Modern Gifts for Rosh Hashanah

September 28, 2011    |    By +
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It might seem a little early to be saying Happy New Year, but tonight starting at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is New Year’s Day according to the Hebrew calendar and it commemorates the creation of the world as narrated in the Bible. While most families traditionally celebrate over the course of one or two days, the holiday is just the start to a 10 day period of reflection which ends on Yom Kippur (the day of atonement). Which this year begins at sunset on October 7th.

Typical gifts for Rosh Hashanah involve food, entertaining, and host or hostess gifts. Part of the Rosh Hashanah tradition is dipping apples and challah bread into honey, to celebrate the “sweet” year to come. Pomegranates are also commonly used to symbolize the “new fruit” of the season, as families say a blessing of thanks for the coming of another season.

In honor of today’s holiday, we’ve rounded up a few modern gifts for the host or hostess. Even if you’re not of the faith, it’s always nice not to show up empty handed. Also check out more etiquette advice for celebrating this joyous holiday.

Make a beautiful centerpiece with this handy candle carver, then fill the apples with festive tealight candles.

Wine is always a safe bet to bring to a dinner party. Make yours stand out by choosing a nice kosher wine and giving it a DIY touch. If you’re feeling creative, simply remove the label and use paint markers to make apple-themed designs.

Honey is always present at any Rosh Hashanah celebration, what better way to display and serve it then this modern hive-shaped honey jar server. As an added touch, you can also bring this set of honeys by Savannah Bee Honey Company. It’s the BEST honey the Gift Gurus have ever tasted.

Need something quick? This simple and stylish pomegranate dish towel will certainly come in handy in the kitchen.

Happy Rosh Hashanah Everybody!

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