Last night the Catholic Gentlemen posted on his blog a guide to buying Christmas gifts for that Catholic Gentleman in your life. In light of this I think I would like to add some items to the list. I have divided my list into some categories: Weaponry/Utility, Clothing, Books and Luxury. If you have suggestions, just send us a message on the Contact page or post it in the comment section. God Bless, I hope you find this list well.
A Prayer Rope
A rosary is an awesome spiritual weapon, but it is important to remember that there are others. Among these include the chotki, the prayer rope for unity and the Coptic/Ethiopian mequtaria. This Christmas I suggest that one add to the spiritual arsenal and buys that special Catholic Gentleman in your life what they seem to be lacking, whether it be the rosary or the Komboskini (other word for Chotki).
Price: anywhere from 10 to 100 dollars
Where to Purchase:
The Master Beadsman, Phillip Rolfes, is a fantastic artisan. I highly recommend getting any of your prayer ropes hand made by him. You can do that here: WEBSITE
We already know why a Gentleman should always have a knife on him: here. However, before you buy a knife, understand the philosophy of use for each kind of knife. There are three kinds of knives: heirloom knives, sole purpose knives, or every day carry knives.
- Some knifes are for show. You don’t use them in real life since they are so expensive or you cannot imagine losing them. These might be collector knives or family heirlooms.
- Some knives are for a single purpose: filleting fish, skinning deer, multi-tool, etc.
- Most knives are every day carry. This is what we are examining today. You should carry a knife with you every single day. Period. Close the book. If you think this is ridiculous, leave this site and never come back again.
After this being said I believe the best gift is a decent “every day carry.” Ergo, I suggest the Kershaw Ken Onion Tactical Knife. The Blade is made from a good steel, it has an easy one hand open feature, and not to mention you can open up a beer bottle with one. (I know this might belong more properly under utility, but since you never know it also goes here.)
The PM9 is an intriguing little gun with a thin frame and 3-inch barrel. It’s convenient and comfortable for daily carry, yet packs a sturdy wallop when its seven-round magazine is fed +P 9mm ammo. A polymer frame and stainless slide add durability. During the apocalypse, you need a gun you can keep on your person at all times, even if you go outside at night to relieve yourself (forget indoor plumbing). Kahr makes just such a gun.
Shillelagh or Walking Stick
A shillelagh (pronounced “shuh-LAY-lee”) is a Gaelic war club made of oak or blackthorn saplings from Ireland. Those are the only woods used because, it is said, they are the only ones tougher than an Irish skull. So if you want a multipurpose walking stick, that looks legit and can also help you fend of your date, this is what you need. Purchase: HERE
I once put together a blog post on the Originality of College Students, and how that was in such a decline. In response, to the same old cookie-cutter attitude of clothing I put together a “dress code” that Catholic men might be interested in following: HERE. Read that post for the reasons for the items I am about to list.
Bow Tie: $10-$30
Ladio Cap: $20-$40
A Handkerchief: $10-$30
(the Catholic Gentleman suggests Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots – $258-$379 )
A Watch (Pocket): $10-$100
The Way by St. Escriva
“After seeing how many people waste their lives, their whole lives (tongues wagging, wagging, wagging, and all the inevitable consequences), silence seems preferable to me, and more necessary than ever. And I well understand, Lord, why we have to give an account of all our idle words.”
― St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
Fantastic Read for Spiritual development.
Price: $15 – $20
The Lord of the Rings (Series)
You know why this gift would be awesome. Purchase: Here
Poems to Read Aloud by Edward Hodnett
An invitation to the increasingly popular rewarding pastime of reading aloud . . . a rich anthology of great poems for all occasions, moods, and tastes. Includes ballads, love songs, samples of wit and humor by English and American poets. The arrangement is alphabetical by author with an introductory essay by the editor on the art of reading poetry aloud. To purchase go to: Amazon
Price: $10 used – $60 new
Okay, I will admit it, this section is a bit of self promotion. I hope it does not bother you all to much. The Catholic Dormitory has created a store with Zazzle in hopes that selling some of these items would help us raise money to purchase our own Domain. The Catholic Dormitory gets 5 – 15% of any item sold from our store. Our prices range from $5 to over $100 and some of our products include: wrist watches, steins, playing cards, posters, clothing, ties, coffee mugs, and more.
Please take a look here: The Catholic Dormitory Store
Support the monks at Mystic Monk Coffee and perhaps get a Coffee Christmas Blend or some Jingle Bell Java. To purchase go to: http://www.mysticmonkcoffee.com/store/
Not a coffee person? Get some Tea from Catholici-Tea, the people that run this fine business are personal friends of the Dormitory, so when you go over tell them the Dormitory sent you. To purchase go to: http://www.mycatholictea.com/index.html
A Pipe or Cigar
I cannot give you a site for a good pipe website, because I have not once purchased anything tobacco related over the internet. I suggest if you want to get someone a pipe go to the local Tobacco store and take a look there. The Catholic Gentleman suggests a Natural Freehand Corn Cob Pipe. Those aren’t my personal favorites, but they aren’t bad pipes either.
A Pen and Notebook
I carry both of these items everywhere I go. I use this combination all the time and it is a wonderful luxury to have. To jot down thoughts, sketches, appointments, todos, groceries, new words or my personal poems it is a wonderful thing to have. You can find both items for fairly affordable prices at Target or Walmart.
Prices: $15 – $40
I recently wrote a post on the values of being reminded of your mortality. One of the ways I do this is with my fake skull, Romulus. Every morning he sits next to my keys and knife and change, always there reminding me to say my morning and mid prayers. This may be a little creepy for some, but for those that can handle it, I suggest it as a gift. Purchase: here