Whether your tastes turn to the lacey, nostalgic and ornate or gravitate toward simple, clean and modern lines, the possibilities—from hand-thrown pottery to jewelry to unique menoras and fun dreidels—are plentiful.
Good Earth Israeli pottery collectives are increasingly popular with those looking for the perfect gift—and for good reason, since the handmade goods produced by these cooperative are both unique and beautiful.
The elegant—and oven and dishwasher safe—large Tulip bowl set (from $1,550; www.veredtd.com) includes 7 twisted white stoneware bowls with silky black glaze inside and unglazed outside, by Israeli ceramist Vered Tandler Dayan, a member of the Altogether 8 Ceramic Cooperative in Jerusalem.
Natural Beauty American designer Michael Aram was inspired by leafy trees and flowering bushes for this season’s Judaica designs. His gold and darkened metal pomegranate menora (also in silver, from $225), bring in a hint of spring even in the coldest season (New York’s Jewish Museum shop, https://shop.thejewishmuseum.org).
The Sum of Its Parts
San Diego resident Lisa Slovis focuses on movement in her modular menoras, including her groovy Meta-Menorah, in pewter and bronze ($850; www.artfulhome.com).
Give It a Twirl
Anat Mayer’s filigree, rhinestone-encrusted dreidels come in gold and silver (from $130; www.anatmayer.com).
A Light to the Nations
Architect Richard Meier’s limited edition pewter Architectonic Menorah (below, from $1,000), designed exclusively for the Jewish Museum in New York, is like a walk through the past. Each candleholder represents an abstract architectural style from a different periods in Jewish history. The first, for example, is an obelisk, reminiscent of the exile in Egypt; the last the Nazi concentration camps.
Meier has also designed a series of pewter mezuzas with the same architectural motifs from Toleda, Vienna and England (right, mezuzas from $125; menora and mezuzas available at New York’s Jewish Museum shop, https://shop.thejewishmuseum.org).
Retro Dreidel Orna Lalo’s groovy brightly colored spinners, in orange, green and blue; red and blue and other vibrant shades, are the tops (from $36; www.settygallery.com).
In the Fold
The Laura half-necklace in leather from Hila Rawet Karni (from $98;www.hilarawetkarni.etsy.com). The jewelry designer uses paper, leather and metal in her origami-inspired pieces.
Big Fan Sterling silver menora by the innovative Israeli design group Studio Armadillo ($9,000; www.studioarmadillo.com).
Studio Armadillo has created a series of faceted Judaica inspired by folded paper, including the menora and sterling silver candlesticks. Their colorful ceramic mezuzas, (right, from $80 each), are a less pricey option.
Hagar Sataf’s popular jewelry combine leather or plastic with metal. With pendant necklaces so popular this year, try her 24-karat plated gold and leather pendant necklace also comes in turquoise and black ($69; www.coolil.com).
The Made in Tel Aviv boutique specializes in trendy local gear for tourists; its leather bag, datebook and purse have a print of the city’s Rothschild Boulevard in 1940 (from $540; www.madeintlv.com).
Beyond the Doily
Metalace Art’s Talila Abraham (www.metalaceart.com) uses stainless steel and vintage lace patterns in her tablewares and home decor.
Her Rimon sculpture (right, $190), is a fresh take on the pomegranate, which has become an Israeli design staple, and check out Wildlace (from $195), an oversized serving tray based on 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace (both available at New York’s Jewish Museum shop, https://shop.thejewishmuseum.org).
Well Rounded Handmade, 22-karat gold and gemstone rings (from $1,350 to $2,300) and 18-karat gold necklace (far right, $890) from Agas & Tamar. Stones such as amber, tourmaline, aquamarine and diamond combined with unpolished gold, give the Israeli
design company’s jewelry a unique look. Look for other gorgeous pieces in the Agas & Tamar collection at their New York City boutique at 250 Mott Street (212-941-7979; www.agasandtamar.com)
Show a Little Love
with Noa Tripp’s Ahava rings
(14-karat gold, $470;
sterling silver, $50; www.noatripp.com).
Orange You Glad?
Orna Lalo’s cheerful designs brighten up any occasion;
a candleholder from the Israeli designer’s new Moments in Between collection