39 Best Hanukkah Gifts for Eight Great Nights
Whether you share eight small gifts or one big one, we have loads of fabulous Hanukkah gift ideas for everyone on your list!
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Hanukkah gift ideas for your favorite people
Whether you call it Hanukkah or Chanukah, you’ll agree it’s one of the most fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights, includes traditions such as nightly candle-lighting, dreidel games, yummy fried foods such as doughnuts and potato latkes, and gifts. So. Many. Gifts. For some families, Hanukkah gifts are exchanged on not one night but on all eight nights of the holiday. That’s a lot of presents to buy, which mean you’ll need a lot of gift ideas!
While we have a bunch of those for you, from cool kitchen items to dreidel-themed leggings, there’s one thing to remember when buying for this holiday: Buy with heart. Sure, a big tech gift is always amazing, but Hanukkah is also a great opportunity to be thoughtful with small but meaningful gifts. And try not to stress too much. If you don’t get it right on the first night, you’ve got seven more tries. And don’t worry: These gifts for men, women, and kids are sure to be a hit.
One important note: Hanukkah is early this year! It starts on Sunday, November 28, and goes through Monday, December 6, so you’ll want to get started on your shopping ASAP.
We’ve curated some great tips and tricks to bring joy home this season. Read on to make sure your whole family gets into the holiday spirit this year.
Ceramic Hanukkah Menorah
Best for: giving a friend
This elegant ceramic-based menorah is a gorgeous entryway display piece or a proud emblem to place in front of a prominent window in the house. The modern minimalist design (and super-affordable price) also make it an excellent choice to give to friends who may need a new menorah and want to accent their home’s updated decor. Here’s why we light menorahs for Hanukkah.
Serendipity Opal Hamsa Necklace
Best for: hamsa fans
A delicate, lovely opal hamsa pendant graces a 16K gold-plated brass chain to symbolize protection, power, and strength. For hamsa fans who like to layer jewelry, this eye-catching gem of a necklace makes the perfect complement to any outfit. Reviewers give it all five-star ratings.
Lula’s Garden Store Verdant Garden
Best for: plant moms
This trio of gorgeous succulents makes small sips of water last like the miracle of the Hanukkah oil and looks absolutely adorable in window or presented on a small table. Plus, the Hanukkah-specific packaging makes it appropriate for Festival of Lights-themed White Elephant gift exchanges.
Hanukkah Cake Pops
Best for: chocolate lovers
Take a break from jelly doughnuts, the classic Hanukkah dessert, with these decadent, delicious, entirely elevated dark chocolate and funfetti cake pops from Mini Melanie, a Brooklyn-based, sister-owned brand. The set of six comes decked out for the Festival of Lights in hand-dipped blue, white, and gold chocolate shells, and could probably not be more scrumptious.
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Sequin Block Initial Charm Bracelet
Best for: Your trendy sister
Charm bracelets are having a moment, and you can’t go wrong with this one. The gorgeous link chain is a bit longer than most bracelets, so it’s great in a stack or when worn alone. The initial is bold with just a bit of sparkle to add some light to a dark Hanukkah night. This would make a perfect gift for your sister who’s always on top of the latest trends.
The Dirty Cookie Shot Decorating Kit
Best for: Cookie monsters
While baking and frosting holiday cookies isn’t really a Hanukkah thing, this cute cookie-decorating kit turns it into one. Each kit contains half a dozen kosher, vegan “cookie shots,” plus all the fixings. What is a cookie shot, you ask? Exactly what it sounds like: a cookie in the shape of a shot glass. Fill it with ice cream, milk, cold-brew coffee, or (ahem) alcohol, and enjoy! For another fun family activity, try these Hanukkah crafts with the kids.
Ella Judaica Safed Hanukkah Candles
Best for: Arty friends
While there’s no requirement to have candles that are extra, it really does make the holiday that much more beautiful. These multicolored candles are handmade in Northern Israel using premium wax. They also come in various colorways and look like tiny stained-glass windows when lit. By the way, in case you’re not quite sure, this is why Hanukkah changes dates every year.
Corto Virtual Olive Oil Tasting Experience
Best for: Home chefs
The Hanukkah story involves olive oil and what better way to commemorate the holiday’s miracle than with a virtual olive oil tasting experience? They’ll join a certified olive oil expert for an hour-long immersive session, during which they’ll try a flight of carefully curated oils (sent straight to their doorstep) and learn how to detect quality and flavor. This could be a fun gift for your boyfriend that you could actually do together.
Print on Boutique Hanukkah Workout Leggings
Best for: Fit and festive friends
They’re cute, they’re comfy, and they’re all about the holiday. Decorated with a Hanukkah-themed pattern of gifts, dreidels, and menorahs, they’ll delight those in the know and act as a great conversation starter for anyone at the gym or yoga studio. Add a sweatshirt or matching socks if you want to create an entire theme as a larger gift for a best friend.
Dylan’s Candy Bar Festival of Lights Tackle Box
Best for: the sweet tooth
Dylan’s Candy Bar, the iconic New York-based candy destination, rolled out a Festival of Lights Tackle Box specifically for Hanukkah celebrations that is 100 percent kosher and 200 percent delicious. The sweets lover on your list will revel in sweet, sophisticated treats, including traditional chocolate gelt, chocolate-covered pretzels, fruit jellies, blue sour drops, and more.
Pottery Barn Hanukkah Organic Sheet Set and Pillowcases
Best for: The grandkids
These super soft organic cotton sheets from Pottery Barn are decorated with blue and gold menorahs, dreidels, and Hanukkah gelt. This set is perfect for when visions of jelly doughnuts dance in their heads. While we’re on the subject, these gifts for grandma are guaranteed to make you her instant favorite.
Maple Landmark Wooden Dreidels
Best for: Those who love to support made-in-the-USA businesses
For the Hanukkah purists who want to play dreidel or introduce the game to the next generation, here is a lovely wood set that was crafted in Vermont. It comes with instructions, so don’t worry if you don’t remember the rules.
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+
Best for: The worrier
Along with all the holiday travel comes the panic of misplacing everything. Oy. This Bluetooth-powered SmartTag is an affordable tech gift that attaches to everything from keys to luggage, allowing them to keep track of everything. It’s also really easy to set up and use. This would make a great gift for your father-in-law who is always misplacing things.
Challah Days Collection Matching Family Pajamas
Best for: Social media mavens
Matching-pajama pics are not reserved exclusively for Christmas. This super cute set has options for the entire family and will have Grandma kvelling as she scrolls through your Instagram feed.
The Mensch on a Bench
Best for: Your favorite niece
Moshe the Mensch made his first public appearance on Shark Tank in 2014, and he’s been a Hanukkah favorite ever since. In addition to teaching the importance of the holiday, Moshe and his family are on a mission to inspire others to be mensches (good and honorable people) and to bring fun and laughter to the whole family. While you’re shopping, check out these thoughtful gifts for dad, the greatest mensch of all!
Nixon Regulus Digital Watch
Best for: Glamping fans
This deceptively geeky-looking watch is actually a style statement disguised as an ordinary digital wristwatch. There’s a fiber-reinforced case for extra durability, an LED-backlit display, and a water-resistant body so they can go swimming or diving without worrying about where to keep their watch. This would be a great gift for your husband if he loves the outdoors.
Cat & Jack Dreidel Graphic Shirt
Best for: Aspiring astronomers
While there’s technically no known dreidel constellation, this T-shirt makes us believe there should be. In fact, we really wish Target would make this design for adults as well. For toys that will knock his socks off, check out this mega list of gifts for boys.
Rifle Paper Co. High Peaks of the Adirondack Forest Soy Candle
Best for: Homebodies
This soy candle smells almost as beautiful as it looks. We’d like to imagine this is what the mountain range in the Sound of Music smells like—crisp, fresh, and free. Also, it’s from Rifle Paper Co., which means that the exterior features one of their stunning signature floral prints. Everyone will oooh and aaah over this gift and wish it was theirs. If you’re doing a Secret Santa gift exchange at the office, this could also be a good option.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Hollywood Flawless Filter
Best for: Beauty buffs
While there’s no Hanukkah gift equivalent to a stocking stuffer, small and thoughtful gifts are often part of the festivities. In this case, a product from this cult brand will help anyone look more radiant. You know how everyone looks better in candlelight? This nifty product smooths out flaws and helps anyone look more radiant.
Illy iperEspresso Y3.3
Best for: Coffee lovers
Know someone who goes gaga over chic kitchen gadgets and also happens to be a caffeine fiend? If so, you’ll definitely want to pick up this gorgeous espresso machine designed by an Italian architect. It’s sleek, compact, and easy to use, and it makes both espresso and coffee via a capsule system.
The Box by Dr. Ava
Best for: The skin-care obsessed
This is the ultimate subscription box for the person in your life who’s looking for the fountain of youth. Each box contains products and innovative beauty tools that mimic in-office procedures. We’re talking state-of-the-art lotions and potions and tools that provide the effect of microneedling. Sign up for one box or for a full year of deliveries for the ultimate splurge.
Osmosis Epic Skin Tool
Best for: Your mother-in-law
Speaking of skin care, there’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on a product only to realize your skin isn’t actually absorbing it. This cool tool will make sure that never happens by helping the active ingredients penetrate skin more deeply while simultaneously increasing circulation, firming, and reenergizing the skin. Epic, indeed!
Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year
Best for: Those who love daily inspiration
And now, a very personal recommendation from me—the author of this story on Hanukkah gifts and this book! It offers daily bits of wisdom, inspiration, and advice that tap into ancient prayers for inspiration. But don’t just take my word for it: Jewish celebs including Matisyahu and Mayim Bialik have their own copies!
Batman Bat-Tech Batcave
Best for: Little superheroes
It’s a good thing that Hanukkah falls relatively early this year because that means you can scoop up one of the gifts on every kid’s wish list. This 33-inch-tall Batcave was already featured on Amazon’s 2021 Toys We Love list, as well as the Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list. Bonus: It’s basically loads of toys within a toy, so you can easily pretend that this one gift encompasses all eight nights’ worth of gifts.
Estelle Colored Glass Stemmed Wine Glass
Best for: Eternal hosts
Be the best guest ever by combining your hostess gift with your Hanukkah gift. Every piece in the Estelle Colored Glass collection is hand-blown and comes in a variety of jewel tones and soft pastels. Pick cobalt blue if you want to go with the holiday theme and have an extra stylish L’Chaim!
Coach Chain Belt Bag with Quilting
Best for: Fashionistas
Treat the style-forward gal in your life to something wholly impractical but completely gorgeous. The warm sunset shades of this cute quilted bag set off a 1970s disco vibe that would go perfectly with pretty much anything. You can’t go wrong giving this as a Hanukkah gift to your wife.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
Best for: Tech purists
Loyal Windows users will tell you there are few moments as exciting as when Microsoft drops a new collection of laptops and tablets. In this case, they’ll be jonesing for the Surface heritage design. It has a powerhouse core with three different postures, so you can use it at different angles, as well as built-in Slim Pen storage and charging. In case you’re wondering about the Hanukkah gift connection beyond the splurge, Microsoft described this beauty as “designed to light up the best of Windows 11.”
Peruvian Connection Bexley Alpaca Cardigan
Best for: Your mom
The next time your mom tells you to wear a sweater because she’s chilly, you can remind her about the stunning cardi you bought her as a Hanukkah gift. This cropped cable cardigan (try saying that three times fast) is knit of soft alpaca fleece and is incredibly warm. It also comes in two great neutrals that will go with anything.
Tommy Bahama Mer-Sea Classic Wrap
Best for: Jet-setters
It’s a wrap! It’s a travel pillow! It’s the perfect Hanukkah gift! This whisper-soft ruana folds up into its own pouch that doubles as a travel pillow. You should probably buy an extra in case you decide that you need one, too.
Nutribullet magic bullet Air Fryer
Best for: Fry fans
Just because it’s customary to eat fried foods on Hanukkah does not mean that they have to be dripping in oil. This 2.5-quart air fryer is easy to use and has a small footprint, so it won’t take up too much countertop real estate. It’s a kitchen gadget they’ll wish they had years ago.
FinaMill Pepper Mill & Spice Grinder
Best for: Foodies
Spice, spice, baby! For the person who won’t settle for bland meals, this grinder allows them to grind and mix their favorite peppers and spices—without potential cross-contamination.
Godinger Golden & Marble Menorah
Best for: Fans of holiday glitz
This showpiece menorah only looks simple. It actually boasts a modernist marble base and gold-toned, aluminum-accented candle holders. While it’s stunning as a Hanukkah centerpiece, it’s pretty enough to display year-round.
MAD MATTR Bakery Set
Best for: Creative kids
Keep the kids occupied while you prep dinner or while the grown-ups are talking about “boring stuff.” This set of super-soft compounding molds and shapes lets them create their own make-believe doughnuts, which will keep things a lot more interesting for them.
HumbleSuds Natural Cleaning Products
Best for: Those with sensitive skin
Is it wrong to be wholly obsessed with a cleaner that comes in a 16-ounce refillable glass bottle and safely and effectively cleans using five proven, powerful plant- and mineral-based ingredients? Who cares! It smells so good and cleans so well. Pro tip: Put together a gift basket of HumbleSuds’ top three cleaners for your friend who tries to avoid harsh cleaning ingredients.
Mesolyft Rejuvenating Moisturizing Gloves
Best for: Family members who want to turn back the clock
Have you heard about the healing potential of red light therapy? If so (and also if not), you’ll want to know more about these gloves. Instead of keeping your hands warm, these rejuvenating gloves improve the appearance of the skin on your hands (fewer spots and crepiness) and also decrease inflammatory and oxidative processes while increasing the metabolism of the cells. In simpler terms, they feel like an amazing hand massage and keep hands looking supple without any side effects. The person who loves this would probably also go gaga over these anti-aging creams dermatologists trust the most.
Kawaii Girl Flatiron Shimmer Powder
Best for: Beauty multitaskers
During Hanukkah, it’s perfectly reasonable to add as much shimmer as possible to your look. Flatiron, the newest shimmer powder in the collection is a copper and iridescent green combo with a definite Hanukkah vibe. Kawaii Girl cosmetics are also Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly.
JJWinks Room Service Maxi Nightgown
Best for: Loungers
If you’ve ever wondered why pajamas only come in bedroom-only or granny-approved, you’ll want to have a look at these. Every top in the collection has a “light hug” shelf, which allows you to lounge around braless without worrying about overexposure. Our fave is this super cute nightgown that can be worn even to lounge around without feeling self-conscious.
Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 6-Tool Combo Kit
Best for: DIY experts
One of the most fun things about the new generation of Ryobi tools is the fact that they are created with crafters and do-it-yourself experts in mind. What’s included in this kit? The better question may be: What’s not? There’s a drill/driver, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a multi-tool, a work light, batteries, an 18V charger, and a carrying bag. There are also multiple uses per tool, so buying one set that includes six tools and two batteries probably count as eight separate gifts!
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