As we embark on the Christmas shopping season, many will venture to the malls, plazas, and other places to get a gift for relatives, Pollyanna, friends, or co-workers.
While the major chain stores will likely make enough to get by before ending the year, many small businesses are hoping to break even or at least make a profit.
Small businesses help stimulate a neighborhood’s economy when customers spend at least $100. It may not be much, but it will make a difference We are surrounded by many, whether it’s diners, drugstores, music shops, mom-and-pop, or even coffee shops.
For Catholics, we see Catholic businesses that come up through a search or on our social media newsfeed that will need our support.
Here are Catholic businesses to support this Christmas.
Catholic to the Max
Located near the Franciscan University of Steubenville, this small business is a one-stop shop all things Catholics from apparel, religious items, mugs, and everything in between. There is something for everyone on the Christmas list. It was founded in the 1990s by a husband and wife who attend the university and are part of a growing Catholic town nearby.
Willing to shop after Christmas? They will run 12 days of Christmas sale that runs from Christmas until January 6th. Each day they will have a sale on twelve different items.
Celebrating 10 years, Rugged Rosaries makes rosaries made of paracord material with a design of one’s choosing. They even have a rosary made of compact metal that was once issued by the US government during WW1 to Catholics from 1917 to 1918. Customers can get a full-length rosary or a decade.
In addition to rosaries, customers can add a medal or two of saints for an additional $4 per medal.
EWTN Religious Catalog
EWTN has the largest selection of Catholic items from statues, crucifixes, rosaries, and much more. Order $75 worth of items or more and get free shipping.
Celebrating their fifth year, this line knows how to rock Catholic socks. Literally. Ranging from saints to liturgical colors, Sock Religious has everything people can wear from Blessed Mother to saints and soon-to-be saints. They make great stocking stuffers and are Made in America.
Teeology of the Body
There’s no typo here. What better way to strike up conversations than to wear religious theme t-shirts? Check out their site on Etsy.
Be A Heart
Be A Heart is well known for its Mary on the Mantle which is the Catholic version of Elf on the Shelf. It also has planners, maternity items, and toys that is made by Catholic artisans.
Shining Light Dolls
While shopping for a gift for his nephew, Chantal felt God pulled her in the direction to create Catholic themed toys for babies and toddlers. For over a decade, it grew into offering a wide range of toys and gifts.
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Gift Shop
A common stop for many who go on a pilgrimage along the eastern seaboard, The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has one of the biggest gift shops. They also have a wide selection of items from statues, rosaries, and even books.
Rounding out the list is Tiny Saints. They offer charms of many saints, titles of Mary, and even those with open causes for canonization. They will make great additions to bookbags and rosaries. They make great stocking stuffers if ambitious enough to treat them like Pokémon and collect them all.
Don’t forget our Catholic businesses this Christmas season. Support them. It will all be worth it.