Chanukah Gift Guide 1: For Moms

Although Thanksgiving isn’t behind us yet, I’m already thinking about Chanukah. I long for the tiny flickering candles, the warmth, the light. It’s a holiday that encourages hope and kindness, quiet joy and gratitude, and who doesn’t need a little more of that?

Here’s installment 1 of this year’s Chanukah gift guide. I wanted to focus on gifts for moms first of all, since they can be notoriously hard to shop for and often get relegated to smelly Bath and Bodyworks gift sets when all they really want is a little elegant spoiling. Give them some subtle color, luxe materials, or a handmade treasure, and you’re good to go. These picks are just as welcome for the 30-year-old moms on your list as for your own cool mom.


  • Cursive Initial Ring. This is a classic mom gift with exceptionally good design. Each script letter flows beautifully from the band in one graceful line. Try a few stacked for each child in the family or let it stand alone.
  • Wooden Vases. Nothing brightens a winter day like full blooms, especially next to a bed made up with fresh snowy linens. These sycamore vases are beautiful filled with peonies or on their own.
  • Leather Travel Case Set. I’ve written before about the importance of pouches for day-to-day organization but these are a little slice of luxury heaven. This champagne leather is gorgeous, and don’t be discouraged if this set is out of your price range. West Elm has a similar large and small version, for those of us on a budget.
  • Enamel Queen Anne Frame. Jonathan Adler knows what’s up, and right now everything on his site is 20% off with the code GETFESTIVE. Don’t mind if I do, Jonathan.
  • Nike Heather Infinity Scarf. Somewhere between blush and lilac, this silky smooth scarf will look and feel just as good running errands as working out. Feminine and high tech is always a winning combination.
  • 3 Little Seed Farm Liquid Soaps. These amber glass bottles hold the best mix of shea butter, organic olive oil, goat’s milk, and essential oils. Imagine having scents like Rosemary Mint, Orange Blossom, and Lavender next to every sink in the house! And no more expensive bar soaps that get soggy and feel less-than-luxe in just a few days.
  • Violet Bottle Matches. We all use them for Shabbat candles (or scented Diptiques if we’re lucky), but matchbooks have never been this lovely to look at. The violet ombre bottle holds 48 purple-tipped matches, and can always be refilled when they run low.
  • Well Read Women Reader’s Journal. If you enjoyed Samantha Hahn’s Well Read Women book of portraits, you’ll fall for this reader’s journal where you can record all your favorite books and reflect on them for years to come. Watercolor portraits and generous, smooth paper make reading an even better experience as you create an heirloom that gives much more insight into your thoughts and interests than you might have expected.
  • Heart Flower Necklace. Brimming with detail, this cutout necklace looks much more like a fantastic length of fabric or a hand-drawn illustration than a traditional heart pendant. Young and somehow cheery, it communicates all the love of heart-shaped jewelry without any of the fussiness we’ve come to expect.

This is already super fun! What gift guide should be next?


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