Reaching Bar Mitzvah is a significant stage in the life a Jewish boy, and it's often the most important milestone and celebration in a Jewish family. We offer a wonderful range of bar mitzvah gifts from Israel to help the young teen in your family mark his entry into Jewish adulthood - and to aid you with your gift shopping, we've picked the top 13 bar mitzvah gifts for your newly-minted 13-year-old below!

(Looking for bat mitzvah gifts for girls? Check out our gift guide here!)

 

1. Traditional Bar Mitzvah Tallit with Blue and Gold Stripes

The most important Jewish gift for any bar mitzvah boy is his first tallit or prayer shawl, a symbolic and meaningful ritual item that he can wear for his bar mitzvah ceremony and for prayer services for the rest of his life. And this classic designer tallit from the Land of Israel will make an unforgettable and long-lasting gift! It's made from pure wool and adorned with traditional blue and gold stripes, along with an intricate gold Jerusalem design along its four corners. It comes from Israel's most renowned tallit makers, Talitnia, and is certified kosher by the Israeli Rabbinate, so you know you're getting the most reliable quality for the lucky bar mitzvah boy.

 

 

 

 

2. Pair of Kosher Ashkenazi Tefillin

One of the most significant Jewish ritual investments one can make is a pair of tefillin, made of leather and containing tiny scrolls inside with excerpts from the Book of Deuteronomy, which men are traditionally commanded to use in morning prayer staring at age 13. For the bar mitzvah boy who's embarking on this important ritual, this top-of-the-line set of tefillin is exactly what you need! It's certified kosher by religious authorities, follows Ashkenazi tradition, and is beautifully crafted in the Land of Israel from genuine leather. The Torah passages inside are handwritten by an expert scribe and thoroughly checked and proofread. And, it comes with a free kippah and a convenient mirror to help the newly-minted bar mitzvah boy in putting it on.

 

 

 

 

3. 14K Gold Star of David Mezuzah Pendant Necklace

This stunning gold mezuzah necklace combines some of Judaism's most powerful themes in a stylish and versatile statement piece that'll suit any style and help your lucky gift recipient show off his Jewish pride for years to come. It's shaped like a mezuzah case, traditionally worn as a protective amulet and a connection to Jewish identity, and is adorned with Stars of David and a Hebrew letter Shin representing one of God's Divine names. Available in 14K yellow or white gold and crafted right in the Land of Israel, it'll make an unforgettable bar mitzvah gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Yair Emanuel Jerusalem Blue Tallit and Tefillin Bag Set

He's got the tallit and the tefillin, but now he needs... a stylish bag set to protect and carry them to and from synagogue! This remarkable blue tallit and tefillin bag set comes from famous Israeli designer Yair Emanuel, and features beautifully intricate embroideries of the Holy City of Jerusalem, accented with gleaming gold thread. This elegant and meaningful bar mitzvah gift will be a wonderful reminder of Jerusalem and the Land of the Israel every time it's used.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup with Personalized Engraving

Make your child's or grandchild's bar mitzvah truly unforgettable with a personalized sterling silver Kiddush cup that can be engraved with their name, bar mitzvah date, or any other message of your choosing in English or Hebrew. Expertly made from sterling silver, the stemmed cup features a delicately ridged design along its polished finish and an elegantly tiered base, while the interior of the cup is plated with gold. A beautiful matching saucer is also available, and the expert craftsmanship on this set will make it a timeless piece of Judaica that the lucky recipient will treasure for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

6. Hebrew/English Koren Jerusalem Bible with Thumb Tabs

There's no more classic Jewish gift than a Tanach or Hebrew Bible, and any child marking his bar mitzvah will certainly appreciate this magnificent Bible from renowned Israeli religious publisher Koren Jerusalem. One of the most highly acclaimed Hebrew-English Bibles ever published, it features a modern translation by leading Biblical scholars, an easy-to-read Hebrew font, convenient thumb tabs, and an array of helpful annotations, maps, charts, and illustrations to engage any teen or adult reader. An outstanding gift to last a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

7. Sterling Silver or Gold-Plated Star of David Shema Yisrael Necklace

This elegant and unique pendant necklace from Nano Jewelry boasts a classic interlocking Star of David surrounding a black onyx stone that is micro-inscribed in 24K gold with the traditional Hebrew declaration of faith, Shema Yisrael, found in the the Biblical verses of Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Get this stunning piece straight from the Land of Israel, in chic sterling silver or gleaming gold plating, for a truly magnificent bar mitzvah gift that is brimming with Jewish pride and meaning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Handcrafted Sterling Silver Torah Pointer with Filigree Design

Since young men marking their bar mitzvah traditionally read from a Torah scroll in synagogue, the bar mitzvah boy in your family will need a Torah pointer for ease in following along - and this beautifully handcrafted Torah pointer from Shoham Yemenite Art will be the most magnificent accessory to his celebration! It's elegantly made from sterling silver according to traditional methods by Israel's renowned silversmith Shoham Simchi in his Jerusalem-area studio, and features an intricate filigree motif with a polished hand design on one end.

 

 

 

 

9. Hebrew/English Koren Shalem Siddur

If you're looking for a siddur or Jewish prayer book to help a loved one mark his entry into Jewish adulthood, Koren Jerusalem's masterful "Shalem" siddur is one of the most trusted and easiest to use versions around. Available with a choice of vibrantly colored cover, it has all the standard prayers for weekdays, shabbat, and festivals. This edition is appropriate for any level of familiarity with Jewish prayer, and your teen will love Koren's signature easy-to-read font and layout as well as the modern English translations, helpful instructions, and insightful commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Yair Emanuel Tzedakah Box with Jerusalem Design

Another must-have from prominent Jerusalem-based artist Yair Emanuel is this colorful and stylish anodized aluminum tzedakah box. Turning 13 and becoming bar mitzvah is a great time for a child to start setting aside some of their own money for charity (tzedakah) - and this convenient and meaningful tzedakah box will help them do just that, while connecting to Jewish values and the Land of Israel at the same time! The box features the Hebrew word Tzedakah and a gorgeous metal cut-out of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and comes in a choice of vibrant blue or red colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Jerusalem Second Temple DIY 3-D Puzzle Kit

Help your young loved one connect to ancient Jewish history and the roots of Jewish tradition with this detailed, DIY model of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Made from recyclable laser-cut wood pieces that easily fit together, this puzzle kit will allow your gift recipient to build and display a historically accurate 3D Temple model, for a magnificent and meaningful historical reproduction. This creative, practical, and educational gift comes in a choice of two different sizes and is sure to wow the lucky bar mitzvah boy!

 

 

 

 

12. Silver-Plated Israeli Flag Watch with Hebrew Letters

This elegant Hebrew letters watch will be a grown-up gift that your bar mitzvah teen will appreciate, while serving as a fun daily reminder of his love for and connection to the Land of Israel. It's made by Adi Watches, the famous Israeli watchmakers known for their high-quality craftsmanship, and features a comfortable leather band, an analog time display using Hebrew letters in a classic script, and a decorative representation of the Israeli flag. And for a limited time, you'll also get a free one-size-fits-all Israel pride bracelet featuring the Israeli flag and the word "Israel" against a bold blue background.

 

 

 

 

13. Judaica WebStore Gift Card

Still stumped as to what to get as a bar mitzvah gift for your loved one? You can never go wrong with a Judaica WebStore online gift card, valid for use anywhere in our store! It's available in any amount of your choosing (minimum $20), and we can also add a personalized message. So give the special young man celebrating his entry into Jewish adulthood the opportunity to pick out his own Judaica, book, piece of Jewish art, jewelry, or any one of our vast array of Israeli-made items.