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35 Meaningful Hanukkah Gifts Perfect for the Kids and Adults in Your Life

A mix of traditional and unique ideas.

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One of the great things about Hanukkah? Eight days of presents! One of the most potentially stressful things about Hanukkah for gift givers? Also eight days of presents. That’s a lot of clever, thoughtful ideas to come up with if you’re shopping for Hanukkah gifts for everyone in your life. But we’ve got plenty of great ideas for the whole group of celebrants on your list, from kids to grownups, and even pets. These Hanukkah gift ideas range from affordable and last-minute picks just right for white elephant gift exchanges or gag gifts... to splurge-worthy and heirloom-quality gifts of Judaica and jewelry for a very special recipient.

FYI: Hanukkah runs from November 28 to December 6 this year so now’s a great time to check off that 2021 gift list before time ticks down to light the menorah and spin the dreidel. Of course, the holiday isn’t just about the presents — far from it. It’s about cherished history, traditions and family time. Feeling the holiday spirit? Also check out these Hanukkah facts and trivia, delicious Hanukkah recipes to add to your seasonal repertoire, inventive and overall next-level latke recipes, and Hanukkah decorations you can buy online to celebrate the festival of lights in style at home.

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A Great Lesson for Kids
Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
Bloomsbury amazon.com
$8.99 (50% off)

Elf on the Shelf has some (friendly) competition: Shmelf, the Hanukkah elf. This adorable children's book reflects on the roots of Christmas and Hanukkah, so kids can learn how their traditions are unique yet intertwined. 

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2 Unwind Slipper Gift Set

Naot sandals are a well-loved summertime favorite, but don’t sleep on the kibbutz-made brand for wintertime, too. This dreamy git set comes with fleece-lined slippers, Dead Sea mineral lotion, a candle and a lavender sachet. Plus, you can personalize your gift with a hand-written note when ordering.

Personalized Gift for Friends
Hanukkah Gingerbread House

The house comes decorated with white and blue royal icing, spice-drop lights, a dreidel, menorah and a snowman. You can personalize the plaque to say a name or just Happy Hanukkah. 

4 Gourmet Hanukkah Chocolate Gift Set

This gift for the chocolate lover makes a pretty presentation for Hanukkah in blue and white packaging. Blue-themed bars include cookies and cream, coffee crunch, brownie bar and marshmallow crisp. The whole scrumptious package comes in a luxurious black gift box.

Give It to Your Boyfriend on the First Night
Funny Hanukkah Pajama Shirt
Hanukkah Pajama Shirts amazon.com

If they're not a fan of matching family pajamas, stick with this festive t-shirt, which is perfect for bedtime. Pair it with comfy joggers or pajama bottoms for a complete look.

6 My Family Cookbook
Uncommon Goods
UncommonGoods uncommongoods.com

Fill this blank cookbook with Grandma's family-famous recipes —challah, shakshuka, the list goes on — to ensure that the favorites get passed down from one generation to the next.

7 Latkes and Lights Candle
Homesick homesick.com

Long after the eight days and nights, they can fill their home with Hanukkah cheer, thanks to this candle inspired by the holiday. During its 60 - 80 burn time, it'll give off a sweet and salty aroma (think: potato latkes and applesauce). 

For the Newlyweds
Pomegranate Menorah
Michael Aram

The thing about a gift of Judaica is that it becomes a part of your recipient’s life during happy traditions for many years to come — so it’s like a gift that keeps on giving. This menorah will do just that, with an elegant pomegranate motif that symbolizes life, rebirth, and renewal (plus fertility and union, so it’s great for an engaged or newlywed couple).

9 Stoneware Menorah Set

This modern stoneware menorah is a unique piece handmade from speckled clay in Brooklyn. (It also doubles as year-round decor).

Cheap Pick That Packs a Punch
Knit Touch Screen Glove
TRENDOUX amazon.com

These screen-friendly gloves will keep their fingers warm while they keep your friends and family up-to-date with their latest whereabouts, thoughts and emoji preferences. 

11 Goodnight Bubbala
Dial Books amazon.com
$8.99 (50% off)

While this children's book is intended to bring the laughs, it's also packed with sweet sentiment, highlighting the Yiddish language along with Jewish history and traditions. Even Ina Garten's iconic latke recipe makes an appearance! 

12 The Carryall Apron
Hedley & Bennett
Hedley & Bennett

Any home chef understands the utility of a good apron, and the elegant aprons at Hedley & Bennett are as functional as they are beautiful. They come in a wide range of colors and designs — and you can even have them monogrammed. 

13 Too Lit To Quit Sweater
Tipsy Elves

Why should ugly Christmas sweaters have all the fun? This ugly Hanukkah sweater has a cheeky message and the menorah really lights up.

14 Wicked Good Moccasins

L.L.Bean is known for their boots, yes — but also for these iconic moccasins. They're warm and cozy and will fit the whole family.

15 Star of David Necklace

Make it a very special Hanukkah for a very lucky loved one with this dainty star of David necklace, done in 14 karat solid gold with 48 diamonds.

16 Eight Nights of Hanukkah Gift
Harry & David
Harry & David

Want a food gift that's more party-ready than olive oil or bagels? This Harry & David "Eight Nights of Hanukkah" set has an individual snack box for opening each night, as well as some gelt and famous Harry & David pears.

Made for Your Blanket-Stealing Girlfriend
Wearable Blanket
THE COMFY amazon.com

With a name like "The Comfy," you can't go wrong: This sherpa-lined hoodie will keep them warm while still giving them the flexibility they need to work, play or move around. It also comes in kid sizes, if you want to get some for the whole family!

RELATED: The Best Gifts to Give Your Girlfriend

18 Cactus Succulent Seed Starter Kit
Garden Republic amazon.com

The succulents you buy at the store may require little upkeep, but they won't make you feel like a legit plant mom since you didn't grow them from seeds. With this kit, you can grow four plants — two cacti and two succulents — to proudly bear the title. 

19 Basic Jogger Fleece Pants
Southpole amazon.com

These fleece joggers may not seem like much, but he'll be living in them from now until ... forever. Nearly 14,000 Amazon reviewers rave about how comfortable they are, comparing them to "warm, soft clouds."

20 Gnomes at Night
Peaceable Kingdom amazon.com

A team-building activity in disguise, this game requires strategy and quick thinking skills to seamlessly navigate gnomes through one of four mazes, which vary in difficulty level. 

21 Power Gemstone Bracelet
GORJANA nordstrom.com

The colored stones on this adjustable bracelet have a hidden power: Depending on the one you pick, you can give the gift of balance, tranquility, energy, wisdom, or love. 

22 Classic Fragrance Discovery Set
Le Labo
Le Labo

Gifting someone a single perfume is an expensive gamble — how can anyone be sure they like the scent? But gifting someone a little perfume sampler gives them the chance to discover their next scent. This Le Labo sampler of their five most popular scents is gender-neutral and offers a ton of variety. 

23 Crossbody Bag
DELUXITY amazon.com

Amazon reviewers rave about this crossbody — it's big enough to hold keys, cards, cash, and lip balm. Although it has a shockingly low price point (under $20!), many are impressed with its "nice sophisticated look."

24 Smiley Face Pan
Nordic Ware amazon.com

This non-stick pan comes with seven emoji faces, ranging from silly to just plain hilarious, making it the perfect tool to whip up latkes year-round. Just sayin'.

25 Arctic Color Chemistry Set
Crayola amazon.com
$21.80 (16% off)

Perfect for upcoming snow days, this kit, which comes with beakers, cylinders, ink, and pipettes, has step-by-step instructions for 50 living room-friendly, parent-approved science experiments. 

26 Cloud Cotton Robe
Parachute Home

As soon as she steps out of the shower, she can wrap herself in a cloud — a cloud cotton robe, that is. Between the relaxed fit and ultra-soft Turkish cotton, this robe is a must for anyone who keeps comfort top of mind ... so everyone?

27 Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture
Chronicle Chroma amazon.com
$19.84 (20% off)

Sometimes, we have take a step back to see the way forward — and this gorgeous coffee table book shows exactly that. Inside, the author highlights 50 women who bravely shaped politics, music, movies and American culture.

28 Velvet Wide Headbands
Yeaplike amazon.com

Not to point out the obvious or anything, but your teen is the trendiest person you know. Help her stay on top of the trends (not that she needs any help) by gifting her this trio of pearl and velvet headbands. 

Something Meaningful That They'll Hold on to
My First Dreidel
Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn potterybarnkids.com

There's a first time for everything, including Hanukkah! Teach your little one (3 years and up) how to play this beloved Hanukkah game with a wooden Dreidel of their own, along with a velvet bag full of 20 wooden coins. 

30 Flower Monogram Journal
OldWaysFussNFeathers etsy.com

Customize this white or teal notebook with her first or last name to inspire a year of note taking, list making and goal setting 

31 Coupe Mug
Le Creuset
Le Creuset

Le Creuset makes a range of enameled stoneware mugs for coffee and more in their iconic gradient colors, so you can match one to your favorite foodie's Dutch oven. 

32 Personalized Necklace
BlushesAndGold etsy.com

Make this gold, silver or rose gold bar necklace more personal by asking this Etsy seller to engrave your loved one's name, anniversary date or go-to mantra.  

33 Instax Mini 9
Fujifilm amazon.com

Smart phones are cool and all, but this vintage find lets you snap a photo of the family lighting the menorah and print it out within minutes (because Grandma will want to stick it on the fridge, of course). 

Easy to Personalize
Personalized Ballerina Tote
ByKeeksWithLove etsy.com

Make your little ballerina feel extra special with this canvas tote bag, customized with her name, nickname or initials. It just so happens to be the perfect size to store all of her dance shoes!

35 Hanukkah Double Decker Cat Scratch House

Don’t forget your fur babies on Hanukkah! This holiday-theme cat scratch house has four peek-a-book dreidel holes and two entries/exits. Cats can perch on the top, nap on the bottom, and scratch all around. Bonus: This is a gift that just might spare your furniture, too.

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