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8 Great Gift Ideas for Hanukkah

Sujata Iyer Nov 26, 2018
The prospect of giving gifts on a religious occasion can put anyone in a tizzy. Hanukkah needn't be one of those occasions. For today, we have some wonderful gift ideas that you can give on Hanukkah, without worrying about crossing the line or hurting someone's sentiments.

Hanukkah or Chanukah?

"In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter chet … it’s a guttural, throaty sound—like the "ch" in Johann Bach … the letter "H" is the closest, ... so while some people spell and pronounce it "Chanukah" and others settle for "Hanukkah", they really are one and the same."
― chabad.org
Hanukkah! The Festival of Lights! The festival that goes on for 8 whole days! The origins of the festival date back to 165 BCE when the Maccabees defeated the forces of King Antiochus.
One of the highlights of the festival is the burning of the menorah which signifies the miracle of the flame that went on for 8 days in the temple even though it was lit with just enough pure oil to last a day. Both these stories put together make for a much-touted celebration among the Jewish.
Another and probably the most loved aspect of this 8-day festival is the giving of gifts to one another. Family and friends revel in the sanctity of the festival, enjoy each other's company, and give each other gifts that they will enjoy.
But for a non-Jewish person, the thought of gifting something to someone for Hanukkah can be a bit confusing. Worry not, here is a list of 8 thoughtful gifts you can give for Hanukkah―one for each day of the grand festival!


Probably the most obvious gift to give on Hanukkah is a menorah. Though most people opt for electric ones which can be used as décor, it would be more gracious to give one that uses candles.


A dreidel is, as you can see, a kind of spinning top. It is played with on Hanukkah, keeping items such as chocolates, nuts, etc., as wagers. Families, especially children enjoy playing with it, so if that's who you're gifting, a dreidel is perfect.

Mezuzah Case

A mezuzah is a parchment bearing certain instructed Hebrew verses, generally placed in a case (often decorative), which is hung affixed outside doors of and in Jewish homes. It symbolizes the Almighty's watchful care, and hence, is perfect as a gift.

Hanukkah Keepsakes

Something simple but meaningful like this menorah in a snow globe is quite a thoughtful gift you can give. You can even give something like a key ring, coasters, bookmarks, and other such items.


Gelt, also called Hanukkah money, is what is traditionally given as one of the gifts during Hanukkah, especially to children. You can give away chocolate coins like these or give actual money or silver or gold coins.

Hanukkah-inspired Goodies

Want a gift that everyone will love? Who can say no to delectable baked goodies! Up the festive mood a notch by using Hanukkah-associated patterns and shapes.


Opt for something semi-traditional; instead of pillar candles, give modern-looking candles. Though people often believe that blue and white are the colors of Hanukkah (and hence most gifts are in these colors), the truth is that there's no such rule.

Symbolic Jewelry

Another great idea for a Hanukkah present is a piece of jewelry that symbolizes the festival or faith. It will sit down well with someone looking to incorporate the faith in a trendy outfit as well, so double the brownie points to you!
As you can see, Hanukkah gifts are not that difficult to come up with. A word of caution: if you're uncertain about an unconventional gift idea, it is always better to stick to traditional gifts that no one can say no to.