Menorahs range from simple to quirky

12/08/2012 7:24 AM

12/08/2012 7:29 AM

Hanukkah begins at sundown Saturday, and celebrations will include the lighting of the first candle on the menorah (or hannukiah).

Menorahs aren’t just for Hanukkah; many families display their menorah collections year-round. Whether you’re looking to add to your collection or hoping to pick up a new one for your festivities this year, we’ve rounded up eight of the most unusual, beautiful menorahs we could find.

Shining brightly

The only thing that can hold a candle to the stunning craftsmanship of this glass Ring of Lights menorah is, well, a candle. Use beautiful, colorful candles to create a matched set of sorts. Designed and created by Fay Miller. $799, Uncommon Angles.

Garden delight

This cheerful painted menorah would look lovely in a room with fresh flowers. $75, Judaica Shop.

Family first

This Bird Family Menorah serves as inspiration to spend quality time with the family – a truly special reason for the season. It’s handmade by artisans in the fair-trade Rajana Association of Cambodia, who used recycled nuts and screws to make each candle holder look like a bird. $39, Ten Thousand Villages.

Colors ablaze

Last-minute shoppers will be happy to know that a big-box store can provide several choices, from classic and elegant to whimsical. This enameled metal menorah, fun for its homage to stained glass, is available for $20, Target.

Dining room-ready

If your collection is missing a larger hannukiah, look no further than this striking piece from dh Collection in Fort Worth. The large wrought-iron menorah is perfect for display on a grand table. $99, dh Collection.

Pomegranate paradise

This small but divinely detailed piece from Michael Aram features an adorable fruit motif. It comes in two pieces to arrange in whichever way you choose, making it great for tabletops both large and small. About $160.

Deeply rooted

Uncommon Angles carries menorahs in several styles, including this piece, called "Tree of Life." We love the different colors found in the foliage and the natural tone of the metal. $310, Uncommon Angles.

Dreidel, dreidel

If a menorah can be simultaneously serious and whimsical, this piece has both qualities down, with its simple chrome exterior and a spinning dreidel in the middle. $30, Judaica Shop.

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