Some say Hanukkah’s giftiness was created as a response to the retail-heavy festivities of Christmas – it doesn’t have the same religious significance as Yom Kippur or Passover.
But regardless, ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved everything that comes with the eight-day celebration. Crisp golden latkes heaped with applesauce. That sweet little box of multicolored candles. The simple act of taking the menorahs (yes, plural!) out of the hall closet. And – of course – the presents.
This year, Hanukkah comes early – sundown on December 8 – so I’m already well into checking off my gift lists. Below, peek at eight day’s worth of go-to gifts (including two DIYs that cost under $10…. shh).
Cookie mix in a mason jar. I plan on gifting this perfectly buttery sugar cookie mix – complete with Star of David cookie cutters – to the family friend who’s hosting this year’s annual Hanukkah party.
Cozy cashmere throw. Paired with a box of spiced hot cocoa and a New York Times bestseller, this luxe blanket is the ultimate cozy-day gift for Mom.
Divided pan. Seemingly random at first look, this pan is actually a strangely ideal gift for my 20-year-old sister – who finds the thought of mixing foods absolutely horrendous.
DIY notecards. Sublimely simple to make, all these notecards require is a whimsical stamp, some ink, and card stock. I’m making loads – and tying them up with grosgrain ribbon – then adding them to gifts left and right.
Le Creuset utensil crock. I’m filling this up with kitcheny treats – blueberry balsamic vinegar, a smidgen of truffle oil, and fresh brioche – and gifting to a foodie friend who can’t get enough of this iconic brand.
The Night Circus. The best book I’ve read in years, Erin Morgenstern’s read is the perfect mix of Marquez-esque magical realism and the undeniable magic of the circus (think Water for Elephants). Dad will adore.
Jocelyn fur earmuffs. I’m hugely obsessed with fur this year – and these lush, cold-weather musts are just the thing for my roommate, who’s never braved a Boston winter.
Essie® nail polish. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love essie. I’m buying Beyond Cozy – a silvery gold glitter – in spades this year. (And grabbing one for myself, too…)
By Joanna Berliner, Editor
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