Looking for the perfect gift to show your love for the Festival of Lights? From LEGO menorahs and matching PJs to light-up dreidels and Hanukkah cookies, here are some great gift suggestions for this festive Jewish holiday.
D Is for Dreidel
Little ones will love learning their letters with this sweetly-illustrated Hanukkah book that lays out the alphabet (and the holiday) with colorful pictures and big blocky letters. And while "B is for blessing," "C is for Candles," and "D is for Dreidel" may be easy guesses for your kids, tougher letters like "Y is for Yontiffe" and "Z is for Zaide" may take some explaining.
Cost: $9.99 at babylit.com.
KidKraft Hanukkah Set
Parents shouldn't get all the candle-lighting fun of the holidays to themselves! With this sturdy wooden play set, children can make-believe Hanukkah all year long. The 22-piece set comes with a miniature menorah, nine wooden candles, a dreidel, gelt and everything to you need to make perfect pretend latkes.
Cost: $21.49 at target.com.
American Girl's Rebecca Doll
If you adopt a Rebecca Rubin doll—along with the six books that chronicle her life and adventures—you'll learn that the pretty chestnut-haired doll is meant to be a Jewish-American nine-year-old living in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1914. She likes to act, and she celebrates Shabbat with her family, along with Hanukkah every holiday season (for an extra $20, you can also purchase Rebecca's Hanukkah Gift Set so your little girl's doll can have her own Hanukkah celebration, too). Like all of AG's historical doll collection, Rebecca stands to help kids better understand their own and others' cultural differences.
Cost: $115 at americangirl.com.
Light-Up Musical Dreidel
It whirls! It lights up! It makes music! With 32 light flashes per second and high-speed spinning action that'll mesmerize your little spinners, this cool Hanukkah gadget certainly isn't your grandma's dreidel. Just crank up the dreidel and release it. The toy plays two songs: "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel," and "Sevivon Sov Sov Sov."
Cost: $13.78 at amazon.com.
Limited Edition LEGO Menorah
Do you have a LEGO fanatic in the house? If so, these limited-edition blue and white menorahs will be as much fun to put together as they are to "light." Note: You don't actually put candles in this menorah; though you can buy the optional LED light kit to add a flickering candle effect. The menorah stands about 9" high and 11" wide when built, and comes unassembled with 227 LEGO bricks plus full-color directions. Which leaves just one question: Is the menorah itself the gift, or is it the menorah you light before the gift?
Pssst: Want to DIY your own LEGO menorah? Check out these easy instructions from What Do We Do All Day.
Cost: $90 at moderntribe.com.
Matching Hanukkah Pajamas
Who doesn't want a photo of your entire family in adorable dreidel-covered, "Oy to the World" matching PJs? These cozy (corny) pajamas will make your fam Instagram-ready for the holidays. C'mon: If the hilarious Holderness family can do it for Christmas, you've got to show them all up for Hanukkah.
Cost: $3.99-$30.99 at kohls.com.
Hanukkah Light Show
Show your Hanukkah pride by slapping this whirling dreidel light show in front of your home! These festive lights can be used indoors or outdoors and can project up to 15 feet.
Cost: $33.40 at amazon.com
Hanukkah Bead Set
This easy jewelry-making kit can keep your little crafters busy while you fry up some latkes or set the Hanukkah dinner table. It comes with three Hanukkah wood charms, more than 80 wooden beads and three 20" strings. The large, chunky beads make it a great fine-motor activity for pre-writers, though maybe not a suitable project for tiny tots (who may pop a bead in their mouths while you're not looking).
Cost: $12 from moderntribe.com
Hanukkah Cookie Box
Why waste your valuable gift-wrapping time baking when you can just order a tin of these beauties and have it at your door (or to a family member) in time for the holiday. The pretty blue box comes with 12 vanilla shortbread cookies and 6 Hanukkah-decorated cookies.
Cost: $34.99 at harryanddavid.com
Hanukkah House Decorating Kit
For those who feel like traditional gingerbread houses are too "Christmasy," this Hanukkah-themed cookie house decorating kit is kosher parve (contains no meat or dairy) and comes with everything you need to make a wintry blue house including three icing colors, sprinkles, mini beads, fondant, six-point star, menorah and mezuzah, sugar decorations and sanding sugar.
Cost: $28.74 at amazon.com.
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.
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