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Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral (Credit: Handout)

Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral and organic themes to add an element of whimsy and delight to Hanukkah. These sweet, brightly-hued resin menorahs from her line, Lalo Treasures ($100), come in five colors, and there are candlesticks to match. Available at Available at Zion Lion, 1616 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, 516 437-5466, and 444 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, 631 549-5155.

Menorahs for Hanukkah 2012

Hanukkah starts at sunset on Dec. 8, and for eight nights, your menorah will be the central focus of your family's evening celebrations. Choosing a style that best suits your taste is important, but that task is made easier with the wide variety of options available. This year's offerings run the gamut from classic and chic to elaborately artistic, and all are available at local retailers. Here are some picks for the season. -- By Lara Ewen

If traditional candles pose too much of a
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If traditional candles pose too much of a potential risk, especially in homes with small children, the "Illumination" LED battery operated menorah ($35) from Aviv Judaica Imports Ltd. provides a stylish and affordable alternative. The polished chrome menorah stands almost 10 inches high, and offers one-button ease of operation. Uses three AA batteries, not included. Available at Judaica of Great Neck, 107 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-482-4729.

The soft stripes of this Duo Blue/Green Menorah
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The soft stripes of this Duo Blue/Green Menorah ($169) by Sara Beames of Beames Design lend a tranquil, wave-like quality to this artful creation. The two panels are made from fused glass, which is fired in a kiln at 1400 degrees until the glass literally fuses together, imparting it with a deep, glowing luster. Both panels, and the Shammes, which sits apart, rest on a 14-inch long glass base. Available at Yussel's Place, 30A Merrick Road, Merrick, 516-223-7050.

Hand-forged by blacksmith Steven Bronstein using an anvil
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Hand-forged by blacksmith Steven Bronstein using an anvil and a hammer, the Blackthorne Menorah ($225) is an elegant yet weighty centerpiece for any celebration. The 9-inch tall, 12-inch wide piece is made of steel and hand-hammered, then welded together, tumbled, and finished with a wax and oil mixture. Available at Gallery North, 90 North Country Road, Setauket, 631-7512676.

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Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral
(Credit: Handout)

Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral and organic themes to add an element of whimsy and delight to Hanukkah. These sweet, brightly-hued resin menorahs from her line, Lalo Treasures ($100), come in five colors, and there are candlesticks to match. Available at Available at Zion Lion, 1616 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, 516 437-5466, and 444 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, 631 549-5155.

Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral
(Credit: Handout)

Israeli artist Orna Lalo's resin creations incorporate floral and organic themes to add an element of whimsy and delight to Hanukkah. These sweet, brightly-hued resin menorahs from her line, Lalo Treasures ($100), come in five colors, and there are candlesticks to match. Available at Available at Zion Lion, 1616 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, 516 437-5466, and 444 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, 631 549-5155.

Keep all your holiday d�cor in one place
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Keep all your holiday d�cor in one place with the A60D menorah dreidel combination ($130) from The Gary Rosenthal Collection. This compact, 10.5-inch tall design features a removable dreidel that rests on its own stand, and only 1,000 of these signed and numbered pieces will be made. Available at Yussel's Place, 30A Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-223-7050.

For those who'd like to add a little
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For those who'd like to add a little humor to their nightly candle-lighting, Jonathan Adler's Utopia Man/Woman Menorah ($295) fits the bill. The 24-inch long, 6-inch high collection of stoneware figures is sure to bring a smile to even the sternest of faces, and after the holiday is over, each piece can stand alone as a charming decorative accent. Available at jonathanadler.com.

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