December 6, 2012
Gifts to de-light
These are serious times. We just finished a brutal election cycle here in the United States, and things are as tense and uncertain as ever in the Middle East. What better excuse than Chanukah, then, to relax a little? For those who are interested in passing along a little laugh with some holiday spirit, here are a few fun gift ideas.
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Want to drink something other than Manischewitz this Chanukah? Try the 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT PACK ($30) from Shmaltz Brewing Co. Not only does it come with eight varieties of He’Brew beers — such as Hop Manna, Messiah Nut Brown Ale and Jewbelation Sweet 16 — it also includes Chanukah candles, a glass cup and instructions for making a “beer menorah.” Available locally at Whole Foods, BevMo and Total Wine. L’chaim! shmaltzbrewing.com
Give your garden some holiday inspiration with the SHALOM GNOME ($39.95) by Gnombre Inc. The 13-inch hand-painted statuette comes carrying its own challah and a bucket of potatoes — for latkes, of course. With its tallit and Star of David belt buckle, not to mention sandals with socks, there’s no mistaking this little guy for his gentile counterparts. If funded (this Kickstarter project must raise $3,500 by Dec. 11) Gnombre will produce 500 limited-edition, handmade gnomes. gnombre.com
There are plenty of things to worry about at this time of year, but thanks to the glow-in-the-dark HANUKKAH ONESIE ($27) by Twinko, losing your baby at night doesn’t have to be one of them. Plus, the cute clothing made with 100 percent organic cotton and eco-friendly water-based inks allows even the littlest ones to get into the spirit of the Festival of Lights. twinkonyc.com
The Spinster Chanukah Sweater ($65) by geltfiend will make the woman in your life feel right at home at all those ugly-sweater Christmas parties she’s been missing. Covered in a hypnotic array of blue dreidels, this sweater (95 percent acrylic, 5 percent spandex) promises to add some extra warmth — if not high fashion — to the holiday season. After all, Jewish gals get cold, too, even in Southern California. Other designs include the “Geltdigger” and “Crown Heights.” geltfiend.com
Start planning life in the secular New Year with the NICE JEWISH GUYS CALENDAR 2013 ($15.95) by Adam Cohen. Perfect for the woman who’s less interested in hot bods and more concerned about someone she can take home to her mom. No topless firemen here — just a new mensch for every month, including a guy standing in the supermarket and another cuddling puppies. moderntribe.com
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