So, maybe you have six godchildren ages two to twelve. No? Just me? Well, at any rate, maybe you have an Orthodox child or two in your life who are in need of some gifts. (and even if not Orthodox these are fun ideas for religious gifts) We generally try to give our godchildren more religious gifts or books at Christmas and Pascha. Sometimes I have difficulty thinking of gifts that aren’t Bibles or icons. Here are some things I found to love this year:
Mini Icons • Who doesn’t love tiny things? Traditional-sized icons are lovely and great for icon corners. But little kids will LOVE little icons. I found several at our local monastery, but you can also find some online.
Matching Game • I found this on Etsy, and love it! This game is fun for multiple ages, as you can start with forward-facing matching, and move to the traditional version of the game. We have the board book by this author, and she uses some of the same photos from her book for the cards. She also includes pictures of actual children participating at church for some of the matching cards! So great!
Peg Dolls • These hand-painted dolls are phenomenal, and perfect for small hands! (i might not recommend them for those with wooden pews at church, as they can be a little loud) We have a couple special order saints, but this Etsy artist also does sets of nuns and common saints.
Crochet Censer • Perhaps you know a small child who is fascinated by the censer at church–this would be the perfect gift! (husband was also enamored by it, and was practicing his swing). It’s the perfect way to provide for church play at home!
We also have a couple books on our list of Orthodox items this year, and I can’t wait to give all these gifts! (also I’m thinking I need a spread sheet so I can remember who has what gift–is that overboard?) What are your go-to religious gifts? Are you giving anything this year that you’re really excited for?