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12.16.16: Museum Staff Holiday Gift Guide

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Still looking for the perfect gifts to give this holiday season? Below, NMAJH staff members share their favorite items from the Museum Store. (Spoiler: It’s not all menorahs and dreidels!)

Alisa gift 2Alisa Kraut, Assistant Curator:
“I have been a big fan of Lemony Snicket's work with A Series of Unfortunate Events, his very delightfully dark children's series. I bought The Latke That Wouldn't Stop Screaming two years ago and have made it a holiday tradition in my home. With non-Jewish family members and a school-aged daughter in a secular public school, I am always looking for ways to affirm the traditions of Hanukkah without feeling the need to compare it to the ever-present elements of the Christmas season. To quote the book: 'I am something completely different!' This book is slightly irreverent and very quirky, with plenty of humorous moments to please adults and children."
Ryan gift

Ryan Bott, On-Site Technician:

“My pick is a combo package: Golden Girls zippered pouch with accompanying table coasters. It's a great gift because…it's Golden Girls. Stay Golden.”
Kate gift

Kate Beach, Gifts Processor: 

“I picked the Mistaken Lyrics Coasters. I love this gift because we’ve all mistaken or misheard even the most ubiquitous lyrics. These coasters will always get a laugh, and it’s one of so many fun tie-ins to our Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit.”
Arielle gift
Arielle Amiri, Group Services Associate:

“One of my favorite items in our Museum store has to be our Rock & Roll hotel keychain series. The series features room keys for hotels like the Hotel California and Grossinger’s Resort but my personal favorite is unquestionably the Chelsea Hotel “Room 204” key, a.k.a the room infamously occupied by Patti Smith. This gift works for fans of Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and so many other iconic rock and roll artists too!”

Jenny gift 2
Jennifer Isakowitz, Public Relations & Digital Marketing Manager

“I loved artist Deborah Kass’s giant OY/YO sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park this past year. While the sculpture is no longer there, the OY/YO collection items in the Museum Store give the artwork a second life.”

Emma gift

Emma Calvitto, Senior Manager of Institutional Giving: 

“My parents gave me the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook one year for Hanukkah, and it has been a gift that keeps on giving. The Artichoke Heart-Stuffed Shells and Raspberry-Ricotta Scones have become go-to recipes that I would recommend to any cooking enthusiast on your gift list!” [Buy Smitten Kitchen Cookbook at the Museum Store or shop other cookbooks online here.]
Charlie gift

Charlie Hersh, Education Assistant:

“My pick is any of the Beautiful Yetta books by Daniel Pinkwater. Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken is a great book for early readers about a beautiful chicken living in multicultural NYC, who just needs help getting home. I love it for the trilingual text – Yetta, who speaks Yiddish, interacts with other animals speaking English and Spanish, but no one lets language barriers get in the way of making new friends. Translations and pronunciation guides help families practice words in all three languages!”


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