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Unlike the Christmas holiday, the celebration of Hanukkah begins on a different date each year and lasts eight nights, usually in late November or December. However, like Christmas, there really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules for Hanukkah gifts — although we love a cute blue-and-white print or a stylish new menorah — it’s really the thought that counts during the holiday season.
When is Hanukkah?
A quick reminder, the Festival of Lights kicks off early this year — on Nov. 28 — so be a real mensch and pick up your gifts soon! We’ve found some of the most creative, surprising and delicious gifts, so keep reading for some holiday inspiration.
DIY Challah Bread Kit ($45; uncommongoods.com)
If they find baking bread difficult, help them rise to the challenge with this easy-to-use kit that will have them baking and braiding the beloved bread over and over.
Anthropologie Heidi Serving Set ($32; anthropologie.com)
We love this hand-carved acacia wood serving set because the braided handles evoke a delicious loaf of challah. They’ll make a practical and beautiful addition to any holiday table.
Harry & David 8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Box ($99.99; harryanddavid.com)
They’ll feast on rugelach, jordan almonds, milk chocolate gelt coins, dried fruit and nuts and more when this big blue box — shaped like the Star of David — arrives.
Choose Your Icon Personalized Hanukkah Whiskey Glass ($17.99; personalizationmall.com)
They’ll enjoy a glass of whiskey — or any drink of their choice — with these cute, customizable glasses. Just select the Star of David and your color choices and add their family name or another meaningful phrase, then hit send to get the gift going their way.
Ess-a-Bagel New York Bagel Brunch for 12 ($139.95; goldbelly.com)
Clichéd? Probably, but who doesn’t love a good bagel spread? This one from New York fave Ess-a-Bagel ships nationwide, so the whole fam can nosh on big, chewy, crusty hand-rolled and kettle-boiled bagels with nova, cream cheese and whitefish salad.
Happy Hanukkah Oreo Cookies ($29.99; gourmetgiftbaskets.com)
Make the Festival of Lights a little sweeter by sending this decadent gift box. Each Oreo cookie has been dipped by hand into exquisite imported Belgian chocolate. Each treat is then elegantly decorated with either Hanukkah-themed candies or ribbons of bright, silky confection.
‘Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen: A Cookbook’ by Adeena Sussman ($19.99; amazon.com)
This cookbook, from Chrissy Teigen’s award-winning co-author for her Cravings line, is a joyous celebration of the romance and beauty of Israeli cuisine. Gift this accessible cookbook and they’ll be cooking up the flavors of Tel Aviv markets at home — a gift you’ll both enjoy!
Hanukkah Cozy Knit Patterned Sweater for Dogs ($20; oldnavy.com)
Clearly the family dog needs to get into the Festival of Lights, and what’s better for that than a cozy blue sweater festooned with menorahs? This sweet pull-on sweater will keep your pup cozy and cute for all eight crazy nights.
Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($20.40, originally $24; nordstrom.com)
If you’re one of those families that gift something for each night of Hanukkah, it can get difficult to come up with smaller, creative gifts that aren’t socks or gift cards. This long-lasting liquid shadow gives lids glow and glitter — they can create the perfect holiday and New Year’s Eve look with this gift.
Invigorate Shower Steamers Gift Set (starting at $28; uncommongoods.com)
Give them the relaxing gift of a yummy, invigorating spa experience at home with these steamers packed with energizing essential oil aromatherapy scents like cedar orange and pine.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set ($45; sephora.com)
Cold months can mean dry, chapped lips, but you can keep their pout feeling pretty with this lip set that includes lipstick, pencil, gloss and plumper — pretty much everything she’ll need in a perfect neutral tone.
Harry’s Shave & Shower Travel Kit ($35; harrys.com)
Get your dad, your brother or anyone in your life who shaves this handy travel kit that pretty much encompasses everything but the bathroom sink. They’ll get a travel bag, a razor with a Truman handle and weighted grip and TSA-approved body wash, face wash and dual shampoo-conditioner.
Dyson Supersonic Limited-Edition Set ($429; dyson.com)
Save this stunner for the eighth night, as the cult-favorite hair dryer has been re-created for the holiday season in a deep blue and rich copper. It’s the fast-acting, hair-saving dryer they’ve been asking for all year, and it’s time to treat them!
Bracha Initial Pendant Necklace ($50; nordstrom.com)
This dainty pendant necklace, plated in 14-karat gold, makes the perfect gift for your niece, little sister or anyone who loves personalized jewelry.
Old Navy Cozy Socks Variety 3-Pack for Women ($12.99; oldnavy.com)
Keep their feet cozy all winter with a three-pack of cozy Hanukkah socks they’ll love padding around the house in.
Kid Made Modern Hanukkah Shrink Art Jewelry Kit ($16.99; nordstrom.com)
How much fun is this “design your own” kit? Give your crafty kid a fun and festive kit that includes everything they need to make 18 adorable charms to celebrate the season.
Bony Levy Icons Diamond Star of David Pendant Necklace ($495; nordstrom.com)
This 18-karat yellow gold pendant sparkles with six diamonds and falls delicately from an 18-inch chain.
Kate Spade New York Oak Street Menorah ($75; nordstrom.com)
We can’t get over how chic this minimalist menorah from Kate Spade is. The colorful porcelain menorah will bring you and your family a lot of joy all eight nights.
Threshold Gifting Box ($25; target.com)
A sweet new way to unveil a gift during each of the eight nights, this box is shaped like a dreidel and can sit right on your table for the week.
Handmade Felt Menorah ($20; uncommongoods.com)
This festive felt menorah will keep little spirits bright all eight nights, and is the perfect gift for little ones — they can add a cloth candle every night without burning their fingers.
Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle ($19; uncommongoods.com)
Every family has at least one true crime-obsessed member, and maybe more! Get the whole crew involved and solve this puzzle while revealing clues that help solve the mystery of who did it.