17 Best Hanukkah-Themed Gifts
With eight days of gifts to purchase for each person on your gift list, the pressure is on! No worries, we’ve got all the inspiration you need.
Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The best Hanukkah gifts
On Hanukkah, gifts are exchanged on, not one, but eight, nights. That are a lot of gifts when you get right down to it. And selecting all those gifts can feel even more challenging if you’re hoping to keep the focus on Hanukkah. So, in the spirit of the giving season, we’re gifting you with this guide to our favorite Hanukkah-themed gifts. Did you know Hanukkah began as the celebration of another Jewish holiday? Here are 15 things you never realized were true about Hanukkah.
The Hanukkah gift-giving tradition began more as “gilt”-giving: friends and family would give each other gifts of “Hanukkah gelt,” which is gold coins in Hebrew. Over time, Hanukkah gelt came to take the form of chocolate “coins” wrapped in gold foil, although gold coins and other forms of currency are still part of the tradition for some families (and the vast majority of American Jews give other kinds of gifts in addition to gelt). These are the hottest toys of the season to buy before they sell out.
Hilliards Hanukkah Bark
Perhaps you’re a bit tired of plain milk chocolate to celebrate Hanukkah? For a can’t-miss culinary take on the old tradition, there’s this super-decadent blue and white “Hanukkah bark.” It’s made with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and natural peppermint and is packaged in a hand-carved wooden holiday keepsake box.
Cheryl’s Cookies Hanukkah Gift Tower
Perhaps you’re looking for sweet Hanukkah treats that aren’t strictly chocolate-themed. In that case, check out this Hanukkah Gift Tower filled with 37 delicious Hanukkah themed cookies. Find out the best holiday cookie from every state.
Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah
When teaching your kids about Hanukkah, sometimes there’s no better way to do it than to sit ’em around a big pile of sufganiyot (discussed below) and take out a book in which a familiar, beloved character is telling the Hanukkah story. Check out these easy Hanukkah crafts projects you can do with your kids.
Sufganiyot, or Hanukkah jelly doughnuts fried in olive oil, are a traditional part of the Hanukkah celebration. They remind us about the miracle of the lights, which began the tradition of Hanukkah. This heavy-duty commercial-grade jelly-doughnut cutter will help you make the perfect-sized and perfect-shaped sufganiyot.
Presto Counter-Top Deep Fryer
While you don’t need an electric deep fryer to make sufganiyot, it certainly helps. For the home cook you think would appreciate having deep fryer around at times other than Hanukkah, here’s a good one.
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes
Potato latkes (potato pancakes) are another symbol of Hanukkah that reminds us to rejoice in the abundance of olive oil. The traditional way of making them is quite simple, provided you have the wherewithal to grate a pile of potatoes and some onions, and stand over a hot frying pan to cook these Hanukkah-themed fritters into something golden-brown and crispy. If not, consider buying “homemade” latkes…from someone else’s home, or in this case, “Linda’s” home.
Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes
“Just as Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of light, being a balaboosta and bringing family together can be a small miracle with a great impact,” notes PBS in its review of the cookbook, Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed The People You Love. Calling someone a balaboosta is the ultimate compliment for those who pride themselves on their homemaking skills. So, this is a perfect gift for the person in your life who want to take their Jewish-style cooking to the next level. These are 31 gifts for mom she’ll actually love.
Modern Jewish Cooking Recipes
Although this book is called, Modern Jewish Cooking Recipes, it’s really a compendium of traditional Jewish recipes that have been adapted for the modern cook. This is a great gift for someone who is just delving into Jewish cooking in that bit provides a solid base of know-how that can be improvised over time with recipe collections like the above-referenced Balaboosta.