|Hanukka Gift Guide 2011|
Inspired by nature, or by the (Jewish) boy next door, this year’s array of gifts has something for all ages, tastes and wallets.
Compiled by Leah F. Finkelshteyn
Hanukkah for Kids/ Home and Holiday/ Jewelry and More/ For the Men in Our Lives
HANUKKAH FOR KIDS
Toy Box Children of all ages will appreciate the collection of toys and gift for this holiday. A steady hand is a must for Staccabees, a combination dreidel and stacking game, ages 6 and up (from $19.95; www.staccabees.com). For other gift options, check out our look at the Hebrew version of the hit Bananagrams game and the wonderful and intricate pop up book, Chanukah Lights.
What a Sucker Rogue Confection's beautiful mini Hanukka lollipops (from $12; www.rogueconfections.com) are just one of the chocolatier's colorful offerings for the holiday.
HOME AND HOLIDAY
That Final Touch The perfect finish to a mailed present or holiday card: the United States Post Office's new Hanukka Forever Stamp ($8.80 for a pane of 20; http://usps.com/shop).
What a Mensch Forget firefighters. Instead, try 12 months of the boys mama would most like you to bring home, in the Nice Jewish Guys 2012 Calendar (from $15.95; www.moderntribe.com).
Relax and Take a Sip Jerusalem artist Gaia Smith's critically acclaimed work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, and her colorful pieces have won her a well-deserved following among lovers of handmade ceramics. Her limited-edition teapot would be a bright spot in any home (from $250; http://israeltea.com or e-mail Liat Gang at email@example.com).
Spin Cycle CB2’s eco-friendly five wood tops are crafted of rare sal wood reclaimed from old Indian railroad ties. Used to play the Indian street game bambaram, the beautiful and fun-to-spin tops are also perfect for Hanukka play and display. (the set from $49.95; www.cb2.com).
Natural Inspiration Michael Aram's new Botanical Leaf menora (from $195) and mezuza (from $39; both www.michaelaram.com).
With the Grain
Craftman and artist O. John Selfridge creates unique menoras, as well as other Judaica, from recycled wood. His Sunset menora features delicate brass candle holders on a sturdy oak base (from $550; www.etsy.com/shop/ojohnselfridge
Menora Mania Try a new DIY twist on candle lighting with Israel design company Studio Kahn's handmade ceramic Fragile Menorah. Each day of Hanukkah, snap off one of the dangling cups and places it in the hole above to create a holder for the candle (from $129; www.moderntribe.com).
JEWERY AND MORE
Smoothies Laline’s products meld the scents of Israel and Provence. Try their best-selling Dead Sea Salt Body Scrubs (from $24.95; www.lalineusa.com).
In the Details Gold-plated earrings from Mirit Weinstock (left, from $80; www.miritweinstock.com); Hagar Sataf’s charming bracelet (from $79.95; www.coolil.com).
Make an Impression Israeli artist Alona Lahav’s colorful clay earrings and necklaces (from $27; www.etsy.com/shop/rafya).
Bangles of Many Colors Striking resin bracelets from Iris Designs (from $79; www.moderntribe.com).
True Blue Artist and designer Hella Ganor’s lapis-and-gold (14K or 18K) necklace, part of her intricate Netline Series, is handcrafted (from $7,500; www.hellaganor.com; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR THE MEN IN OUR LIVES
To a T
Jewnion Label has a Jewish take on trade union emblems; for Hanukka, check out their International Association of Dreidel Spinners T-shirt (from $23; http://jewnionlabel.com