Hanukkah Gifts


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If your family, or some of your friends, celebrate Hanukkah, you know that finding good Hanukkah gifts is just one of the many special parts of the holiday! For many people, figuring out what the right gifts should be is a little bit more difficult. Certain items may not be appropriate, and how do you determine how many presents to give? Should you be prepared to have a new gift for each night of Hanukkah? That will mostly depend on your family’s specific traditions, but if you need help with actual gift ideas, that is where we come in! This gift guide is filled with all sorts of appropriate Hanukkah gifts for children, teens, and adults. Especially if this is your first time celebrating Hanukkah, you might not have many ideas for gifts, and that is okay. We are here to help!

10 Things to Consider When Buying Hanukkah Gifts

1. Go for smaller gifts

Especially if you are purchasing one for each night of the holiday!

Regardless, Hanukkah is typically associated with smaller gifts for each night of the holiday, so you don’t want someone to feel uncomfortable if you get them a much larger or more expensive gift.

2. Consider a theme

Don’t feel like you have to get each person a unique item each night. Instead, why not come up with a ‘theme’ for each night and get everyone a similar gift?

This will make shopping a lot easier and help narrow down an endless list of options into more manageable topics.

3. Ask questions

If you are new to celebrating Hanukkah, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

If you are going over to a boyfriend or girlfriend’s house for example, ask them up front what the expectation is for gifts.

Each family is likely to have their own traditions, and a great way to make a good impression is to know that up front and get gifts that fit that tradition.

They may have their own themes in place already! Or, they may stick with more traditional ‘gelt’ gifts.

Get as much information as you can, and use it to guide you as you shop for gifts.

4. Give the gift of food

Food is always a wonderful gift, and is a popular gift item for Hanukkah. Consider giving sweets, or even foods cooked in oil, as oil is an important theme for Hanukkah.

Or consider giving (or even creating) a thoughtful gift basket filled with sweets, chocolates, and various cooking oils.

5. Consider a religious gift

This can be a good gift idea if you personally celebrate Hanukkah and understand the different traditions and want to gift a family member something meaningful.

6. Understand what not to give

If you are giving a food gift, we recommend it being items that are kosher.

We also recommend not getting gifts that are red and green, as those are the traditional colors for Christmas.

Typical colors for Hanukkah are blue and white so stick with those. The same goes for wrapping paper.

7. Go for something personalized

An easy way to make any gift feel more meaningful is to have it personalized in some way!

This could either be the theme of the gift, such as getting each person a book that is in a genre that they love, or to have their actual name incorporated somehow- either monogrammed or engraved in some way.

8. Consider a family gift

You don’t necessarily have to get an item for each member of a family, that can get expensive even if you go with something simple!

Instead, consider getting one nice item that the entire family can enjoy - this could be a game they could play, or a framed family picture, just to name a few ideas.

9. Candles

Candles are always a great gift, especially for Hanukkah. You can either consider getting candles that can be used in a Menorah, or simply a nice candle that will help make the home smell lovely and feel more inviting.

You can’t go wrong either way!

10. Don’t overthink it

At the end of the day, make sure you don’t overthink your gifts. People will understand your intentions and if you are trying to find them the perfect present, they will appreciate it!

You of course want to try your best to find the perfect thing and fit in with traditions, but don’t worry so much that you don’t enjoy the holiday and time with friends and family!

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From traditional to unique, we feature the best Hanukkah gifts

Figuring out the right gifts to give for Hanukkah can feel a little stressful, especially if it is your first time celebrating the holiday.

Maybe a friend invited you over to their family’s celebrations this year, or perhaps you started dating someone who celebrates Hanukkah but you do not.

No matter your situation, it makes sense to be concerned about giving the right gift.

After all, this isn’t just any gathering, it’s an important religious holiday just like Christmas, and the last thing you want to do is upset anyone!

Thankfully, finding the right gift does not have to involve a lot of stress. The best thing to do is not overthink it!

There are plenty of wonderful ideas to choose from.

Depending on the family’s traditions or how long you will be in town, you might not have to show up with a gift for each night of Hanukkah.

In fact, some families don’t make gifts a big component of their Hanukkah celebrations as say, people who celebrate Christmas. Smaller gifts may be completely normal and to be expected.

For that reason, we have filled out gift guide with a variety of items, including smaller and larger gifts.

Whether it is tradition, or your budget, you can find the right gift that will be appropriate and loved by whoever you give it to.

How to nail the right thing to gift for Hanukkah

Everyone always wants to make the holidays a joyful occasion, and gifts are almost always a part of that!

Whether you have just one person to shop for, or your entire family, finding those perfect items is always such a great feeling, isn’t it?

Crossing name after name off your list as you find them their gifts is so satisfying, and we are here to help that process go even quicker!

We have rounded up all sorts of unique, thoughtful ideas that are perfect to give for Hanukkah.

Whether you are shopping for your significant other, their parents, or your family, you can find just the right things.

Did you know that gifts were not traditionally part of Hanukkah? That’s right!

Parents would give their children ‘gelt’ which is Yiddish for money, although typically the money was in the form of chocolate coins.

Over the years things have changed, possibly as a result of how popular gift giving is for Christmas.

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In any case, many families do choose to exchange gifts for Hanukkah, so make sure you show up with something!

Hanukkah starts this year on December 22nd.

However, it is never too early to start shopping for the perfect presents, especially if you are getting gifts for each night of Hanukkah (which this year will go until December 30th).

So, what are you waiting for? Start shopping today!