Whether you’re a couple getting married, a bridesmaid, or an enthusiastic wedding guest, it’s time to explore all things judaica. It may seem like there is an endless supply of items and gift options, but with a little time and patience, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Ever wonder about the reasons behind the Jewish items we use? We have everything organized for you right here with explanations to satisfy your curious side. Choose your gift wisely, and happy hunting!
Couples, totally add these to your wedding registry! People are so excited to share in your joy and want to help you build your home with meaningful gifts.
Ketubah: No Jewish wedding is complete without this marriage document, which lays out the contract between a couple. They are stunningly designed and completely customizable. Whether prominently displayed in your living room or dining room, this is an item you’ll treasure forever.
Wedding Glasses & Keepsakes: Progressive or traditional, religious or secular, Jewish weddings almost always include the breaking of glass at the end of the ceremony. These vibrant, cool, often hand-blown Jewish wedding breaking glasses, along with stunningly crafted keepsakes, offer a lasting memento of a couple’s special day.
Tallit: A tallit is one of the fundamental objects in Jewish tradition and culture. During the major milestones and celebrations in a person’s life, we shelter ourselves in G-d’s love with a tallit, to connect and express our deepest selves. Each design is a renewal of a timeless tradition that ties the expressiveness of a modern generation to the ancient practices of our ancestors.
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Art: What better way to start off a marriage than to adorn the walls of your home with a beautiful piece of Jewish art? Express your style with themes such as home blessings, floral designs, “Ani L’Dodi”/My Beloved prints, and iconic Jewish symbols. Search away and have fun choosing your favorites.
Goblets: Couples may want to mark this exciting time in their lives by getting something special for each other, such as a kiddush cup which lasts forever and is used quite often. Elijah & Miriam cups are a cool alternative, featured at the Passover seder, and often come conveniently as a set for a “his and hers” pairing.
A Jewish home wants to be filled with all kinds of daily, weekly, and seasonal items.
Mezuzot: These are traditionally handwritten parchment scrolls rolled and sealed tightly in a case and affixed to a doorpost, to offer a level of G-dly protection. You often see mezuzahs hanging on almost every doorpost in a Jewish home.
Note: Many cases don’t come with scrolls, so you can purchase scrolls separately. If you choose not to, you might want to let the couple know that the actual mezuzah is not included with the case.
Tzedakah Boxes: With origins in the Hebrew word “tzedek” or “justice,” tzedakah boxes help correct the negative imbalances we see in the world. When you fill up a jar, be confident in the knowledge that your loose change is going to help others in need. You can never have too many tzedakah boxes! You might see one in each of the main rooms in a Jewish home, plus the kids’ bedrooms, as well as your car for a little “giving on the go.”
Candlesticks: Candlesticks traditionally come in pairs to symbolize the two main aspects of Shabbat – remembrance and observance. But these candlesticks are too lovely to be used just for Shabbat and holidays! These stunning light-bearers add a touch of elegance while entertaining guests, hosting parties, and even a romantic date night in for two.
Kiddush Cups: A classic gift for a new couple and also used under the chuppah, kiddush cups come in all shapes and sizes, reflecting the styles of just about every kind there is. Personalized, fountain sets, or simple and modern, this is an item that will be used and enjoyed until it inevitably turns into a family heirloom.
Challah Items: A Shabbat table is simply not complete without challah! These golden brown loaves are such crowd-pleasers and are accompanied by other fun items such as the challah board, cover, and knife.
Washing Cups: Washing cups are used for ritual washing typically in the morning and before eating a meal that includes bread. You’ll find cups that are exquisitely crafted and double as decorative pieces for the home, from exotically hand-painted to sleek and minimalist. People like to keep washing cups in the kitchen, the bathroom, and bedrooms, including guest bedrooms.
Mayim Achronim: Ahhh, the “Jewish fingerbowl.” You can tell when a meal is almost over when your host brings out this ritual item and passes it around for everyone to rinse their fingertips.
Miscellaneous Items: Not sure where your couple fits within this range of items? Try something used once a year, for special occasions, such as a Passover seder plate or Hanukkah menorah. Almost everyone observes these holidays.
Still feeling a little stuck? We got some advice from a couple of wedding experts:
“First thing I always tell people,” said wedding planner Rivqa Abrams of Moments by Design, “is to talk to others who have already gone through the process to see what items they wish they had registered for but didn’t, or things they registered for but later didn’t use.”
She advises couples to find out from their friends if they ever had to order items post-wedding or go back to the store to buy things they needed. Couples can plan with this in mind and register for those items in advance.
Rivqa’s last bit of advice? “If you have friends or family who’ve already gotten married, ask them if you can mess around in their kitchen to see what kinds of things they have.”
Helene Wishnev gave input as well, having spent a number of years working as a wedding consultant for Pinskers Judaica. Looking for your ketubah is the first thing to do, she says. “Planning for a wedding and starting a new life together is a most exciting and joyous time for a new couple,” she said. So you’ll want to match your gift accordingly.
“If you’re looking for the perfect gift,” she added, “there are a number of beautiful judaica items you can purchase: seder plate, hannukiah [menorah], kiddush fountain, challah covers, and challah knives.”
She recommends looking at Home Blessing art for classy wedding gifts. And for classic gifts, two popular wedding items she likes to suggest to customers are kiddush cups and mezuzahs.