It’s really not about the gifts. Still, giving gifts on Chanukah feels so good. Finding the right gift? Not so much. Maybe we can help.
AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing Kit is just one of the many DNA kits on the market that help uncover a family’s ethnic mix. With just a few drops of saliva, the testing technology will survey your genome and compare his DNA to over 150 world regions and ethnicities.
$79 at amazon.com
Buy someone you love a piece of the moon. Literally. The Moon Standard Gift Package includes a legal document and moon map detailing the location of your celestial property — packaged in a futuristic envelope.
$29.99 at lunarland.com
Heat things up with this private two-hour glass-blowing or flame working class for two taught by expert glass artisans. Take home a unique piece of art work! At Mission Hill in Boston.
$199 at cloud9livinginc.com
The Food Styling Precision Tool Set contains everything you need to turn dishes into works of art: precision tweezers, fine scissors, culinary scalpel with two replacement blades, culinary syringe with two tips, an oil mister, and two spatulas.
$44.95 at uncommon goods.com
Chanukah-themed, brightly-colored, soft cotton footie pajamas come in sizes 6 months to 6 years. Coordinating nightgown and two-piece pajama set also available.
$36; $32.40/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
When it first appeared in 1980, Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century was adored by Jewish audiences — and aroused antagonism from critics. Why did Warhol create this series? How did he select the 10 figures? This illustrated book by Richard Meyer examines the history of Ten Portraits, discusses the celebrated subjects, and more.
$20; $18/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
“Mazel Means Good Luck,” the fifth album released by Metropolitan Klezmer was recorded live at The Emelin Theatre and includes a rare Yiddish ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
$21.95; $19.76/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
Sixty coupons that make it easy to celebrate Jewish customs and culture year-round while gifting a sweet token of appreciation — from a homemade challah to a one-day grant for kvetching to your heart’s desire.
$8.95; $8.06/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
Oy vey, bubelleh, the kinder are going to kvell over Yiddish for Babies by Janet Perr! The farbisseners, the alte kockers, the pishers, the machatunim…the ganseh mishpocheh!
$12.99; $11.69/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
For the golfer who has everything — more golf! The Go Play Golf eGift Card offers a choice of 5,000 public golf courses or 1,000 private clubs nationwide. Golf lessons provided by PGA instructors at most courses.
$100 at cloud9livinginc.com
This gorgeous Chanukah-themed gift-box from Israel’s all-natural Lin’s Farm, is packed with gourmet treats — plus a bottle of Israeli wine from internationally acclaimed vineyards.
$99 at judaicawebstore.com
Luminous Art: Hanukka Menorahs of the Jewish Museum by Susan L. Braunstein showcases more than 100 menorahs, ranging across centuries and continents, and shedding light on the Jewish tradition that produced them.
$19.99; $17.99/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
Perfect to wear to your favorite exercise class is the “Shvitz It Out” muscle tank from Unkosher Market. Comes in sweats, bags and more. Fabric sourced and sewn in
$48; $43.20/Jewish Museum members at shop.thejewishmuseum.org
Learn to fly a helicopter. Introductory session includes 15-minute briefing, 45 minutes of flight time. Share the experience with two friends. At Danbury Municipal Airport,
$335 at cloud9livinginc.com
Wrapped in a beautiful Star of David gift box, each night of Chanukah the recipient opens a new part of the container to reveal a delectable kosher treat. Part of the Harry & David’s Signature Light Fruit-of-the-Month Collection. See holidays at harryanddavid.com
For (Jewish) Film Lovers…and Others
The Mandell JCC in West Hartford is known for — among many other top-notch programs — its annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival.
Recently released, the line-up of films scheduled for the 2018 festival, which will held
March 8 – 18, are sure to make a great gift for the movie lovers and others on your list. Watch for the film festival brochure or find out more by visiting mandelljcc.org or calling (860) 236-4571. Here’s a quick look at the films scheduled (all are 2016 or 2017 releases):
Sammy Davis Jr.:
I’ve Gotta Be Me
Act of Defiance
And Then She Arrived
A Story from Ghana
Bye Bye Germany
In Between (Bar Bahar)
Keep the Change
The History of Love
Raise the Roof
The Essential Link:
The Story of Wilfred Israel
Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels