Hanukka Gift Guide 2013
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 are looking for a last-minute gift for loved ones, the range of Judaica and Israeli-made items is impressive, from fun gifts for teens and trendy jewelry by Israeli designers to a gorgeous, limited-edition art book, kitschy-cute comic relief candy bars and Thanksgivukkah T-shirts for the whole family.
Feel Gilty with an 18-karat gold and ruby pendant on a 14-karat gold cable necklace (from $720) by Israeli designer Nurit Dagan or try her 18- and 14-karat gold, ruby and garnet drop earrings (from $620).
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).
Charmed, I’m Sure Or for your daughter or grandaughter, Israeli design house Mariana creates fun and festive multi-charm necklaces (from $88, available at www.wardsjewelryandgifts.com).
On Trend, From Israel Tulala Jewelry‘s handmade statement earrings, shown in scarlet, orange or (for Israel lovers) blue and white, is a playful mix of 24-karat-gold-plated brass, crochet work and bright Swarovski crystals (from $170).
Floating Lights Amy Reichert‘s elegant and modern riff on the menora sets hand-finished brass almond blossoms in a shallow pool of water (from $350).
The Laciest Israeli Talia Abraham of Metalace creates exquisite stainless-steel spinners that are almost too pretty to twirl, her Svivonot, Jackard and Marilyn dreidels (each from $80 and up, at Shalom House and other Judaica retailers)
Swirling 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 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.
For the Whole Family 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 oh-so-cute onesies for your youngest Hanukka lover (from $29).
Freud on Your Finger… For those friends and relatives who appreciate a bit of Jewish intellectual history with their cute plush toys, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild‘s 4-inch magnetic finger puppets allow you to bring great Jewish personalities to life: Help Sigmund Freud (left) analyze Franz Kafka (center) and find out what that cockroach was about, while Sholom Aleichem (right) can write it all into a Yiddish fable (from $5.95 each).
Tastes Like Tradition Boutique chocolatier Veruca Chocolates has made a name for itself with its handmade Gelt for Grown-ups, delicious alternatives to standard waxy holiday coins. The coins, molded to replicate a Judaean coin from the 4th-century B.C.E., are available in dark chocolate with cacao nibs, dark chocolate with sea salt and milk chocolate (from $18 per box).
Light a Cold One Shmaltz Brewing company has something special for the beer lovers—the He’Brew Holiday Gift pack. It features eight of their handcrafted beers plus glasses and candles to create your own beer menora after some celebratory toasts (from $26.99, at www.wineandcheeseplace.com)
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).