Monday, December 3, 2012

Oh, Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah, Already?

This blog comes from our communications assistant, Emily, who is clearly more organized that I am, considering she has a lot of her shopping done already.

As enjoyable as this time of year can be, it’s no secret that it can be pretty stressful, too. For weeks we must exhaust our creativity and wallets trying to come up with the perfect Hanukkah gifts for all our loved ones. Now, with only a few days left until Hanukkah begins, we’ve definitely entered the final stretch in the present-buying race. If you haven’t gotten all your gifts already, you might be feeling pressed for time, but there’s no need to panic! The  Pickman Museum Shop makes Hanukkah shopping not only painless, but enjoyable as well. 

Both the shop and its website have a special section of suggested items for Hanukkah, making it is easy to find something for people of all ages. If you or someone you know are in the market for a new menorah, the shop has a beautiful and varied collection; you’ll be able to find unique, hand-crafted menorahs that come from countries such as varied as Israel and Haiti. The shop boasts traditional, brass menorahs, small, travel-sized menorahs that are perfect for college dorm rooms, sophisticated modern designs, and even playful ones perfect for young families. My favorite features Noah and his ark-full of animals. 

Dreidels are also important to any Hanukkah celebration, and the shop has many vibrant dreidels. They may not all be made out of clay, but there are some truly beautiful dreidels made from materials ranging from recycled paper to paper maché dreidels to beautifully hand-painted wooden models for display. There are also plenty of less adorned wood and metal dreidels for the more practical use of playing!

For avid readers, the shop has a plethora of books about the holiday, including the humorous “How to Spell Chanukah,” as well as a large quantity of non-Hanukkah related works in every genre from history to fiction. To liven up a party, we can suggest some festive music for Hanukkah. 

The shop has great items for children including toys and games for boys and girls of all ages. Pick up a mini-American Girl “Rebecca” doll, a Hanukkah rubber duck, and or a coloring book. The shop also offers numerous children’s books that explain the history and traditions of Hanukkah so that kids will be able to understand the full meaning of the eight nights.

For the women in your life, the shop also has a stunning collection of jewelry made by artists such as Yair Emmanuel and Michal Negrin.

Not only will you be able to find the perfect last minute gifts, but all proceeds from the Pickman Museum Shop benefit educational programs here at the museum, so you can rest assured that your money is going towards a very good cause. Best of all, we are now offering free shipping through December 15.

So stop by and do some shopping, or check out our online shop. The first candle is Saturday night.

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