Because I have a lot of new readers since my inaugural post on Christmas Shopping for Jews, I thought I’d re-post it with a special reminder to get out there this weekend so you can get stocked up for all your Jewish celebrations this year.
Don’t forget to think about all the Jewish holidays as you shop: Sukkot and decorating your Sukkah, Passover, fast-breaking dinners, and even next Hanukkah. Take a moment to reflect on your entertaining last year before you go out and make a list so you don’t go overboard.
Everything I love is on sale now, but pay particular attention to these things which are heavily discounted:
You’ll never get a better price than now on string lights and lit branches. String lights are particularly useful in the sukkah so think about your schach when you order. Don’t forget micro string lights too! You can use them all year round.
Ornaments & Holiday Decor
Of course, you won’t put them on a tree, but think about ball ornaments for bowl displays and stars you can hang in your sukkah. Pomegranate themes are common at Christmas and you’ll be thrilled you bought them when Rosh Hashanah comes around. Also, if you fancy yourself a Snowy Shtetl, this is the time to look for little houses.
The non-essential, festive stuff is heavily discounted now: napkins, napkin rings and chargers. Don’t settle for sets in numbers less than you really need though. If you always entertain 8 don’t settle for 6. Don’t forget trays that you can use under a menorah.
Dreidels and menorahs are on sale. Check out your favorite Judaica retailer and that Hanukkah merchandise on Main Street that you loved. It will all be on sale now.
Candles and Candleholders
A lot of stores have candles at least 50% off and Hanukkah candles are heavily discounted. Buy now for next year. Candle holders of every description are on sale too so if you don’t have a pair of shabbat candlesticks you love yet, now is a great time to buy.