Does your child have a beloved Catholic teacher or a catechist? Show that dedicated teacher how much you care by gifting him or her with a token of appreciation. Here are eight teacher-friendly gifts all under $25.
Prayers and Devotions
The Prayers and Devotions (Pauline Books & Media, 2015) pocket prayer book — originally released as a commemorative edition for the World Meeting of Families — is the perfect, inexpensive gift for all your children’s teachers. Included in the book are traditional Catholic prayers, biblical prayers, intercessory prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints, and Pope Francis’ five-finger prayer guide.
TinySaints Keychain Charms
At just $5 a saint, this is the ideal present if you have several teachers who are on your list. Choose from hundreds of saints including their latest TinySaints: St. Francis Xavier, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to name just a few.
“Bless Us, O Lord” Kitchen Towel
A pretty, cotton tea towel with a floral design done in watercolor with the “Bless Us, O Lord” prayer before meals is a memorable way to say, “Thank you.”
Three Hail Mary Devotion Chaplet
AngelRosaries Etsy shop makes lovely Czech glass “Three Hail Mary” Chaplets that come wrapped and ready to give.
From OhCoffeeMug’s Etsy store, this yellow, floral ceramic mug (11 ounces or 15 ounces) has “Blessed” printed on both sides. If this mug is not to your tastes, then choose from hundreds of other styles. Coupon code (SAVE15) to save 15 percent off your purchase.
The Contemplative Rosary
Give a gift that will help transform a person’s prayer life. The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila (EWTN Publishing, 2017) by Dan Burke and Connie Rossini offers new insight and direction into praying the rosary. This book teaches you how to combine vocal and mental prayer for a more meaningful prayer experience. Included are reflections, artwork from the masters, meditations for the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries, and more. This book is not just for veteran rosary reciters; it’s also for those who are new to praying the rosary, as it explains how and why to say it.
Hammer and Pincer Crucifix
This unusual Redemptorist Crucifix features a hammer by Christ’s right hand and pincer by his left. The hammer symbolizes sin, and the pincers are a symbol of repentance. At the foot of Our Lord are a skull and crossbones.
St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration
Susan Tassone’s newest book, St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018), is the perfect companion for Adoration visits. Tassone writes about how St. Faustina strove to be in constant union with Christ and that she would make visits to the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day. Drawing on the saint’s devotion to the Eucharist, Tassone has included St. Faustina’s Seven Insights on Adoration and her favorite devotion, the Stations of the Cross. There’s also meditations, litanies, prayers for the dying, and much more.