Shalom Life | February 10, 2014

The Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: RECAP [BONUS GIVEAWAY]

Join us as we recap the highlights of our 8-day Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide, and take part in our bonus giveaway with AlefBet, which creates custom wooden Hebrew letters

By: Daniel Koren

Published: November 21st, 2013 in News » World


Day 6: Mibblio

If you've ever paid attention during Sukkot, Passover, Hanukkah, or essentially any Jewish holiday, you'll notice that there is a great deal of singing involved with Judaism, and that if you don't know the words, humming along really doesn't quite do the trick.

But thanks to Mibblio, whose mandate is to 'enable kids to play and create music in the context of illustrated story songs by notable artists', today's younger generation can learn a variety of fun, family-friendly tunes to jam along to.

And this year, just in time for Hanukkah, they've teamed up with iconic Jewish musician Matisyahu, transforming his famous 'Happy Hanukkah' into a 'mibblet,' which allows users to learn every verse, every musical bar, every instrument used and every word of the song with their illustrative, storybook-telling, unique technology.

This year's Hanukkah got a whole lot louder.

Day 7: Traditions Jewish Gifts

For Day 7 of the Guide, we decided to recommend an online store whose products are so versatile, wide-ranging, and fun, you'll be able to find gifts for your three-year-old niece, your scandalous next-door neighbour, your dimwitted best friend, and your delightfully charming grandpapa, all while perusing within the confines of a single URL address.

Yes, thanks to Traditions Jewish Gifts (a Jewish online Wal Mart of sorts), you can find both religious and non-religious items, jewellery, mezuzahs, holiday gifts like dreidels and menorahs, picture frames, kitchen gifts, wedding gifts, dolls, the list goes on and on. And, as the company's Wendy Silver-Gordon tells me, there's even a 'When Holidays Collide' collection that 'has been getting everyone excited'.

Day 8: Mensch on a Bench

For our final day of the Guide, we searched endlessly to find the most trending, topical, and awesome gift idea available in time for the Holidays. We're now proud to say that we've found it: the amusing, educational, and hilarious Jewish action figure and book set: the Mensch on a Bench.

Now, on to our BONUS GIVEAWAY.


You may recall that a few weeks ago we posted about a Toronto-based entrepreneur, Cara Bensimon, and her latest business venture, AlefBet, providing a "one-of-a-kind gift for the home or cottage, easy to mount, available in various colours and with many fabulous custom designs."

“Custom designed Hebrew letters make for a unique and lasting gift for a new baby or for children at Chanukah time," Bensimon told us, "and many customers are ordering them for a DIY project or even for loot bags."

Now, in the spirit of the Hanukkah season, AlefBet is proud to partner with Shalom Life as the BONUS GIVEAWAY, and our special, 9th day addition to the Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide.

GIVEAWAY: As the bonus addition to the Essential Gift Guide, AlefBet is pleased to offer a $50 gift certificate to go towards any of their custom-made wooden blocks. To enter, share this story via Facebook and/or Twitter and LIKE both AlefBet and Shalom Life on Facebook. Then send an email to contests@shalomlife.com with the headline ALEFBET.

The contest will run until Monday, November 25th.


Each letter via AlefBet is carefully painted and decorated by the busy “mompreneur”, who also offers letters with “bling” (glitter embellishments) or a stylish wrapping technique. Bensimon boasts a quick turnaround time, her letters come in three standard sizes, and are even available in unpainted solid wood for the DIY project.

As she says, it's the absolute perfect gift for Hanukkah, particularly for those parents trying to teach their children Hebrew!

Thanks for reading Shalom Life's Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide; hope it's provided you with some amazing gift ideas, and has made the holiday season a bit easier on you.

From all of us at Shalom Life, Hag Sameach!!!!!!

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