Chanukah is fast approaching and it’s time to buy some presents.
Don’t worry, local Jewish bookstores are full of choices that are sure to appeal to everyone on your list, at all stages of life. Frank’s Hebrew Book Store in South Euclid and Grand Judaica in Cleveland Heights offer many choices tailored to age and interests.
Both stores also carry nut-free chocolates, Hanukkah-themed candies, menorahs – from artwork to travel menorahs – toys and other items. And the owners are happy to offer recommendations to buyers.
Frank’s owner Chaim Frank shared some of the most popular articles along with a few suggestions.
For newborns to 3 years old, cute items like wooden bookends and Hanukkah bibs are always popular. For ages 3 to 5, options include My Play Wood Menorah ($ 22) and favorite books, “Fantastic Foto Hunt: Hanukah” ($ 14), which challenges kids to compare two similar photos and find them. eight differences in a Hanukkah theme. collection; and “Hoppy Hanukkah” by Linda Glaser (hardcover $ 12).
“Another very modest gift that the kids seem to love is the Hanukkah slime ($ 6),” Frank said.
For the 6-10 year old age group, Frank’s sells the Chanukah Magnetic Dartboard ($ 10), Rite Lite Chanukah Bracelet ($ 6), LED Gyro Dreidel ($ 6.50), and models in wood to build a Beit Hamikdash ($ 30). Gift suggestions for the whole family include the dreidel Maccabee Adventure board game ($ 26), and perfect for those moments, an “Eight Crazy Nights” face mask ($ 6).
Adults can also enjoy a large assortment of colorful and whimsical menorahs and dreidels to collect.
“People seem to like the new 2022 calendar, with beautiful engravings from the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam ($ 16),” Frank said. “We also have many other Hanukkah themed toys, wrapping paper, gift bags, cookie cutters, and decorations for the home or office. “
Grand Judaica is also full of great gift choices for every demographic. It offers necklaces ranging from $ 17 to $ 80 and menorahs.
The owner of Grand Judaica, Rabbi Yosef Heinemann, said: “Books are always popular for all age groups, especially comics for grades four through eight, and short stories and cookbooks for. the adults. “
Older children may be interested in “Power Plays” ($ 23) by Yonah Klein, while adults pick up “The Lights of Hanukah” by Rabbi Arieh Trugman. Other books that sell quickly include “Winter with the Kinder Velt” for younger kids.
“One of our most popular items is the ‘The Kichel Collection: Everyone’s Favorite Family’ series of books,” said Heinemann. “A lot of people bought ‘The Kichel Collection 2’ by Chani Judowitz and Bracha Stein ($ 30). Families with young children love to read it together. This is very fun.”
Other gifts for kids include the Uncle Moishy Coloring CD / Set, Singing Dreidels, ($ 5); The Magic Dreidel Ball (like a Jewish 8 Ball) ($ 7); Hanukkah glitter art kits ($ 3) and poster and foam kits by numbers ($ 5).
“The bouncing dreidel ($ 6) is flying off the shelves,” Heinemann said.
He added that the hottest items in the store are the Mitzvah Kinder Mentchees, which are human figurines and come in many sets for Shabbat and every holiday, including Chanukah, called “Chanukah with the Kinder Mitzvah ( $ 30) ”. Kid-themed menorahs abound, all in the $ 30- $ 35 range, including sports (general and specific sports, like basketball) and ballet, and whimsical menorah choices are plentiful.
A notable feature of these two stores is the selection of products from Israel.
“People really love the beautiful candles that we get from Israel,” Frank said. “It has been more difficult to get products in Israel because of what is happening in the world. But it is very important to buy now to support Israel. And we have some wonderful choices here at your local store.
Lisa Matkowsky is a freelance writer.