Not to scare you, but we have a mere 12 days until Christmas.
This time of year, everyone’s love language is gift giving. But some of us (ahem) have this perennial problem where we just can’t ever make up our minds and decide on what to give!!!!! And then procrastination. And then last-minute, bad choices are made.
If that’s you (and it’s usually me), never fear! I have some recommendations that can help with at least one demographic that’s most likely on your list: pregnant and/or new mamas. (Come on. We’re Catholic. We all know someone in that category 😉
And bonus — these gifts are all super easy to get (hello, internet!), won’t break the bank, AND they’re all from small Catholic shops, which I love. #shopsmall #shopcatholic
The Quick + Easy Catholic Gift Guide for Postpartum Mamas
The Peaceful Birth Box, by Katie of The Joyful Leap
This beautiful gift box is full of hand-picked goodies to “surround the mama-to-be with prayer, peace, and encouragement” as she labors and delivers her precious babe. Included in this year’s Peaceful Birth Box are a gorgeous custom Litany of Mothers print; a hand-stamped journal; holy water and rosary; a short bio of St. Gerard (patron saint of pregnant and laboring mothers); and more! This is a great way to bring some joy to the preggo mamas in your life, especially those whose due dates are near.
Subscription to Frameable Faith from the Catholic Box
Available in either a physical print or a digital download, these stunning, original designs feature powerful and encouraging quotes from Scripture and the Saints. From the Frameable Faith website: “Each monthly print is prayerfully designed to draw you and your family into the liturgical life of the Church, celebrating her Feast Days, Seasons, and Saints.” Perfectly uplifting for the new or expecting mama. Check them out here.
Prayers for Pregnancy & Birth ebooks, from Laura Fanucci
Laura writes beautifully at her blog, Mothering Spirit, and is also the author of several books. Her wisdom and insights into the spiritual depths of motherhood have been a balm for me and many other mamas over the years. Her new ebooks, Prayers for Pregnancy and Prayers for Birth , offer Scripture passages, blessings, original prayers, and ideas for spiritual preparation for birth. And they’re so reasonably, at only $4.99 each, or $7.99 when bought as a pair. They even come with a “gift option” to make it easy to send digitally to the mama of your choice!
Soy Candles from Providential Co.
I love the candle offerings from the Providential Company! They have large Prayer Candles, as well as a small line, called Saintly Wisdom. Their candles are 100% natural and non-toxic soy wax, with clean-burning wicks. They’re scented with palate-free fragrance oils. These would be a lovely addition to a home altar, to inspire courage as a pregnant mom prepares for birth, or to keep a new mama company as she’s up burning the midnight oil with her newborn.
Embroidered Bird Nest Mother’s Necklace from Happy Nest Home Goods
This is a darling (and so unique!) handmade gift! The Mother’s Necklace is a customized tiny hoop, with hand-emroidered nest and eggs. Choose the number and color of the eggs to match the number and gender of the mama’s children — the cutest! Necklace comes with a felt back and an antique bronze chain. Get your order in quickly so that this can be made and shipped before Christmas!
Chews Life Mama Jewelry – Rosary Bracelets
I absolutely love Shannon’s creations at the Chews Life shop! I own one of her gorgeous turquoise rosary bracelets and find that it’s the perfect accessory to so many outfits. I always get so many compliments whenever I wear it. And it’s practical, too — the movable Miraculous Medal clasp makes it easy to keep track of how many Aves I get through during the day. Check out this stunning set for Christmas!