The Chosen Hanukkah Shopping List

Hanukkah is fast-approaching and we’re sure you haven’t even started thinking about shopping yet. Though it is technically the least important holiday it has become the most-observed. We’re guessing it’s because of the gifts!

The first night is December 1st, which is right around the corner, so we’ve compiled a few of our favorite sources to get you started in the right direction:

Rebecca Minkoff
An industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted on girls everywhere from downtown to uptown, in the US and abroad. As passionate about connecting with her consumers as she is about design, Rebecca Minkoff has quickly grown to become the #1 independent accessories designer in the United States. Rebecca’s goal is to become a complete lifestyle brand for the fashion-forward female.

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg first arrived in the fashion world in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress, the seed of what is today a full fashion house. A firm believer in the power of women, Diane sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization that empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the world. The company, headquartered in New York City, has expanded to a full comprehensive line of ready-to-wear, swimwear, handbags, footwear, eyewear, luggage, accessories, DVF by H. Stern fine jewelry watches, fragrance and rugs all of which can be found online.

Alber Elbaz
Israeli born designer is the artistic director of the Lanvin fashion house since 2000. He has partnered with H&M to create budget friendly looks. His line will be on sale in 200 H&M stores around the world, including Israel. “Lanvin for H&M” was unveiled on November 2 and will be in stores by the end of the month. Get a sneak peak at the collection here:

Jonathan Adler
Adler provides decorative home accessories for a happy chic home; from designer pottery to decorative throw pillows, modern furniture, contemporary lighting and custom designs.  He also has a much more reasonably priced line at

Modern Tribe
Finally, a hip Jewish gifts shop and modern Judaica store to fit your life & style. The store brings you meaningful Judaica and gifts that fit your personal style, help you express your Jewishness your way, and proudly share traditions with friends and loved ones.

H. Stern
Hans Stern, better known as H. Stern, has a chain of high-end jewelry stores in more than 26 countries and is still providing jewels to the rich and famous. Some of Stern’s most illustrious customers include Henry Kissinger, John F. Kennedy and the Shah of Iran, and almost all celebrities who visit Brazil make a purchase from Stern’s, whose jewelry and gemstones have been made famous by Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and other international fashion magazines. Stern, whose favorite gemstone was the tourmaline which is found throughout Minas Gerais, died in Rio de Janeiro on October 26, 2007, at the age of 85. His sons continue to carry on the H. Stern name.

Judith Ripka
Her distinctive designs reflect her passion for fine jewelry and celebrates her enthusiasm for individualism with her commitment to timeless styling. Always maintaining a classic with a modern twist sensibility, Judith Ripka harmonizes the versatility and wearability of her original concept of designing jewelry that can be worn from blue jeans to black tie, from day into evening, with the power of red-carpet fascination. She’s now partnered with QVC ( to create an affordably priced line.

Ahava, from the Hebrew word for ‘love,’ creates skincare products made by Dead Sea Laboratories, which develops world-class skincare treatments from the mineral-rich Dead Sea area. Founded in 1988, the company has harnessed decades of scientific research to produce one of the world’s best skincare products, based exclusively on minerals, mud and salt mined from the Israeli section of the Dead Sea. The Company is headquartered in Airport City, in the heart of Israel, with manufacturing facilities around the country. I can personally recommend their lotions. They are utterly amazing!

Charlotte Ronson for JCPenney
In this era of increasingly budget-conscious shopping and fashion, I am delighted to see a fresh and modern designer like Ronson team up with one of the sturdy standbys, JC Penney, to bring even more choices in designer/budget fashion (prices range from $15-$65).

Rachel Zoe
The stylist to stars like Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Hudson has teamed up with QVC to bring her fashion-forward thinking to the rest of America. The looks, full of faux fur, clutch purses, and mega-sized jewelry, can be found at:

Frank Gehry
The world famous architect and legendary furniture designer has now created a line of jewelry with retailer, Tiffany & Co. Gehry has also designed various household items, sculptures, and even a glass bottle for Wyborowa Vodka. His furniture collection can be found on various sites online such as and This unique jewelry collection can be found at Tiffany & Co. online:

Donna Karan
Not just your ordinary fashion designer; she has proved that she is an extraordinary American designer. She has stretched her role as “artist” in the high-paced designer world to include aspects of life far beyond the typical wardrobe. From lingerie to café-bar, retail stores to accessories and home collections, her vision has remained broad and her look urban, countered by her predilection for all things Zen. She’s branched out and also creates variously priced men’s, women’s and childrenswear lines, accessories and home furnishings. Both her high-end and mid-range collections can be found online at:

Aleese Murik
Though she has only been creating jewelry for two years, within that time Aleese has honed her skills and created a wide fan base. Her pieces include necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings made from semi-precious stones, crystals, hand blown glass, pearls and precious metals.  Her jewelry can be customized according to size and/or color. She accepts special requests and you can reach her via email at:

Peace, Love and Latkes

– The Chosen


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