Today’s post is a bit different, but not as much as it could seem at first sight… In fact, it’s just an extension of what I always try to do, which is to connect body and soul, in a way that both are united to God. And this can be achieved really well through beauty. That’s why I love to have objects that act as reminders so, when I see them, they lead me to pray and to live constantly in God’s presence in my daily life: paintings, statues, prints, saint cards; but also things like mugs, jewelry and clothes.
To that we should add the question of how we spend our free time: what we read, how we have fun, the time we really devote to calm and paused prayer… There are products that can help us get closer to God in this sense.
Below, I’m going to introduce you the 7 online stores with the most original and beautiful Catholic products I’ve found.
I don’t know how custom duties work in your country, so be careful. 6 of the stores ship from the United States, 1 from Spain and 1 from the United Kingdom. For example, I live in Spain and here when we buy something from outside the European Union that costs more than 22€ (shipping costs not included), we can be charged custom duties that are REALLY expensive. So, unless you like something a lot and are willing to pay anything for it, check out the custom duties in your country. When we’re talking about things like books, music or prints, often stores offer a digital download version, and even if you can’t find it on the website, you can ask for it and explain your situation.
I encourage you to visit all the websites, but under each description I’ll recommend 6 products; at least 3 of them will be cheap or/and digital downloads.
I had to start with the Spanish store. It’s truly delicious. I think it can be best described using its own tagline: “Nice things of God”. That’s what we find here: things designed with love, with a care that can be noticed, using all the design resources that are in style now (like super cool handwriting), but filling them with a deep meaning. They have many kinds of products: clothes and accessories, things for home, stationery and even artisanal statues.
- Kitchen cloth: “God walks among the pots and pans”-St Teresa (7€)
- Hail Mary notebook (10€)
- Nativity Scene (70€)
- Candle: “I’m the Light of the world” (10€)
- Christmas Star: “God is born” (10€)
- Medal with Our Lady of the Pillar (25€)
It has another tagline that speaks for itself: “Beauty, truth & revolutionary joy”. Indeed, in a world where these concepts are so distorted, wanting to bring them back with products that highlight the special feminine genius its revolutionary. Its jewelry is what stands out most, but there are multiple categories. I have the “Jesus I Trust in You” and “Hail Mary” necklaces and wearing them help me to remember these short prayers throughout the day so little by little they leave a mark on my soul. If you subscribe to their email list, you’ll receive a password that will allow you to access a library with gorgeous prints.
- Divine Mercy necklace (22$)
- Hail Mary necklace (20$)
- Amazing Grace tote bag (20$)
- Fiat Voluntas Tua print (4$)
- Set of pencils (9$)
- Little Flower earrings (14$)
It’s much more than a store, is a community for Catholic women all around the world. Don’t miss their daily devotions and the blog. On its regional Facebook groups you can connect with other women and support each other to live out the faith, give and receive advice and pray for one another. All the products they sell are very detailed and they use very inspiring handwriting.
- She Who Believed tee (22$)
- Journaling Bible (49’95$)
- Avila-Lisieux-Calcutta tee (28$)
- “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” candle (20$)
- “The Wind Blows Where It Wills” necklace (22$)
- Imago Dei wristlet (15$)
It has a more classic and perhaps elegant style than the others, but not boring at all. Again, its tagline express this very well: “Modern design for a timeless faith”. Each piece is a true work of art, very elaborated and rich in both talent and symbolism. It offers multiple kinds of products, but what stands out most are the jewelry and its most famous article: a liturgical calendar in a minimalist style, perfect to help you live the liturgical seasons and the most important feast days.
- Gilded Florals artwork (56$)
- Liturgical calendar poster (26$)
- St Michael’s medal (32$)
- Year of Virtue monthly calendar (19$)
- Coloring liturgical calendar -download- (9$)
- Salette Sunburst ring (16$)
This company isn’t Catholic, so I wouldn’t recommend their most devotional products (books, Bibles, prayer journals…). But I think the rest of the things really do help to, as said in its tagline, “live your faith”. For it not to be something merely intimist, but something that also has a reflection towards the outside that, at the same time, has a ripple effect: when we see that thing, our soul is uplifted again.
- “Faith can Move Mountains” mug (12$)
- Biblical Runner necklace (46$)
- Fully Filled water bottle (29$)
- Be Kind tee (36$)
- “She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity” wooden plaque (14$)
- Kitchen set (104’92$)
They’re focused on children —when I have them I’ll clean everything up—, but they have products for all ages. I really recommend their —free— online adventures for Advent, Lent, the Marian Consecration and the Spiritual Adoption (those are all made for children, but they helped me as a grown up when I was starting to learn more about the faith). Their Glory Stories, audios of dramatized saint lives, are so lovely, faithful to the real story and so well done that you totally enter into the scene.
- “Secrets from Heaven – The Story of the Children of Fatima” Glory Stories audio download (11’49€)
- Road to Bethlehem game (59’95$)
- Mary Tiny Charm (5$)
- Catholic Matching Game Cards (5’95$)
- Three Kings’ Gifts set (54’95$)
- Spiritual Journal (16’95$)
They’re. So. Cute. I love them. Just by looking at them you fill yourself with joy and tenderness. Their ebooks are more for children, but they have merchandising stuff that’s so pretty and will help you live in the Communion of the Saints in your daily tasks. I have a St. Francis of Assisi mug that cheers me up when having breakfast. Since they associate a quote to each saint, it’s also a great way to learn short prayers you can recite throughout the day. For example, in my mug it says: “It is in giving that we receive”. They also have a liturgical calendar of a completely different style than the one at Telos Art… you decide which one you like more!
- Liturgical calendar -download- (12’90$)
- St. Francis of Assisi mug (17’75$)
- Christ the King key-ring (4’20$)
- Virgin Mary apron (23’70$)
- All Saints poster (27’80$)
- St. Therese of Lisieux bag (11’85$)
BONUS: OUR LADY’S GARDEN by Veruschka Guerra
I think it’s great that coloring books for adults are a thing now. This in particular seems perfect to disconnect from stress and enter into prayer. A way to honor Mary and to get to know Her different advocations. It’s sold at Amazon and several online Catholic stores, but I’m going to recommend Book Depository because they offer free shipping worldwide, from the United Kingdom. Price: 10€
I hope now you have good ideas for gifts to ask for or to give to others at Christmas. Let the beauty in the daily life inspire you towards the good, and that through that good you enter more and more into the truth.
**None of the links are affiliate, I just recommend those things because I love them.