'Tis the season, but these thoughtful presents are guaranteed people-pleasers all year ‘round
FOR THE BELIEVER:
Gift this to your most superstitious friend and watch their crazy thoughts light up like wildfire. The world of the luckiest symbols, charms, talismans, colors, and stones can be found in its user-friendly pages and (fingers crossed!) readers will find exactly what they’re looking for.
The childhood bear of your kids’ dreams is coming to a mall near you...Dubido Factory lets you choose a stuffed lovie of your choice (from unicorns to elephants and more) and then your child can watch it come to life before his or her very eyes. They can create, assemble and customize it with a ‘birth certificate’, change of clothes, ‘heart’ full of wishes and even a message recorder stitched inside.
Israeli ceramicist Irit Goldberg has been hand crafting her stunning pieces for decades and selling them out of her quaint shop in one of the unassuming alleys of Old Jaffa for years. Happen upon this spot and fall madly in love. Even the gorgeous retailer Anthropologie picked up Goldberg’s designs for their housewares department!
Specializing in modern and creative wooden toys, the Israeli company Kipod taps into the child’s formative mind and ignites a challenge both developmentally and imaginatively. Expect artfully elaborative puzzles, pom poms, masks and more.
Whether you crave a sabbatical, technology detox or a serious break from the world’s harsh realities, this stunning travelogue-cum-memoir is a dizzying chronicle of wanderlust and just might spur some flights in your future.
We could all use a stash of change here and there and Elli, the adorable coin bank by the Israeli design company Monkey Business, actually makes it fun to teach kids about saving up – or just for simply serving as a better place than the bottom of your purse...
These ‘Happy Birds’ by M.Direktor are fashionable and sweet, humorous and lovable all at once. Available in cards and prints, they make a perfect, frameable gift for young and old and in-between.
Shop on Etsy: MdirektorArt
FOR THE DESIGNOPHILES:
Artist Tzachi Nevo crafts his wood masterpieces and sells them all over the world – including out of his inspirational studio in south Tel Aviv. From hamsas and insects to modern African masks, the designs are vibrant and unexpected.
Sun-Fri by appointment 75 Kibbutz Galuyot, Tel Aviv 052-4816481 (umasqu.com)
FOR THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS COLD:
Grab a pair of cozy tights from cult Israeli brand Zohara ASAP. Better yet, take advantage of their ‘mommy & me’ series boasting twinning prints in both adult and mini-me sizes. Let the photo ops begin.
This Tel Aviv-based indie contemporary art magazine showcases creators from across the globe who hone in on one specific theme for each issue. Issue #15 ‘Island’ features 47 postcards full of color, conceptualism and acute interpretations.
Itching for something new and fresh? Let these 50 inspirational, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants prompts lead the way to light up your next move – including ‘create an alter ego for a day’ and see what happens...
Parisian Atelier Beaurepaire in Canal Saint Martin brings the heat. And now they’ve opened a travelling pop up shop in Tel Aviv. Next stop? Florentine. The unisex label featuring bold and brazen African prints gets even fresher plastered on fitted jumpsuits and hoodied sweatshirts.
Call Stefan for where & when: 053-9402956
FOR THE CULINARY OBSESSED:
Little Book of Jewish feasts
Perfect your main dish game for all of the Jewish holidays throughout the year, including balsamic & brown sugar brisket and perfectly spicy chraime.
All-star Israeli chef Ori Menashe divulges all of his delectable secrets from his LA-based rustic Italian eatery in a fun, user-friendly format.
He says it from the get-go: revered Israeli/British chef Ottolenghi has crafted this gorgeous tome for experienced restaurant chefs cooking at home.
Because Ottolenghi can do no wrong...here is another cookbook by the culinary wunderkind – this time with desserts like tahini and halva brownies.
LOCAL GIFT BOXES:
The Israeli fashion entrepreneur now has gift boxes boasting beautifully-curated local products – from handmade soap to printed scarves. karen-shavit.com
These selective offerings are based on monthly and quarterly subscriptions including artisanal Israeli food, beauty, design and lifestyle products. mashumashubox.com
The subscription boxes contain Israeli-made items, including options like camel-milk soap, za’atar pesto, and anise-flavored wildflower honey. thematanashop.com