Note: Christmas is just around the corner! This review will be the last one for this 2018 season of The Catholic Man Reviews. As Christmas is around the corner, hopefully this review will serve as another idea for stocking stuffers. Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Vincent Pham (The Catholic Man’s Review)
Have you ever been to a Catholic Youth rally or conference and taken a walk through the different vendors, shops filled with all-things-Catholic for youth? Well I have been to several conferences and rallies and one thing the sells out quick are these small PVC characters called Tiny Saints.
I had to find out what these charms were and finally, my sister Ivy and I are
reviewing them here just before the Christmas season.
At first, I thought Tiny Saints were literally just Tiny Saints, a store selling Saint charms. But I have been proven wrong. They have rosaries, featuring the same artistic style as seen on the charms on the centerpiece, and on some, even the crucifix. These would make great gifts for the younger children whom you might want to encourage praying the rosary. A perfect gift not only for Christmas but also First Communions.
You want something with more than one saint? Well besides their Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin charm, they also have a lanyard depicting many different Saints on the ribbon with the Tiny Saints logo on the reverse. It is a multi-functional lanyard with a lobster clip, detachable lower portion, and even a Velcro closure.
New to Tiny Saints are Sidekicks. They are stuffed animals, but each one has a connection to a Saint. For example, the cat is associated with Saint Roch. The lamb (my favourite) is associated with St. Agnes. My mom questioned why Tiny Saints would provide stuffed animals in their store, but it made sense to her once I explained that many animals are associated with the Saints. Something I am questioning is if these are toys, collectables or devotional items? I guess this is subjective but nevertheless, these will be great reminders of the Saints. I hope to see many more animals released in the near future.
How about the charms? How would I forget! They are more than just tiny harms to put on your keys, your backpack, your water bottle… Tiny Saints are honestly the cutest Catholic Saint “medals” available on the market right now. I am sure that you have those classic “Made in Italy” Saint medals lying around somewhere. I have a keyring just devoted to them. But honestly from what I have noticed, youth are not as attracted to them or want to carry them around like Tiny Saints. Tiny Saints serve as Saintly reminders for Catholic youth. They are simple, colourful and attractive representations of the Saints. Not only so, looking at the Saints, one is reminded of their baptismal vocations to become Saints.
Tiny Saint has hundreds of different Saints to choose from, male saints, female saints, and most notably, a wide selection of Marian charms, depicting Mary from different apparitions. Also included are Blesseds and other candidates for sainthood, and even Pope Francis!
Want to find a Saint for that athlete you have in mind and don’t know where to start? Tiny Saints also sorts their Saints out by patronages.
I would like to make some remarks on Tiny Saints’ customer service. Tiny Saints have a small staff of only 4 people, but the work that they do is simply amazing. They are on time, customer-friendly and have great concern for their customers. They respond to their customers promptly and care for the people they serve.
I have loved Tiny Saints for a while now. I would go to Catholic conferences and I would see them for sale and it would be impossible for me to not stop and take a look at them, and if you haven’t already you’ll see why.
Tiny Saints’ main product is well – their many tiny saints. They have an extensive selection of saints to choose from – around 130 if I am not mistaken. You will probably find the saint you want if he/she isn’t too obscure. Each one is made from the basic template but has identifying features added to them. That may include their well-known symbols, like St. Joseph’s saw, prominent body features, such as St. Francis of Assisi’s hair, or clothing articles. If you happen to forget, the saint’s name is on the back of the charm as well as the words, “Pray for us.”
The charm comes in a small plastic “envelope” on a small piece of cardstock. The cardstock has the Tiny Saints logo, and well as the saints’ name and a bit of background info. I found this particularly useful when I bought my own Tiny Saint. I wanted to buy one of Mother Mary, but those ones were sold out, so I just picked a random saint. I ended up buying St. Agatha and it was the information on the packaging really helped me connect with her more. The charm itself is a rubbery-plastic (can’t quite put my finger on what it is exactly). The charm is a single mass, so nothing was glued or painted on. You won’t have scraped paint or missing eyeballs. The words at the back do fade after a year or two of hanging out with your keys every day though.
Tiny Saints also sell Sidekicks, which are stuffed animals that have a connection to a particular saint. They are absolutely adorable. They are made from a fine fleece. They could easily be one of the softest plushies I’ve ever touched. There is some background info on the significance of the animals on the back of the box (more like those typical shelf things that companies tie the toy’s legs and back to) it comes in. You could seriously learn a thing or two. The lanyard it comes also sold is pretty standard. It’d be a nice addition if you wanted to get someone a gift basket of sorts, or if you were building a Tiny Saints collection.
I really enjoy Tiny Saints’ products; I can’t wait to see what else they put out in the future.
On The Catholic Man’s Scale
Charms ★★★★★ 5/5
Rosary ★★★★1/2 4.5/5
Lanyard ★★★★1/2 4.5/5
Sidekicks ★★★★★ 5/5
Customer Service★★★★★ 5/5
What else can we say about Tiny Saints? Amazing products, amazing people! They even offer discount rate for fundraisers. Celebrating a parish or youth group milestone? Tiny Saints also offer custom services!
So? What are you waiting for?
Take a walk with the Saints on
Also, take time to read this article from Catholic Herald, about Tiny Saints.