1. Shake Up the Shabbat Ware
The items a young couple uses to celebrate Shabbat should reflect their contemporary style. And there’s no reason to limit those items to just one Shabbat set: Gone are the days when Grandma’s beloved but fusty silver needs to be the only way to welcome our weekly day of rest. We like to mix up our table seasonally -- or just for the sake of mixing it up. And don’t forget: There’s no commandment that says the Shabbat items have to match!
For this setting we created a contemporary look without being matchy: The silvery base of Quest’s “Mod” challah board reflects the clean polished lines of Nambe’s candle holders and Uvtuvo’s kiddush cup, but the deep brown wooden top brings in some warmth and earthiness. That earthy spirit repeats itself in the almost tribal looking washing cup, with its pattern in gleams of copper. A shimmering gold and silver challah cover pulls everything together.
2. Mezuzahs that Say You’re Welcome
Few things welcome guests to a new Jewish home more immediately than the mezuzah by the front entrance The delightful aspect of the mezuzah (aside from its playful name) is the cornucopia of choices in styles and certainly places to hang them (from a bridal couple’s bedroom to a garden door). Here are a couple of our favorites that we think will please modern newlyweds:
- Geometric Mezuzah by Israel-based Studio Armadillo
- White Orchid Mezuzah by Michael Aram
- Stone-Raised Top Mezuzah by Joy Stember
Pair with one of our essential, handwritten mezuzah scrolls and the recipients are good to (come and) go.
3. Give the Gift of Giving with a Tzedakah Box
A tzedakah box is a meaningful wedding gift because it establishes a new couple’s home as a center of giving. It’s also a great destination for loose change.
An eco-centric couple might appreciate this box crafted from domestic sustainable hardwoods by E. Cohen Designs, while this simple “Silver Rings” box by Israeli artist Yair Emanuel is of universal design appeal.
4. Modern Menorahs to Light Up a New Home
As with Shabbat sets, you can never have too many menorahs to spread the light around. You’re only limited by the number of windows you have! (And patience with lighting...) Here are a few of our favorites to suit modern millennial tastes:
- Downtowner: Ceramic Origami Menorah by Studio Armadillo
- East Sider: Brass Contemporary Menorah by Joy Stember
- West Sider: Illume Menorah by Nambe
- Loft Dweller: Modern Minimalist Menorah by CeMMent
5. Seder plate
Millennials will adore this geometrically designed Seder plate by Israeli-based CeMMent. Aside from its obvious cool design factor, it can also double as a fruit or display platter throughout the year.