|Hanukka Gift Guide 2012|
Israeli designer Leetal Kalmanson and her glamorous jewelry are the fashion accessories of choice this year, while The Jewish Museum in New York showcases its take on a classic: the Hagenauer Menorah, based on a lamp created by early-20th-century designer Karl Hagenauer. And then there are sweet, chewey French macarons.... All among the many items available as gifts for this year's holiday season.
Hanukka for Kids/ Home & Holiday/Jewelry & More
HANUKKA FOR KIDS
So Magnetic Mogo's Hanukka set and charmband bracelets, which have magnetic buttons to attach an array of colorful charms, will delight teens and tweens (bracelets from $10 each; Judaica set $12; http://mogocharm.com).
HOME & HOLIDAY
Taste the Rainbow Rich, delicious and trendy French macarons from MacarOn Café come in a colorful assortment of flavors, from Lichee Rose to Chocolate to Dulce de Leche to Rum Raisin. And check out their special macarons for Hanukka (gift box from $31; http://macaroncafe.com).
Brass and Glass (from left) The Jewish Museum in New York's Hagenauer Menorah, in brass vermeil on pewter, is an adaptation of the lamp by early-20th-century Vienna designer Karl Hagenauer (from $275; http://shop.thejewishmuseum.org); Salusa Glassworks' 7-inch high colorful, blown glass Windswept Tree Branch Menorah (from $330; at the National Museum of American Jewish Heritage shop, www.judaicashop.net).
Reuse, Relight, Recycle Flowers and birds grace this metal menora, created by Haitian artisans from recycled oil drums. Each is handcrafted and slightly different (from $98; http://shop.thejewishmuseum.org).
Dubbing their products "neo-ancient Judaica," Kli explores Jewish symbolism with contemporary religious objects. Their porcelain mezuza cases (from $80; http://kliproducts.com
) feature motifs found on midrashic birth amulets; fish scales, a reference to images of fish in popular Judaica, meant to ward off the evil eye; and other designs inspired by from Jewish folklore.
Out of This World
Laura Cowan specializes in sleek designs with a retro, science-fiction inspired look; her stainless-steel and anodized aluminum Saturn Menorah and Smart Dreidel set comes apart for Hanukka-time dreidel play or place the magnetic candleholders in changing patterns for a new look every night of the holiday (from $230; www.lauracowan.com
). Her brand new Rocket Chess set continues the space race theme, with cone-like pawns, queens and kings (made to order from $5,000; www.lauracowan.com
Nambe's new bronze-finish alloy gives the slender yet weighty Heritage Curve candlesticks an appealing gleam (from $125, at Bloomingdale's
and other stores).
Keep in Touch
Greeting cards and stationary get a touch of gold with Israel-based LK Designs' Hamsa notecards (10 pack, starting from $12; contact Lilly at Adorn Yourself boutique, email@example.com
Give a Fig....or a Bird...
Pendants for nature lovers from Daphne Olive's Flora and Fauna collection: (from left) 20k gold-plated stainless-steel fig pendant (from $92), silver-plated framed bird pendant (from $118) and aqua, powder-coated stainless steel barnacle cluster (all with 18" chain; www.tabletopdc.com
Glamorous, bohemian-inspired jewelry by Leetal Kalmanson, owner of LK Designs, has a growing stateside following. Her oversized yet lightweight earrings are dipped in 18-K gold or silver and feature Swarovski crystals (earrings starting at $72; contact Lilly at Adorn Yourself boutique, firstname.lastname@example.org
). Or check out LK Design's lacey gold-and-enamel cuff (far right, from $180; email@example.com
Bling Time Artist Sisi Amber uses trendy designs to create high end and custom jewelry. Her charming watch necklaces in bronze and silver, reminiscent of pocket and fob watches, have an old-time appeal (from $40; at firstname.lastname@example.org).