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December 3, 2009

Chanukah Gift Guide

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For fans of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (and who isn’t one?), pick up a copy of the “2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History.” The box set includes re-mastered editions of all their comedy albums and other special material on CD, including a brand-new interview, a DVD and a 32-page book with rare photos. ($60; amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other retailers)

What could be better than a blintz? Perhaps a relaxing bath after the holiday runaround. Better Than a Blintz by Lush Cosmetics is a set of four bath bombs made of essential oils and fruit packaged in a kitschy dreidel — perfect for gift-giving or for yourself. ($20; lushusa.com/shop or any Lush retail location)

Have trouble remembering what night of Chanukah it is? Well, now you don’t have to with ChanuKKit, a set of eight individual wax menorahs to use each night during the holiday. They each include the correct number of candles needed, plus the shamash. Created in Israel by Danlux Israel, Ltd. ($39; moderntribe.com, popjudaica.com)

Forget spinning on the kitchen table. Give your kids the perfect platform to play — the Spinagogue, Major League Dreidel’s official Magen David-shaped stadium, which includes dreidels, game terrains and a spinometer. No gelt, no glory! ($40; moderntribe.com)

Just in time for the holiday, American Girl’s Rebecca Rubin gets a new purple striped jacquard dress ($28) with shoes, tights and a hair bow, and a Hanukkah Set ($22), which features an heirloom chanukiyah with nine pretend candles, a dreidel and a little gelt (for the pushke, of course). (American Girl stores or americangirl.com)

Wine Glass Top Appetizer Plates are the perfect gift for the wine and cheese connoisseur or party host/hostess. The plates fit atop most wine glasses, so you can have your wine and eat too. Made of acacia, a wood used in biblical times for bows and arrows, which now holds your appetizers. (Set of four $17; catchingfireflies.com)

Get your guy to sport some flare on his French cuffs with Rhodium-plated Moroccan cufflinks designed by Robert Graham, who created the Chaps brand with Ralph Lauren in the ‘80s. ($128; robertgraham.us for retail stores near you)

Give your single girlfriend what she has been searching for: a nice Jewish guy. In fact, give her 12 with the Nice Jewish Guys Calendar (bios included). ($10.95; $12.95 for larger size; Kitson on Robertson or nicejewishguys.net; I (heart) Jewish Guys T-shirt also available online for $22)

Rather than risk losing family recipes, why not import them into the Demy electronic recipe reader? Store up to 2,500 of your favorite recipes in a splash-resistant, touch-screen device that organizes ingredient lists and features a built-in timer. ($300; amazon.com, neimanmarcus.com, mydemy.com and other online retailers)

For your bearded or rabbi friend traveling to a cold climate, help him stay warm the Icelandic way. Beard caps (traditionally called “lambshed-hood”) by Vík Prjónsdóttir, were worn by Icelandic farmers who braved snowstorms on foot as they traveled to neighboring farms. Now you too can enjoy beard caps when traveling to neighboring farms or friends. ($78; birkiland.com)

File away your pareve, meat and dairy chopping boards or separate meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination. Keep things organized and sanitary with four color-coded polypropylene Index Chopping Boards by Damian Evans available at the Museum of Modern Art Design Store. ($85; momastore.org)

Capture your memories and print them on the go with the Polaroid PoGo (Polaroid-on-the-go), a digital camera that prints images in less than 60 seconds. ($199; amazon.com and other retailers where cameras are sold)

Never lose your keys again, or at least find them quicker with the Wireless Key Finder (range of up to 60 feet). Includes a compact transmitter and two color-coded key fobs that affix onto your keys. Now, where did you put those batteries? ($50; Brookstone locations or brookstone.com)

The Maccabees
are back in time for Chanukah in this board game by Copa Judaica. Lead a group of Maccabees, learn about the story of Chanukah and its traditions, and acquire enough oil to light the menorah with this fun dreidel-based board game. Recommended for ages 8 and up. ($26; skirball.org)

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