Our Top 10 Dreidels for a Festive Hanukkah
Dreidels are a classic Hanukkah item and part of a traditional holiday game that's been beloved by Jewish children and adults alike for generations. Traditionally, dreidels are usually adorned with four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimmel, Hey, and Shin, which form an acronym for the phrase, Nes Gadol Haya Sham – meaning, “a great miracle happened there” – referring to the miracle of Hanukkah that happened in Jerusalem in the Land of Israel. Many Israeli-made dreidels have a Peh instead of a Shin, to stand for Nes Gadol Haya Po – “a great miracle happened here.” Wherever you live, either formulation will remind you of Jerusalem and the miracle of the Festival of Lights!
We have dozens of fun dreidels from Israeli designers for every budget and style, both traditional and modern, from simple and classic to the most elaborate and artistic. To help you find the perfect fit for your family or as a gift for a loved one, we picked our favorites below!
These gorgeous dreidels are not just for kids' play, but also make for beautiful, eye-catching centerpieces for your holiday table or next to your menorah. Bring your Hanukkah to life and get the whole family excited about the holiday with these festive dreidels from the Land of Israel!
To learn more about the history of the dreidel and other common Hanukkah customs, be sure to check out our Hanukkah traditions blog post.
Add a unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern luxury to your Hanukkah celebrations with this intricate sterling silver dreidel from Yemenite-Israeli artist Shoham Simchi. Handmade in a Jerusalem-area workshop according to traditional Middle Eastern methods, this beautiful piece features a carousel theme, a traditional filigree design, and the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hey, peh representing the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Po – "A Great Miracle Happened Here," with here referring to Jerusalem. A beautiful way to add an Israeli connection to your holiday!
Made by famous Israeli designer Yair Emanuel, this festive dual-colored metal dreidel features a pomegranate-floral cut-out pattern and is available in a choice of seven different vibrant colors. It comes with its own matching stand, so that it can be easily displayed in your home while not in use in a game.
This elegant brass dreidel from Jerusalem's Israel Museum is a replica of an early 20th century dreidel created by the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. It was made especially for Jews in the diaspora, featuring the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin for the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham – "A Great Miracle Happened There," harkening back to the Land of Israel. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Israel Museum and a description of its historical background. Connect with your Jewish heritage and your love of Israel with this classic and historical piece of Judaica!
Add a special Jerusalem motif to your holiday celebrations with this silver plated dreidel made by Israeli workshop Danon. It features a beautiful engraved Jerusalem landscape, along with Swarovski crystal accents - in your choice of blue or multi-colored stones - and the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, peh. A stylish and meaningful way to remember the miracle of Hanukkah that happened in Jerusalem!
Masterfully hand-crafted from sterling silver by Jerusalem-area artisan Shoham Simchi, this stunning filigree design sterling silver dreidel combines traditional Yemenite craftsmanship with an Eastern European Hasidic design by featuring a klezmer violinist on top, along with the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, peh adorning the base. This gorgeous piece will be both a fun toy for all ages and a treasured family keepsake for years to come!
This unique piece from Israeli artist Adi Sidler is actually two interlocked spiral dreidels, made out of stylish anodized aluminum. Available in multiple color combinations and featuring laser-cut Hebrew letters, the dreidels come with a chic aluminum base and can be played with individually or locked together while not in use. Bring a modern twist to your Hanukkah with this contemporary yet festive Israeli-made piece!
This intricately decorated wooden dreidel from religious Israeli designer Dorit Judaica doubles as a work of art, and with its aluminum display stand will be a decorative piece in your home year-round! It features a multicolored pomegranate design, radiant Swarovski stones, and the Hebrew phrase "A great miracle happened here" repeated twice.
Another fun piece from Israel's renowned Judaica artist Yair Emanuel is this vibrant metal cut-out dreidel adorned with Jerusalem imagery. Available in six different festive colors, it comes with a matching display stand and makes for both a fun toy and a chic centerpiece. Connect with the Hanukkah miracle that happened in the Holy City with this beautiful Jerusalem dreidel!
Show your Jewish pride this Hanukkah with this Star of David silver plated dreidel from Israeli artisan workshop Danon! Combining traditional and contemporary influences with masterful craftsmanship, this piece is sure to be a beloved holiday item for years to come. And with its Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, peh, it will always remind you of "the great miracle that happened here."
Check out this stylish, modern take on the classic dreidel from Israeli designer Adi Sidler! Made out of laser cut anodized aluminum and available in nine different beautiful, rich colors, it will bring fun to your holiday celebrations and a chic sense of style - while at the same time harkening back to tradition and the miracle that happened in Jerusalem with the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, peh.
Don't forget the rest of your Hanukkah essentials: