2011 Chanukah Gift Guide

by Alanna Berman November 30, 2011


By Alanna Berman

We’ve searched high and low for the best Chanukah gifts this year for everyone on your list, from kids to grandparents and everyone in between. Read on to see what’s hot this Chanukah. Happy shopping!










Shema Pendant Necklace, $155

This unique monogrammed pendant features the Shema in a beautiful, hand-cut design and is available in either silver (priced above) or gold (call for price). Created by Minnesota artist Ely Greenhut, who has been designing and creating jewelry since 1972. Order online at www.etsy.com (and search for the shop ‘Elygoldart’) or call with questions and special orders (952) 303-5603.




Pop Blocks, $9.88 for a pack of three

These aren’t your bubbe’s childhood wooden blocks! Pop Blocks are playful characters with a poppin’ surprise! Just bop them on the head to wake them up to play. Six different animals available to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Exclusively at Walmart. www.walmart.com.


The Box Girls Chanukah Box of Questions, $9.99

A deck of conversation-starting cards with 82 questions will keep your family and friends gathered around the table this Chanukah. Recommended for ages 6+, by Melissa & Doug. www.melissaanddoug.com.









The Jewish Zodiac, $5-19.95

A play on the Chinese Zodiac, ‘Year of the Bagel’ and ‘Year of the Lox,’ are just two of the deli foods featured in comedy writer Seth Front’s Jewish Zodiac. Find your Jewish Zodiac sign at www.jewzo.com, then get any of the Jewish Zodiac items, including laminated placemats, T-shirts, coffee mugs and kitchen magnets for the quirky relative or friend on your list.









Dancing Rabbi Menorah, $150

Nine bearded rabbis click their heels in this beautiful, but playful, bronze menorah. Handmade by artist Scott Nelles. www.uncommongoods.com.









Gelt Money Clip, $20

Add a few dollars for a fun Chanukah gift! Order online at shop.thejewishmuseum.org.









“The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball’s Chosen Players” by Howard Megdal, $22.99

All the stats, facts, stories and the glory of Jewish Major League Baseball in America in one book. The author has even statistically determined the greatest Jewish players at each position, the all-time Jewish All-Star Team, and how they would rate against the greatest teams in baseball history. A must for any baseball fan.










Whiskey Stones and Gift Set $19.50-$58

Serve your drinks on the rocks without watering them down. Soapstone cubes retain cold temperatures for an extended period of time and won’t scratch your glass — or chip a tooth — thanks to their natural softness. Order a set of nine cubed whisky stones or six stones and two sipping glasses. www.uncommongoods.com.








Snapfish Photo Book, prices vary

Turn unforgettable moments into treasured memories by creating a book of photos for someone special. Perfect for documenting children’s early years, or as a gift for grandparents.









Eight Nights of Chanukah Tote, $98

This kosher Chanukah tote comes filled with a gift for each night from New York’s famed market, Zabar’s. Chanukah candles, a dreidel, chocolate coins and other sweet treats fill a signature Zabar’s tote. www.zabars.com


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