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Chanuka gifts for hard to please friends and family
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Nov 24, 2010 | 6401 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

For your constantly complaining great- aunt: the Schlep Tote Bag
Doing things can be such a hassle when any exerted energy is involved. Life can be, yes, a total schlep. But call out your cranky relatives’ complaining with a 100 percent cotton canvas tote bag, complete with the definition of this great Yiddish word printed for all to see. Functional, and educational!
Find it at: <a href=http://www.cafepress.com/>cafepress.com</a>, search: Schlep
For your constantly complaining great- aunt: the Schlep Tote Bag Doing things can be such a hassle when any exerted energy is involved. Life can be, yes, a total schlep. But call out your cranky relatives’ complaining with a 100 percent cotton canvas tote bag, complete with the definition of this great Yiddish word printed for all to see. Functional, and educational! Find it at: cafepress.com, search: Schlep
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For your overly competitive uncle: Major League Dreidel Spinagogue
More like the game of dreidel gone professional, this board game takes the classic Chanuka pastime and makes it (probably) more fun. The Jewish star-shaped board gives spinners a hexagonal space to go crazy on their dreidels, with each outer triangle serving to hold players’ winnings. 
Find it at: <a href=http://www.moderntribe.com/>moderntribe.com</a>, search:
Spinagogue
For your overly competitive uncle: Major League Dreidel Spinagogue More like the game of dreidel gone professional, this board game takes the classic Chanuka pastime and makes it (probably) more fun. The Jewish star-shaped board gives spinners a hexagonal space to go crazy on their dreidels, with each outer triangle serving to hold players’ winnings. Find it at: moderntribe.com, search: Spinagogue
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For your confusing teenage daughter: Regina Spektor’s Live in London CD/DVD
Russian Jewish piano songstress Regina Spektor has been a favorite of the young and Jewish crowd for years. Her playful, often touching and always-catchy songs are filled with charm and quirky lyrics, matching the weird wit and angst of so many teenagers. Her latest is a live album, and comes with a concert film. Bonus: You’ll like it too. 
Find it at:<a href=http://reginaspektorstore.warnerreprise.com/>
reginaspektorstore.warnerreprise.com</a>
For your confusing teenage daughter: Regina Spektor’s Live in London CD/DVD Russian Jewish piano songstress Regina Spektor has been a favorite of the young and Jewish crowd for years. Her playful, often touching and always-catchy songs are filled with charm and quirky lyrics, matching the weird wit and angst of so many teenagers. Her latest is a live album, and comes with a concert film. Bonus: You’ll like it too. Find it at: reginaspektorstore.warnerreprise.com
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For your Jewish youth group-loving son: the Super Jew T-shirt
Kids are funny these days, especially when they’re trying to be cool. For many in the synagogue youth group crowd, having a Jewish identity means showing off one’s Judaism, but with a healthy serving of humor. Hence, the Super Jew T-shirt, which puts the Superman logo inside a Jewish star. Your son will be the coolest 14 year old at the next USY convention, and he’ll thank you. 
Find it at: <a href=http://www.wackyplanet.com/super-jew-t-shirt.html>wackyplanet.com/super-jew-t-shirt.html</a>
For your Jewish youth group-loving son: the Super Jew T-shirt Kids are funny these days, especially when they’re trying to be cool. For many in the synagogue youth group crowd, having a Jewish identity means showing off one’s Judaism, but with a healthy serving of humor. Hence, the Super Jew T-shirt, which puts the Superman logo inside a Jewish star. Your son will be the coolest 14 year old at the next USY convention, and he’ll thank you. Find it at: wackyplanet.com/super-jew-t-shirt.html
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And, for most Jews: the Re-usable Noodle Cup.
With Chanuka arriving before Christmas, this gift is both timely and suits a comically huge demographic of Jews. As so many of us will be eating Chinese food on Christmas Day, you can bring the experience home with this reusable cup, suited perfectly for lo mein. Movie not included. 
Find it at: <a href=http://www.perpetualkid.com/ceramic-noodle-cup.aspx>perpetualkid.com/ceramic-noodle-cup.aspx</a>
And, for most Jews: the Re-usable Noodle Cup. With Chanuka arriving before Christmas, this gift is both timely and suits a comically huge demographic of Jews. As so many of us will be eating Chinese food on Christmas Day, you can bring the experience home with this reusable cup, suited perfectly for lo mein. Movie not included. Find it at: perpetualkid.com/ceramic-noodle-cup.aspx
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For your still-single best friend: Nice Jewish Guys Calendar
This calendar is a more realistic, approachable take on the classic format of showcasing
12 fit and toned guys. As advertised, the calendar “turns the spotlight on the underrated characteristic that pecs and tight buns can’t deliver … niceness,” and includes such studs as “Brian, whose favorite movie is ‘Annie Hall.’ ” This gift will bring hope back to your loneliest friend that yes, there is a nice guy out there for her somewhere. 
Find it at: <a href=http://www.moderntribe.com/>moderntribe.com</a>, search: Nice Jewish Guys Calendar
For your still-single best friend: Nice Jewish Guys Calendar This calendar is a more realistic, approachable take on the classic format of showcasing 12 fit and toned guys. As advertised, the calendar “turns the spotlight on the underrated characteristic that pecs and tight buns can’t deliver … niceness,” and includes such studs as “Brian, whose favorite movie is ‘Annie Hall.’ ” This gift will bring hope back to your loneliest friend that yes, there is a nice guy out there for her somewhere. Find it at: moderntribe.com, search: Nice Jewish Guys Calendar
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Chanuka is one of the most recognized and well-known holidays in the whole cannon of Jewish festivities, though religiously, it pales in comparison to Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana and most others.

But let’s be frank: it’s not famous for nothing. Chanuka may be the most visible holiday to the non-Jewish world because of its close proximity to Christmas, and the way we Jews have turned the Festival of Lights into the Extravaganza of Gifts.

While there is any number of issues to be made here, we’re not going to raise them. At its core, gift giving is a good thing — a chance for us to show how much we appreciate our friends and relatives. But finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy. That’s why we are presenting the 2010 Chanuka Gift Guide for Hard-to-Please People.

(Justin Jacobs can be reached at Justinj@thejewishchronicle.net.)

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Eli Green
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November 25, 2010
Thanks, joojoo. I checked www.jewtee.com and they have great Jewish stuff and a huge selection of products. I especially liked the Real Men Make Latkes t shirt.

Also, check out their funny Chanukah

YouTube video. Here's the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6zDzpIL6qM
JooJoo
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November 24, 2010
For unique t shirts and Hanukkah gifts try jewtee.com. They have a large variety of t shirts, hats, mugs, aprons, bibs etc. Got some really funny stuff from the shop.