Figuring out what is a traditional Hanukkah gift, and which day to gift it can be difficult for those new to the holiday. Remember, the golden rule is that the holiday is about spending time with family rather than breaking the bank.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, here are some great gift-giving ideas.
Start Hanukkah with traditional gifts. The beginning of Hanukkah is an exciting time when everyone gets into the spirit of the holidays.
Little dreidels, gelt, or a menorah is the perfect way to begin. Playing the dreidel game is how many Jewish families start the holiday.
Puzzles and games are a great way for families to come together. Invest in a large jigsaw that the whole family can participate in. Purchase some old childhood classics, such as Monopoly, Clue, and Candy Land. These gift ideas are a great way to spend an evening.
Day three is a good time to bring some books. Traditional Hanukkah gifts are often highly personalized to the receiver’s tastes.
Affordable books are easy to find. Go bargain hunting at Goodwill or look around online.
Teach the joy of sharing by purchasing a gift that the whole family can enjoy. At the halfway point, you should still be focusing on family time.
Some budget ideas could include buying a movie or taking the family out to dinner. Sites like Groupon are a great way to find discount places to visit.
Hold a pajama night and watch a movie together with the family. Pajamas are both fun and practical. Shop around with discount retailers to get some rock bottom deals.
Dedicate day six to a night of charity. Set aside some money to donate to families, whether they are Jewish or non-Jewish. You could even give out gelt to some of the children in your local neighborhood.
Charitable giving demonstrates the joy of giving and is a good way of teaching an important lesson.
Create a gift box filled with personalized gifts. It could be anything from foods to cosmetic items or even art supplies. Let Unboxme help you out with creating the perfect gift basket for the family this Hanukkah.
Upon the final night of Hanukkah, the last candle is lit, and the menorah will proudly display eight little flames.
For day eight of Hanukkah, consider some handmade gifts. Show how much time and effort you are dedicating to your family with something that you made.
Head on over to Pinterest or Etsy for some inspiration for handmade gifts.