Inside: Instead of searching every store you go into for cute Hanukkah gifts like decorations, books and toys, I’ve compiled a list of the best Hanukkah 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.
We absolutely love celebrating Hanukkah with these meaningful traditions, making Hanukkah crafts like these, and with this Hanukkah Kindness Countdown Calendar with 8 nights of kindness activities.
And we of course love filling our home with fun Hanukkah-themed goodies. 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.
Curious about Hanukkah and what all these gifts mean? Click here for the 8 things you need to know about Hanukkah.
You can use these Hanukkah gifts to spruce up your home, give to family, or give to your kids.
Once your kids get awesome Hanukkah gifts, help them write more meaningful thank you notes with this simple trick.
Hanukkah Gift Ideas to Celebrate the 8 Nights:
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 Drip Tray– Stop getting candle wax all over you table, or worse, burn a hole in your table like we did on Hanukkah. Use a drip tray!
Menorah Drip Tray with the Blessings– Get a drip tray that does double duty and reminds you of the blessings over the candles.
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!
Hanukkah Suncatcher– I love hanging these in my kitchen window
Hanukkah Books & DVDs Gifts:
My First Menorah Board Book
The Complete Guide to Hanukkah– This book has the Hanukkah blessings, how to light a menorah, how to play dreidel and a latke recipe.
D is for Dreidel– This is an adorable book!!! Love how it looks retro.
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
Hanukkah Gift Ideas to Decorate Your Home:
Hanukkah Lights– Celebrate the Festival of Lights with some cute twinkly lights
Hanukkah “Ornaments” to hang in your home
Hanukkah Gift Ideas 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.
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…adult only 😉
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.