It’s that time of year again; Hanukkah will be here before you know it! A time for celebrating miracles, family, and tradition. While Hanukkah gift-giving is not a central part of the Festival of Lights, it is important to honor those near and dear to you, especially this year, when you may not be able to see one another. Practice derech eretz by offering a token of appreciation during these special eight days. Whether you are an expert on what is appropriate, or new to Jewish traditions, we’ve compiled a helpful list of Hanukkah gift ideas to make your celebration extraordinary!
Hanukkah Gift Giving Ideas 2020
1. The Thoughtful Organizer
There’s always that one family member that loves to organize the festivities and doesn't bat an eye at cooking a pile of latkes for the whole family. Show them how much you appreciate their hard work with a traditional gift of gourmet gelt. This reusable chocolate coins gift jar is guaranteed to delight.
2. Your Dear Bubbe
Yaya, Nana, GiGi — whatever name she goes by, your grandmother is the one person that has always been there for you. Whether it was sneaking you an extra sufganiyah when you were a kid or lending a helping hand now that you have little ones of your own. A luxurious box of creamy, kosher Belgian truffles will let her know just how much you adore her.
3. The Next Generation
It is more important than ever to teach our kids about values. Giving gelt has been a long-standing Hanukkah tradition; a symbol of money used to educate children about wealth and charity. A bag of this gourmet Hanukkah gelt will have the young (and young at heart) clamoring to play dreidel.
4. Your Mother-In-Law
This year, you may not have to make the rounds, but you still need to get a little something for your mother-in-law. You know, the one that is constantly reminding you that this is how things should be done. While your relationship might not have gotten off to the greatest start, she really does mean well. And who knows, maybe a box of milk chocolate caramels will make her sweet on you for a change.
5. The Essential Workers
The Hanukkah season has long been a time to recognize teachers, primarily the teachers of the Torah, who wouldn’t accept payment for their work. Help your kids to put together a gift box for their teachers and other essential workers. Include a bag of Hanukkah chocolate coins, a handmade card, a tin of kosher hot chocolate, and some homemade goodies — a thoughtful gift for their hard work and dedication.
6. A Family In Need
When it comes to Hanukkah gift-giving, it is important to contribute to your local community. Honor the age-old tradition of tzedakah by donating a gift to a family in need. This is the one gift on your list where you should spare no expense. This beautiful gift Tower of Treasure, filled with an abundance of kosher chocolate bonbons, nonpareils, and chocolate coins, is a generous gift that is sure to be appreciated.
When it comes to Hanukkah gift-giving, it is important to remember a couple of things. First of all, don’t feel the need to compete with Christmas. Instead, stick to Jewish traditions and make your celebration focused on the family. Lastly, keep your Hanukkah gifts small, but thoughtful. Let us know what gifts you plan to give for Hanukkah this year!