Here at Kveller, we know that it can be hard to balance everything in your life–and then on top of it, people expect you to buy them gifts for Hanukkah? Not to worry, we’re here to help. This is the second installment in a series of Hanukkah gift guides aimed at the special people in your life. Enjoy–and happy shopping!
Imagine: It’s the first night of Hanukkah. The latkes are crackling in the frying pan. Y’all are gathered around the menorah, and with a crack and a hiss, the match ignites and the shamash glows. The room is bathed in the golden light of the hanukiah (menorah) while your family chants the ancient blessings over the candles.
After a succulent dinner–brisket, perchance?–it’s time to open presents. The kids go first . And then it’s her turn. She reads the card. She unties the blue ribbon. She peels back the layers of silver and white wrapping paper. She opens the box, and takes out… a shiny new toaster.
Uh uh. Please please PLEASE don’t let this happen to her!
Ok, so what does she want?
The best Hanukkah gifts for Her, directly from the women who want them:
1. The Kindle Fire seems to be a popular choice with the ladies. The sleek interface is a convenient alternative to schlepping around a book when you’re on the go. And for women who commute on public transportation, the Kindle Fire makes an interesting travel companion. If she already has a Kindle, the new iPhone 4s or a great DSLR camera seems like popular alternatives.
2. And on that note, a gift certificate to Amazon.com is always welcome–especially if someone bought her the Kindle Fire. (Hint hint.)
3. Let’s take her craving for a power nap and some down time and kick it up a notch. Why not send her off on a spa day? She’ll come home glowing.
4. And if you want to get her something sparkly, I have one word for you: Tiffany’s.
5. But if your budget is limited, why not offer her a service? Significant Others can score a lot of points with a cute coupon book with messages like “A cuddle coupon. Good for 2 hours of cuddling with the coupon-issuer in one of the following locations: in front of a roaring fire, on a porch swing, on a cozy couch or in a bed. TV is prohibited. Radio is permitted.” (le sigh) Grandparents, extended family and close friends could also offer (free) babysitting services so that Mom and Dad can actually use that, um, “cuddle coupon.” (Ahem.)
6. Do something original: Find a first edition of her favorite book. Find a photograph with meaning and have it framed. If she paints, get her art supplies. If she likes to write, buy her a beautiful journal and a cool pen. If she’s into music, concert tickets are a great choice. If she likes basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, whatever, then she won’t turn down tickets to see her favorite team.
7. Disclaimer: The following gift should not come from her parents. Or Aunt Esther and Uncle Bob: While she probably knows just how sexy and desirable she is, a little reminder never hurt. Yummy scented body lotions from Bath and Body Works will leave her feeling pampered. A cute camisole or bra and panty set from Victoria’s Secret is almost always appreciated. And if you want to give her something with a little more, um, shall we say, oomph then I suggest you check out Good Vibes. ‘Nuff said.
8. Gandhi was on to something when he said “be the change you wish to see in the world.” So, if she’s passionate about something–whether it’s ending world hunger, or the whole Occupy movement, or saving the spotted owls, then making a donation in her name is another thoughtful gift, and one that will touch her altruistic side. So while world peace seems a bit out of reach, Tikkun Olam–healing the world–is a step in the right direction.