Sheila's Out Shopping: Eight days of gifts

Hanukkah will be celebrated at sundown Dec. 8 and ends at sunset Dec. 17. This is the Jewish holiday known at the Festival of Lights and commemorates the rededication of the Temple when the Maccabees defeated the Greeks. A small a amount of oil was found to light the menorah in the temple, but a miracle occurred and the oil burned for eight days.

Jewish families around the world will light their menorahs every night for eight nights adding a new candle each night and eat foods cooked in oil to celebrate the miracle. Potato latkes (pancakes) and jelly doughnuts are the foods most people will eat and small gifts will be given each night. One of the gifts are usually Hanukkah gelt (money) and many will play with the dreidel (a top-like toy with a Hebrew letter on each side). The toy was devised to teach Jewish children the Hebrew alphabet with the letter Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin that spell out " A great miracle happened there."

This year, I found gifts that represent the symbols of Hanukkah.

Light the menorah and then fill your house with the scent of red roses from the 40-hour candle by Jo Malone from Saks Fifth Avenue.

While the older children and adults are playing with the dreidels, little ones will love the colorful top ($27.50) from the Paper Merchant.

Oil is what is celebrated on Hanukkah and you can pour the oil from the Florida Olive Oil Company ($5) into this recycled ceramic dish ($10) both from Random Acts of Art.

Adults will enjoy L'Occitane's Tonic Body Oil ($38)

Children adore potato latkes, but they will also enjoy playing with Mr. Potato Head ($7.99 from Toy r Us)

Hanukkah gelt is a welcome gift with young and old and everyone will also enjoy the milk or dark $1 million bar ($1.99 by Barton's at World Market)

Men will want to stash their Hanukkah gelt in this wallet from Ted Baker ($65) from Nordstrom.

Women will find plenty of use for his Kate Spade change purse ($78) from Nordstrom.

Where to shop

■ L'Occitane, Waterside Shops, 5415 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-596-6570

■ Nordstrom, Waterside Shops, 5489 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-325-6100

■ Paper Merchant, 3609 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-261-5466

■ Random Acts of Art, 505 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 239-435-0668

■ Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, 5395 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-592-5900

■ Toys r Us, 5305 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, 239-514-8697

■ World Market, 2415 Tarpon Bay Blvd., Naples, 239-566-1239

IKE LIKES IT

Ike was visiting the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples and found a healthy snack he liked.

The verdict: Visiting C'Mon I wandered over to the snack bar and bought chocolate chip cookies by Lucy's Cookies ($1.75, 1.25 ounces). They are allergen and gluten free and fill the bill for any vegans you know and are a great mid day snack. These are something to have on hand for anyone allergic to nuts, milk or eggs but still taste like a treat. The other flavors are ginger snap and sugar cookie.

© 2012 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features