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The 2021 Catholic Christmas Gift Guide for Teens

CHRISTMAS

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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 11/05/21

Looking for a gift from a small Catholic shop that they'll actually like? You're in the right place.

It seems early to be thinking of Christmas gifts, but it’s a good idea to purchase gifts now, owing to supply chain issues this year.

If you’re not sure what to give your teenager, you’ve come to the right place. These thoughtful gifts from small Catholic shops are perfectly on trend.

Apparel

Look stylish and feel comfortable in a Brick House in the City shirt or cardigan for the girls and guys (and here’s our review!).

Zelie and Lou has the coziest Catholic-inspired loungewear.

If your teen needs a glamorous dress-up outfit, find the perfect ethically made piece from Litany NYC.

Everyone needs T-shirts, and Little Way Design Co. has lots with Catholic themes.

We love the retro line of Catholic shirts from Holly Loo Yah Designs. The Memento Mori shirt is perfect for punk rock fans!

There’s a fashionable faith-filled T-shirt for everyone from Little Rose Shop.

Accessories

The Rosary Card is a must-have item for every Catholic wallet, especially teens so they remember to pray as they navigate an intense season of life.

Literally anyone looks good in this distressed baseball cap featuring the Jesuit motto, AMDG (ad majorem Dei gloriam, meaning “All for the greater glory of God!”).

Who doesn’t love a cozy pair of socks? Even better if they help teens feel the presence of their heavenly patrons, thanks to the fun goods at Sock Religious.

Find meaningful, cool jewelry and accessories inspired by faith at Pink Salt Riot.

There’s lots of classic yet affordable Catholic jewelry to choose from at Telos Art Shop.

Give a high-end, elegant piece of jewelry with Catholic meaning from Saint and Stone.

These rosary bracelets are not only eye-catching jewelry but also make it easy to pray throughout the day.

Find chic and practical scrunchies, headbands, tote bags, and bandanas from Be A Heart Design.

Upgrade their everyday

Hit the gym in style with this large, sturdy gym tote.

Jump on the color-changing cups trend with this cute Catholic version.

School lunch gets an upgrade with this eye-catching saint-themed lunchbox (and check out the rest of the Blessed Friends Forever line, including a fanny pack, pencil pouch, and other useful accessories).

Got a beach trip planned this winter? Surprise your teen with the news by wrapping up this Marian-themed beach towel.

Try not to swoon over these vibrant, faith-inspired backpacks and duffle bags.

Every morning is off to a faithful and wonderful start with these cute Catholic mugs.

Tote all their gear in style with this pretty floral tote bag from Fawnly.

An icon or image of a child’s patron saint is a meaningful gift (we like the images of saints from Light Bearer Designs), especially when paired with an engaging biography of the saint for children.

This quarterly craft kit is so much fun for the teen who loves to create.

Stocking Stuffers

Enamel pins add instant flair to lapels, backpacks, tote bags, whatever! We love these from Studio Senn and Be A Heart Design that feature saints and pretty religious images.

A backpack or keychain just looks better with a Tiny Saints charm. Or add flair with these pinback buttons.

These beautiful, sturdy vinyl saint stickers (more options here, here and here) can be used to decorate water bottles, tablets, or any other special item. We’ve got this St. John Paul II sticker on our Christmas lists!

These darling embroidery kits are perfect for crafty teens.

This sweet Morning Offering window cling is perfect for their window or mirror.

Temporary tattoos are always fun, especially when they’re little reminders of faith.

Books

There are lots of inspiring, exciting books that show the beauty and truth of the Christian faith. Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints is a perfect choice for teens.

Young teens will enjoy exciting Catholic novels, like the In the Shadows of Rome series or graphic novels about the saints.

Older teens are ready to handle spiritual classics like Mere Christianity, Rome Sweet Home, or The Screwtape Letters, any of which would be a treasure of a gift. Habits for Holinessis a modern classic, and don’t forget a conveniently sized Pocket Guide to Adoration!

Every Sacred Sunday is a prayer journal based on the weekly Mass readings. What a great way to invite teens into praying and contemplating God’s Word!

Similarly, a Catholic Journaling Bible will help teens grow closer to Our Lord through Sacred Scripture. Writing down their prayers and reflections on faith is a meaningful process and will make this Bible one they’ll treasure for years to come.

Every student needs a planner! We love this modern Catholic planner from Be A Heart and this gorgeous planner from Blessed Is She (also available in a mini version).

Encourage a child’s growing prayer life with the Holy Heroes spiritual journal or a Mass journal designed to help kids engage with Scripture and spend time in prayer.

This Catholic growth mindset journal helps kids face life head-on, while the Be Yourself! journals (one for girls and one for boys) help children understand their identity and purpose as children of God.

Teens often do their best thinking (and praying!) when their hands are occupied, and this Adoration coloring book can help them enter more fully into prayer while taking part in the “coloring books for adults” craze.

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