 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 27 would be my top picks, but they are all beautiful!

  133. Chrissy

    What a fabulous giveaway. All the gifts are wonderful but I would be extremely happy with any of these. 4, 5,6,10,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,23,25,26,21 or 22.
    😂🤦‍♀️ Couldnt really narrow it down. But the liturgical year calendar is probably my top pick because our subscription ran out and i need to renew it. 🙂

  134. Nicole

    Would love to be considered for one of these for my family! All look so lovely!

  135. Bethany S.

    Thanks for doing a great giveaway. My top picks are 13, 6, 4, 18, 21, 26

  136. Diana Jelski

    Wow. You just made my Christmas shopping so whole lot easier. I have been following you for years. Thank you for always giving us these fabulous ideas and resources.

    • Amanda P.

      Incredible giveaway! And thank you for the amazing list you compiled. Definitely sharing it with my husband to help round out our Christmas shopping!

  137. Kyara

    Beautiful giveaways !
    I would love #1, 20, 21.
    Thank you!

  138. Liz L.

    Thank you for your yearly gift suggestions. I especially appreciate the ideas that your kids share with their ages included. Having 10 mostly adult children and now grandchildren, winning any one of the gifts would be wonderful!

  139. Hilary Bauer

    All these gifts are so lovely!
    I would like:

  140. Sleepy Prairie Mama

    I’m really hoping to win! We could use some beautiful Catholic Artwork like #1 but any of them would be amazing!

  141. Slavena Gareau

    Thank you so so much for all your lists. I especially would be lost on the feasts of St Nick without you 🙂 thank you and thank you for this opportunity.

    If we are lucky enough to be chosen this is my list of preference 🙂

    Prize #01 – A beautiful 8×10 oil painting of the Blessed Mother with 24 kt gold leaf mounted in an ornate frame by Caitlin McCarthy.
    So gorgeous !!! Would love to hang this up in my kitchen / homeschool room

    Prize #18 – Includes the first three books in the In the Shadows of Rome series and
    The Loupio Series. My boys would ADORE this!

    Prize #16 St Hubert rosary
    My husband would love this especially since he asked him for his intercession this weekend when hunting and it was very quickly answered (within 5 minutes)

    Prize #15
    This would be SO SO SO helpful and beautiful !!!

    Prize #05 – Calligraphy and Illustration of St. Therese of Lisieux.
    She is my daughter’s patron confirmation saint! She would love this especially since she is a girl with no Christmas wish list.

    Prize #24 Holy Heros Board game. Fun family game !!!

    Prize #19 – The Purgative Way Board Game . Fun family game !!!

    Prize #21 – Our Friends in Heaven Trilogy. I love collecting holy books for the kids formation

    Prize #22 – Agnes Dei Calendar & 12-Month Planner for 2024
    So helpful for me as a busy mom!

  142. Cindy

    Your suggestions are always wonderful! I come to them year after year as my kids are a similar age to yours. I like Ignatius Press, Telos Art, Purgative Way, and Haley Stewart

  143. Tiffany Ghigliotti

    I always love your suggestion. Thanks for putting in all this work to put this post together.

  144. Katelin

    Oh my goodness all of these are so beautiful. I would honestly love any of them. But if I had to choose, my favorites would be #4, #7, #9, #11, #12, #15, #19, #23, #24

  145. Elizabeth Carreon

    Another great list Jessica. I am always so grateful for your posts.

  146. Marie

    I love and appreciate your lists so much!

  147. Elizabeth Gabbard

    I love your Christmas lists, especially the lists from your children. I just purchased the heatless hair curler for our daughter for Christmas. There is a few other ideas from your list that I want to get. Thank you for taking the time putting these lists together.
    I really liked #9,11,13,14,15,18,19,21,24, 26

  148. Cecilia

    Thank you for the great gift ideas and especially for the book lists! The prizes all look great, especially 4,10,13,15, 20, 21, 25.

  149. Lucy Bustos

    Love the giveaways. Love to bake and read with my family. Thank you for all the ideas.

  150. Danielle Morgan

    Shower of Roses inspires me. Thank you for all the inspiration

  151. Heather M Wilson

    This list is amazing as always. Thank you for all your hard work. I don’t have these in any specific order. #21,20,6,10, and 4. God bless you!

  152. Lisa Chappell

    Thanks for another great giveaway, and happy feast of St. Andrew!

    My favorites from the giveaway are #5, 6, 29, 7, 19, 2, 10, 1, 27, 14, 15, or 22.

  153. Cathy

    Thank you, Jessica, for doing this. God bless you and your family this Advent!

  154. Cathy H

    Thank you, Jessica, for doing this. God bless you and your family this Advent!
    In no particular order, the prizes I’m most interested in are 3, 6, 7, 13, 15, 18, 19, 23, 24 and 26

  155. Amy

    Look forward to this every year!

  156. Christina

    Your blog has been my go to for book and Catholic gift suggestions for years! I recommend it often!

    • Jessica

      Thank you, Christina! 🥰

  157. Katherine T

    Thank you for such a lovely Giveaway!
    My favorites are #04, #09, #03, #10, #13, #15, #27, # 30, #18 , #07.

    Thank you!

  158. Christina Tapp

    Thank you for such a lovely giveaway!
    My favorites are #04, #09, #03, #13, #10, #15, #18, #27, #02, #07,

  159. Kris Levy

    This is an awesome give away! Thank you for doing this 🙂 My favorites are: #3,#4, #9, #10, #12, #14, #21, and #24

    Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

  160. Amanda V.

    Love the book recommendations and Catholic family games. I also love the calendars and planners from Institute Press. My kids would probably love the Catholic family crates.

  161. Sarah Mason

    Wonderful ideas and prizes!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    My favorites are 6, 4, 12, 13, and 11.

  162. Courtney Schreiner

    There are so many great prizes! I especially like 12, 19, 24

  163. Colleen

    Love the ideas and lists you put together!! And the prizes are awesome! I like 5, 6, 7, 10, 15, 21, 26, 27, 29, 30…. So many good ones!!

  164. Maranda Skolen

    I always love your lists! Thank you for sharing!

  165. Beth Roznowski

    Oh, thank you for all the time you put into this. I would love the Sophia press, the telo art or the come Holy Spirit rosaries!

  166. Mindy

    We would love any of the prizes but especially 3 or 4.

    Thanks for all you do. Have a blessed Advent!

  167. Natalie K

    This is such an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much!!
    Any of these would be amazing! But I’d especially love to win #21, #4, #10, #15, or #11

  168. Julie Rose Smith

    I always look forward to your recommendations and giveaways, Jessica! God Bless you and your family!

  169. Katrina Springer

    As always your lists provide such great inspiration for gift ideas! 6, 13, 14, 15, and 25 are my favorite, but any would be wonderful!

  170. Carmelina Josephine

    Thank you for going to all the trouble to put together this great gift list and giveaway!! My favorite prizes in order are 15, 4, 5, 29, 7, 6, 22, 26. God bless you!

  171. Philomena

    I always enjoy your Christmas gift ideas and your generous giveaways. Thank you so much!!
    My favorite prizes in order would be: 15, 4, 29, 5, 7, 6, 22, 26.

  172. Gia

    I would be thrilled to win anything but have had my eye on Telos for a long time now 😉

    Many blessings for a fruitful Advent!


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