This is the gift guide for people who practice a religion, study religion, laugh about religion or wish there were more atheists in the world.
Each year Religion News Service comes up with a stellar assortment of holiday presents for everyone on your list: There’s something for your pastor, your Jewish brother-in-law, your Muslim child and your secularist sister.
• The ultimate interfaith ugly Christmas sweater: Some have described it as “political correctness gone mad.” Others might call it awesomely awful.
• Seven deadly sins shot glasses: Each etched with a cartoon depiction of one of the biggest sins: lust, greed, sloth and all the rest.
• Pope Francis bracelet: We hope the Argentine pope doesn’t mind that this slip-on wooden bracelet is made in Brazil, though he probably doesn’t want to be on a bracelet in the first place.
• Why Are You Atheists So Angry? With humor and reason, atheist blogger Greta Cristina explains why atheists are indeed angry – and what they should do about it – in a very readable paperback.
• Recycled bike chain menorah: Handmade and fair-traded from India.
• The Allah clock: A wall clock for a kid’s room with the Arabic name for God in the middle. There’s a pink version, too.
• Buddha ornaments for your zen tree: Made of lightweight glass. Guaranteed to help you ease through the December madness.
• A Game for Good Christians: Some say it should be called “A Game for Bad Christians.” Players pair biblical phrases but not in a particularly tasteful manner.
• Carbon covenant trees: Give the gift of trees through Interfaith Power & Light, a coalition of faith groups whose Carbon Covenant program brings religious groups together to plant trees in Cameroon, Cambodia, Ghana and on Mount Kilimanjaro.
• Hanukkah onesie for grown-ups: Because your tuchas shouldn’t get cold during those eight crazy nights. “Possibly the best thing to happen to Jews since dripless candles!”
• Jesus toaster: Start your day off right with an image of Jesus burnt into your bread. Mother Teresa cinnamon bun sold separately.
• `Evolve' Muslim prayer T-shirt: An Islamic answer to the iconic “evolution of man” graphic.
• Cookies from the Simply Divine Bakery: A tasty assortment of shortbreads, gingersnaps, buttermint and other cookies from the Sisters of St. Benedict’s bakery in Ferdinand, Ind.
• The Mensch on a Bench: A Jewish father wrote a story for his sons about a menschy guy who helped out the Maccabees. Now there’s a plush mensch to go with the book. “The Elf on the Shelf,” you’ve got competition.
• Book of Mormon bingo: Each square of the bingo boards represents a different person, animal or object from the Book of Mormon.