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As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have enough tealight holders. I like basic ones that can be used in a variety of settings and holidays. IKEA’s RÖNÅS Tealight Holder fits that bill. It has a beautiful, elegant shape and color. It would fit right in with the Autumn’s Gold shabbat style and the Dark and Daring Hanukkah style.

It is $2.49 in IKEA’s cash and carry section.

Ronas Tealight Holder

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There are dreidels for every taste and purpose. Some are functional, some are not. Some have the Hebrew letters on them, some do not. Some are made for playing with, others are just for show. There are modern ones, traditional ones, ones made of plastic. You get my point. In the end, there is nothing so lovely during Hanukkah as a beautiful display of dreidels. If you don’t have at least a small selection, this should be on your bucket list.

There are a few things I look for in a dreidel. First, call me traditional but I like a dreidel to look like a dreidel. To me, this means four sides and some clear way to spin it. Even if the dreidel is just for show I like it to look functional. And it must have the Hebrew letters on it. Without the letters, its just no fun. Lastly, like my menorot, I prefer a dreidel out of classic materials like metal or wood and I prefer one with a timeless style that I won’t get tired of year after year.

Here are my favorites this year:


Cut Out Sterling Silver Draydel ($65) from The Source for Everything Jewish


Brass Tulip Dreidel with Yellow Stones ($25.95) from Judaica Mall


Spice Box Draydel ($125) from The Source for Everything Jewish


Sterling Silver Dreidel with Stones and Large Hebrew Letters ($138) from World of Judaica

Sterling Silver Dreidel with Stones and Large Hebrew Letters


Jerusalem Olive Wood Dreidel ($9.95) from Judaism.com. This shows that a beautiful display dreidel doesn’t have to be expensive.

Jerusalem Olive Wood Dreidel


Wood and Pewter Jewish Symbols Dreidel ($52.95) from Judaica Mall


Silver Leaves Dreidel ($164.95) from Traditions Jewish Gifts.  An exception to my rule of four sides for a truly exceptional dreidel.


Sterling Silver Filigree Dreidel ($79.95) from Traditions Jewish Gifts


Floral Jewish Star Dreidel ($17.95) from Traditions Jewish Gifts. I love the simplicity of this dreidel. It makes me feel like the kind of dreidel my grandmother would have played with. Its a little bitty guy but precious.

Floral Jewish Star Dreidel


Filigree Cobalt Dreidel By Quest ($90) from Judaism.com

Filigree Cobalt Dreidel by Quest


So those are my favorite dreidels on the market today. Check out my Hanukkah Styles posts for how these are used in a stylescape. Go to my Hanukkah: Dreidels Pinterest Board to pin any of these for future reference.

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As I mentioned previously in Decorating Basics: The Secret of the Triangle, it is critical that you have a focal point in your holiday or table display. The problem during Hanukkah, however, is that the menorah is often not tall enough on its own to be a good top of the triangle. To solve this, here are some ideas on how you can elevate your menorah.

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Gold is a great decorating theme in autumn (its finally autumn in LA). It is not only reminiscent of the season, but gold has been long associated with Jews. In the Torah, G-d commanded the Jews to make the Temple out of gold and long after, when Jews became renowned for moneylending, have other peoples associated Jews with gold as well.

Although we are only talking “goldy looking” in this post, gold can be an element in almost any Jewish holiday and you can reuse your gold pieces any time of year. The Autumn’s Gold style reduces the bling factor by combining gold elements with natural textures, such as grasses, linen and wood.

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