The Jewish Museum Staff Holiday Gift Guide Read More
Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on December 22. To help you find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list, our staff selected some of their favorite products from The Jewish Museum Shop.
When was the last time you saw a well-designed holiday card meant expressly for Hanukkah? This playful note card is based on a vibrant 1964 block letter pattern by Elaine Lustig Cohen. The celebrated artist and graphic designer was known for her witty and sophisticated poster art and catalogue covers for such iconic Jewish Museum exhibitions as 1966’s Primary Structures. Let this colorful card light up your holiday season.
— Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator
I love the sleek design, weight, and timeless feel of this dreidel. The well-crafted wooden stand elevates this object from a more traditional children’s toy to a statement piece accentuating my home. It also comes at an affordable price point, making it a perfect gift for friends and loved ones who invite us to their Hanukkah parties!
— Cindy Caplan,
Chief Counsel & Talent Officer
My thoughtful team gifted this menorah to me to celebrate my 40th birthday. This gift meant a lot to me, as my grandmother’s menorah — one that has been handed down in my family for generations — was lost in a recent move. But now, I too have one to pass down.
This menorah stands out to me for its rainbow design––an important symbol of pride and inclusion, reminding us the power of art to enrich our understanding of the world.
— Jonah Nigh, Acting Deputy Director, Development
Perfect for any latke party host who loves holiday décor, these Dreidel Salt and Pepper Shakers make outstanding gifts. This year, I gave a set to my mother — I can imagine her bringing these out year after year as Hanukkah approaches and enjoying their festive charm.
— Jenna Bastian,
Director of Membership
Although I don’t technically celebrate Hanukkah, I always celebrate beautiful objects. This metallic, bagel-shaped menorah caught my eye over a year ago as a gorgeous tabletop piece, but also because it came in all the iPhone colors: silver, gold, and rose gold. As a millennial tech nerd, it has since become my go-to holiday gift to friends who also celebrate beautiful objects, Hanukkah, or both.
— JiaJia Fei,
Director of Digital
This mug by Los Angeles-based artist Peter Shire makes an outstanding gift for any creatives in your life. I like the balance between the purposeful, exaggerated forms of the object and the playful, kind of thoughtfully haphazard splatter of the glaze. The production process means that no two mugs are alike. Functional, unique, and sculptural — what more could you ask for?
— Jamie Auriemma,
Manager of Teen Programs
This collection of wooden bracelets, selected to complement the Museum’s current exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, is a wonderful reflection of American folk art. I love statement pieces, especially when they are graphic in nature. My bracelet features a beautiful red bird with a very long neck and is surrounded by flowers. Each of these items are one-of-a-kind and hand-painted by artist Joan Shaver.
— Yeliz Secerli,
Director of Design
My kids love this silly story and read it all year round, along with other fabulous books like The Missing Letters and All-of-a-Kind Hanukkah. I love having a selection of books for every holiday and make the celebrations last longer.
— Sarah Supcoff,
Marketing & Communications
Shop our complete selection of Hanukkah gifts at the Jewish Museum Shop or online at shop.thejewishmuseum.org.