Hanukkah on Main Street 2016: Where to Shop and Where Not

It’s time for my roundup of Hanukkah at the big nation-wide home retailers and there are some big surprises this year. Let’s get right into it…

Williams Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma is usually so traditional, I don’t fancy it but this year’s Hanukkah offering is much more to my taste. This eclectic set of salad plates is so gorgeous and because it is devoid of Hanukkah-specific motifs, can be used for any Jewish holiday. Microwaveable and dishwasher safe, thank you very much. I’m super bummed their marble menorah isn’t kosher but their crystal menorah is. Unfortunately, it has the kosher price too. All in all, absolutely gorgeous stuff. Leaves the other retailers in the dust.  Shop the entire Williams-Sonoma Hanukkah Collection here.

Williams Sonoma Hanukkah Plates | Chai & Home

Marble Menorah | Chai & Home

Crystal Menorah | Chai & Home

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel’s line this year is dominated by two whimsical directions: a menorah illustration and a modern dreidel motif. If you love these illustrations, you are in luck because they put them on everything…plates, placemats, napkins, you name it. The dreidel direction is more targeted for the “kids table” because everything is in melamine. My favorite item is their rectangular latke tray which also makes a great menorah tray. No new dreidels this year (boo, I love their dreidels) but they do have a pretty Cloisonné Dreidel Ornament. Too bad I don’t have a tree to hang it on. Check out the entire Crate & Barrel Hanukkah Collection.

Crate & Barrel Hanukkah | Chai & Home

Crate and Barrel Hanukkah | Chai & Home

 

Pottery Barn

Big disappointment at Pottery Barn this year. After a really fresh design last year, they returned to a more traditional style from two years ago I wasn’t keen on…but it’s growing on me. The dinnerware features a tree of life menorah that is quite attractive and the table linens have dreidels mixed with botanical motifs. I’m not a big fan of their new, squat menorah. The ever-popular menorah salt and pepper shaker is still there and continues to bounce on and off the sale rack. The table linens are already on sale so if you are loving this look it is already a good time to buy. Shop the Pottery Barn Hanukkah line.

Pottery Barn Hanukkah | Chai & Home

 

West Elm

West Elm hasn’t returned to anything near their great 2014 collection, but they have this new cast metal menorah which looks very IKEA-esque. With a built-in drip catcher, it looks like someone is using their loaf in the design department.

Cast Metal Menorah from West Elm | Chai & Home

 

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond has their usual menagerie of interesting and sometimes tacky Hanukkah accoutrements. The menorah collection looks very good but there seems to have been an explosion of the Mensch in a Bench plushy franchise.  Two items I thought were particularly notable: this dancing dreidels projection system and this modern menorah table runner. I’m being serious about that projection system, it would be cool indoors for a big Hanukkah party. I wonder if the letters are really projected backwards like in this picture. See the entire Bed, Bath and Beyond Hanukkah Collection here.

Dancing Dreidels Projection System | Chai & Home

Modern Menorah Table Runner | Chai & Home

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 continues to cater to the Chrismukkah crowd. Lots of ornaments and circular wreaths. I thought the only thing worthwhile was this Dreidel Wall Decor, which is kind of cool. See the entire Pier 1 Imports Hanukkah line here.

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Absolutely nothing at my local Target, which is very unusual, but I did go to a “small” one. Online it looks nothing special. Nothing at World Market either. Bummer. Have you seen any must-have purchases this year?

L’Chaim!

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