Perfect Hanukkah Gifts for Kids and the VIPs in Their Life

Wondering what to gift the kiddos and their caregivers? We've got you covered with the year's standout Hanukkah gifts.
ByAyn-Monique Klahre
Aug 2020
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Santa might handle the Christmas shopping, but when it comes to finding a sweet Hanukkah gift that befits a child—whether they’re getting the gift or presenting the gift to their grandparents, teachers and care providers—you’re on your own. To lend a helping hand, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite finds in this Hanukkah gift guide for kids and their caregivers.

Hanukkah Gifts for Kids

From holiday-themed gifts to wow-worthy presents any kid would covet, here are some of our top picks.

Photo: Courtesy Hanna Andersson

Kids Hanukkah Pajamas

What’s the thing to wear for eight special nights? Cute Hanukkah-themed jammies, that’s what! These matching pajama sets will have the whole family feeling festive. Of course, you can always just get the kid-size versions—they’re perfect for celebratory gatherings where the little ones are bound to konk out immediately afterward.

Buy it: Starting at $40,

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Kitchen

You don’t have to stray far from home to find the best latkes in town. Kids as young as 3 will love whipping up family recipes in a kitchen of their own. This set comes with all modern appliances, including a microwave with a spinning plate, a refrigerator with a working ice dispenser, cabinets with doors that open and shut, and much more. It’s spacious enough for multiple kids to play at once—ideal for family gatherings.

Buy it: $143,

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Lego Duplo Around the World

Not sure what to get your kids? A Lego set is always a sure bet. This Around the World set—an Amazon exclusive—features five Duplo figures and 17 animals from across the globe, including hippos, bears, pandas, penguins and more. Youngsters as little as 2 can build boats, planes, houses, artic slides or temples—or anything their imaginations dream up.

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Buy it: $100,

Hanukkah Gifts for Grandparents

Whether you’re in search of something the kids can present Bubbe and Zayde or you’re in need of a gift idea yourself, check out these great Hanukkah gifts.

Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Ceramic Dachshund Menorah

Does a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s also mean a visit with a much-loved family member of the canine variety? If so, kids will love presenting this adorable take on the menorah. The Jonathan Adler-designed piece is crafted in high-fire stoneware by skilled artisans in Peru and finished with a soft-satin matte glaze.

Buy it: $128,

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Il Fornacino Olive Oil

As any chef will tell you, a dish is only as good as its ingredients—and this essential element is pretty great. Whether the grandparents love to cook or love to eat (or both), this prize-winning olive oil can be splashed on whatever they’re serving during the holiday—in which case (bonus!) you get to enjoy it too. Plus, gifting oil for Hanukkah seems pretty apropos.

Buy it: $35,

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Juliska Sitio Stripe Stoneware Platter

This large ceramic platter sports an elegant blue and white striped border, perfect for serving a holiday roast. Even better, it’s safe to pop in the dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer.

Buy it: $125,

Hanukkah Gifts for Teachers

Want to show your appreciation for your child’s teacher? Celebrate the holidays with these thoughtful Hanukkah gifts.

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Make Your Own Beeswax Hanukkah Candle Kit

Teaching is hard. Have your child show his appreciation with a gift that calms on so many different levels—from crafting them to lighting them up to sitting back and relishing the glow. Each seven-color set comes with 44 beeswax sheets and 44 wicks.

Buy it: $17 for each set,

Photo: Courtesy Merriam-Webster

365 New Words a Year Calendar

Learning isn’t just for kids! Gift your child’s teacher a page-a-day calendar that imparts a bit of wisdom each day. It’ll help keep them organized and broaden their vocabulary at the same time.

Buy it: $9,

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Hanukkah Pasta

These festive, kosher shapes are made with 100 percent durum wheat semolina, which mean it’s got more protein than your typical white pasta. Make it extra-special by gift-wrapping it with your own homemade sauce.

Buy it: $6 for set of two,

Hanukkah Gifts for Caregivers

They watch over your loved ones—so why not show a little love in return? These Hanukkah gifts are sure to fill their hearts and bellies.

Photo: Courtesy of Katz Delicatessen

Chocolate Babka

This traditional treat ships directly from New York City’s famed Katz’s Delicatessen. What’s special about this one? The yummy rich chocolate is generously marbled throughout the dough—making every bite downright heavenly. Comes in cinnamon too.

Buy it: $15,

Photo: Courtesy of Page Street Publishing

The New Yiddish Kitchen, by Jennifer Robins and Simone Miller

Who says you can’t enjoy classic cooking and stick to your (very au courant) eating regimen? This hip cookbook, written by two paleo foodies, combines old techniques with new food trends, including paleo and gluten-free versions of Jewish favorites. No fewer than four bagel recipes inside!

Buy it: $19,

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Nanny Coffee Mug

Talk about miracles! You can’t imagine life without your family’s nanny—and she can’t imagine starting her day without coffee. This sweet gift is sure to remind her every morning how appreciated she is.

Buy it: Starting at $15,

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