Jewish Journal

Shopping: Gelty pleasures

by Julie Bien

Posted on Nov. 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

Make sure your Chanukah accoutrements are up to snuff this year. We’ve got fair-trade gelt, dreidels for a cause, and ultra-modern menorahs for your 2013 festival of lights. So sit back, enjoy the latkes, drink some wine, and light the candles. L’chaim!

1. The BLUE BEL AIR MENORAH ($198), designed by Jonathan Adler, adds a touch of modern style to your Chanukah decor. The light from the candles will sparkle on this menorah, made from sapphire-blue  Lucite and chromed steel. The 11 1/2- inch-long candelabrum was designed with celebration in mind. store.thecjm.org

2. These WIRE AND BEAD DREIDELS ($25) are handmade by artisans from the group Streetwires, which works with the Zulu in South Africa to create crafts from recycled goods. Not only are these dreidels beautiful, they are also completely functional — just what you need to get everyone betting gelt after dinner. globalgoodspartners.org

3. Chanukah isn’t Chanukah without gelt! This year, choose MILK AND DARK CHOCOLATE COINS ($3.39/1.75-ounce bag) from Divine Chocolate. The coins are made with fair-trade cocoa and sugar, and without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The shimmering gold, blue and silver wrappers add to the festive mood of the holiday.

4. Cholent, the food, has met its match — CHOLENT, THE GAME! ($18) This strategy-based card game for two to five players will be a hit among all ages at your next family party. Players use gelt cards to bid on cholent ingredients in a race to complete a recipe. The Bubby, The Rebbe and The Prophet are there to help players reach their goal. As a bonus, the game comes with actual cholent recipes. amazon.com

5. The vanilla sugar cookie CHANUKAH HOUSE ($19.95) by Manischewitz is the certified-kosher answer to gingerbread houses. The pareve cookie kit comes complete with blue, yellow and white icing, color-coordinated candy beads, sprinkles, fondant and Star of David, menorah and mezuzah sugar decorations. You might need to buy two: one for you to decorate and one for your kids.

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