November 21, 2002
Eight Crazy Delights
Think outside the gift box with these Chanukah present ideas.
1. No Nostalgia for Waxing
This Chanukah, there is no more scraping, boiling water, melting with a hair dryer or freezing to remove wax drippings from your menorah because Wax-Off prevents wax from sticking to any candle-holder surface. Visit www.wax-off.net or call (800) 334-9964 for more information.
Question: What would your Chanukah be without your hand-painted "Fiddler on the Roof" Figurine Music Box ($45), "Fiddler" Chess Set ($300), "Fiddler" Chip n' Dip Set ($50), "Fiddler" Teapot ($36) and set of "Fiddler" Shmear Spreaders ($45)? And the answer: Much less expensive. (www.jewishsource.com ).
3. A Big Blow to the Jewish People
Hebrew Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum Box of 100 ($10.95). If you can't read Hebrew, don't sweat it -- the comic strips are probably funnier when you don't understand the gags (www.jewishsource.com).
4. Rabbi Said Knock You Out!
Boxing Rabbi Puppet ($9.50). Finally, a way to one-up your neighbor's Fighting Nun Puppet (www.mcphee.com ).
5. Ark for Ark's Sake
The Ark of the Covenant ($11.95). Indiana Jones nearly lost his life searching for his. So why not pick one up for yourself and see what all the hubbub is about? (www.mcphee.com ).
6. Giving You Plaque
Gefilte Fish Plaque ($5.95). A Jesus plate parody for your car. In all honesty, this plaque probably tastes better than the fish that inspired it. Unclear whether it comes packed in jelly. (www.mcphee.com ).
7. When the Golem
Share with your children the legend of the Prague protector with a copy of "Golem," an award-winning children's book by David Wisniewski. (Clarion Books, $17) (www.amazon.com ).
9. Winnie the Jew
Winnie the Pooh in a yarmulke with dreidel in hand. Nobody saw this one coming, but then again, the lovable bear perhaps makes a more convincing Jew than a boy named Christopher Robin. ($8.50). (The Disney Store. For locations visit disney.store.go.com ).
Bonus Shamash Gift: The Jewish Version of The Spinners?
The Draydelettes, a chorus line of Chanukah tops created by designer Susan Fischer Weis, grace a light set ($19.95) and mug ($7.95) (www.jewishsource.com ).