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The Jewish Light’s annual ‘Editor’s Gift Guide’ for Hanukkah


First things first, our apologies. Yes, we know Hanukkah is just a couple of days away. But two weeks ago, we were cleaning up from Thanksgiving instead of shopping, though I suppose this year isn’t as bad as a decade ago when the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving, dubbing the 2013 holiday season, Thanksgivukkah.

In this installment of our annual Editor’s Gift Guide, we focused on Hanukkah gifts you can scoop up at the last minute, including ones that if shipped, promise to arrive in just a couple/few days. And this year we doubled teamed our effort with Chief Digital Content Officer Jordan Palmer, a.k.a. Hanukkah Harry. So if any of the eight gift suggestions below seem mundane, foolish or just plain dumb, you know who to blame (and it’s not Hanukkah Harriet!).

Light up St. Louis

Jeff Vines, co-owner (with his twin brother Randy) of STL Style at 3159 Cherokee St., said the idea for a skyline menorah popped into his head about a year ago. He did some Google searches and found no skyline menorahs for any city, save New York, “but it was very different from what we created.”

STL Style’s limited edition St. Louis Skyline Menorah is made out of high-quality aluminum and manufactured locally at Well Made Workshop in Maplewood. It promises not to rust, retails for $49.95 and comes with a box of Hanukkah candles (stl-style.com).

“We just sent one to Andy Cohen in New York,” said Vines, who is Jewish. “We’ve been getting online orders from all over the country as well as quite a few from St. Charles and the Metro East,” adding that orders typically ship and are delivered within a few days.

Divine delights

Need a Hanukkah hostess gift? How about something for the cook in the family?

Look no further than the market at Deli Divine, 5501 Delmar Blvd. Behind the deli counter and seating area in the front, lies a treasure trove of Hanukkah and Jewish-related merchandise in the back that make perfect gifts, or even a gift basket.

Let’s see, there “Hanukkah in a Box” ($22) and Hanukkah popping “crackers,” ($35) both of which offer eight surprise treats (miniature games, toys, etc.) to the recipient, one for each night. Other possibilities include Star of David pasta noodles ($7.27), dishtowels adorned by Jewish holiday symbols ($17), salt-and-pepper shakers that say “love” in Hebrew and English ($17) and more Jewish-related cookbooks than you could shake a fistful of latkes at. And the gift de resistance: “B is for Bagel,” ($15.95) by Rachel Teichman, a colorful board book that allows children to learn their ABCs with a different bagel for every letter, from asiago to za’atar.

Festival of Lightsabers

There are Hanukkah shirts and then there are Hanukkah shirts. What if one combined the usual symbols representing the holiday with your favorite film franchise if that happened to be “Star Wars”?

The folks at rsvlats.com have done just that, pairing Lightsaber and Rebel menorahs with gelt, dreidels and R2-D2 on this shirt made from “Kunuflex,” a material that’s reportedly light, soft and machine washable. Choose between short sleeves ($70) and long sleeves ($72) for men. Women’s ($70) and children’s sizes ($39-$45) also are available, so the whole family can dress alike in matching “Festival of Lightsabers” shirts (and we’ll try not to judge!).

May the force be with you.

From Israel with love

Recently, we stumbled across a new site called withlovefromisrael.com, begun by three friends from Baltimore, Md. wanting to support Israel after the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. They’ve curated some of the best gifts made in Israel and/or handmade by Israelis for women, men, babies and kids as well as home décor items and ones specific for Hanukkah.

There’s also a “gifts donated to Israel” section, which features a basket of sweets to be sent to Israeli soldiers (candycornerisrael.com, $18-$50) and a comfort basket for soldiers’ spouses ($63) filled with products from Jerusalem small businesses.

As the website states, “We do not receive a percentage of any sales from With Love From Israel, nor do we have any affiliation with any of the businesses listed (except this one –a box of black-and-white contrast Hanukkah cards — which 100% of proceeds will go towards the Israeli Children’s Fund).

Slumber party

Showing off your Jewish pride while being comfortable during chilly Festival of Lights nights is why we all need Hanukkah pjs. This year, consider the new Hanukkah Splatter Pajamas from Midrash Manicures, adorned with Jewish stars, hanukkiyot and dreidels ($38-$42). These 100% cotton, two-piece jammies are available in kids and adult sizes. We’ve partnered with the brand to give you 20% off. Just use coupon code JLight at checkout.

Less stress, more press

Stress balls have become increasingly popular over the years—and for good reason. Studies indicate that employing a stress ball can effectively improve emotional stability and yield notable physical advantages.

So why not give the gift of stress relief with some Jewish flair? This gift box contains 48 balls in all ($21.99 at Amazon) designed with menorahs, stars, scrolls and other Hanukkah-related patterns, providing a wide range of selections to keep for yourself or give as gifts. Made of foam, these balls are soft and squishy and can elicit a lot of fun and relaxation as well as help to loosen up the muscles of your hands and relieve, well, yes, stress.

Sock it to me (and Harry)

“No one knocks a good pair of socks,” said Hanukkah Harry last year when he got a pack of six pairs on the second night. Harry is known to be very hard on socks, so quality counts, but so does the pop of color a fun pair can show off. As for well-made Hanukkah socks, check out Modern Tribe. You’ll find good quality mixed with fun holiday design options for $10 and under.

And while you’re on the site, be sure to take a look not only at its other Hanukkah-themed merchandise but also its offerings for virtually every other Jewish holiday you can think of, even Tu B’shevat. Hanukkah Harriet’s favorite: the one-piece, all-over printed matzah swimsuit, perfect for Passover.

 Latkes move over

While it’s true nothing quite says Hanukkah like a good potato latke, waffles imprinted with a dreidel are sure to get the party started first thing in the morning. Enter the single-serve, non-stick Dash Dreidel Mini Waffle Maker ($9.95, from Crate & Barrel). This might just be the gift for the college student or twentysomething in your life, or for anyone who lives in a studio apartment.

Just mix up the batter, pour it onto the iron skillet and voila, waffle ala dreidel. Dig in as you like.



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