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Those who like romantic stuff and still need a calendar for the Jewish New Year, will love the ones for sale at Michal Negrin lendars are decorated with the designer's trademark old-fashioned illustrations of cherubs, roses and women dressed in Victorian attire. There are two varieties of wall calendars: one with a pocket in which you can stick little notes (NIS 70), and one with pictures that can be taken out and framed after the year is over (NIS 89). The two different pocket calendars available are a daily calendar, with a separate page for each day, or a weekly calendar, which can more easily be stuffed in your pocket book, and which also has a mirror on the inside (both NIS 70).
Honey is of course a must with every Rosh Hashana meal, and Yad Mordechai, the kibbutz just north of Gaza that specializes in the product, is offering several sweet deals. For example, a squeeze bottle of honey that comes with a free apple cutter that slices the apple and cuts out the core. Another deal, good if you need big quantities of honey, is a 1.2 kilo jar of honey sold for the price of a one kilo jar. If you want to bring a gift to someone when invited over, Yad Mordechai has nice gift packages as well; one is a candle-shaped box containing a jar of apple-cinnamon jam and a small container of honey (NIS 22.90), or a basket-shaped box containing a jar of honey, a jar of apple-cinnamon jam, and a bottle of olive oil (NIS 44.50). New from Yad Mordechai this year is the honey that comes in containers that are handier for cooking - a package containing four smaller containers of 100 gr. each is NIS 22.90.
Pomegranates will decorate most Rosh Hashana dinner tables, and the slightly sour seeds are a delicious treat as well. Adama sells organic pomegranates originating from Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, sold at NIS 12-14 a kilo. Pomegranate fruit also supposedly helps lower cholesterol, and has other health benefits as well. Tnuva has a limited edition of white bio-yogurt with pomegranate and fruit, sold at NIS 3.31 a tub.
Seda is a series of cosmetics products based on yogurt, and the soaps, body lotions and sprays come in bottles that make them look just like yogurt drinks too. There are two gift packages for Rosh Hashana available in the supermarkets and pharmacies, both containing creamy shower gel and a body spray, one set with pear-kiwi-melon fragrance, and one with berries-mint fragrance; prices vary from NIS 40 to NIS 45.
For the hair-obsessed who like to give their mane an intensive beauty treatment, the "Moroccan Series" has a nice sale. A box containing a bottle of Moroccan oil, containing oil from the Aragan nut, and a Moroccan oil mask, is now sold at the special price of NIS 150, instead of NIS 260. The mask does make hair feel nice and soft, and even adds some volume. The only problem with the Moroccan Series is that their products are not readily available in every pharmacy, but only at selected hair salons (call 03-9580788).
Chocolate lovers will be thrilled with a nice gift box of Max Brenner products, such as Snowies, white chocolate balls with nougat and pistachio crunch, or Apple, apple cubes in white chocolate and cinnamon (both NIS 31 for 80 gr.). Bigger gift boxes called Think Pink contain a wide variety of chocolates, and are sold for NIS 99 or NIS 183, depending on the size. Max Brenner chocolate is sold at the Max Brenner chocolate bars in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion, as well as in selected delicatessen stores.
Wissotzky has a beautiful gift box containing six different tea varieties; the wooden box has a transparent lid, so you can look right at the contents. The different teas in the box are Earl Gray, green tea with lemongrass, Chai Masala, herb tea with sage and lemongrass, red tea, and herb tea with passion fruit-mango flavor; the price for the gift box, available until the end of October, is NIS 89.90.
Salmon is a luxury food item that is certainly suitable for a holiday table. Miki now has smoked Norwegian salmon, that can be served, for example, as part of a first course or as a snack with aperitifs. And if you want to enjoy bagels with cream cheese and lox this salmon is a good thing to have handy in the freezer. A 100 gr. package of Miki smoked salmon is NIS 17.
The new Arad towels called Pure Harmony will give you a feeling of luxury and give your bathroom a fresh look to start the New Year. The thick towels, weighing 650 gr. per meter, look like they belong in a spa or nice hotel room; they come in white or natural. A hand towel is NIS 35, a bath towel (127 by 68 cm.) is NIS 84, and a beach towel (150 by 100 cm.) is NIS 122. The Arad Pure Harmony towels are available in the Mashbir Hahadash Letsarhan and other selected stores.
Wella Koleston is a new hair coloring kit that promises to provide 100% coverage and 30 per cent shine. The kit also contains a treatment cream that has to be used before the coloring to ensure a richer looking color. Wella Koleston comes in 36 different shades, and costs NIS 42; until the end of the month, you will get a make-up pouch for free when buying two Wella hair coloring products (Safira, Koleston, or Viva) at a SuperPharm, NewPharm, or Mashbir store.
At the Delek gas stations you can find a backpack containing five different outdoor games that will provide hours of fun for you and your kids, and may come in handy for trips you might take during the upcoming Sukkot holiday. The bag contains a Frisbee, two different types of ball games (one where the ball attaches to a catcher's mitt lined with velcro), a GoGo (two people stand at opposite sides of a set of ropes and move a ball back and forth between them), and a game where sticks have to be thrown inside a hoop. The set of games is for sale at NIS 39.90 if you gas up for NIS 80 or more; the deal lasts until the end of October.
If your child likes to take little bags of chocolate milk to school for the morning break, or likes to take a "shot" of it at home, and is in the possession of a cell phone, it pays to get a bag of Schock Shots, containing eight small bags of chocolate milk. Until the end of September you will find a pouch for your cellular phone inside these bags; the price for an eight-pack is NIS 13.
If you still need to give the silver objects in your home a quick cleaning before the holiday, Hagerty Silver Polish works pretty nicely. All you need to do is rub it in to the product with a soft cloth, and then polish it quickly with another soft cloth, something that sounds more cumbersome than it really is. Hagerty promises to give your silver long-term protection, even for months, so I'm hoping that between now and Pessah, I won't have to do this chore again (we'll see). A bottle of Hagerty Silver Polish is NIS 29.
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