Catholic Christmas presents and cards

Bethlehem crib

Bethlehem crib

If you would like to make sure the money you spend this Christmas goes to good causes  - check the following charity websites which have a good selection of cards and imaginative present ideas.

Aid to the Church in Need have a large selection of cards, books, gifts and music at:  

CAFOD has a great range of fair-traded gifts, clothing, jewelry and books. You can also give gifts certificates that will provide people in the developing with useful items such as seeds, chickens compost worms and gardening kits. Call 0207 733 7900 for a catalogue or visit the on-line shop at:

The Catholic Children's Society, Westminster has some lovely cards and gifts, For details call: : 020 8969 5305 e-mail: : or visit their online shop at:

HCPT - the charity which takes young people with special needs to Lourdes has presents for children and adults as well as a good selection of cards. Call them on : 01788564646 or visit their on-line shop at:

HOLY SOCKS - is fun. Beside religious socks they sell Biblical brollies and other items.

The Thai Children's Trust, which funds charity which runs projects in Thailand run by the Redemptorists and the Good Shepherd Sisters with refugees from Burma, street children, the blind, deaf, disabled and Aids orphans has an on-line shop selling cards, e-gifts  and beautiful Thai handicrafts at:

Wine from Bethlehem
For a very appropriate Christmas present you could buy wine made in the Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem. This company also imports olive oil and olive wood products.  For more information see:

Finally, Independent Catholic News has an on-line shop, selling books, CDs, DVDs, Fairtrade toys and religious gifts. Most goods are delivered anywhere in the UK within 48 hours. As a franchise of Amazon, if you can't find what you want on our shelves, you can search the entire Amazon catalogue - prices are the same  - but for every purchase you make, a 5% commission is paid to ICN. To visit the shop click on

If you are in London next week - you could also do some shopping at the The Pax Christi Advent Service  and Christmas Fair which takes place on St Nicholas' Day, Monday, 6 December at 7.30pm at St Aloysius Church Phoenix Road/Eversholt Street, NW1 1TA, near Euston Station.

There will be prayers, readings and Carols for Peace,  followed by  a Christmas Market in the church hall,  with goods from Peru, olive wood decorations and cribs from Bethlehem and other gifts from the Jesuit Refugee Service, Christmas cards, mulled wine and mince pies and more!

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