17 Best Hanukkah-Themed Gifts
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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.
Fifty Shades of Oy Ve
A wise person once said, “it’s not really a holiday until someone opens a gag gift.” This parody of the bestselling book certainly qualifies as that. Here are more hilarious gifts for everyone on your list.
RTZEN Judaica Hanukkah Menorah
Most people associate the “menorah” with Hanuka (and here is why we light these special menorahs on Hanukkah.) However, the lighting of a multi-candle candelabra is part of a traditional Jewish daily ritual. For the daily ritual, a seven-candle menorah is used. On Hanukkah, that menorah is switched out for a specially-made Hanukkah menorah, one with nine candles and known as a “Hanukiah” (where eight of the candles represent the eight days of Hanukkah, and one represents the oil that ended up burning bright for eight days).
Rite-Lite Judaica Hand-Dipped Hanukkah Candles
A beautiful Hanukiah deserves beautiful candles to admire each night. Hand-dipped Hanukkah candles can be found easily in many supermarkets, but look online for a gorgeous set.
Hanukkah songs are warm and fun and easy-to-sing and also teach the uninitiated a lot about the story of Hanukkah. This particular collection is distinguishable because it includes music by Debbie Friedman, who was one of Judaism’s premier folk musicians. Don’t miss the surprising history behind your favorite Christmas carols.
One of the most well-known and popular Hanukkah songs goes, “Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay, and when you’re dry and ready, oh dreidel I shall play.” A dreidel is a small spinning top with four flat sides (the word is Yiddish for something that turns). Each flat side is marked with a number, like dice. To play traditional “dreidel” games, turns are taken at spinning the dreidel, and the number that comes up is the number of chocolate coins each player is entitled to.
For a cute “spin” on the dreidel theme, gift your earring-wearer with these earrings in the shape of dreidels. Don’t miss these 32 fun facts about the holiday season in general.
MJC International matching pajamas for the whole family
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Matching family pajamas aren’t only for Christians. These matching Hanukkah pajamas feature menorahs, dreidels, and stars of David and come in sizes for newborns to big kids to mom and dad.
Cookies United Hanukkah Gingerbread House
Gingerbread has been an American Christmas tradition for more than 200 years, reports Smithsonian Magazine. But gingerbread is such a lovely food, and gingerbread houses are so much fun to make (and eat). Bringing gingerbread houses could be a great addition to your Hanukah celebration. Try your hand at a fully DIY handmade gingerbread house and then decorating it with Hanukkah-themes such as dreidels and candles. Read on for 101 unique gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
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