Hanukkah is here! The eight-day festival of lights is a Jewish holiday observed by lighting a candle on the menorah each night. Delicious sufganiot (puffy yeasty doughnuts) are consumed, along with crispy potato latkes. Dreidels are spun and there’s lots of singing and smiling. However you celebrate, do it in style with these modern and minimalist-ish pieces sure to bring cheer this holiday season. Here are our top picks for the best Hanukkah decor for 2023.
Top With Tasty Bites
Calling all tabletop divas! These stunning, glazed terracotta dishes by Casa Cubista (sold through Toronto’s Saudade) are handmade in Portugal and can be used year-round. But their beautiful blue and white hues feel oh so appropriate for a Hanukkah spread. Just add latkes!
Casa Cubista Dash Bowls, Saudade Toronto, starts at $27.
Sign of Good Things Ahead
Make it a banner year with this hand-beaded freestanding celebratory sign. Crafted by an all female-studio in India, the gold and cream piece is a wonderful way to welcome guests. PS: Up close, the sign shimmers as bright as a disco ball.
Nava Happy Hanukkah Beaded Sign, Modern Tribe, $160.
In addition to its beauty, this graceful stainless steel menorah is also a conversation piece. The design is based on a sketch drawn by Lucia Eames (her parents are Charles and Ray Eames) for a 1995 invitational at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Stainless Steel Menorah by Lucia Eames, Crate & Barrel, $130.
With its simple swooped shape, this trendy and totally striking menorah makes an eye-catching piece on a table, shelf or fireplace mantle. Add contrasting colour candles and you’re ready to get lit this season.
Pure Ceramic Menorah, West Elm, $74.
Illustrated and designed by Ori Snir of EleyOri in Nelson, BC, this handmade tea towel is a beautiful way to adorn the Shabbat shulkan (“table” in Hebrew) or any Jewish holiday table, really. No one says you can’t have a slice of eggy goodness during the Festival of Lights.
Contemporary Challah Cover, Etsy, $79.
Young and old, everyone can have fun on Hanukkah playing this charming memory game. For a brain booster, match the 12 pairs (or 24 pieces) while learning about the tradition and story of Hanukkah through the game: Why is there an oil pitcher? You’re about to find out, kids!
Hanukkah Gift for Kids, Etsy, $46.
And Now for Something a Little Different…
Hygge lovers will be drawn to this cozy-giving menorah that’s fashioned from nine little bottles in homage to the jug of oil in the Hanukkah story. The glazed and handmade piece is stunning enough to show off year-round.
RachaelPots Handmade Ceramic Menorah, Food52, $210.
Show Some Latke Love
Can this idea be cuter? This customized latke platter is designed by Toronto-based Creative Concepts by Cheryl. It makes the perfect Hanukkah hosting gift for bubbies and moms alike. PS: Cheryl Obront-Cohen can personalize just about anything from cookie jars to baby blankets.
Personalized Platter, Creative Concepts by Cheryl, starts at $55.
With their saturated mustard, deep blue and green hues, these handmade cloth napkins are almost too beautiful to use. The pliable artsy textiles are sold in sets of four.
Hanukkah Cloth Napkin Set, Etsy, $50.
Out of This World
Glazed and horn-like, the Galaxy Menorah in crisp blue and white brings a bright hit of colour for the holiday. Each menorah is handmade, so no two glaze patterns are alike.
Galaxy Menorah by Julia Elsas, Limited Edition, Modern Tribe, $325.
An essential addition to your stemware collection, this quartet of religious wine glasses has a simple motif that stunningly complements the Hanukkah table.
Star of David All Purpose Wine Glasses, Wayfair, $82.
You gotta get a garland. This felt one is instantly festive, injecting pretty gold, white and blue Hanukkah hues to a mantle or a shelf. While fun, it’s not too clunky for the minimalist.
Hanukkah Felt Ball Garland, Etsy, $19.
Though brightly patterned, this square Star of David dish works beautifully in a minimalistic setting — set it down on any entryway console or side table and fill with Hanukkah gelt — a.k.a. gold-wrapped chocolate coins.
Spode Judaica Porcelain China Serving Bowl, Wayfair, $141.
Feast for the Eyes
Is it nosh time yet? Fill the compartments with nuts, fruits, lox or just about anything. A perfect platter for hosting Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and of course Hanukkah, the dish is made of acacia wood and the removable chevron trays are dishwasher-safe.
Stella Star of David Serving Board, Modern Tribe, $98.
Transitioning from crisp white to deep blue, these hand-dipped ombré candles amp up any menorah. The set of 45 unscented candles provide plenty of candlelight for all eight nights of Hanukkah.
Blue Ombre Menorah Candles, Crate & Barrel, $22.
The beauty of this contemporary, solid marble menorah is that it looks gorgeous both lit an unlit. Lay it on a mantle year-round for a mysteriously intriguing touch.
Oui Marble Menorah, Indigo, $60.