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.
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; https://mogocharm.com).
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; https://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; https://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; https://shop.thejewishmuseum.org).
Iconic Dubbing their products “neo-ancient Judaica,” Kli explores Jewish symbolism with contemporary religious objects. Their porcelain mezuza cases (from $80; https://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.
Dazzle 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, email@example.com). Or check out LK Design’s lacey gold-and-enamel cuff (far right, from $180; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com).