NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- With eight days and nights of Hanukkah, there's not the same crazed rush as there is for Christmas to find all the right gifts for that one day. But with the Festival of Lights starting Tuesday night Dec. 16, it is time to start thinking beyond the gelt (or gift card). Here, some ideas from local vendors folks will remember long after the candle wax has melted.
The Chanukah House Kit, New Roc Glatt : This ready-to-assemble Manischewitz-made vanilla cookie house is both a feast for eyes and later, the stomach. Make the schlep: 77 Quaker Ridge Road, 914-636-2600, 914-636-2600, www.newrocglatt.com/ .
Mahjong menorah, Inspiration Gallery: This colorful ceramic menorah is practically flying off the shelves, according to Manager Edna Krausz as is its mahjong counterpart, the dreidel. Other gifts popular in the store: a portable menorah, kids stickers (in 3-D, glitter and puffy varieties), a bouncing dreidel and an inflatable dreidel. Make the schlep: 1333 North Ave., 914-633-8508, www.inspirationgallery.com/ .
He’Brew Beer Gift Pack, Half Time : Yes, you have to drive to Mamaroneck, but how can you resist the kitsch? The pack includes eight different beers along with a custom glass. Beers include Funky Jewbellation, Messiah Nutbrown Ale, Rejewvenator, St. Lenny's, Reunion Ale, The He'Brew Chosen Beer, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Jewbellation 18, plus candles for making a beer menorah. Make the schlep: 139 Hoyt Ave., Mamaroneck, 914-341-1666, www.halftimebeverage.com.
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