These Modern Menorahs Are Super-Stylish Must-Haves for Hanukkah

updated Nov 24, 2021
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Dust off your dreidels and get out the gelt, because Hanukkah is right around the corner! This eight-day celebration is one of the most fun Jewish holidays of the year, complete with potato pancakes, deep-fried doughnuts, and lots of presents. But the most iconic tradition? Lighting the menorah candles each night. “Finding the perfect menorah for your home and family is so, so personal,” says lifestyle expert Rebekah Lowin. “It’s more than just a decorative piece, after all; it’s an interactive ritual object imbued with tons of meaning and metaphor.”

Even if you already have an heirloom menorah that you use every year, growing your menorah collection is always a good idea, especially if your tastes skew modern rather than traditional. “Adding a new piece of Judaica to your existing collection or beginning a new one can be a lovely way to support Jewish small businesses and celebrate Jewish artists — or just add to and revive your family’s excitement about the holiday,” Rebekah explains.

We collaborated with Rebekah to find beautiful, modern menorahs (at a range of price points) that will make your holiday feel fresh. Take a look at our top picks below, all of which are sure to up the style factor during your Festival of Lights celebrations.

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Crafted by an expert blacksmith, this modern-vintage-style menorah gives Rebekah "serious Joanna Gaines." She adds, "I love that this menorah puts a twist on the classic design without straying too far from tradition."

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This contemporary menorah is sleek and stylish, with a shiny copper finish that makes it holiday ready. It features a curvy silhouette that adds softness to the piece, and at less than $70, it's incredibly affordable.

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Known for bringing elements of nature into everyday decor, Michael Aram designed this elegant piece to resemble an olive tree. Says Rebekah, "I saw this menorah at a Judaica shop in the Berkshires a few years back, and couldn't take my eyes off of it. It's a splurge, but it's stunning, and you'll probably end up displaying it on a bookshelf or side table year-round. A veritable work of art!"

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A modern menorah with an old-school price, Threshold's Tree of Life Menorah is made from aluminum and iron, but the shiny gold color makes it feel festive and fancy. "I love that each arm of the menorah is designed to look like a branch," says Rebekah. "It's just such a special detail that any design lover will appreciate."

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You can always count on Jonathan Adler for pieces that are at once upscale, modern, and fun. This adorable menorah shaped like an elephant is made from high-fired stoneware with a soft satin matte glaze, and since the playful pachyderm's trunk is up, it brings an extra dash of good luck.

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Are you planning to be on the go this Hanukkah? Or maybe you live in a small space and don't have room to store a bulky menorah? Either way, this stackable delight from Unique Jewish Jewelry on Etsy is the one you've been looking for. It comes enclosed in a velvet pouch and is available in several color combinations. Bonus: Stack them into two columns and they double as Shabbat candlesticks.

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This cast iron menorah looks like a no-frills option, but think again. The base is designed to catch wax drips and used matches, thus saving your table, countertop, or windowsill from harm. It's such a special piece that it's even a part of the permanent collection at The National Museum of American Jewish History.