Prep for the New Year
Stay on top of life in 2016 while celebrating and supporting the lives of children touched by the local ministry of Sav-a-Life Vestavia. The 2016 Calendar ($10) features beautiful photographs of babies like River who won his mother’s heart from the very first glance of him on ultrasound. Sav-a-Life is dedicated to putting an end to abortion by supporting one woman at a time, to spare her and her child from abortion. The ministry offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, prenatal assessment, STI/STD testing for men and women, childbirth education classes, parenting classes, and fatherhood programming. Order your 2016 Calendar by calling 979-0302 or visiting www.savalife.org to give your tax-deductible gift.
Ultimate Flavor Pack
Give the gift that keeps on grilling with Alabama’s Best ‘Que – Full Moon BBQ’s Ultimate Flavor Pack! Nationally recognized and award winning Alabama BBQ restaurant, Full Moon BBQ, ships the best of their sauces & seasonings worldwide. The Flavor Pack ($30.99) comes loaded with Full Moon’s Award Winning BBQ Sauce, Famous Chow-Chow, Southern Seasoning and the highly sought after Alabaa White Sauce. Order on-line at www.fullmoonbbq.com or purchase at any area Full Moon BBQ location.
Dressed for Success
A gift from Nations Outfitters is the perfect choice for those on Santa’s “nice” list. The Birmingham based, Christian clothing company believes fashion can be modest and trendy and that beauty is more than skin deep. From fun and fashionable tunics, to dresses and dusters, every piece from Nations Outfitters is carefully selected to build girls and young women up. In addition, each piece has scripture sewn inside as a beautiful reminder to the woman wearing it of who she is in God’s eyes. A percentage from each sale goes toward various ministries. When you receive your purchase, an enclosure card will tell you what ministry you supported. Shop www.nationasoutfitters.com.
Words of HOPE
Birmingham based New Hope Publishers offers several awesome titles perfect for Christmas gift giving (www.NewHopePublishers.com).
- Return to Christmas by Kathi Macias ($15.99) beautifully blends the two struggling worlds of a former marine and a little boy with attachment disorder. When Former Marine Chet is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life, the little boy his friends adopted causes him to evaluate his heart and the meaning of the season. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he spiral into a dark depression? Learn more at NewHopePublishers.com.
- Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherri Eldridge ($16.99) is an inspiring daily devotional that gives adoptive families encouragement as they seek God to work through the emotions unique to their family. Devotions are filled with scripture and authentic insight into the heart of adopted children. Powerful prayer prompts help you navigate through several difficult topics unique to adoption. This makes a great gift for the adoptive family in your life this season! Learn more at NewHopePublisher.com
- Conversations with the Most High: 365 Days in God’s Presence ($16.99) provides a blessed resource each day. The 365 devotions steeped in Scripture engage our focus and prompt us in communication with the God who gives us His attention. This is a great devotional to start off the New Year!
For the foodie on your list you can’t go wrong with one of Vulcan Park and Museum’s Gift Shop cookbooks including South Your Mouth – Tried & True Southern Recipes($19.95), Best of the Best from Alabama Cookbook ($16.95), Man Food – Recipes from the Iron Trade ($14.95), Alabama Backwood Restaurant Recipes ($18.95) and Birmingham’s Best Bites by Food Network Stars Martie Duncan & Chandra Temple($27.95). You can also find a “local” touch for the Christmas tree, including Vulcan Glass Blown Ornaments ($24.99) and Vulcan Vintage Postcard Ornaments ($10.99). Or for the coffee drinker in the family, what could be better than a Vulcan Coffee Mug ($20) along with Vulcan Blend coffee crafted by O’Henry’s Coffees ($11.99 Large bag, $3.50 Small bag). Visit the gift shop Monday through Sunday 10am-6pm at 1701 Valley View Dr, 35209, www.visitvulcan.com.
What started as a Birmingham family’s tradition of decorating gingerbread houses together at Christmas has turned into a gift that keeps on giving. Mary Martha and Garrett Walker decided it would be fun to build a permanent gingerbread house that could be used over and over again for all occasions. The houses were a hit with family and friends and orders began to come in. The couple decided to partner with Isaiah 55 Ministries in Reynosa, Mexico to grow the business while creating financial independence for deaf young adults. Every Forever Gingerbread house is hand crafted by a members of the Isaiah 55 vocational program for the Deaf and proceeds help fund the ministry, which provides education, healing and hope for the deaf community in Mexico ($35 large, $20 small), www.forevergingerbread.com.