I am a generally last minute person, but the one thing I try to get done ahead of time each year is Christmas shopping. Getting the shopping out of the way before Advent means I can concentrate on devotions and crafts and baking and family activities during Advent instead of on shopping. And, while I’ll certainly end up ordering some things from Amazon etc., I always prefer to patronize a Catholic small business when possible.

So here I am with an early-bird Catholic small business Christmas gift guide. You’ll find gift suggestions for parents, kids, grandparents, godparents, and hard-to-buy-for folks like priests and college students!

These are items I love from small businesses my family actually uses and can personally vouch for. The items you see in the photos were donated by the makers for review purposes and will be donated by me to the St. Monica Academy school auction.

Click on the photo or links to visit the shops.

1. Outrageous Mom

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Women of all ages can show off their faith in a subtle and stylish way with the beautiful watercolor scarves. Kids, grandkids, and godchildren are sure to love the dolls, rattles, bibs, and blankets. And yes, baby Jesus comes out of his little manger!

Where to find them

On Etsy, at OutrageousMom.com, @outrageousmom_com

Discount code

Use code “ADVENT10” for 10% off

2. Catholic Coffee

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Parents, godparents, priests, teachers, business associates, college kids . . . everyone loves coffee, right? Except me. 🤷‍♀️ 😂 But I’m told the coffee is great and boy is the presentation BEAUTIFUL. The gift sets are sure to impress wherever they go.

Where to find them

catholiccoffee.com, @catholic.coffee

3. Sanctus Stitches

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Toddlers and kids will love the dolls and crowns. A few PDF felt saint patterns + supplies would be a great gift for a crafty older kid or teen. They can become tiny dolls, finger puppets, or ornaments!

Where to find them

On Etsy, at sanctusstitches.com, @sanctusstitches

4. The Catholic Woodworker

What they’ve got

Perfect for

All people who pray the Rosary: men, women, & kids. Everything they sell comes with a lifetime guarantee. They’ll fix it or replace it forever. The rosaries are beautiful and sturdy. The small altars are perfect for on a desk at home, at school, in a dorm room, a rectory, or at the office, and come with holy cards by Baritus Catholic.

Where to find them

catholicwoodworker.com, @thecatholicwoodworker

Discount code

10% off “CAY10” limited to one coupon per customer

5. Sock Religious

What they’ve got

Perfect for

People with feet. I especially love the idea of gifting a priest the Black Socks for Liturgical Living set! Or giving matching adult and kid socks to your child and his or her godparent, or yourself and your godchild! And my young adult kids love crazy socks.

Where to find them

sockreligious.com, @sockreligious

Discount code

Use code “CAYSOCKS” for 10% off

6. Almond Rod Toys

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Children & godchildren, for donating to school auctions or gifting to classrooms. These blocks are safe enough for infants, sturdy enough for toddlers, interesting enough for grade-schoolers, and stylish enough for adults! There’s an amazing selection of patron saints to choose from: ancient and modern and from all over the world.

Where to find them

On Etsy, @almondrodtoys

Discount code

10% off through December 7th with code “ALLYEAR”

7. Little Drops of Water

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Kids and families. We have a collection of the saint figurines and like to change them out in a display cabinet each month, to feature the saints of the month. My favorite gift for godchildren is a nativity set. Each year for Christmas, we give each of our godchildren another piece for the set. That way, once they are grown, they’ll have a whole set to use with their own families. In Europe, Nativity scene setups are often huge and filled with many extra characters. This nativity set could be given to a godchild, piece by piece (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, stable, animals, wise men) then saints could be added to make a bigger display!

Where to find them

littledropsofwater.com, @littledropsofwaterusa

8. Be a Heart

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Babies and kids. My girls LOVE the crazy hair and cute accessories on their St. Joseph doll and are SO excited about the new motherhood set for Mary that comes with a pregnant belly, baby Jesus, and sling to carry him!

Where to find them

beaheart.com, @beaheartdesign

Discount code

Get 15% off with the code “CAY15″

9. Catholic Family Crate

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Grandchildren & godchildren. Looking for a gift that won’t just take up space? Give your grandchildren or godchildren (and their parents) the gift of faith-filled activities each month or for a liturgical season. These crates are beautifully designed and filled with fun crafts and activities for kids.

Where to find them

catholicfamilycrate.com, @catholicfamilycrate

10. Shining Light Dolls

What they’ve got

Perfect for

Babies, toddlers, and kids.

Where to find them

shininglinghtdolls.com, @shininglightdolls

11. Catholic All Year

What we’ve got

Perfect for

Liturgical living in the home for individuals, families, and classrooms.

Where to find us

catholicallyear.com, @kendra_tierney, @catholicallyear, @catholicallyearmarket

Discount code

Use code “CAY10” for 10% off almost everything in the shop including the individual Advent box, calendars, digital items, and wooden products. (Excludes subscriptions, memberships, and posters.) Good through Dec. 1.