The RNS surprise guide: The good, the bad and the weird

(RNS) – In December, most of us give gifts – and may use some present ideas.

Here is our gross annual present guide for the persons of faith – and no faith – on your own list. Some presents will be meant to end up being meaningful, and others are just for fun. All, we hope, provide a smile to someone’s face.

And while we realize not absolutely all of the faiths contained in our guidebook actually celebrate a gift-giving holiday in December, we included them anyway – because, hey, we are givers.


“The Book of Dirt: La Belle Sauvage” by Philip Pullman – Pullman, an atheist, is the author of the critically acclaimed trilogy “His Dark Resources,” which pitted a girl named Lyra against a religious organization called “The Magisterium” over the type of the human being soul. In this book – a prequel – forces of very good and evil align behind the newborn Lyra and set in place the hurdles and issues she must overcome to save the world.

Atheist tree ornament – Knotwork Shop of Atlanta knows that even atheists like holiday presents – this hand-painted tree ornament, for example.


Buddha necklace – Silver Trumpet Jewelry, an Etsy retail outlet, sells handmade brass Buddhas on a chain with lotus flower charms and cup beads.

“Buddhism for Dudes: A good Jarhead’s Field Guideline to Mindfulness” by Gerry Stribling – The author, a former Marine, offers “Buddhist wisdom for the standard guy.”


“Faith Night In” package – Faith Night In, owned by Christian couple Patrick and Kyra Daunt, will send you a regular monthly box of “activities, snack foods, a custom playlist, a discussion guidebook and more!” Babysitter certainly not included.

Previous Supper blocks – Oxford, a toy manufacturer, causes a set of 524 interlocking blocks that, with a little effort, turn into a 3-D rendition of da Vinci’s masterpiece that won’t – like the original – rot off the beaten track.

Liam the Lion Prayer Buddy -Press the stuffed lion’s paw and a child’s voice recites the “Guardian Angel” prayer. From The Catholic Business.

“Nailed It” T-shirt – Intended for the Martin Luther-lover who wants to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Wonder Bible – Can’t reading? No problem! This tiny transistor-radiolike package emblazoned with a cross reads the Bible aloud to you. But wait, there’s more! Order today and you’ll get a bonus charging cable!


Decorative incense burners – Hindus burn incense as an offering up to God before they help to make their prayers. Faithhaus, a retailer of spiritual items, has several ideal for house worship – and 3 percent of profits head to charity.

Be Here Now 2018 Wall Calendar – In the 1960s, Richard Alpert traveled to India, met a Hindu guru and found the meaning of lifestyle and a new name – Ram Dass. Back home in the us, he wrote the typical of American Hindu-based spirituality, “Be Here Today.” This calendar features full-color illustrations by artist Sue Zipkin ideal for framing.


Shadow candle holders – Modern Wall Artwork, a family-owned company that sells via Etsy, carves Arabic phrases of praise, thanks and belief from stainless steel and crafts them into shadow-casting candle holders.

Arabic character blocks – This set of 28 wooden blocks is ways to learn Arabic letters and math symbols. Obtain it for the kids, but put it to use yourself.

Muslim Girl’s Aura Shield Collection – This line of 6 hats is for Muslim women who demand “a little extra protect from bad vibes.” The dark baseball caps characteristic phrases designed to provoke assumed and comment, like “Lower Your Gaze” and “Don’t Touch My Hijab.”


Jewish tartan tie – Yes, there is a real Jewish tartan wool authorized by the Scottish Tartans Authority. Created by Jewish rabbis and Scottish heritage gurus, its colors, weave and thread count have symbolic indicating in Judaism.

“Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus” by David Michael Slater – This children’s picture book highlights the friendship between two individuals who bring children gifts in December.

Woman of Valor ring – This custom-made silver, gold and ruby ring is engraved found in Hebrew with a verse from Proverbs, “Who have can locate a woman of valor?”

Cards Against Humanity’s Jew Pack – This pack of 30 cards intended to supplement the popular, squirm-inducing card game includes a warranty – “100% of the Cards Against Humanity writers are actually Jewish. Is it possible to believe it? Jewish comedy writers!”

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