Hanukkah this year begins on Tuesday evening, December 16th. In anticipation of the Jewish festival of lights, we’re sharing our top eight picks for eight spectacular holiday nights!
1. Modern Menorah: Let’s start with the basics. We love this beautiful, sleek and simple menorah that’s sure to shine each night.
2. Rainbow Colored Beeswax Hanukkah Candles: Light up your holiday with these colorful and aromatic beeswax candles!
3. Star Wooden Dreidels: Sweet and colorful, these Star of David shaped spinning tops are perfect for night of dreidel playing.
4. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Gelt: What’s a good game of dreidel without the proper gelt? We love these chocolate coins, made especially for grown ups!
5. Hanukkah Sweaters: Hey, they might call these ugly, but we call them an instant classic. Snuggle up with this fun and bright sweater, filled with Hanukkah symbols.
6. Songs in the Key of Hanukkah: Get into the festive mood with some classic Hanukkah tunes as well as some new ones! This album includes English, Hebrew or Ladino songs, sung by stars like Idan Raichel, Yasmin Levy and Y-Love.
7. Latke Server: Pass around your potato pancakes in style with this funky server.
8. Shlep Bag: What could be a better way to carry around all these fantastic Hanukkah gifts than with this Yiddish tote bag?
The High Holidays—like many Jewish holidays—are a foodie’s delight. Whether we’re feasting on Rosh Hashanah or abstaining—and then feasting—on Yom Kippur, it’s safe to say that many people’s experience of the holiday season is replete with delicious nosh. And the foods are rich with symbolic meaning.
With the holidays approaching, you might be wondering what kinds of gifts are appropriate to give to family members, friends, and dinner hosts. Since everyone loves a gift they can eat, we’ve pulled together this gift-giving FAQ with help from our friends at Kosher Gift Box.
What are some basic gift items you recommend?
Since we’re talking edible gifts here, we dig Kosher Gift Basket’s Rosh Hashanah Traditions Basket and their Sweet New Year Basket. If you’re looking for a gift appropriate for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, we recommend this delicious apple cake or traditional round challahs (perhaps paired with a delicious assortment of honey).
Is it appropriate to give a Rosh Hashanah gift to clients and customers?
Gift-giving is not a traditional part of the High Holidays as it is with Hanukkah, but we’ve never known of anyone to protest. And it can make good business sense. Some popular corporate choices are Shana Tova Wine Duo or Rosh Hashanah Elegance Basket.
What should I give my Jewish boss or coworker for Rosh Hashanah?
The best gifts for work-related recipients are probably non-personal items such as a gift basket that reflects Jewish tradition. Popular choices are our 5775 Breakfast Basket or a Honey Server and Dish Set with honey.
What do you recommend for a college student?
No better way to nudge college kids to mark the Jewish holidays than to lure them with delicious traditional foods. Our Rosh Hashanah Traditions Basket includes challah, babka, and rugelach—or you could send our holiday challah set. These gifts reflect holiday traditions and are great for sharing with roommates.
Does my gift need to be kosher?
Unless you know for a fact that your recipient does not keep kosher, providing certified kosher food ensures that everyone can enjoy the gift. All items at Kosher Gift Box are certified kosher.
We are going to our neighbors’ for Yom Kippur break-fast. What should I bring?
After fasting on Yom Kippur, a typical menu for break-fast is a dairy meal: lox and bagels, sweet kugel (noodle pudding), assorted cheeses, blintzes and fresh fruit. For dessert, our Sweet New Year Rugelach Collection, apple cake, or our Holiday Lox and Bagel Basket.
What is an appropriate gift to bring to dinner in the Sukkah?
Because Sukkot celebrates the harvest, gifts that reflect this are optimal. A dried fruit platter or fresh fruit basket make excellent choices.
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Hanukkah is less than 2 weeks away! We’ve got a huge selection of Judaica and Hanukkah gifts, all direct from Israel. So whether you need to stock up on candles or you’re looking for a menorah, jewelry, or home decor, we’ve got all your Thanksgivukkah needs covered. And until November 27th, we’re offering 10% off everything in our online store with coupon code: HANUKKAHMJL
Hanukkah’s on the horizon. Got your menorah? Candles? Gelt? Check out our snazzy picks for holidays basics, and be prepared when the sun goes down on Wednesday, November, 27.
And now, for the basics:
This colorful Israeli menorah ($95) makes a unique and beautiful gift, and would look gorgeous glowing in the window.
These Handcrafted, dripless Hanukkah candles ($14.50) from Safed, Israel come in blue, orange, and red, and will burn without a trace.
And now, candles crafted for the eco-conscious family. These Hand-Dipped Beeswax Chanukah Candles ($16.99) are made from renewable resources and packaged with recycled materials— can’t go wrong with these!
Everybody loves gelt on Hanukkah and we all usually consume LOTS of it. That’s why we found the cheapest option with the most gelt with these Milk Chocolate Gelt Coins. 24-pack! ($10.19).
Hanukkah ain’t complete without a game or two of dreidel. This package of Large, Natural Wood Dreidels ($8.95) will do the trick!
Ok, but nu, have you eaten? Inspire your own Thanksgivukkah latkes, or to inspire someone else’s? Check out one of our favorite cookbook pics of the season, The New Jewish Table ($22.99). We get hungry just looking at the photos!
Here is the ultimate gift for faraway family and friends — or for yourself if you’re tired of cooking! This Hanukkah Pure Essentials ($94.99) gift basket includes: fresh baked challah, babka, rugelach, California dried fruit (plums, apricot, peaches, pears), and 1 large wooden dreidel. And until 11/24 you can save 10% on all Kosher Gift Box orders with code MJLEM1!
Hope these picks help get your Hanukkah planning underway—Thanksgivukkah planning, that is!
The High Holidays are over and Thanksgiving is around the corner. That can only mean one thing here at MyJewishLearning: We’re thinking about the very fun (and very American) tradition of Hanukkah gift-giving!
Here’s a handy tour through our staff’s top picks from our new Hanukkah Store, handily divided into categories.
First things first: Menorahs! Whether you prefer ultramodern or ultra-traditional, the MJL Hanukkah Store has a menorah for you. Here are four of our top picks, in materials ranging from wood to copper to cement, from the beautiful blue one below to the handy travel menorah you can fold up and throw in your tote bag on your way out of town:
But menorahs are only the first step. What candles will you light? What dreidels will you spin? And why can you never find a kippah when you need one? We’ve got you covered. Here our four of our favorite Hanukkah accessories. We particularly love the gorgeous Safed candles, the Bezalel Art School dreidel, and how reasonably priced the kippot are. You can stock up for your whole family!
Perhaps you, like many of us, do most of your Hanukkah shopping for kids. Check out our fully stocked children’s page, and consider our top picks, from the gorgeous wooden camel puzzles, which function as decor as much as toys, to the wildly popular personalizable name necklaces, an interactive songbook, and more:
For the Home:
Hanukkah can also be a great time to doll up your home, and from Israeli art and handicrafts to challah covers, from hamsas to mezuzahs, it was hard to choose just four. But our favorite may just be the Sterling Silver Crepe Shabbat Candlesticks–we love their textured, organic feel:
And if you’re looking to buy something for a special lady (yourself?), we have hundreds of possibilities, from brooches to tallitot to handbags. Here are our editors’ favorite four. (Two of us are already sporting the peacock earrings!):
Is it just us, or can men can be really hard to shop for? We’ve tried to help you narrow it down. In addition to accessories like tie clips and cufflinks, we’re also offering a full line of teffilin and Star of David necklaces, and more. (And check out that sterling silver USB drive!):
For the Host:
Last but not least, the question that can have you second-guessing yourself for days: What on earth do you give to your host? Olive oil from Israel would make a memorable, not to mention useful, gift, and the decorative items are unique enough to use as artwork, but neutral enough to work in anyone’s home. Here are four great options:
We hope you enjoy the selection as much as we do! The MJL store has literally thousands of items for holidays and any time of year, and MyJewishLearning, Inc., a non-profit organization, receives a percentage of the proceeds of any gift you buy.
Happy shopping, and happy Hanukkah to you and yours!