Thursday, April 17, 2014

"St. George" and the Dragon Set for $8.60 Shipped

I've posted this set before; I think it's so cute.

This adorable little set is called George's Dragon Tale, and I think it would be a perfect "St. George" playset for little hands!

This set was originally $19.99 is marked down to just $8.60 with Free Super Saver or Prime Shipping.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Giveaway in Honor of John Paul II, a Coupon Code, and a New Sponsor!

I'm excited to introduce to you today a new sponsor of Catholic Deals - Etsy shop Our Catholic Corner.  It is a small family business run by the Rainey family.  Jennifer and her husband are both converts to the Catholic faith, and they make and sell some lovely chaplets and rosaries. 

Right now their shop is very focused on a papal theme - with good reason!  They have this rosary honoring Pope Francis:
Pope Francis Rosary
 
 
Pope Emeritus Benedict Rosary with German Colors
 
These would be great reminders to keep our past and present Holy Fathers in our prayers!
 
Plus, right now the majority of the shop is devoted to Pope John Paul II, who will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday.  They have some lovely chaplets and rosaries featuring our great soon-to-be saint.
 
These range from chaplets for $8.95.
 
Pope John Paul II Chaplet with Rose Quartz Beads\
 
all the way to this Jade Bead Rosary for $40.
 
 Pope John Paul II Rosary with Jade Beads
 
Right now they are also offering 20% off anything in their shop with code SAINTJPII.
 
And now for a very timely giveaway!  Our Catholic Corner has offered a John Paul II chaplet of the winner's choice to one lucky Catholic Deals reader.  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway runs through the canonization.  Share it with your friends!
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*HOT* Free Shipping No Minimum from The Catholic Company

I've been looking for a great free shipping deal!  For one whole week, The Catholic Company is offering free shipping on all orders with no  minimum purchase! Use code SPRINGSHIP at checkout through Easter Monday, April 21.

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Even though this deal is a little late for Easter baskets, remember that our Easter celebration lasts for 50 days!  Plus, this code is perfect for using on First Communion or other sacrament gifts or for Mother's Day.

Sacraments Keepsake Box
I love this Sacrament Keepsake Box for $18.95.  This would be a great gift for any sacrament celebration.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

*HOT* Tiny Saints Charms for $4 Each Shipped

I'm excited about this deal!  Tiny Saints is currently offering 20% off everything on their site through Easter!  That makes their adorable saint charms just $4 each.
Blessed Imelda
Saint John Paul II
Free shipping when you spend $10 or more too!  I just placed an order for my kids' Easter baskets!

Personalized Easter Cards for $1.29 Each

Now through April 14, Cardstore is offering all of their Easter cards for just $1.29 each, when you use code CCF4129 at checkout.
 
Also, you can save $3 on orders of $10 or more with code CCF4310 through April 16.  I am not sure if you can use the codes together or if you have to choose one.
 
He is Risen 5x7 Folded Card

 
They have a variety of religious cards, all of which can be personalized, including some with photos.
 
Lavender Cross 7x5 Folded Card
 
Remember that you can create a card now and schedule it to be delivered any day of the year, so you could use the second code to look ahead to Mother's Day or other upcoming events!
 


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Resurrection Eggs to Tell the Easter Story

Do you know about "Resurrection Eggs"?  They are a set of 12 plastic eggs, each containing a symbol, which together tell the story of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The last egg is empty, to symbolize the empty tomb.

We got our first set of from a preschool project when my oldest was about 4, and they have been beloved in our family ever since.  They have been a wonderful hands-on way for my toddlers and preschoolers to learn and remember the Easter story.

There are several versions of these eggs available for purchase.  Christian Book has their Original Resurrection Eggs Set marked down to $12.99 right now.

Resurrection Eggs    -

An 2014 Updated Version is also available for $14.99.

Resurrection Eggs - 2014 updated edition  -
There is also a Color Your Own Resurrection Eggs Set, which is available for $8.95 from Oriental Trading or $9.99 from Amazon.


There are also a couple of children's books specifically designed to go with resurrection egg sets.

Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs is on sale for just $4.97 for the hardcover on Amazon right now.

 
Lily's Easter Party, which is also designed to be read with the set, is $6.89.

 

Just a quick note about these books: I have heard that they way they portray the Last Supper might not fit with the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist.  It might be a situation where you could just use your own wording when you read that page - but just something to be aware of.

There are dozens of tutorials online if you'd like to put together a set of Resurrection Eggs yourself.

Oriental Trading has some good bulk sets, especially if you are making the eggs with a large group.  You can order inexpensive plastic eggs, like this set of 144 Plastic Eggs for $8 or this set of 72 Religious Easter Eggs for $10.

Religious Easter Eggs
 
Depending on what symbols you use for each egg, you also might be able to find bulk sets, like these Nail Cross Charms. Many other items can be easily purchased locally or just found around the house.
 
Have you used Resurrection Eggs with your children? 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Christian Easter Basket Stuffers $5 and Under

Well, Laetare Sunday has come and gone, and we're starting to turn our thoughts to Easter!

I know that many parents would like to put something meaningful in their children's Easter baskets with all that candy, so I have put together a huge list here of religious Easter basket stuffers.  Best of all, these items are all $5 and under, making it affordable to buy several items or to fill multiple baskets.

I have also tried to include items that would appeal to Christians of all ages, so if you're looking for teen or adult gifts, those are included as well.
 
I have organized these items by retailer, instead of by category or in price order.  That way, you can order multiple items from the same store to save on shipping or maybe even make it to their free shipping threshold.   I'm hoping for some free shipping promotions from some of these stores over the next week or two, and I will be sure to share any I find.

I list links to more than 50 items below, so fill your baskets with some of these . . .

Christianbook has a great selection of Easter basket stuffers, since they sell many small inexpensive items.

This cute My Very First Story of Jesus Sticker Book is $4.49.

My Very First Story of Jesus Sticker Book  -     By: Lois Rock

This Jesus Lives Cross Bubble Necklace is just $.99.  My kids would love this!

Jesus Lives! Let's Celebrate! Cross Bubble Necklace  -

If you have Veggie Tales fans in your house, there are quite a few Veggie Tales DVDs and other items for $5 and under.  A couple of my favorites are

Sweetpea Wrist Watch (Bob and Larry also available) for $4.49

and Larry Sport Bottle - Green (Bob also available) for $4.49.



They also have some cute Bible story puzzles for $4.99 each, including this Easter-themed The Good News Easter Puzzle.


This Do U Know? Game is similar to UNO, but players have to answer questions about the Bible.  It's $4.99.

This Color Your Own Suncatcher, S.H.I.N.E. is just $.99 (provide your own paint).  They have a couple of different designs.

I love the idea of teaching kids the songs and hymns of Easter.  I found two CDs for $3.99 each:

What Does Easter Mean Anyway?


and Easter Favorites by the Cedarmont Kids


For an adult gift, the best-selling book One Thousand Gifts is reduced to just $5.00.  I love this book!

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are  -     By: Ann Voskamp
 
This Butterfly Friendship Magnets Set is $3.99 and could be cute for young or old.

Butterfly Friendship Magnets, Set of 6  -

So could this sweet I am the Good Shepherd Statue, on sale for $4.99.

Lamb Figurine, I Am The Good Shepherd   -

This "Joy" mug is $3.99, and "Faith" and "Hope" are also available.

Joy Mug, Yellow  -


Tiny Saints makes adorable saint charms that are perfect Easter basket stuffers.  Everything on their site is 20% off through Easter, making the charms just $4 each. Free shipping on $10 or more too.

 Saint John Paul II
Amazon has a pretty wide selection of Easter story books for less than $5 and eligible for free shipping.  You can see my post on Easter Books and Films $5 and Under here, and I repeat some of those titles below.

For baby's first Easter, you could get these sweet board books for $3.12-3.99 each.  Choose from The First Easter (told by a little lamb), Jesus Is Coming! (the story of Palm Sunday) and My Day with Jesus (Palm Sunday told by the donkey).
 

Or check out  Easter Joy (St. Joseph Rattle Board Books) for $4.95.  I love the rattle book idea!



For toddlers and preschoolers, The Easter Story by Patricia Pingery is $3.36 for a paperback.  This book gets really good reviews on Amazon as a simple, clear retelling of the Easter story that appropriate for the youngest children.

Here is another version of The Easter Story for little ones for $3.62.


Arch Books are always fun, since they tell Bible stories in rhymes!  The Story of  the Empty Tomb - Arch Books is just $2.24 on Amazon.


And for something a little bit lighthearted, The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) is just $2.76.  It tells the real story of Easter!

 


The Greatest Adventure Stories from The Bible The Easter Story, which is currently on sale for $5.00, is a childhood favorite of mine.  The story is told with reverence and high-quality animation.


 
Amazon also still has many DVDs in the Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible series on sale for less than $5 each, including Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection .


Catholic Child also has some great little items for Easter baskets.

They also have these magnetic bookmarks for just $1.50 each with several different designs.


And these rosary rings are $3.95 each and come in several different designs.



Coloring books are always a great basket stuffer.  The Catholic Company has a number of different Easter coloring books, including Fr. Lovasik Easter Coloring BookMy First Easter Coloring Book, and even an Easter Coloring & Activity Book for pre-teens.  They are all priced at under $2 each.

Easter Coloring Book

They also have The Story of Easter Board Book for $4.95.  This series of books has very sweet pictures.

The Story of Easter Board Book


Ignatius Press also has some good children's books for $5 and under.

Max and Benedict, a Bird's Eye View of the Pope's Daily Life, is on sale for just $3.00 for the hardcover!  It was $17.95! 



They also have some nice Catholic coloring books on sale right now for $4.21 each (were $4.95), like this Mother of God Coloring Book.


Autom has so many items under $5, but do keep in mine that some items are only sold in bulk packages.  These are just a sampling of their inexpensive items.

These cute Jesus Loves Me Inspirational Bandages are $1.50 per box, in a package of 12 boxes.



This St. Francis and the Animals Board Book is $4.95, and their are other titles available in the same series.

You can even find handmade gifts for $5 and under on Etsy!  Of course, since each shop is different, you can't combine shipping from multiple shops.  But many of these shops charge very little to ship small items.

This sweet Personalized Cross Bracelet is just $4.00.

 
Or get a bunch of these Religious Beads Friendship Bracelets for $2.00 each.

 
And how cute is this Pin Ribbon Sculpture Cross Hair Clip for $3.00?

 
Or this Felt Easter Cross, which can be either a hair clip or a pin, for $3.50.  This one comes in different colors, too.

Hair ties are very popular right now, and this cute set includes one that says "Jesus Loves Me."  It's $3.50 for a set of 3.


You can even get a Satin Rosette Flower Headband with a cross for a baby.  Adorable!


Or check out this cool Christian Fish Goats Milk Soap for $4.00.

I didn't include any other cards in this post, but a plantable card embedded with wildflower seeds is too good not to mention.  It's $3.50.
 
 
 
Love these sweet Angel Beeswax Candles for $4.00 each.
 
 
I love the idea of this "green" reusable White Cross Snack Bag to hold Easter treats!  It's $4.50.
 
 
This Easter Cross Tealight Holder is a unique gift.  It is handmade of Aspen wood.
 
 
And I love the idea of this blessing box for Easter.  This would be great for prayer intentions or for holding special surprises.
 
 

And if you don't merely want to buy something handmade and are feeling crafty yourself, for $5.00 you can get a pdf pattern and full instructions to make a The First Easter Felt Board set.  No sewing is required!



DaySpring has some terrific items that would be perfect if you're filling a basket for a teen or adult.

This Sweet Gifts Cupcake Tote Bag is on clearance for $4.99.

Sweet Gifts - Canvas Tote Bag
 

They also have a number of clearance mugs for $4.99 and under.

Sassy and Sophisticated - Whatever Is Lovely, Phil. 4:8 - Christian Mu 
 
And for kids, they have the Wee Believers Color and Hug Resurrection Cross for just $5.24, the lowest I've seen it.


Resurrection Cross - Fabric Toy & Marker Set



Oriental Trading Company also has dozens of religious Easter items under $5, and here are a few I particularly liked.

He Lives Pencils for $3.38/24 pieces.
I got this Mini Flock of Lambs for my girls last year, and they loved them.  Perfect for Good Shepherd play.  They're $5.25 for a dozen.

Mini Flock of Lambs

And  yes, you can even get Christian candy!  These Frosted Lamb of God Suckers are just $2.59/dozen.



And these Stretchable Cross Candy Bracelets are $3.75/dozen.



I hope you find some great items here to fill baskets for your kids and family.  Remember, concentrate your purchases on one or two retailers to save on shipping, and watch Catholic Deals in the next week or so to stay up on any Easter free shipping deals!

Have fun filling those baskets!

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