It’s that time of year when we’re making a list, checking it twice, and ordering gifts for all of our loved ones.
What sets our gift guide apart from gift guides anywhere else on the web? We stick to products from small Catholic businesses, so you can feel great about spending your money at these shops and supporting Catholic families and religious orders.
We’ve scoured the web for the “best of the best” products from Catholic businesses. Here are our top-shelf picks for the men in your life.
For the man who somehow wins every board game
You’re not sure how it’s even possible, but he wins every time. Give him a fresh challenge with the seriously fun and hilarious Catholic Card Game (and if you’ve already got this game, check out all the extension packs!).
For the man with a formidable hot sauce collection
If he loves hot sauce, he’ll love the “Monk Sauce” Habanero Hot Sauce Variety 3-Pack from the Benedictine Monks of Subiaco Abbey.
For the outdoorsy man who loves camping and hiking
The January Jane Shop has an entire Frassati Camp Line, named in honor of St. Pier Giorgio Frassati. The camping checklist and matches would be perfect for his next camping trip (the coordinating mug is out of stock but this saints campfire mug has a similar feel). Give any of these with a National Parks Annual Pass so he’s prepared for all his outdoor adventures. (Note: The National Parks Pass is the only item on this list that’s not from a small Catholic business.)
For the beer enthusiast
Spencer is the first Trappist beer brewed outside of Europe, and it’s also the last, because the abbey has ceased beer production. This is the last Christmas you’ll be able to buy it, so it’s a must-have gift for beer fans this year. If you can’t get Spencer, try Chimay, also brewed by monks. Pair any of these with this sturdy G.K. Chesterton Stein, a 22-oz mug featuring the quotation, “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe, and the cross can all fit together.”
For the man who always has a book in hand
He’ll keep on hand this striking wood-and-ribbon bookmark engraved with the St. Benedict Medal. If his favorite books are about the Catholic intellectual tradition, give him an online course from The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP). These classes are perfect for the lifelong learner.
For the man whose favorite candy is Reese’s
For the man who never misses poker night
Add some Catholic flair to his favorite card games with these Holy Playing Cards featuring images of saints.
For the man who can’t seem to keep track of his stuff
All right, look, it’s not his fault he keeps losing his stuff. We know toddlers love to run off with Daddy’s phone/watch/wallet/etc. and hide it under the couch. Help him keep that stuff corralled away from little hands with this handsome Cross Leather Valet Tray (just put it up higher than the toddler can reach!).
For the man who treats every month like No Shave November
His beard gets five-star treatment with luxurious-smelling beard balm and beard oil from Catholic Balm Co.
For the man who wears his faith on his sleeve
There’s a surprisingly huge array of Catholic apparel for men available online. Our favorites include these with detailed illustrations from Petite Fleur, the fashion-forward shirts from Brick House in the City, and the understated bleach-dyed saint shirts from Pycnocline.
When you can’t think of anything to give him
The monks of the Abbey of the Genesee have been baking Monks’ Bread since 1953. Not sure what to give someone? Anyone would enjoy a gift box of their yummy wares. The package includes 4 loaves of Monks’ Bread and 3 Trappist Jams/Preserves, and you can add Biscotti, Cheese Crisps, Fruit & Nut Bars, and other tasty items from the monks’ kitchen.