Busted Halo’s Ultimate Catholic Gift Guide: 2022 Edition

The season of giving is upon us! If you’re looking to add a little bit of Catholic goodness to your gift list, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered the best Catholic gifts from around the internet, from spiritual experiences to faith-inspired fashion and everything in between. For even more ideas, check out our 2021, 2020, and 2019 guides!

For the faithful and fashionable

States of Faith Rosary T-Shirt

If someone in your life is a fashion-forward-faith-haver, add a personal touch to their wardrobe with a States of Faith t-shirt! They’ll be repping their home state and the Rosary in style. Couple their new favorite top with a pair of Sock Religious saint socks for a lighthearted touch. If your fashionista is looking to accessorize, check out this statement Benedict Necklace from Be Rooted Bead Co., the Undoer of Knots ring from Stella & Tide, and shimmering Sacred Heart earrings from The Little Catholic. If wearing a suit is more their style, you can select a pair of saintly cufflinks for their wardrobe! Plus, readers can use code BHXMAS for 10% off their first order from Holyart.

For the traveling apostle

Make sure the perpetual tourist or Catholic jet-setter in your life is well-equipped for their journeys with the “Monuments, Marvels and Miracles” Catholic Travel Guidebook from OSV, which features more than 500 holy sites throughout the United States. Then, inspire their next international destination with this funny “Jesus on Tour” shirt in their favorite color. A comfortable ‘Catholic’ baseball hat will offer them shade on their travels, and just to be safe – give them their favorite saint for company as a shoelace charm or a car clip featuring St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers. 

Mary’s Garden puzzle from Be a Heart

For the kiddos

For the pint-sized saints-in-the-making, gift them an entertaining introduction to their faith with LEGO-themed guidebooks from Upon This Block or a subscription to the Lion & Lamb Book Club. For some faith-inspired fun, check out these gorgeous Catholic wooden puzzles from Be A Heart designs and this devotional coloring book from Tyndale. 

For the devoted pilgrim

If receiving a special experience is what your person prefers, what better than gifting a spiritual retreat to relax and spend time with the Lord (like this one at the Center at Mariandale!) Planning a pilgrimage without a passport in the United States is another wonderful way to give the gift of a faithful experience. For the person always trying to incorporate God into their busy day, consider gifting a subscription to the Hallow prayer and meditation app (and, as a special gift to Busted Halo readers, follow this link for a three-month free trial!) or the Magnificat monthly spiritual guide for prayer on their phone. For a more simple, thoughtful gift, make them a playlist of Catholic songs or set a Mass intention in their honor.

For Mass newbies (or those who need a little refresher)

“Mass Class” by Fr. Dave Dwyer

Give the gift of education with our very own Father Dave’s new book, Mass Class, to answer all their burning questions about Catholicism. This handy deck of Mass Flashcards is perfect for a new congregant or children to keep up with the service. If someone you know is beginning their Bible study, this set of pens and highlighters won’t bleed through their pages so they can journal without a mess. And if your kids have a hard time paying attention during Mass, try out this fun (and quiet) Rosary-themed fidget toy!

For the hungry in spirit

If there’s a Catholic foodie in your life, these assorted goods made in monasteries from jams to candies are sure to delight them! Readers can use Holyart’s code BHXMAS for 10% off their first order, too. Pair their snacks with wine from a Catholic winery like Trinitas Cellars or Mount Saint Joseph. If a warm cup of tea is more their style, these Bible verse-inspired teas from Little Prayer Tea Company are sure to delight (plus, 10% of every purchase is donated to single mothers).

Jesus Magnet

For the new renter or homeowner 

Go beyond the “Bless this Mess” sign for someone settling into a new home this Christmas. These home blessing door hangers are made with hand-carved olive wood and feature a Saint Benedict medal, a symbol of protection. A handmade wooden prayer bowl will remind residents to keep their prayer intentions close. These J. Lily and Corda candles feature scents inspired by sacraments, saints, and Bible verses, so you can pick out the perfect fit. If their walls are still empty, these prints by Art of Marza will add some color along with a saint to watch over them. And just so they know – this “I saw that” Jesus magnet is the perfect final touch to keep an eye on any misbehaving houseguests!

For the game buff

A Catholic Take on Mad Libs

Get your game on! These faith-inspired games are perfect for a family or friend game night. Get your group together for some Bible trivia or a Catholic take on Mad Libs. If someone you know is a faithful fandom member, get them this book of geeky devotionals so they can incorporate their favorite media into their daily prayer. And don’t forget about the hilarious Catholic Card Game, which is now available either online or in print! 

For the fan of St. Francis

Donating to charity is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. We recommend the Catholic Mobilizing Network, which works to end the death penalty, and Catholic Charities, which aids those affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Ian. You can also shop for gifts for others by creating a group for Cross Catholic’s Box of Joy program or by checking out your local parish’s gift tree.

We hope you’re feeling inspired to give this Christmas!

Editor’s Note: If you’ve come to the end of our list and you’re wondering, “But what will I get my parish priest?” Our advice to you (inspired by the priests who staff Team Busted Halo) is that cash and gift cards – especially ones to their favorite restaurants – never go out of style!