Looking for some last-minute presents with which to express your affection this Christmas? Look no further than here at Kaufer’s! We have a wide selection of items available to help you celebrate with your loved ones, from music which soothes the soul to desserts which fill the stomach! If you’re having trouble winnowing the perfect gift from our offerings, try these handy suggestions:
An expertly crafted brew of hagiography and mixology, Drinking with the Saints is the perfect present for anyone who takes seriously the Biblical imperative to be joyful – always! For each date of the Catholic liturgical calendar, this almost 500-page tome features a short biography of that day’s saint (or explanation of the feast), paired with either a cocktail recipe or a beer and wine recommendation in order to toast the occasion properly. The first thing its recipient will likely do is search for the recipe associated with their birthday – and then their name day, their confirmation saint, last Tuesday… it’s nearly impossible to put down! Witty and winking but not irreverent, Drinking with the Saints is an entertaining gift for Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and a perfect rebuttal to those who don’t know that spirituality requires a sense of humor.
–Not yet on our website; to order, call our store at 206-622-3100!
Love is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America by Franciscan Media and Catholic News Service
This lovely coffee table book is the official commemorative chronicle of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States in September 2015. Featuring glossy color photography, expert reportage, and excerpts from speeches and homilies, this book serves not only as a keepsake of the pontiff’s journey but, for those of us who could not attend, the next-best-thing to having been there. From his address to Congress to Mass at Madison Square Garden and more, this lovely memento is the perfect present for those who wish to follow Francis’ footsteps as well as his teachings.
-Not yet on our website; to order, call our store!
Graphic Novels for Kids, Teens and Young Adults
The Action Bible – $26.99
The Truth is Out There – $12.95
The Adventures of Loupio: The Encounters and Other Stories – $6.99
As discussed in previous reviews on this blog (Action Bible here and Truth here ), excellent graphic novels and comic books are sprouting up all over the Christian literature landscape. As presents for the youths in your life, these books are a colorful way to impart important ideas while still being fun enough to suit the Christmas spirit. For kids of ages 7 to 10, the Adventures of Loupio books by Jean-Francois Kieffer are sweet stories of a brave young orphan who meets St. Francis of Assisi (and his friend Brother Wolf) and learns how to spend his life attempting to do good. Three volumes are available at present, each illustrated with skill and charm. For pre- and early teens ages 9-13, The Action Bible by Doug Mauss and Sergio Cariello brings to vivid life Biblical stories which may have been overlooked (particularly those in the Old Testament not involving Noah or Moses) in a dynamically exciting way. And for those in their teens and twenties, The Truth is Out There Volume 1: Brendan and Eric in Exile is a challenging yet fleet examination of heady subjects such as the existence of God and the nature of the soul. Any of these books would inspire both joy and curiosity in the recipient, and will likely start them pondering serious subjects which aren’t as boring as they may have thought.
-To order all three, call our store, or click here for the Action Bible and here for The Truth is Out There!
Deluxe Rosaries with Wood, Gemstone or Crystal Beads
Various Prices, most $40-70
The Rosary is one of the central prayers of the Catholic Church – a meditative, humble, and powerful way to focus on both Jesus’ and Mary’s lives and seek Our Lady’s special intercession. Historical greats from Padre Pio to Francis de Sales to Fulton Sheen have exhorted us to incorporate its recitation into our daily lives, so what better way to foster that devotion than by giving someone you love (or even yourself) a special, beautifully crafted rosary on which to pray? Kaufer’s has an enormous selection of rosaries, ranging in price from just a few dollars to over a hundred, and in material ranging from plastic one-decades to metal rosary rings to deluxe rosaries made beads of turquoise or amethyst. Styles are available to suit the tastes of men, women, and children; simple or ornate, colorful or monochromatic. If you decide to delight a friend or relative with the gift of one of these, who knows? Perhaps they’ll be so grateful that they pray a rosary or two for you!
-Stock varies, stop by our store or search here to browse our website’s selection!
Advent at Ephesus, Christmas at Ephesus, and Angels and Saints at Ephesus
by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
CDs, each $16.95-17.95
These Missourian Benedictine sisters have dedicated their lives not only to the service of God, but specifically to praise Him through song. Their debut album, Angels and Saints at Ephesus, reached Number One on Billboard’s Classical/Traditional music chart, and subsequent albums have proven just as successful! The women’s sparkling voices are light yet moving, performing such classics as O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, and Angels We Have Heard on High in a beautiful a cappella chorus. Proceeds from their music sales go toward maintenance of their abbey. If your gift’s recipient raves about the calming, sweet music on these CDs, you can recommend their other two albums, Lent at Ephesus and Easter at Ephesus for later in the year – and hopefully there’s more to come!
-To order call our store, or look here for Advent and here for Angels and Saints!
The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics Boxed Set
A valuable addition to anyone’s personal library (or any church’s parish library), this beautiful set contains matching editions of some of the essential Lewis titles. Included are Miracles, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, A Grief Observed, and The Problem of Pain. From the darkly humorous insights of Screwtape to the aching compassion of Pain, this master of Christian literature deserves to be revisited over and over again, each time bringing the reader new insights into human nature and moral philosophy.
-Not yet on our website; to order call our store!
Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home by Pope Francis
Pope Francis’ much-discussed encyclical on humankind’s responsibilities toward the environment and each other was one of our top-selling titles of 2015, and for good reason. Bold yet filled with considerate care for the poorest among us – who are disproportionately affected by the destruction of the natural world – Francis had everyone from cradle Catholics to the wholly unchurched taking notice of this staunch affirmation of Catholic social teaching. This exhortation provides guidance on a personal level – not only advocating for global policy changes but reminding us all that we are stewards, not owners, of the beautiful world we’ve been given. For anyone who missed out on its debut, this is a must-have addition to anyone’s bookshelf!
–To order, call us or click here!
Trappist Abbey Fruitcakes and Brigittine Monastery Fudges
Fruitcake $15.95; Fudge $14.95
For those in your life who may be difficult to shop for, it’s hard to go wrong with delicious confectionaries which also happen to support monastic missions! The Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Carlton, Oregon produces rich fruitcakes and brandied date-nut cakes which put any grocery-store cake to shame. Small but dense, these desserts are packed with dried cherries and pineapples, raisins, walnuts, and more, making them the perfect finish to a convivial Christmas dinner – or any dinner, for that matter. And the Brigittine Monks of Amity, Oregon produce delicious fudge in a wide variety of flavors – plain chocolate with or without nuts, amaretto, cherry, and even pecan praline. Such a crowd-pleasing range of options is sure to simplify your Christmas shopping list this year!
-Order online here for cakes and here for fudges, or call our store!
If nothing on this list seems a perfect fit for your friends and family, be sure to give us a call or drop by in person and let our staff help you discover the perfect Christmas present. From jewelry and nativity sets for all price ranges to clergy attire for the priest in your life, we always have something available to mark the Christmas season!