Hanukka Gift Guide 2013

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Hanukka Gift Guide 2013

Leah F. Finkelshteyn

Hanukka celebrations include family and tradition, good food and get-togethers and, of course, dreidel showdowns and the lighting of the menora. And yet it has also become a time when we give in to our consumer side. 

So whether you prefer to give gelt on Hanukka or indulge in that perfect gift for loved ones, the range of Judaica and Israeli-made items is impressive, from beautiful and trendy jewelry by Israeli designers and a gorgeous, limited-edition art book to kitschy-cute comic relief candy bars and T-shirts.




Feel Gilty with an 18-karat gold and ruby pendant on a 14-karat gold cable necklace (from $720) by Israeli designer Nurit Dagan.


Tags, You're It For those picky teens, Alef Bet by Paula's hip sterling-silver hamsa and Jewish star dog tag pendants—designed with the help of a tattoo artist—and necklace chain. Chains are available in a variety of lengths and some come with a garnet or lapis stone set in a toggle bar (from $140).




On Trend, From Israel Tulala Jewelry's handmade statement earrings, here is scarlet, orange or blue and white,  is a playful mix of 24-karat-gold-plated brass, crochet work and bright Swarovski crystals (from $170).



Stunning, oversized laser-cut menora in brushed steel from Valerie Atkisson, also available in bronze and polished steel (from $322).





In the Fold Studio Armadillo specializes in handmade origami-inspired ceramic Judaica, such as this 24-karat gold glaze candlesticks (from $785), white folded menora (from $154)  or adorable small blue dreidel (from $65). 



By the Book Jonathan Kremer’s limited-edition Eishet Hayil art book is handbound in Jerusalem and features a panorama of colorful flowers alongside the Hebrew and English text. The Hadar Edition (from $395) includes a two-color cloth binding and 24-karat gold stamping.



Once in a Lifetime Commemorate Thanksgivukkah 2013, the once-in-an-eon convergence of Hanukka and Thanksgiving on November 28, with the  "8 Days of Light, Liberty and Latkes" T-shirt, inspired by a 1969 Woodstock T-shirt design. Available at Modern Tribe in women's, men's and unisex (from $36) as well as kids' sizes and a 12-month bodysuit (from $29).


Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut The Unemployed Philosophers Guild's fruit and nut bar includes a History of Humor Timeline, jokes and a write-your-own comic strip (from $4.99).



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