November 2016

Chanukah Gift Guide


By Alanna Maya

Chanukkah is an opportunity to celebrate with good (fried!) foods and family, and it’s also a time for gift giving. But finding just the right gift for your loved ones can be a daunting task. Here, we’ve picked some of our favorite gifts from local artisans and some special, Jewish-themed gifts that are sure to put a smile on any gift recipient’s face. We’ve even got a few promo codes especially for our L’CHAIM readers, so read on for more!


Looking for more ways to celebrate the festival of lights? Try hosting a menorah or candle-donation drive, and use the items to “light up” the holiday for those in need. Many local synagogues also need help this time of year, so donating your time can be a great way to make a difference.


Maccabee Hanukkah in a Box, $19.99

Chanukkah in a box
One of this year’s best children’s Chanukkah gifts for under $20, the Maccabee Hanukkah in a Box contains a beautifully illustrated, award-winning storybook that teaches the true story and meaning of Chanukkah, a nine-inch Maccabee warrior plush toy and a plastic refillable dreidel. Toy Vey Toys also offers a Musical Maccabee that plays “Oh Dreidel, Dreidel.”


Custom Lego® Shabbat

Build your own Jewish LEGO®
Made from real, 100% LEGO® pieces. The Shabbat Candles comes with minifigures, candlesticks, charity box, flowers, chairs, table and educational text. See the company’s 3 in 1 menorah, with 96 genuine LEGO® elements, enough to build two Menorahs and one dreidel, on our cover this month.


Facebook:Gold Deborah  Instagram:@gold_digggers Matty large fringe Bag, $168 Bianca bucket bag, $92

Fashionable accesories
Debbie Gold Solloa and Barbara Gold Kucinski are sisters and business partners. Their company, GOLD DIGGERS, an extension of a 40-year family business in the leather industry, and features unique leather bags, apparel, and accessories designed and manufactured by the sisters themselves. Sold by independent vendors in Cabo San Lucas, Tulum, Amanyara, Monterrey, and places through Mexico, you can shop their items anytime on their Facebook page.


Kosher Kurls trifecta: sulfate-free shampoo, deep everyday conditioner & leave-in “shmear” conditioner, $45.00

Hair products with a twist
“Kosher means clean and our products are proudly made in the USA. Davida Aprons has been around for 36 years (double Chai!), and Kosher Kurls is our newest product”, says founder. Davida Lampkin Tydings. If you like your Latkes crispy, but your hair soft, Kosher Kurls is terrific! Treat yourself to the gift that controls frizz and defines Kurls, without harsh chemicals or “shmutz.” For that friend who has everything under control, except their Kurls. Check out the other fun products on their website, such as the “Let My People Go” matzah print toilet-seat cover, “Baby’s 1st Hanukkah” bib and the “Chai Tech” and “Mensch” caps. Use code LCH2016 to order online and get a FREE surprise gift with your purchase.


Remarkable Women of San Diego, $21.99 Available at local retailers and online at

Women’s history
San Diego enjoys a diverse legacy of formidable female leaders. Ellen Browning Scripps financed and established the groundbreaking Scripps Oceanography Institute. In 1927, Belle Benchley became the nation’s first female zoo director and for nearly thirty years pioneered new forms of exhibition and developed the world-class San Diego Zoo. In a new book, authors Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris document these and many more stories of extraordinary local women.


Quick fix facial, $40 Book online at or call (619)906-0955

Treat yourself
Aesthetic Savoir is a fresh approach to beauty treatments. The salon provide clean, affordable and efficient treatments including facials, waxing treatments, makeup application and manicures/pedicures. The days of spending all your hard-earned money and precious time off in the spa are a thing of the past with quick, inexpensive beauty treatments at this cute shop. One of the most popular treatments is the quick fix facial, with a consultation, extractions, peel or custom exfoliation and a mask in only 30 minutes. Owner/esthetician Kristy Darrenogue has years of experience in the industry, and loves to make her clients look and feel great. Mention L’CHAIM Magazine and get 20% off a treatment this month.


Our Great Tchaikovsky at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, ticket pricing available online

The gift of theater
Theater is a gift that never goes out of style. The world premiere of Hershey Felder’s Our Great Tchaikovsky comes to the San Diego Repertory Theatre January 12-February 12, 2017. From the synopsis: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia’s most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time. From his beautiful lilting melodies for the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker; to the intensely revelatory opera Eugene Onegin; to the ferociously brilliant expression of his symphonic works; to the question of his final enigma, the Symphony no. 6, Pathétique. “Let them guess what it means…” he said. Nine days after he conducted that symphony’s premiere in St. Petersburg as a healthy man, at the age of 53, the great composer was dead, and to this day, how and why, is still a mystery.

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