Gift Guides

03/24/2015 | | Culture Editor | Gift Guides

For the polite Passover guest, it’s nice to show up with a dish or gift in hand. For those taking the latter route, here are a selection of gifts that have both beauty and meaning, with some fun, too.

12/09/2014 | | Culture Editor | Gift Guides

’Great miracles happen everywhere” spins on the message of the dreidel. In Israel, visit Draydel House, a gallery showcasing 800 handmade varieties of dreidels in the newly redeveloped Sarona neighborhood of Tel Aviv, or online (where there’s a smaller selection). All are the work of Eran Grebler, a second-generation ceramicist who has been making draydels and other Judaica for more than 30 years. His dreidels, which may be in the shapes of helicopters or elephants, and may be for occasions other than Chanukah, are produced using unconventional techniques. Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to spin. Sarona, in the heart of Tel Aviv, features historical buildings dating back to the German Templar settlement in 1871.

04/02/2014 | | Culture Editor | Gift Guides

Barbara Shaw tells the entire story of Passover on this bold, Pharaoh-print cloth that might be a tea towel or a table cover ($19). Her work is designed and made in Israel; the icons are hand-printed on linen, here in brick red. Born in Australia and now living in Jerusalem, Shaw blends ancient themes and contemporary design in her original textile work.

11/19/2013 | | Culture Editor | Gift Guides

One of the first English words to appear in the Yiddish newspapers in the early years of the 20th century was “present,” Dianne Ashton explains in “Hanukkah: A History” (NYU Press). A gift at Chanukah seemed like a very American gesture. Editors urged gift giving, and advertisers soon linked holiday emotions and shopping.