Day One

Start off your Hanukkah with celebratory musical classics by Sam Adler, Leo Low and Michael Isaacson. Songs include medleys such as B'rakhot L'hanukka and Ma'oz Tzur to name a few. There's a song for each day during the Festival of Lights, setting the mood with cheerful songs from the Old Country. Get your copy of Hanukkah Celebration from Takealot.com.

Day Two

Follow the age-old tradition of giving gelt this Hanukkah. We suggest that you get your sweet fill of chocolate money from Woolworths or from one of our favourite candy stores in Joburg, such as the legendary Dicks Sweets in Northcliff. Be sure to get quality chocolate gelt as we've found that unfortunately, some suppliers skimp on the good stuff.

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Day Three

Take the gelt trinket full circle and throw a beautiful coin purse from Frasers Luggage into the mix.

Day Four

Spoil your favourite people with a handmade mohair bear named Ben. This lovely little thing is crafted by the skilful hands of [email protected] and is available through Hello Pretty.

 

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Day Five

Fun for the entire family, the Tangram bear puzzle is a beautifully designed and handcrafted challenge to enjoy during the Festival of Lights.

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Day Six

Grab a colouring poster by the Colour Jar and keep the kiddos occupied this Hanukkah.

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Day Seven

Come along with Biscuit as he makes a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. It's a great time for stories, songs, food and friends! Get your copy of Biscuit's Hanukkah online at Takealot.com.

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Day Eight

Give back by donating to the Mensch Foundation. It believes that we all have the power to make a difference whether big or small through our professional work, by volunteering our time or by offering financial or in-kind support.

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By Shawn Greyling

Please note: Products and retailers were correct at time of publishing

Rosh Hashanah Market

The Norwood Rosh Hashanah Market is an annual event at Norwood Mall with plenty of stalls so you’re bound to find the perfect gift. How about a beautiful, handmade platter from Lauren Samakosky Ceramics? These well-crafted works of art will make even the fussiest of hosts happy! Otherwise, be sure to check out the yarmulkes made from old cold drink tins – how’s that for cool?

Where: Norwood Mall Centre Court, Sarie Marais Street, Norwood

Contact them on (011) 728 6640 for the latest market dates.

The Nut Lady

Dried fruit, nuts and nougat always make great gifts, especially when they’re put together so exquisitely and beautifully wrapped! Visit The Nut Lady to pick out the perfect Yom Tov gift. And don’t worry, if you don’t find what you’re looking for on their shelves, they can create custom hampers and gifts to suit your unique needs – talk about service!

For more information, click here.

Net Florist

Joburgers are notoriously busy, which means that not all of us have time to run to the shops to pick out gifts in time for the holidays – and that’s where NetFlorist comes in. You can order your present online! Whether you want to arrive with a Le Cruset honey pot or a pre-packaged jar of kosher nougat, simply click through to the Rosh Hashanah section on their website and browse away!

For more information, click here.

Selwyn Segal

Selwyn Segal is an inspiring organisation that cares for intellectually disabled people by providing accommodation, therapy and stimulation for 113 residents. They also offer various services to daily visitors to their daycare centre. The organisation has its own gift shop, where you can find food hampers that’ll wow your hosts. Gifts from the Selwyn Segal store can also be purchased online, which saves you plenty of time during that pre-Rosh Hashanah rush. How about a combo of wine, chocolate and biscuits? Sounds pretty good to us. An alternative gift would be to make a donation to the Selwyn Segal in someone’s name — you can make a donation by clicking going on their website.

For more information, click here.

The Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society

This is another great organisation that does amazing things for the Jewish community. They’ve got a wide selection of Rosh Hashanah gifts on their website, from a stack of coasters and a presentation of dried fruit to a set of Wilkinson stainless steel salad servers, which comes with chocolates. Tough choices lie ahead!

Where: The gifts are available at their offices in Sandringham Gardens and at the Norwood Mall Rosh Hashanah market.

For more information, click here.

Walters Nougat

Walters Nougat is a sweet and tasty treat that makes for a fantastic gift, too. These products are handmade using only the finest ingredients because it tastes better that way, of course! Check out their online order form and make your host’s Rosh Hashanah a sweet one.

For more information, click here.

We wish all of our Jewish readers a good Yom Tov and well over the fast!