There is much to dislike about the secular holiday season. In many cases, gifting now has the burden of obligation, of a required ritual, a duty discharged with little thought through an online catalog and a credit card, perhaps after a look at someone’s wish list or gift registry.
Nevertheless, there is magic in giving. Behold the wealth of holiday volunteers giving freely of their time and money to help others, to make them happy, give them a break from poverty and want, let them know someone does care. The soup kitchen volunteers, turkey donations, fun runs for charitable donations, the people of faith or no faith who race to help in earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes, and who show up time and again when disaster strikes, or a neighbor needs a hand.
Well the holidays are upon us once again, and in the spirit of help, of finding something special for those one cares about, here are some gift ideas – some fun, some silly and some with religious significance.
Agnostic vs. Atheist Funny Mug – $18.95
This cute funny mug is a great gift, especially if your friend or family has a sense of humor!
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who changed the World (book) – $13
This cool book – also at Amazon – highlights the contribution of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from the ancients to the modern world.
Atheist Wine Club Mug – $18.20
Zazzle is a website to print images on mugs, pillows, aprons, etc. Try out this cute image of the mug “Atheist Wine Club – Celebrating life before-death”
No Gods Patch – $9
A patch that your Atheist friend can put on whatever they choose.
Om Yoga Lotus Flower Charm Pendants – $9
This lovely charm intertwines several religious symbols showing the connection and peace between us all.
Interfaith Coloring book – $6.30
Recall how fun it was to color as a child? Well the fun it back and for any age. This interfaith coloring book is a great gift to those who want peace and love for everyone.
Tibetan Singing Bowl Set – Meditation Sound Bowl Handcrafted in Nepal – $23
These singing bowls bring calming sounds to the area, great for meditation, prayer, chakra healing, yoga and mindset.
Tibetan Hand Carved Om Mani Padme Hum Wall Hanging Prayer Wheel – $15
These prayer wheels can be found near temples in Tibet. The Tibetan Buddhist mantra, om mani padme hum, symbols are around the outside of the prayer wheels.
Here are some cute presents that reference the Bible.
Bible Verse Bracelet – $14
There are a number of places to look, on Amazon as well as Etsy for a fun and beautiful bracelet or necklace that has a Bible verse. In some venues you may even be able to find your own verse or request a personalized item.
Faith Can Move Mountains Matthew 17:20 Christian T-shirt – $15
These shirts can range from images to words of motivation and verse
Rescued Antique Bible Pages Glass Globe Gift Ornament – $23
Those who would never throw away a well-loved Bible, can still enjoy this holiday Christmas Ornament.
Sterling Silver Double Angel Wings – $20 to $35
There are also a number of charms of angels or angel wings that would be a perfect gift for girls of any age!
Lakshmi Hindu Goddess of Wealth, Prosperity, and Good Fortune Energy Beads Bracelet – $10
There are many pieces of jewelry to choose from and different Gods to pick depending on to whom you are gifting. Hanuman, God of Strength and Courage; Ganesha, God of Success and Prosperity.
Ceramic Censer, Backflow Variety Mixed Aromatherapy Incense Cones and Holder/Burner Set – $10 to $30
There are so many different incense burners out there these days. But take a look at the variety of “backflow” incense holder and burners! These seem truly magical and bring an additional sense of peace. Depending on style there are many models to choose from!
Travel Prayer Mat – Pocket-Sized Carry Bag and Attached Compass, Prayer Rug – $7
This is a great way to have your prayer mat with you anywhere you go, pocket-sized mat with compass to facilitate the correct direction to set up.
LED Solar Wind Chime Outdoor, Color-Changing Moon and Star Solar Powered, Gifts for Ramadan – $14
Bring some beauty and some light to the home with this wind charm
Indian Jasper Handmade Natural Stone Bracelet – Buddha Om Lotus Charm – Meditation Reiki Jewelry – $14.75
Jasper Gemstones, promote relaxation, compassion, tranquility, and healing completion. A colorful natural stone bracelet, for meditation, yoga, reiki healing and/or chakra energy.
Horseshoe Symbol Hand Fatima Wood Wall Hanging Plaque Hamsa Home Blessing With Semi Precious Stones Gift – $20
This is a beautiful blessing hanging wall plaque.
The 2020 Jewish calendar 16-Months – $10
Can’t go wrong with a calendar!
Coffee Mug with Print of the Hebrew Alphabet – $9
For your coffee drinking friends, this fun mug has the Hebrew alphabet. There are of course many different styles to choose from.
Magnetic Poetry – Yiddish Kit – $13
These popular word magnets are a fun way to leave messages for family or roommates, or just for your own enjoyment.
The Classic Lectures – $15
Any one of these Classic Lectures would be a great gift for your friend or family. Just pick a topic that would best fit them.
Classics for Veterans of Scientology – $15 to $20
Or you can choose from one of the lectures listed for the “veteran Scientologist” to expand their knowledge even more, in L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures.
Sterling Silver Japanese Torii Gate Shinto Charm Pendant – $20
A torii (鳥居) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. There are many different models.
Shinto Shrine Kamidana Small Red Torii Gate Straight Legs from Japan – $23
Or you can get your friend a small wooden Torii. Perfect for a small Japanese garden or as a decoration around the house.
Ornamental Shinto Tori – $17
Japanese Torii Gate.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Wood Bedside/Table Lamp – $19
This beautiful lamp is a great accent to a room and would be good for children and adults alike!
Beard Kit for Men: Grooming & Care – $10 to $30
For the men who want to keep their beards healthy and clean, check out one of the many beard grooming kits.
Sikh Religious Symbol IKonkar &Khanda Showpiece for Home Décor – $10
These fun showpieces are great for the house or office
Sterling Silver Sikh Khanda Kirpan Sword Symbol Religious Pendant Necklace – $27
Another spiritual symbol pendant, the punjabi khanda, the double-edged sword!
Taoism Jewelry Two-Tone Men’s Stainless Steel Tai Chi Yin – $10.98
The Bagua is a Chinese religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching, arranged octagonally around a symbol denoting the balance of yin and yang (or around a mirror). These represent, respectively: Correct, Respect, Compass, Integrity, Loyal, Honor, Heroic Courage and Self Control.
Taoism: The Ultimate Collected Works of 23 Essential Books and Texts (for Kindle) – $0.99
Core books that lay the very foundation of Taoism
Llewellyn’s 2020 Witches’ Datebook $10 to $13
Can be purchased on Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Target and Barnes & Noble
Live better, stay organized, and celebrate your craft every day with Llewellyn’s 2020 Witches’ Datebook. This has a variety of ways to celebrate the Wheel of the Year, and powerful wisdom from practicing witches.
Magical Healing Talisman – $50
Surround yourself with positive energy and improve your wellbeing with the help of magnetic healing powers.
Handmade Tree of Life Opalite Necklace – $10 to $30
Tree of Life Necklace has branches that reach into the sky and roots that dig into the earth, all of these join into the endless circle of the knot, symbolizing the interconnectedness of heaven, earth, and all living things!
There is so much out there to explore and these are just some fun options that have some ties or connections with different religions.
We hope that you are inspired to explore these and other ideas, well suited to the receiver of the gift. We wish you a smile on every face and open hearts all around.
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