Christmas, Holidays (Other), Thanks/Thanksgiving

Holy Holidays: 125 Christian-Owned Businesses to Support while You Christmas Shop

This article will be pinned to the top of the blog until closer to Christmas so you can easily locate it for shopping. If you’re looking for my most recent article, keep scrolling. It immediately follows this one.

It’s (almost) Black Friday! Time to shop til you drop…into your favorite comfy chair, fire up ye olde internet, and check out the deals at these businesses owned by some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

There’s nothing wrong with shopping at a big box store that’s advertising great deals or supporting the mom and pop shop down the street, but if you see something you like for a good price at one of these online stores, why not throw a little business to family? Galatians 6:10 says:

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

See an opportunity? Grab it and do good to someone in the household of faith.

All the disclaimers:

๐ŸŽ„ Here’s how this list came about: Every year, I put out a general call on social media and the blog asking people to recommend Christian-owned businesses for this article. Well, you know how things on social media get shared around to a friend of a friend and aunt Myrtle’s third cousin’s step-nephew’s veterinarian. So what I’m saying is, while the people who recommended or own these businesses say that these are Christian-owned businesses, I can’t vouch for the actual, day to day spiritual state of any of the recommenders or owners. I’ve checked out each web site as best I can to make sure none of them promote anything unbiblical (giving the benefit of the doubt when possible – these are gifts, for not sermons), but I can’t tell you whether or not Stan of “Stan’s Snow Shovels” is a faithful member of his local church.

โ€ขIf the theology of the business owner is extremely important to you, I urge you to contact him/her directly to inquire before making your purchase.

โ€ขI would strongly encourage you to thoroughly vet the theology of any Christian author or musician listed below whose book, music, or other materials you’re considering purchasing.

โ€ขIf you do see something blatantly unbiblical (for example: support of homosexuality, abortion, clear heresy, etc.) on one of these sites, it’s possible I missed it or it was added after I vetted the site. Please let me know and I’ll check it out.

๐ŸŽ„ These are Christian-owned businesses, but the products they make are not all necessarily “Christian” (i.e. they don’t all have Bible verses or Christian sayings on them).

๐ŸŽ„ Take the category listings below loosely. If you’re looking for something specific, take a look at as many of these businesses as you can, because most of them carry more than one type of product (ex: jewelry and wall art, apparel and home decor). I’ve tried to categorize them according to the main product type they sell, but many are quite eclectic. You might find the coffee mug you’re looking for under the “apparel” category.

๐ŸŽ„ Most of these businesses are carried over from last year’s article. A few of them seem as though they may have taken a hiatus (i.e. no social media posts for months). Check with the owner to make sure she’s still in business, and if you find out that she’s definitely not, please let me know so I can remove the business.

๐ŸŽ„ Some of these businesses are based outside the U.S. Be aware of this with regard to shipping costs, time, etc. when ordering.

๐ŸŽ„ Some of these businesses may be having Cyber Monday sales instead of Black Friday sales. Check with each business to get the best deals!

Apparel

A Faith Creation

All Glory to Him Bow Ties

Bates Sisters Boutique

Epiphany Boutique

Garlands of Grace

Painted Promises Co.

Sunshine and Spoons

Babies/Kids/Maternity/Nursing

A Great Baby

Holy Pals

Prairie Sweater Co.

The Glassy Quilt Shop

The Sunny Babe Co.

Threadlynn

Art/Art Items

Birds of the Air Artist

Blossom With Joy Co.

Dapper and Darling

Hope Ink

Parvis Florum

Rebecca Lynne Kinane

RefToons

Bags & Accessories

Bug and Beluga

Go Forth Goods

Knightly Krafts

Night Heron Leather

Reformed Baptist Home

Tatted Lace by Hannah Grace

Books

(specific authors/topics
See “Christian Books, Apparel, & Gifts” for book retailers)

Susan Heck

Gabriel Hughes

Allen Nelson

Nate Pickowicz

Proverbs 9:10 Ministries

Tracy Ruckman

Owen Strachan

Untold Secrets of Planet Earth

Christian Books, Apparel, & Gifts

(See “Music and Audio” category for Christian music and audio.)

Edibles, Cooking, and Nutrition

Bulk Herb Store

Five Lakes Coffee

Richie’s Kitchen & Bakery

Reformed Roasters

6 Beans Roasting

Swiss Pantry

Electronics

Just Audio

Gardening/Plants

Headwind Consumer Products

Housewares, Home/Holiday Decor

4Eleven Metalworks

Boniface Woodworking

Chapter and Verse Studios

C. Schreier Designs

Eight22 Crafts

Stitched by Nats

Table Decor and More

Tea & Honey Designs

The inSPIRITed Home

Jewelry & Jeweled Accessories

Alia Renee Designs

Be Blessed Endeavours

Blessed Hope Nepal

Bliss, Books, and Jewels

Claire’s Creative Finds

Girl Ran Away

Krafty Kat

Little Light Artisans

Pretty Little Bouquets

Tabitha Artisans

The Dream Corner Shop

Kitchen

Gum Creek Boards

South Blossom Designs

Music & Audio

(* = NOT Christian music/audio)

2GBG Music

Brian Sauvรฉ

Jonathan Park Audio Adventures

Laura Saeler

Leah*

Majesty Music

Seeds Family Worship

The Corner Room

Wrath and Grace

Paper, Cards, & Stationery

Butterflyers

ROC Paper Scissors

Personal Products, Bath, Soap & Skin Care

Beehive Naturals

Blossom’s Barn

Calico & Twine

Drenched

Reformed Skin Care

The Joyful Company

Zambeezi

Planners & Business

By Bliss

Thrifting

Lacuna Meraki Thrift Shop

Toys, Kids/Baby Items

Children’s Orchard

His Kids Company

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Miscellaneous Christian
Christmas Shopping Resources

๐ŸŽ„ Check the comments section of this article to see if my readers have posted any new suggestions.

๐ŸŽ„ Can’t find what you need here? Amazon has a great program called Amazon Smile. It allows you to designate a charity that will receive a percentage of every purchase you make. There are scads of Christian organizations to choose from: churches (maybe even yours!), ministries, missions organizations, pro-life organizations, and others.

๐ŸŽ„ Want to explore more Christian businesses? Try the Christian Business Referral Network for a wide variety of products and services.


What’s your favorite Christian-owned
online business for Christmas gifts?

Comment below (please include the business’ website)
and maybe it will be included on next year’s list.

(No multi-level marketing or personal sales businesses
– ex: Pampered Chef, essential oils, Tupperware – please.)

Holidays (Other), Thanks/Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of us in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day. I hope you all have a lovely day with family and friends giving thanks to God for all of the ways He has blessed you.

I’ve got a great list of Christian-owned online businesses coming your way this afternoon (3 p.m. Central) as we begin Christmas shopping in earnest, so be sure to check in here at the blog before you start making your Black Friday purchases.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks/Thanksgiving, Top 10

Top 10 Songs for Thanksgiving

Originally published November 18, 2016

Isnโ€™t Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday? Itโ€™s a whole day set aside for feasting and thanking God for all of the glorious things He has done for us. And whatโ€™s a celebration without great music? Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 picks for beautiful and joyful songs of Thanksgiving. (Click on the titles of the videos without screen lyrics for a lyric sheet in case youโ€™d like to sing along!)

And if you prefer a playlist format, Iโ€™ve compiled all of the songs below into my YouTube Thanksgiving playlist.

Thanksgiving is a whole day set aside for feasting and thanking God for all of the glorious things He has done for us. And what’s a celebration without great music?

1. We Gather Together

It’s the iconic song of Thanksgiving, and for good reason. Now you might think it’s strange that I picked this particular rendition, but there’s just something awesome about a large group of men singing. I think they did a marvelous job.

2. O Give Thanks

This was a new one for me this year, but it’s already a favorite. With its phenomenal theology and singability, this one is probably already a Thanksgiving staple in many churches.

3. Now Thank We All Our God

“With hearts and hands and voices.” We thank God in our hearts and by singing and praying to Him, but let’s not forget to serve Him, and others, as an act of thanks as well.

4. Give Thanks

This song quickly became a Thanksgiving standard in the 90’s. I love the way it points us to the simple truth of being thankful for Christ.

5. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Sit down and read over the lyrics of this one if you have a moment. The hymnist beautifully weaves together the idea of harvest time and God’s provision for us with the idea that we are God’s “crop,” wheat and tares sown together. And one day “the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home.”

6. Thank You, Lord, for Saving my Soul

Did you know this song had verses? I have to say I feel a little cheated. I’ve been singing this song all my life and never knew of the three precious verses about thankfulness in this song. We need to bring them back!

7. For the Beauty of the Earth

How often do we forget to thank God for the simple things? The beauty of the earth, the love of family and friends, the church, and Christ, God’s best gift of all.

8. I Thank You, Lord

I’m sorry, but if this song doesn’t have you dancing across the kitchen with the turkey, you’d better check your praise thang to make sure it’s not broken. “I thank you Lord. You’ve been so good to me.” Not a thing wrong with that! (Sorry, I couldn’t find a lyrics sheet.)

9. Count Your Blessings

What a lovely treat from the chorale of The Master’s University. When’s the last time you counted your blessings? Thanksgiving is a great day to start, but don’t forget to keep counting (and thanking God) all year through!

10. He Has Made Me Glad

Drawn from Psalm 100 and 118, this sweet little song reminds us of the joy of simply being in God’s presence and thanking Him for who He is.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving song, or song of thanks and praise to God?

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving song,
or song of thanks and praise to God?


I have not exhaustively vetted these musicians and songwriters, and I do not endorse any of them whose lives or beliefs conflict with Scripture or my beliefs as outlined in the Statement of Faith or Welcome tabs at the top of this page.

Christmas, Evangelism, Missions, Throwback Thursday

10 Ways to Share the Gospel During the Holidays

Originally published November 17, 2016

With all the hustle and bustle during November and December, itโ€™s easy for the gospel to get lost in the shuffle. But the Great Commission never takes a vacation, and the holiday season provides some unique opportunities for sharing the gospel that we donโ€™t always have during the rest of the year.

The Great Commission never takes a vacation, and the holiday season provides some unique opportunities for sharing the gospel!

1.

If your family does the โ€œletโ€™s go around the table and say what weโ€™re thankful forโ€ thing at Thanksgiving, briefly express your thanks to Christ for His death, burial, and resurrection, and for saving you.

2.

If youโ€™re hosting Thanksgiving, place a slip of paper with a Bible verse on it about giving thanks at each place setting . Go around the table and let each person read his verse before the meal. Here are a few to get you started, or if you like it artsy, try these. If you’d like some gospel-centered place cards for a Christmas dinner or party, check these out.

3.

Give God’s Word to those around the world who need to hear the good news of Jesus. Give to HeartCry Missionary Society, or help establish indigenous churches by giving to The Master’s Academy International. And if your church supports a certain missionary or doctrinally sound missions organization, consider showing them a little extra financial love, too!

4.

Invite an unchurched friend to church with you. Lots of people are more open to dropping in on a worship service or attending a special church event (like a Christmas cantata or nativity play) during the holidays than they are the rest of the year.

5.

Get a group from church together and go Christmas caroling. Choose songs whose lyrics showcase the gospel (Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, and O Holy Night are good ones!) Take some tracts, Bibles, or small gift baskets (containing tracts or Bibles) with you to leave at each home (and donโ€™t forget to invite them to church!).

6.

Donating to a toy drive? Tuck a tract inside your gift or consider donating a gospel-centered childrenโ€™s book or Bible. These Bibles and The Biggest Story are great, doctrinally sound choices. Or how about The Mission Ball?

7.

Contact your local college campus ministry and find out how to invite an international student to spend the holidays with your family. International students can be curious about the way Americans celebrate the holidays. Additionally, dorms often close during school breaks leaving students far from home with no place to stay. Take advantage of the time with your student to take him to church with you and share the gospel with him.

8.

If Christmas parades are a thing in your area, put a float together for your church and use some awesome gospel-themed throws like Don’t Stub Your Toe, Pocket Testaments, or some eye catching tracts from Living Waters or One Million Tracts.

9.

Chat with your neighbors, even if you donโ€™t know them well. Shoveling snow together? Exchanging baked goodies? Slow down and take the time to talk (and really listen) with your neighbors. It is amazing how people often open up if someone just takes the time to listen to them. Ask how you can pray for them, and, if the situation is conducive, do it right then. You might even find it turning into a witnessing encounter.

10.

Tuck in a tract (see #8) with your Christmas cards. Or, do you send out an annual Christmas newsletter? This year, instead of making it about your familyโ€™s accomplishments, how about focusing on what God accomplished through the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Christ? Thatโ€™s the most important news your family could share.

Bonus!

Check out Unique Ways Christmas Helps us Share the Gospel at A Word Fitly Spoken for more ideas for sharing the gospel during the holidays!

What’s your favorite way to share the gospel during the holidays?

What’s your favorite way to
share the gospel during the holidays?

Holidays (Other), Thanks/Thanksgiving, Top 10

Top 10 Bible Verses on Giving Thanks

Originally published November 20, 2015

Next to Easter and Christmas, there’s no better holiday that Christians could celebrate than Thanksgiving. Scripture reminds us over and over that we have a precious Savior and innumerable blessings to thank God for. Here are ten of my favorite Bible verses about giving thanks. Feel free to share them around on social media. You could also print them out to use in your Thanksgiving decor…

  • As place cards at the dinner table.
  • As tags on goody bags or doggie bags
  • Print out two copies of each, scramble them up face down, and let the kids play “Concentration” or “Memory” with them. (Each player takes turns flipping over two at a time until they find two that match.)
  • Have one person read part of his verse and see who can finish it. Or read the whole verse and see who can guess the reference.

What’s your favorite Bible verse about giving thanks?

1. Psalm 100:4

2. 1 Corinthians 15:57

3. 1 Chronicles 16:8

4. Ephesians 5:20

5. Psalm 69:30

6. Colossians 3:17

7. Psalm 79:13

8. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

9. Psalm 86:12

10. Revelation 7:12

What’s your favorite Bible verse about giving thanks?