In season:'Tis the season

Gifts part 1: For friends and relatives abroad and Hanukka offerings for the kids.

Wine and cheese basket 521 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Wine and cheese basket 521
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A gift from Israel
In time for the holiday season – Hanukka, Christmas and the New Year – Ben-Ezer Plantations are offering new gift crates to be sent in your name to friends and family around the world.
This year, in addition to the citrus fruit, wine and delicacies, Ben-Ezer is also offering fruit marmalades and gourmet marshmallows.
The most experienced gift-shipping company in Israel, Ben-Ezer is offering more than 80 different packages, with or without wine, all based on the best Israeli produce, its own hand-picked citrus fruit and lovely packaging.
The company specializes in sending kosher gift packages all year round, but come December Ben-Ezer takes care of packing and delivering your gift choices on time. Citrus fruit, grown in the Ben-Ezer plantations and hand picked, can be sent to Europe, Japan and the US. Other gifts can be sent to most countries. This year the choices might also include spa products, tea infusions and some sweets.
The Happy Holiday box, for instance, contains oranges, red grapefruit and pomelit, Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon, cookies, marmalade, chocolate-coated almonds, marshmallows, savory cheese biscuits and assorted nuts (NIS 579 including delivery.) Other boxes include such items as olive oil, halva, tehina and herb tea.
Call to choose your gift from the Holy Land. Boxes start at around NIS 390. To order, (03) 6969111; 1800-890-000;
For the kids
On the subject of Hanukka gifts, this year we decided to go online and choose from the wonderful selection offered at the kidiz site. Kidiz offers a quality selection of wooden toys for babies and toddlers, developmental toys, puzzles and other well-designed toys collected from around the world.
We loved the wooden biting flower (pictured) as a present for a three-month- old (NIS 55); the finger dolls (NIS 89); 3D puzzles and doll houses; and other exciting toys that appeal to children as well as their parents.
Visit or call (03) 685-9398.