Chanukah and Christmas are both just around the corner. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for your loved one, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
You can BUYCott Israel this holiday season by picking up a special Israeli product for your friends and family.
Check out our list of eight Israeli product recommendations from eight CIJA staff members in honour of eight days of Chanukah!
1. Sara Saber-Freedman: SodaStream (SodaStream, The Bay, Canadian Tire, Sears, Kitchen Stuff Plus, Walmart)
Whether it’s for that coworker who is hosting too many holiday parties, or your aunt who likes to kick back with a soft drink, SodaStream is the perfect gift. This innovative Israeli product lets you make your favourite sodas – all from the comfort of your own kitchen! An added bonus? Its eco-friendly with no half-empty soda bottles to throw away!
2. Adir Krafman: Elite Instant Coffee
It’s smooth, it’s delicious, it’s #Elite Coffee – or as Israelis call it: “Miracle Coffee”. Introduced in the 50’s, this staple instant-coffee mix can be found in almost every home in Israel. Stir boiling water into a mug with one teaspoon of sugar and one tablespoon of coffee, and you’re all set. Pro tip: add a teaspoon of cocoa and top it off with milk!
You can find this famous red container in select Sobeys and NoFrills, or you can order some online.
Forget the coffee shops. This winter, stay indoors with a cup of Israeli goodness.
If you’ve ever visited Israel and floated in the Dead Sea, you know how soft and refreshed your skin feels afterwards. Made with active Dead Sea minerals, Ahava brings a little piece of Israel to you. What better gift could you present to someone suffering through a cold, Canadian winter than the gift of glowing skin? Pamper your loved ones – they deserve it!
4. Jonathan Schneiderman: Blue Box Israel
Blue Box connects diaspora communities to local Israeli farmers, artisans, designers, kibbutzim, and entrepreneurs. Each month, subscribers receive a selection of high-quality products – like Dead Sea salt, artisanal soap, Mediterranean spice blends, olive oil, wildflower honey, Ethiopian tahini and more – from handpicked vendors across Israel. Each box also contains a postcard with the featured vendor’s personal story to help you get to know a little more about the amazing people behind the products. There is really no better gift – for Canadians or Israelis – than connecting people who love Israel to local Israeli small businesses.
5. David Cooper: Israeli Wine: Petite Castel (SAQ), Barkan Vineyards Chardonnay (LCBO), Barkan Vineyards Shiraz (LCBO)
Israeli wines are among the best in the world – and that’s something to be proud of. Whether you’re a wine novice or a seasoned connoisseur, there’s an Israeli wine to suit every palate. If you have access to an SAQ in Quebec, consider a Petite Castel, a red from the Jerusalem region that’s not to be missed. If you’re in Ontario, you can’t go wrong with anything from Barkan Vineyard – especially their Chardonnay or Shiraz.
6. Judy Zelikovitz: Naot (Naot Canada, Walking on a Cloud)
It might seem crazy to think about sandals with all the snow outside, but summer will come soon enough – and, when it does, a pair of sandals from Naot will be greatly appreciated by the people on your gift list! Naot also stocks boots for the winter season – but those sandals seem a bit more optimistic.
7. Steve McDonald: A new book by an Israeli author
Unwinding with a crisp new book is one of Steve’s favourite ways to spend a holiday. A few personal favourites from Israeli authors? Thinking Fast and Slow by Israeli Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, Beaufort by Ron Leshem (a haunting novel of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon), The Transforming Fire by Jonathan Spyer (a brilliant and moving analysis of the region through the lens of an IDF combat vet), and Sharon: The Life of a Leader by Gilad Sharon (son of the late Israeli PM). Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens and Matti Friedman’s Pumpkinflowers are both current best sellers. Check them out!
8. Shimon Fogel: A flight to Israel on EL AL
What better way to BUYcott Israel than to travel to the land of milk and honey itself? From the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv to the holiness of the Old City of Jerusalem and the warmth of the sun on a beach in Eilat, Israel is an experience unlike any other.
Your 2017 resolution? Send a friend or family member to visit Israel on EL AL. Buy yourself a ticket while you’re at it!