Rosh Hashanah Gift Guide
Giving Rosh Hashanah gifts to your family, friends, and possibly your hosts if you're going away for the Jewish New Year is increasingly popular. Rosh Hashanah is a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with the people you love most- being able to eat lavish festive meals and attend synagogue services together is just part of the fun of the two day holiday. Why not give a little something extra to really show how much you appreciate them?
From apples and honey to pomegranates and horns, the New Year offers a wealth of symbols, and these special customs have inspired Israel's artists to create extraordinary Judaica, tableware, jewelry and more. So whether you're looking for a unique way to thank your hosts, something deeply personal for your significant other, or traditional Rosh Hashanah gifts to delight your family, we have everything you need to celebrate a sweet new year!
All Jewish holidays have a main centerpiece-like piece that the holiday would be incomplete without. For Passover we have the seder plate, on Hannukah we light our colorful menorahs, and for Rosh Hashanah we have a honey dish. Honey is a big part of Rosh Hashanah as we use it instead of salt on challah when saying the blessing over bread. We also have the iconic apple and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. This makes a honey dish the perfect gift! With plenty of Rosh Hashanah themes such as apples, pomegranates, and even little embellished bees- a honey dish gift is something that will really amaze the crowd at your Rosh Hashanah feast. Plus, these make great Jewish wedding presents as newlyweds use honey instead of salt for their first year of marriage.
What would Rosh Hashanah be without honey! This sweet and sticky delight goes with everything on the Jewish New Year to make sure we start it on the right foot. The gift of Israeli honey will be appreciated and loved. From traditional classic wildflower honey found in the Jerusalem Hills and the Negev Desert to incredible honey made with nectar from eucalyptus flowers, your fellow honey lovers are going to be pleased. If whoever your gifting is more adventurous they might enjoy an infused honey with pomegranate, apples or even mint! A honey gift is the best gift for a sweet new year.
Gift Baskets and Wine
Almost no Jewish holiday is complete without copious amounts of food and wine! If you come from a family of food lovers or your host is a wine connoisseur, check out of complete selection of gift baskets with tasty treats from Israel and our array of world renowned wines. Gift baskets come with delectable spreads, aromatic oils, decadent chocolates, magnificent tea blends and more! Our wines come from Israel's finest wineries from across the country. Sweet or dry, red or white, any wine you choose will pair nicely with your Rosh Hashanah feast and be enjoyed year round.
A shofar is an incredible gift to give to a loved one if they enjoy being an active part of the Rosh Hashanah services. An instrument from Temple times, a shofar is used throughout the prayer service on Rosh Hashanah. Depending on one's ancestry, there are different shofars you can give. Ashkenazi Jews from Europe use a traditional ram's horn shofar, while those from Yemenite decent blow the twisted kudu shofar. If you plan on getting one for yourself, don't forget to brush up on the shofar essentials.
If someone you love enjoys learning more about Judaism or needs something a little extra to help them follow through the long Rosh Hashanah services, a machzor is a fantastic gift. Prayers said on Rosh Hashanah are different than those said on regular holidays so a completely different prayer book is needed. Many come with an English translation, as well as commentary for those who want to go a bit more in-depth with what they are saying. Machzors also make a great Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
Pomegranate decor gifts are a fantastic way to bring in the new year. Pomegranates are an iconic symbol in Judaism as it is one of the seven species found in Biblical Israel and there is plenty of meaning behind the fruit. It is said there are 613 seeds inside a pomegranate, representing the 613 commandments, something we vow to take on every Jewish New Year. The ruby red fruit is also associated with prosperity, wealth, and happiness. There are plenty of options for pomegranate decor! Honey bowls, challah covers, wall hangings, and of course, gorgeous jewelry. Check out our guide for pomegranate-inspired gifts for more ideas!
Rosh Hashanah is a great time to give a jewelry gift to a loved one. There is even a tradition for a husband to give his wife jewelry for the new Jewish year! Our vast selection of jewelry will remind the person your with just how much you love them as well as adding to the Rosh Hashanah sparkle. If your looking for something festive, pomegranate jewelry is seasonal and beautiful with the fruits symbolic meanings of joy and abundance. Alternatively, consider a piece of Jewish jewelry made from renowned artists from Israel. Many are engraved with a Hebrew blessing and quotes of love, as well having semi-precious stones and more that will enchant your special someone.
Wishing you and your family a Shana Tova U'Metuka! If you want even more ideas, you can see all our Rosh Hashanah gifts here.