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18 Affordable Hanukkah Presents for Everyone on Your List

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Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in November 2020. It has been updated ahead of Hanukkah 2021.

Hanukkah is coming up on November 28. This means it’s time to start thinking about Hanukkah gifts, if you haven’t already bought them!

This year, I’ve decided to go all-out and do the eight presents for eight nights thing. I grew up in Israel, where Hanukkah involved zero presents — maybe some gelt — so this is not something I usually do. But it’s been a difficult year, and I may or may not be indulging in some retail therapy.

So, I’ve assembled a list of 18 types of Hanukkah presents you can get your loved ones, big and small, for Hanukkah. (We’ve also got lists of Hanukkah decorations, sweaters and pajamas, if you need them!) I’ve tried to stay under $18 (chai!), though I may have strayed a bit a few times.

I’ve also tried to include as many gifts as possible from independent artists and creators — though, yes, there are some Amazon links here, too. I really believe in trying to support independent businesses as much as possible during the pandemic, so if you can find anything on this list in a local shop, I highly encourage you to do so.

Finally, I know these past few years have not been easy financially for a lot of us. It’s totally OK to forego Hanukkah presents in favor of quality family time this year — in fact, that’s what Hanukkah was for me for most of life, and I truly couldn’t love the holiday more. So don’t fret and just enjoy the online window shopping. And no matter how you celebrate, here’s to a happy and healthy Hanukkah!

1. For your nervous friends and kids:

Dreidel poppet fidget toy ($12.95)

Did you know the famous “Pop-it” fidget toy was invented by a Holocaust survivor and a classmate of Anne Frank’s? It only makes sense that it comes in dreidel shape!

2. For keeping away the evil eye:

Gold Hamsa evil eye necklace ($17.00)

Gold Hamsa hoop earrings ($11.90) 

Ceramic hamsa ($19.80)

We all need some extra protection from the evil eye this year! May 2022 be better, pu pu pu.

3. For the social justice warrior:

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof earrings ($15.00) 

RBG quotes mug ($14.50)

Anti-racist Jewish children’s books (various prices)

We’ve talked about justice a lot this year — with good reason. These gifts feature Jewish texts about justice, or honor Jewish justice warriors, or help your house be a more equitable, diverse place.

4. For the chef:

Schmutz happens apron ($22.00)

Yiddish baker’s union apron ($15.00)

Argyle Hanukkah kids’ apron ($18.20)

A lot of us have been found comfort by baking and cooking this year, perhaps even with our kids. These Jewish-themed aprons will help keep you a little less schmutzy and feeling a little more profesh in your kitchen!

5. For the Yiddish jokester:

Don’t schumtz the table coaster set ($19.50)

Your drink is shvitzing coaster set ($19.50)

I don’t know about you, but I love a good joke coaster!

6. For the funny sock lover:

Samurabbi & Samashed socks ($11.90)

Star of David socks ($10.00)

Argyle dreidel socks ($14.40)

I’m going to get real with you for a second: I own all of these socks. I wear them all year round. I need and love Jewish socks — and you might know someone who does, too.

7. For the little babe:

Little mensch bib ($12.00)

Cutest little matzah ball ($12.90)

Yes, it’s been a whopper of a year, but new babies still keep coming — and that gives us so much joy! Celebrate these new arrivals by gifting them fun Jewish clothes.

8. For the coloring-book lover:

Hebrew mandalas adult coloring book ($8.99)

Artful Jewish designs ($5.99)

Jewish slang coloring book ($9.99)

If you have a friend who needs to relax — maybe all your friends need to relax? — I love the idea of a meditative Jewish coloring book. Kick this present up a notch and throw in a box of fancy herbal tea!

9. For the Hebrew lover:

Hebrew bracelet ($15.40)

Hebrew letters mug ($16.00)

Hebrew letters for nursery or kids’ room ($12.00)

Will this be the year that your family finally learns Hebrew? Maybe! Either way, these Hebrew-themed gifts will nudge you in the right direction.

10. For your actual lover
I am my beloved mug ($16.00)

This line from the Song of Songs is the quintessential romantic verse. Plus, who doesn’t need a good mug?!

11. For the avid reader, young or old: 

9 Hanukkah books for all ages (various prices)

LGBTQ Jewish books for all ages (various prices)

Anti-racist Jewish books (various prices)

Alma’s favorite books for fall 2021 (various prices)

Get your reading on!

12. For the Jewish food lover:

Jewish food care packages from Goldbelly (various prices)

Carob, tahini, and date silan ($30.00)

Delicious Jewish food and condiments for the win!

13. For those with Jewish pride:

Ariel Tidhar Judaica (various prices)

Emily Rosenfeld Judaica (various prices)

Here’s some seriously beautiful Judaica! Ariel Tidhar and Emily Rosenfeld make classy, original Jewish accessories and decorations that you are sure to love.

14. For the crafty:

Challah cover kits ($30 +)

Paint your own dreidel kit ($16.00)

Hanukkah suncatcher kit ($6.40)

Fiddler on the Roof stitch pattern ($2.75) 

For people obsessed with crafting, get them something they’re sure to love. From a paint your own dreidel kit to a “Fiddler on the Roof” stitch pattern that will have you howling, there’s a lot to choose from, for every possible age!

15. For the player:

Hanukkah Kidcraft toy set ($33.59)

Hanukkah tic tac toe ($6.00)

Dreidel lego set ($18.00)

Hanukkah peg doll set ($20)

Some Jewish games and toys for the kids!

16. For the Shabbat fan:

The Kveller Shabbat Guide ($9.95)

In case you missed it, Kveller published a Shabbat guide! It’s a perfect way to help your entire family enjoy and celebrate the Jewish day of rest, with no stress. A great gift for someone who just needs Shabbat in their lives (i.e., all of us).

17. For the person who has everything — and for all those in need:

Give chai ($18), or two, or however much you can afford to a friend or relative’s favorite non-profit in their name. Get your kids involved in choosing a charity to give tzedakah to this year. It’s been a difficult, difficult year, and, if you can afford it, charitable giving is what the world needs right now.

18. Skip the gifts. No, seriously.

We’ll say it again: You have done enough this year. You can skip the gifts, and you can even skip Hanukkah if you need to — we won’t judge. A short text wishing your friends and family a happy holidays, and asking how they are, could be just as meaningful as any gift.

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