Inside: Instead of searching every store you go into for cute Hanukkah decorations, books and gifts, I’ve compiled a list of the best gift ideas to celebrate Hanukkah. Save time and get back to frying latkes with this list.
My question, “Excuse me, where is the Hanukkah section?” is almost always answered with blank stares from the people stocking the shelves.
Usually, someone takes pity on me and leads me to the very back of the store. Hidden behind some Santas there is a lone box of blue and white candles.
Whenever I’m out shopping, I search and search the aisles of every store I go into, hunting for the elusive Hanukkah items.
If I’m lucky, I find an endcap that is artfully put together and I stock up on dreidels and cute signs and candles for our menorah.
And there always seems to be a Mensch on the Bench.
Um, no thanks.
And while there are definitely stores that are more Hanukkah-friendly, I’m still constantly searching. And then constantly disappointed.
So instead of us all having to search every store, I thought I would make life easier for everyone and put the absolute best Hanukkah gifts, crafts, decorations and books all in one place so we can shop quickly and get back to our dreidel games and latke frying and making our Hanukkahs more meaningful.
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Gift Ideas to Celebrate Hanukkah:
Hanukkah in a Kit– Don’t have anything yet to celebrate Hanukkah, but want to celebrate? Or send this off to your semi-adult kids who are living on their own or in college so they keep your family traditions going strong.
Menorah– Menorahs, (or Hanukkiahs) are very personal. But here are a few to chose from:
Menorah Drip Tray– Catch all the candle wax from your menorah and protect your table!
Travel Menorah– Hands down, my favorite Hanukkah purchase. We take this little menorah when we’re out and on the go so we can still light the candles. It uses birthday candles!
Gift Ideas for Hanukkah Crafts:
Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles– I made these with my daughter and she loved making them and burning them!
Paint Your Own Dreidel– We also get these every few years and love painting them!
Perler Bead/Fusion Bead Crafts– My kids are addicted to these!
Hanukkah Suncatcher– I love hanging these in my kitchen window
Hanukkah Books & DVDs Gifts:
The Complete Guide to Hanukkah– This book has the Hanukkah blessings, how to light a menorah, how to play dreidel and a latke recipe.
Shalom Sesame, Chanukah, The Missing Menorah– My kids were obsessed with this one!
The Best Hanukkah Toys:
Wooden Menorah Set– Even the youngest of kids can “light” this menorah
Wooden Menorah and Latke set– Can’t have too many cute Hanukkah toys
Hanukkah Karaoke Microphone-This makes Hanukkah dinner a little more spirited!
Hanukkah Items to Decorate Your Home:
Hanukkah Lights– Celebrate the Festival of Lights with some cute twinkly lights
Dreidel LED Project Lights– Celebrate the Festival of Lights with some lights
Hanukkah “Ornaments” to hang in your home
Hanukkah Items for the Person Making all the Latkes:
Hanukkah bowls-for your sour cream and applesauce
Hanukkah Serving Platter- Perfect for the piles and piles of latkes
Salt and Pepper Shakers– I don’t know about you, but I can’t eat my latkes without extra salt.
Hanukkah Cookie Cutters-Decorate sugar cookies with these sweet cookie cutters.
Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookie Decorating Kit– these will taste better than they look
Chanukah House– Decorate a little gingerbread house!
Hanukkah Items to Wear:
Ugly Hanukkah Sweater to wear to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties you get invited to
Hanukkah Reversible Dog Bandana – Get your pooch in the Hanukkah spirit too
This is by no means an exhaustive list. But, these are a few of my favorite Hanukkah things that I either own or would gladly have in my own home.
Except for the Mensch on the Bench.
He’s going to stay with the Elf on the Shelf at the store.
Once your kids get awesome Hanukkah gifts, help them write more meaningful thank you notes with this simple trick!
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