This year, I’m looking forward to Hanukkah more than ever before. The reminder that each one of us has the power to bring light to the darkness has never resonated so much. And I think just about all of us Jews need the pick-me-up this joyful holiday provides.
As I prepare for the holiday (which starts the evening of Thursday, December 7 this year), I’m making it a priority to focus on supporting Jewish-owned businesses and Jewish and Israeli creators. One good thing to have come out of this tragic time is the phenomenal sense of unity among the Jewish people, and there are so many amazing Jewish businesses to support – many of which are struggling right now.
Whether you’re looking for ideas for gifts for loved ones or are wanting to treat yourself for the Festival of Lights, I hope you’ll find just the thing among our very favorite Hanukkah gift options for 2023.
Magen David Necklace
If recent events have got you in the mood for a new #PDJ (public display of Judaism), you can’t do any better than to turn to jewelry designer and Smashing Life member Ariel Tidhar. Speaking of which… we’re actually giving one of these beauties in our Make a New Jewish Bestie Challenge running from Monday, November 26 through Thursday, November 30, so sign up now for your chance to win it!
Handcrafted in Israel by ceramicist Maiyan Ben Yona, this unique menorah consists of 9 separate pieces (eight of the same size and a larger shamash) that you can arrange as you like!
If you’re after some Hanukkah decor that’s sleek, sophisticated, and not even the tiniest bit cheesy, this dreidel terrarium is second to none. Fill it with floral arrangements, succulent gardens, twinkle lights, or gelt – or let the design stand for itself.
Keep our homeland close to your heart always with this gorgeous 14k gold pendant (available in yellow white, or rose gold) by Israel-based luxury jeweler Solo✦K.
If you need a new hobby to distract you from doom scrolling, how abut some Jewish embroidery? This lovely kit features a hamsa surrounded by colorful and decorative elements – and once completed, it’ll look stunning up on your wall.
Jewish Joy Journal
Part goal planner, part gratitude journal, part non-judgmental Jewish BFF, The Jewish Joy Journal (written and created by ME!) will help us, as Jewish women, connect more deeply with our Jewish identity, achieve our goals, and increase our happiness, resilience, and productivity during challenging times.