It starts Sunday. So I emailed to ask my friend Marjorie, author, journalist, and far more observant Jew than I why it is that cute, un-tacky Hanukkah paraphernalia is so tough to find—because I knew she’d have greater insight into the matter than me. “It is a SHONDEH* that it is so hard! she replied. “There seems to be a current design gap between the Old-School-Star-Of-David-Menorah-Dreidelfest and new school, sardonic hyuk-hyuk self-aware, self-mocking deliberately ugly kitsch and nothing between the two. Perhaps this is a statement about where we are as an American Jewish community: caught between the sweetly sincere tackiness of our immigrant progenitors and and tiresome millennial EDGE.” Thanks, Marjorie, and well-stated. The following items, I’m hoping you’ll agree, hit that middle ground. First up: this chocolate Gelt—which replicates actual Judean coins from the most ancient of times.
On the topic of menorahs, my philosophy is that wacky is bad (unless it’s for the kids) and less is more. Also, choose one that looks like it is in a groove with the design of your home. I actually found a number of good ones, but liked this best.
The cutest driedels ever, made of Legos.
Finding acceptable Hannukah cards is especially tough sledding, but this amused (even as it stands guilty of Marjorie’s pre-stated millennial edge).
Finding acceptable Hannukah wrapping paper is tougher sledding still. But this sheet—which details, with illustrations, the instructions for making latkes—is not without its charms.
Perfectly cute gift tags.
*For the uninitiated: A shondeh is Yiddish for shame or scandal.