When we think of Hanukkah, most of us picture beautiful Menorahs burning brightly in windows, delicious fried foods like Latkes and Sufganiyot piled high on the kitchen table, and games of Dreidel with Hanukkah Gelt being played on the living room floor. We think of eight amazing nights filled with laughter, singing, and unbelievable stories of miraculous events that happened long ago. Easily one of the best holidays of the year, Hanukkah has lots of fun traditions, but the one we want to talk about today is the custom of giving gifts to kids! If you grew up receiving gifts on Hanukkah from your grandparents, parents, and family friends, you probably already know what we’re talking about. All over the world, children eagerly wait for the first night of Hanukkah to arrive so they can light their menorahs and see what fabulous treasures await them inside Menorah-and-Dreidel patterned wrapping paper. That said, with Hanukkah just a few short weeks away, we’ve prepared a list of Eight Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Kids to help you make this year’s Hanukkah the best one yet for you and your little ones!

Children’s Menorahs:

As Hanukkah approaches, your children are probably coming home from school already brimming with excitement for the holiday, eager to light their own Menorah this year. While some families choose to light only one Menorah for the entire family, most people prefer having individual Menorahs for each member, including ones for the children. Since it’s a great way to introduce the mitzvah to younger children or recapture an older child’s interest, consider getting your child a brand new Menorah from Israel this year! Not only will it be a great bonding experience for you and your child to light your Menorahs together, but since Israeli Menorahs outshine anything you might find locally, you can be sure that your child will receive a Jewish treasure that they can look forward to using year after year! Check out our top picks for Children’s Menorahs – since both are made by world-famous Israeli artist Yair Emanuel, we’re sure you’ll adore the charming quality of this amazing Aluminum Train Menorah or the colorful energy of this adorable Fairytale Wonderland Menorah!

Dreidels:

Did you know that according to one Jewish legend, Dreidels are as old as the story of Hanukkah itself? The four-sided spinning top was once used to conceal the study of Torah, which was forbidden by the Greeks during their occupation of Israel. Determined to keep Jewish tradition alive at a time when it was incredibly dangerous to do so, Rabbis hid with children in caves and taught them in secret, disguising their illegal activities with games of Dreidel if any danger approached. Undisputedly the official toy of Hanukkah; Dreidels make excellent holiday gifts, especially since there's always room for one more! Surprise your tiny tots with one of Yair Emanuel’s spectacular Painted Dreidels or even get a wonderful Set of Six Jerusalem Dreidels to share with the whole family!

Activities, Crafts, and Toys:

Besides lighting the Menorah, another great way to bond with your children over Hanukkah is to do special activities with them, so if you’re looking for some ideas, we’ve got them! We have many wonderful Do-It-Yourself Kits such as buildable wooden models of the Second Temple or Tabernacle that are perfect for older kids, as well as charming toys like this cute Set of Nesting Dolls that will provide plenty of fun for younger kiddos. You can even ramp up the fun by playing this fantastic Hanukkah Songs CD while you put the pieces together! We also have lots of other toys, souvenirs, and arts-and-crafts like this Plush Teddy Bear, Snow Globe, or Menorah Mosaic Kit that will make any child happy!

 

Aleph-Bet Gifts:

Looking for something a bit different? Think outside the box with Aleph-Bet Gifts! Cute and fun, these great gifts will help encourage your child to learn the Hebrew Aleph-Bet while also integrating a bit of Israeli culture into your child’s environment, making them perfect for surprising your little ones this Hanukkah. We especially love Barbara Shaw’s amazing Aleph-Bet Kid’s Apron and charming Hebrew Letters Clock as both will give your child a reason to smile!

 

 

Kid’s Clothing

Who said Hanukkah gifts couldn’t be practical? While it’s more common for people to give toys or sweets as presents on Hanukkah, some parents prefer choosing gifts that are more useful than a doll or action figure. Even though your child might not find clothing as exciting as a new toy truck, they will still appreciate having something fun and colorful to wear that comes from a place as cool as Israel! As an added bonus for parents, if you get your child an awesome Israeli T-Shirt or Hat, you won’t have to worry about spending money on something that will eventually be forgotten at the bottom of a toy chest! Some of our most popular articles of clothing include this adorable Camels of Israel T-Shirt by Barbara Shaw and this ‘I Love Jerusalem’ Baby Baseball Cap in Blue or Pink.

Israel Museum Gifts:

It might seem odd to see this suggestion on our list since many of the Israel Museum’s products are better suited for an older audience, but they still have several great items that will make spectacular Hanukkah gifts for children! Our top choices from the Israel Museum include this unique historically inspired Rubik’s Cube, this colorful Pencil Case, or this fun Cats & Dogs Watch!

 

 

Children’s Jewelry:

No matter how old or young your child is, one thing is certain – you can’t go wrong with giving your child a special piece of jewelry! Not only will a gift like this make them feel all grown up and important, but it will be something that they can wear and cherish for years to come. If you want to stick to the theme of Hanukkah, start your search for the perfect gift with this classic Silver Menorah Necklace by Marina or this Filigree Dreidel Pendant by Sarah Feld! Alternatively, if you want something a bit more personal, consider getting your child a custom-made Hebrew Name Necklace. Even the hardest to please child will appreciate the delicate beauty of this stunning Silver Name Necklace or the graceful script of this elegant Gold-Plated  Necklace. For more great options, check out our dazzling selection of Children’s Jewelry where we have everything to fulfill your child’s greatest dreams!

 

Children’s Judaica:

Last but not least on our list, Children’s Judaica! Just imagine how wonderful it’ll be to surprise your little one this Hanukkah with a gift as meaningful as their first pair of Embroidered Tzitzit or a child-sized Kiddush Cup they can use every week! It’s no secret that Judaica products always make truly incredible gifts, but when they are made especially for children, they can open your child’s eyes to the beauty of their heritage and help them feel like they are part of something special. Consider getting your kiddo this delightful Noah’s Ark Tzedakah Box from Emanuel or this enchanting Children’s Mezuzah Case from Dorit Judaica!

We hope you enjoyed reading this little buying guide as much as we enjoyed writing it for you and on behalf of Israel, we wish you all a very Happy Hanukkah!

Sincerely,

The Judaica WebStore Team