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Celebrating the nights of Hanukkah is a precious time that can be highlighted with the perfect present.
We researched brands that offer Hanukkah-themed gifts, those that have a connection to lights, and gifts that are just downright tasty. Our list includes a menorah set from West Elm, hand-blown wine glasses from Estelle Colored Glass, and more.
Here are the best Hanukkah gifts.
Harry & David Eight Nights of Hanukkah Gift Basket
If you're bringing a gift for the hostess or just want to have something delivered, this Star of David-shaped box is full of delectable treats. There's a small box designated for each night and the recipient opens it to reveal a new treat, which ranges from chocolate to almonds to pears. It's such a fun, sweet surprise and the box can be reused long after the holiday.
Keraclay Stoneware Menorah Set
For a truly unique menorah, Keraclay's design is actually a set of individual candle holders. The handmade, speckled clay holders fit most average size candles and switches things up from the traditional design. The style is so sleek and fun, one or all of the holders can easily be used for year round decor.
Estelle Colored Stemless Wine Glass
Pretty much anyone can use more glassware. But these aren't your typical wine glasses. The set of six rose colored glasses is hand blown and feature a vintage style inspired by the owner's grandmother. Any recipient will love adding these to their roster of drinkware.
Monica + Andy Light the Menorah Pajamas
These fun pajamas come in adult and kids' sizes, perfect for gifting for everyone in the family. They're made from organic cotton and spandex and are slightly stretchy for the perfect fit. For an extra $15, you can even have your garments embroidered with the recipients' initials—just note that this will take longer shipping time.
Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Most people probably know their birth stone, but what about their birth flower? For example: January is a carnation, July is lavender, and a red zinnia represents December. This birth month flower grow kit includes seeds, soil, a vase, and instructions. Choose the kit that corresponds to the recipient's birth month and this is truly a present they'll love to watch grow, personalized to their zodiac sign preparation during the holidays.
Creative Memories Jewish Holidays Bundle
Gift your creative friend this scrapbook bundle, complete with three sheets of stickers, 12 sheets of 12 x 12-inched, photo-safe scrapbook paper, and designed titles and borders for holidays like Hanukkah, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah and more.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)
The Amazon Echo Dot will be the little helper you need to pull off the perfect evening. With hands-free voice control, all you have to do is ask for your favorite artist or song for background tunes for the night, an ideal gift for your child's teacher. With access to top music-streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, you’ll have everything you need to fill the room with music you love. And since the Echo is Bluetooth-enabled, you can also stream other popular services from your personal phone or tablet.
Ten Speed Press Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Explore one of the most praised cookbooks of its time from The New York Times bestselling author of Plenty. With over 120 recipes using the signature tastes of Jerusalem, you’ll find everything from hearty vegetable dishes to decadent desserts, all with a unique cross-cultural take from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities, perfect for gifting a friend who celebrates Christmas.
Candleschtick Keep Calm and Latke On Mug
For a lighthearted gift, especially for the person who tends to get stressed from hosting during the season, gift a funny, useful present like this. Candleschtick's "Keep Calm and Latke On" mug is sure to get a laugh or at least a chuckle out of someone. The dishwasher and microwave safe mug comes in 11 or 15 ounces.
Fantastic Square Alligator Serving Tray with Matte Finish Design
Made with a stylish alligator print in a metal or matte finish, this tray is the perfect way to showcase everything from a yummy appetizer while entertaining to odds and ends on a coffee table. It measures more than 15 inches long so the tray can hold quite a few items. While it has a high end look, especially the gold one, this tray won't set you back a ton, but your recipient will love it.
Rite Lite M-7196 Menorah
Elevate your traditional menorah with this beautiful, polished silvertone design. It’s made from a die-cast cut to make the menorah more durable and one that can be enjoyed for years to come! Paired with a picturesque silver finish and all you need is a special set of candles to complete what’s bound to be an elegant and special celebration.
Uncommon Goods Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio
Holidays are a great time for celebrating and if your recipient loves bubbly, this cute gift will be a hit. Just drop one or two of the flavor-infused sugar cubes into a glass of champagne and it's an instant mimosa or bellini. Each pack comes with six cubes and the flavors are citrus trio or peaches & berry trio. Make this gift even better by purchasing your loved one's favorite champagne so they can start sipping right away.
Chatbooks Photo Book
Because many of us are so used to digital photos and snapping pics on the go, there's something special about a photo album that highlights memories. Chatbooks makes it easy to upload your favorite pics and edit and arrange them into a personalized photo book. You can even add personalized captions. A 30-page book starts at just $15.
Udalyn Star of David Pendant Necklace
This 20-inch long twisted chain necklace is topped off with a traditional Star of David and it also comes with a convenient two inch extender. Some affordable jewelry can have a cheap, shiny look, but this one is wallet-friendly but also looks more high end thanks to the stainless steel finish. Choose between the classic silver or gold tone, or truly go for a stand out piece with the black.
Via Maris Trace Menorah & Hanukkah Candles
Everyone can appreciate a great set of candles for lighting the menorah and these come in a set of 45. They're made of paraffin wax, so that means less dripping, and each candle has approximately an hour of burn time. Choose between blue, cool white, clay, or yellow.
Godiva Milk Chocolate Gold Coin Bag, Set of 3
Try Godiva's bag of chocolate gold coins for a sweet treat kids and adults will love. Each drawstring pouch contains eight pieces of chocolate and there are three bags in each order, for a total of 24 coins. Gift an individual bag to specific people or sprinkle the coins around a table setting, easier to handle when celebrating with children during Kwanza.
What to Look for in Hanukkah Gifts
Hanukkah is the festival of lights. During the 8-day holiday, progressive candles are lit on a menorah. This makes light-themed gifts such as decorative menorahs, shabbat candlesticks, candles, or lights a fail-proof Hanukkah gift choice.
Connection With Judaism
Gifts that relate to Jewish identity and the history of Judaism make Hanukkah-appropriate gifts. Examples include Hanukkah-themed children’s books that will inform and entertain, Dead Sea bath salts, or Hanukkah-themed tableware. You can also find plenty of ready-made Hanukkah-themed gift sets, from spa essentials to tea collections and more.
When in doubt, offering food-related gifts at Hanukkah is always welcome. This can include anything from fine olive oil for making traditional Hanukkah latkes to Hannukah cookies from your favorite Jewish deli to gift baskets that include a treat for each of the 8 nights. You can also offer a beautifully-illustrated Jewish food cookbook, or entertaining-related gifts such as a set of wine glasses.
How many gifts do you give for Hanukkah?
There is no single answer to this very individual question. Some parents, for example, give a modest gift to each child on each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah. Others give a single gift on the last day of Hanukkah.
What kinds of gifts are given for Hanukkah?
Hanukkah isn’t a traditional gift-giving Jewish holiday. The practice of gift-giving on Hanukkah is an American tradition that began in the 19th- or early 20th-century. Most historians acknowledge that the gift-giving component probably has something to do with the fact that Christmas and Hanukkah fall near to one another on the calendar, and Jewish parents wanted to offer their children something material during their own holiday celebration to keep them from feeling left out. Nevertheless, while the commercialization of Christmas has grown more extravagant and excessive over time, despite the fact that Hanukkah is an 8-day celebration, Hanukkah gifts are generally modest in nature to keep the focus on the holiday. Charitable gifts are also popular for Hanukkah.
Why do you give gifts at Hanukkah?
Hanukkah gift-giving is an American tradition. Whereas Hanukkah is celebrated around the world with the lighting of the menorah candles on 8 consecutive nights, feasting on latkes, and spinning dreidels, American Jews added gift-giving to the equation to make it more fun.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.