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Dec 15 2014

Jewish Grandma Creates #GiveGeltForGood to Redefine Hanukkah for Her Grandchildren

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Jewish Grandma Creates #GiveGeltForGood to Redefine Hanukkah Gifting

Awesome bubbe alert! One of Kveller’s readers, Joyce Kamen, has come up with a pretty sweet idea when it comes to Hanukkah gifting — and she wants to share it with everyone.

Kamen’s plan? To give her three grammar school-age grandchildren a check to be split equally among them, which they will then donate to charities or causes of their choice. Once they do that, they get a sweatshirt commemorating their good deed — and also a ton of bubbe love (which we all know is priceless.)  Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 18 2013

Hanukkah Gift Guide: For the Kid Who Prefers to Stay Indoors

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For the parents of the kid who would rather play an instrument than soccer, this gift guide is for you!

1. Hohner Kids Toddle Music Band ($21.99) Your little one will rock out and have a blast with this toddler music set, complete with a xylophone, sea drum, bells, and beads!


2. Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set ($17.49) We truthfully want this for ourselves. This all inclusive art set includes water colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, paintbrushes, and pencils. Your refrigerator door will be thoroughly decorated for years. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 4 2013

Hanukkah Gift Guide: For the Hipster Toddler

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hipster toddler black glasses

If your toddler is the proud owner of 3T skinny jeans, black-rimmed glasses, or anything with a mustache on it, let’s face it: you’ve got a hipster toddler. This Hanukkah, embrace their cool factor with some of our favorite gifts for the trendy toddler set.

1. Converse All Stars for kids ($23-$45). These Chucks are perfect for the little hipster who can’t tie his shoes yet. Pair with skinny jeans and BAM, you’re ready to walk the streets of Brooklyn. Bonus gift? The Retro Pillow Hightop ($19.00) so they can look fly even when they nap.

converse all stars for kids

2. Little Yids Chanukitty Hanukkah Sweater ($38). Now that we’ve got the shoes covered, let’s take care of another hipster classic: the ugly holiday sweater. To be honest, this one isn’t even that ugly. In fact, it’s pretty darn cute. Also of note: the Little Yids Spinmaster SweaterRead the rest of this entry →

Jun 3 2013

Birthday Parties: Is Asking for Donations Instead of Gifts Too Preachy?

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lego set with falg“Partying all night” now means the yearly ritual where my husband, my son, and I open his birthday gifts after the last cranky guest has left for the evening. (This year, my night-owl daughter may well join us.) Hey, it’s the closest thing we Jewish families have to Christmas.

Amid fallen streamers and crumpled napkins, we paw at tissue paper to discover sets of Legos, puzzles that beep mysteriously, rickety railroad sets. With delight, Josh and Sam extract the toys, even ones we already have (in their view, there’s no such thing as too many Imperial Star Destroyers) and squeeze them into the mounds of crap climbing every inch of our wall space. When they move on to the next gift I quietly salvage the packaging and pocket the gift receipt, mapping out my return route for Monday. If it doesn’t have a gift receipt, I’m even more determined to try. Refund or bust! Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 1 2013

Kveller’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

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Father’s Day is just two weeks away, which means if you’re anything like us, you haven’t quite figured out what to get the dad in your life. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas to get you started.

secondbutton custom shirt

Classic Dad
You can never go wrong with a new shirt for dad, unless he doesn’t actually like it. Let him design his own with a custom-tailored shirt from SecondButton ($80). Kveller readers get a 10% discount by using the code “Kveller” at checkout.

Abraham & Isaac & Jacob T-shirt

Jewish Jokester Dad
If your dad is more of a Jewish jokester who appreciates a witty t-shirt, check out this awesome Abraham & Isaac & Jacob Jewish Patriarch t-shirt ($24). All the cool Jewish dads are wearing it.

jewish jocks

Sports Lover Dad
No matter what his team, the sports loving dad will love Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame ($18.27) which explores Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners.

iphone photo printer

Techy Dad
If Dad is the family iPhone photog, he’ll be thrilled to learn there’s an easy way to print all those pictures of the little ones. Plop your phone onto the Photo Cube iPhone Color Printer ($129.61) and voila.

cardamam coffee

Caffiene-Dependent Dad
Is dad not fully human until he’s had his morning coffee? If so, try this awesome and very intense authentic Nachle Israeli black coffee spiced with cardamom ($10).

Kveller is part of a not-for-profit organization and receives a percentage of the proceeds of any purchase you make using our links. Wishing a happy Father’s Day to you and any dads in your life!

May 2 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Jordana Wants

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Jordana HornNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). To get us started, here’s Jordana Horn’s wish list.


1. The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden

the book of jewish food

I lost my copy of this book about 20 years ago and for some reason have never replaced it. I LOVE THIS BOOK. The recipes are far-ranging and delicious, and the text, stories of the far-flung Jewish diaspora, are intriguing and would definitely cause me to burn food. I made an Indian-themed dinner for a boyfriend 20 years ago and after he took the first bite, he said he should marry me. He didn’t, but that’s neither here nor there: the point is the food is incredibly tasty.

2. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California

dk eyewitness travel guide: california

I love these guidebooks and would love to get a copy of this so that I can spend my oh-so-many idle moments dreaming away about what I will do on my 40th birthday vacation getaway with my husband this summer. That’s right folks, ONE WEEK WITHOUT THE KIDS, JUST ME AND MY HUSBAND IN BLISSFUL CALIFORNIA. Fine, there’s the kid in my uterus–I told you I can never even go to the bathroom alone, let alone on a weeklong vacation.



3. Some kind of prenatal facial/massage thing at Destination Maternity

spa setAn afternoon or morning spent in bathrobed bliss, drooling.




The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that I can’t actually buy:

A magic pill I could take after giving birth to a healthy baby by which I would immediately fit back into my pre-maternity clothes. Hell, let’s make the pill have the side effects of giving me perky boobies, a springy butt, and eradicate all traces of circles under my eyes too.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

Mar 14 2013

Passover Shopping Guide: Gifts for the Seder Host

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If you’re not hosting your own seder but attending someone else’s this year, it’s a nice gesture to bring a little host gift. After all, they are feeding you tons of food, pouring a lot of wine, and retelling the entire Exodus story. That’s a lot to be thankful for! Here are some of our favorite gift ideas.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook ($35) Remind them that soon, they won’t have to make everything with matzah meal. Deb Perelman of The Smitten Kitchen recently came out with a very popular cookbook and everything looks ah-maz-ing.

smitten kitchen cookbook

Yiddish Wisdom Coasters ($18) These bright and colorful coasters have popular Yiddish sayings like “One friend is better than 10 relatives” and “Man plans and God laughs.” Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 30 2012

Hanukkah Gift Guide 2012: For the Childless Aunt & Uncle

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When it comes to gift giving, kids are easy–shiny toys, or even just the box the toy came in, seem to do the trick. But what about these mysterious creatures known as young adults? The young and childless aunts and uncles of the world do a great job of kvelling over your kids, so pay them back with some of these amazing gifts from ModernTribe.

hanukkah dreidel sweaters

If the young man or woman has a very ironic sense of humor, they’ll definitely rock these holiday sweaters–Spinster Hanukkah Sweater ($65) and Spinmaster Hanukkah Sweater ($65). It’s the Hanukkah edition of the “ugly Christmas sweater” and yes, it will be a hit at parties. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 29 2012

Hannukah Gift Ideas: Board Games for Preschoolers

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where is hello kittyMy big girl just turned 4 years old, and she got several games for her birthday. I’m psyched. I love games. I spent my childhood playing Parcheesi with my father, Boggle with my mother, and cards with my grandmother and cousins. I spent a summer slamming Dominos on a small wooden table in the countryside of the Dominican Republic, and I’m still trying to beat my father at gin.

Armed with these happy memories, I gladly sat down on our living room floor to play Chutes and Ladders with my daughters. Twenty minutes and many, many chutes later, we weren’t much closer to anyone winning, and I was ready to poke my eyes out. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 28 2012

Hanukkah Gift Guide 2012: Jewish Toys for Kids

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What to get for the kiddos this Hanukkah? Finding gifts that are at least a little Jewish is always a plus. Consider making some of these great gifts from ModernTribe part of your kids’ eight nights.

yoda mezuzahThe perfect mezuzah for any star wars lover, this is. It’s one of the many Star Wars LEGO Mezuzahs ($35-$45), including ones featuring Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Count Dooku, Mace Windu. If you’ve got more of a Hello Kitty fan on your hands, we’ve got that covered too. Read the rest of this entry →


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