It seems early to be thinking of Christmas gifts, doesn’t it? But it’s a good idea to purchase gifts now, owing to supply chain issues this year.
If you’re not sure what to give a child in the elementary or middle school age range, you’ve come to the right place. These thoughtful presents will nurture their faith, and be lots of fun, too!
What could be cuter or more fun than these saint-themed giant floor puzzles?
These beautiful patron saint blocks help kids learn about the saints while they build and play.
Arts & Crafts
Little artists will love these stained glass coloring books that turn into pretty art! Even better, they’re saint-themed and there’s one for every month of the liturgical year.
Kids love stickers, and these adorable saint stickers are perfect for tucking in their shoe on St. Nicholas’s Day or their Christmas stocking.
Or sign up for the Catholic Sticker Club and your kiddo will receive liturgically-themed stickers in the mail every month!
Kids often do their best thinking (and praying!) when their hands are occupied, and this Adoration coloring book can help them enter more fully into prayer and learning about Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
Dozens of beloved saints come as peg dolls, so kids can play with them again and again, getting to know these heavenly friends. (You can find even more options by searching “saint peg dolls” on Etsy.) Don’t forget the perfect play set for saint peg dolls, a darling little church in a box just their size.
Raise your hand if you played Mass as a kid! We sure did, and now your kids can too, even using the proper names and materials with this pop-out paper Mass kit.
Little ones who attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd religious formation have a special devotion to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Nurture that relationship with their own Good Shepherd play set, either paper or wooden.
Saint dolls are quick and easy to make at home with these lovely saint paper dolls that come as a printable instant download. Bookmark this page for an easy craft on future feast days!
If you’ve got any sewing ability, you can create your own soft and squishy saint dolls using these DIY sets.
School lunch gets an upgrade with this eye-catching saint-themed lunchbox (and check out the rest of the Blessed Friends Forever line, including a fanny pack, pencil pouch, and other useful accessories).
Little explorers and kids doing nature study will enjoy this adventure bag and logbook for toting treasures and recording their favorite memories.
The Saints and Heroes video series by CCC of America are Catholic kid classics, teaching the next generation all about the lives of the saints.
The Holy Heroes Glory Stories CDs are a great way for kids to get to know the saints and perfect for car rides (got a holiday road trip coming up?). Older kids can’t miss listening to the TAN Books Story of the Bible CDs.
Brother Francis movies are a great way to introduce younger kids to Catholic beliefs.
A subscription to Formed might just be the best media gift you can give. Kids can access movies, TV shows, audiobooks, CDs, and e-books about the faith.
This year’s must-have new release for children is Saints Around the World, which features lesser known saints with amazing stories.
Every family needs a Bible, and you won’t find a better one for kids than the Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles. It’s designed to show how everything in Scripture is part of the bigger story of salvation, and the role each of us can play in that story.
Saint Joseph: Watch over My Family is a sweet little picture book all about the story of St. Joseph. It’s the perfect gift in this Year of St. Joseph!
My First Interactive Mass Book is a sturdy board book that invites children to understand the beauty of the Mass through hands-on activities like flaps, wheels and tracing. It’s great for busy preschoolers or older kids who benefit from something to keep their hands busy!
The Catholic Mass Quiet Book is another delightful book for children with a need to fidget.
For older kids, The Sacred That Surrounds Usexplains with clarity the symbolism and history behind the sacred items we see in every Catholic church.
Reluctant readers will love these Catholic comic books about a brave, friendly little boy who was friends with St. Francis of Assisi. There are 6 volumes in the totally endearing (and genuinely inspiring) Loupio series.
Good books help form a person’s character, and a novel about a Catholic family is a gift to last a lifetime. We recommend Hilda Van Stockum’s wonderful Mitchells series: The Mitchells: Five for Victory, Canadian Summer, and Friendly Gables. And every Catholic kid should read the thrilling classic Outlaws of Ravenhurst. You can find lots of other great ideas over at Good Books for Catholic Kids and Bethlehem Books.
Learn about the 7 Sacraments with this Catechism in LEGO (and a note of caution: do not buy a similar-looking book called The Brick Bible, which is not at all suitable for children).
Older kids can follow along on Catholic time-travel adventures in the Chime Travelers series.
Revel in the joy of the Christmas season with this elegant new work, A Child’s Christmas ABC Book: Angels in the Air Arrayed, and these beloved Christmas classic picture books.
Does your family have a new sibling on the way? Help your children bond with the baby before he or she is even born with this book, I Can Hear Music.
Made especially for children ages 8-12, the Rise Up devotional is “designed to plant the seeds of a prayer life and guide it to blossom.”
This child’s Adoration prayer journal is written to help children encounter the Lord while praying in Adoration.
This Catholic growth mindset journal helps kids face life head-on, while the Be Yourself! journals (one for girls and one for boys) help children understand their identity and purpose as children of God.
Kids can learn about the saints in a hands-on, playful way with these Super Saints Cards.
These sturdy rosaries and prayer card sets encourage kids to follow the examples of the shepherd children of Fatima in loving Our Lady.
A subscription to Catholic Family Crate is the gift that lasts all year, giving lots of opportunities to grow in faith and create special family memories.
A subscription to Wanderlust Catholic is sure to awaken wonder and inspire adventure, all while nurturing appreciation for our Catholic faith.
Sign up your budding chef for age-appropriate online cooking classes with Kids Cook Real Food.
The Christmas Cabinet is an Advent Calendar that creates a Nativity scene, a gift for the whole family to enjoy.