For Catholic Digest’s 2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve found gifts for moms and grandmas that will make them feel beautiful, treat and encourage them, and remind them of their rich Catholic faith.
These Lettered Lace Earrings are statement earrings for the mother or grandmother who likes to get noticed. The artist lettered by hand the word “Listen” from top to bottom and mirrored the design. If you turn the earrings on its sides, you can see the hidden words.
The earring — made from light-weight maple wood — are an original Pink Salt Riot creation that’s drawn by hand, cut in their studio with a laser, and then assembled by hand by their team.
Coupon code: “catholicdigest” for 10 percent off of orders $25 or more; $22 from PinkSaltRiot.com
Danielle Bean’s Manual for Women (Tan Books, 2019) belongs at every mother’s bedside. Using the Blessed Virgin as the model, she offers advice and examples on how a woman can become the person God intended her to be. Bean has also included a collection of words of wisdom from saints directed at women, as well as prayers, poems, and more. As always, Bean’s writing is optimistic and encouraging.
$29.95 (plus $12.95 for personalization of name or message) from TanBooks.com
Inspired by a holy card from 1890, this lovely vintage print features vivid colors printed onto an archival quality cotton paper. Christ’s crown of thorns, flowers, wheat, and grapes surround the image of the Sacred Heart. At the bottom of the artwork are these words: “Behold this heart that has loved men so much, that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, to testify to them Its love.”
$12 (8.5 x 11) from Etsy.com/shop/ClassicCatholic
Red Kite Candy is a family-owned business in Vermont that makes some of the best soft caramels, nougat, and crunchy toffee I’ve ever tasted. They make their toffee in small batches out of butter and sugar and then hand coat it with melted dark or milk chocolate and sprinkle it with almond.
$36 (18 ounces) from RedKiteCandy.com
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for mom, Luna & Stella sells vintage lockets. These lockets were primarily made in the U.S. manufacturing capital of Providence, Rhode Island, from the 1860s to the 1920s. There’s a price point for relatively inexpensive pieces and others that sell for nearly $3,000.
Prices vary from LunaandStella.com
Choose from a green Guadalupe mug or holy water font or get mom both.
The pottery is wheel thrown, bisque fired, glazed, glaze fired, and then adorned with decals depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe before they’re put in the kiln a final time. Also, available is a variety of other Catholic imagery including the Sacred Heart, Padre Pio, St. Michael the Archangel, and more.
$32 (mug); $48 (font) from Etsy.com/shop/WedigMudandMetal
Ever since reading Poor Banished Children (Ignatius Press, 2011), I’ve been a big fan of Catholic author Fiorella De Maria. Her latest book, A Most Dangerous Innocence (Ignatius Press, 2019) is a mystery romance, set in Britain in 1940, about a 16-year-old school girl named Judy Randall who’s convinced that her cruel headmistress is a Nazi spy. Judy — who has Jewish heritage — risks her life and position at the school to uncover the truth.
$13.56 from Ignatius.com