Even though giving gifts on Hanukkah is relatively new as a custom that truly took off in the last hundred years or so, there are still plenty of established traditions for the things we give to our loved ones this time of year.
Though few would protest a gift of money in line with the original tradition, it’s considered more special and meaningful to give something with sentimental value that still carries traditional weight.
If you want to keep the meaning of giving something to help children learn, consider getting a Jewish book, whether that’s a prayer book, something on Jewish history, or sacred texts and commentary. For the younger crowd who are growing their minds, a great way to pass on a love of Judaism to the next generation is through educational games and puzzles, or other kinds of Jewish toys.
For the adults and teens in your family, Jewish jewelry has become a cherished and traditional Hanukkah gift. The holidays should be regarded with beauty, and a necklace or ring can be worn often and cherished for years to come. This also applies to home decorations, or items used for Hanukkah activity, like menorahs or dreidels. If you’re at a loss, consider Hanukkah gift baskets for your friends and loved ones with lots of mixed kosher items from Israel!
Other time-tested gifts include Shabbat Judaica, like kiddush cups, challah boards, candlesticks, or havdalah sets, which make for practical and meaningful holiday presents whether you're giving to a young adult or new couple just starting a home, or an established family who'd appreciate a beautiful new Judaica addition to their collection.
Moreover, anyone will appreciate a Hanukkah-themed item to brighten up their holiday and remind them of the Festival of Lights the rest of the year - whether that's a mug, watch, apron, or even Jerusalem-themed art to honor the miracle of Hanukkah that happened in the Temple in the Holy City.
Any gift that’s personal and special is sure to be appreciated! Ultimately, no matter where this custom of swapping gifts at Hanukkah started, it’s a festive way to make the winter season a little warmer.
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