The Bump Hanukkah Gift Guide: 25 Presents for Babies, Tots and More
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 or care providers—you’re on your own. Luxury goods are nice and all but you don’t have to go overboard when shopping for the best Hanukkah gifts. Thoughtful presents that honor family traditions will be much-appreciated (after all, it’s the little things in life!).
This year, Hanukkah starts on November 28th, so give yourself plenty of time to source presents for all your VIPs. Ready to start your search? To lend a helping hand, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite finds in this Hanukkah gift guide for babies, toddlers and the special caregivers in their lives.
Commemorate baby’s first Hanukkah with clothes, toys and gifts they’ll enjoy for eight crazy nights—and beyond. From cute PJs and clothing to personalized stuffed animals, here you’ll find sweet gifts for your little one.
My First Jewish Baby Book by Julie Merberg
There are plenty of fun and educational Hanukkah books for kids, but this board book goes well beyond the Festival of Lights. Through rhymes and illustrations, baby will get a clever overview of Judaism, from Afikomen to Zayde.
Buy it: My First Jewish Baby Book by Julie Merberg, $11, Target.com
Hanna Andersson Hanukkah Matching Family Pajamas
Wondering what to wear for eight special nights? Cute Hanukkah-themed jammies, of course! These matching pajama sets will have the whole family feeling festive. You can always just get the baby or kid-size versions—they’re perfect for celebratory gatherings where the little ones are bound to konk out immediately afterward. There’s even matching pet johns for your four-legged family member.
Buy it: Starting from $44, HannaAndersson.com
Zutano Cozie Fleece Gripper Baby Booties
Parents are on a never-ending quest to find baby’s missing socks and shoes. That’s why you should make one of baby’s first Hanukkah gifts a pair of these cute booties that’ll stay put on squirmy feet. Zutano’s soft fleece fabric is perfect for winter; two-snap closure ensures a secure fit, and the gripper sole helps steady novice walkers. The navy pair is the perfect addition to baby’s Hanukkah themed outfits, but they come in 18 other colors. Score!
Buy it: $23, Zutano.com
Happy Hanukkah Personalized Teddy Bear
A stuffed animal is a great gift to celebrate baby’s first Hanukkah. The plush bear comes in a pink or blue shirt that can be personalized with up to 12 characters. Add details like baby’s name, initials and birth year to make the Hanukkah gift extra-special.
Buy it: $25, PersonalizationMall.com
Tenth & Pine My First Hanukkah Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Bodysuit
Hanukkah gifts for babies should be fun and festive, just like this cute one-piece outfit. Crafted from organic cotton, this unisex bodysuit is super-soft and available in sizes up to 18 months.
Buy it: $32, Nordstrom.com
Rite Lite I Love You a Latke Bib
Although your son or daughter may not be ready to taste latkes just yet, they’re sure to drool all over this cheeky bib—an adorable (not to mention affordable) gift for baby’s first Hanukkah.
Buy it: $8, ModernTribe.com
Shopping for a slightly older child? From holiday-themed gifts to wow-worthy presents any kid would covet, here are some of the best Hanukkah gifts for toddlers.
Oriental Trading Hanukkah Countdown Calendar
The holiday season gets a lot more festive once your child is old enough to understand what’s going on. Help them practice their counting skills and get excited for the first night of Hanukkah with this felt wall decoration.
Buy it: $16, OrientalTrading.com
Really Good Stuff Children’s Yoga Mat
Has your child been mimicking your at-home workouts? Help them feel zen with their very own yoga mat, a great Hanukkah gift for toddlers. This one’s illustrated with 24 kid-friendly poses so they can flow on their own too.
Buy it: $22, ReallyGoodStuff.com
Pottery Barn Kids My First Dreidel
Great Hanukkah gifts for toddlers can be enjoyed by the whole family. Help your little one learn how to play the classic holiday game—and improve their math skills along the way—with this toddler-friendly dreidel set.
Buy it: $44, PotteryBarnKids.com
Melissa & Doug Chef’s 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 this play kitchen. 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 so much more. It’s one of the best Hanukkah gifts for toddlers, and spacious enough for multiple kids to play at once—ideal for family gatherings.
Buy it: $216, MelissaandDoug.com
KidKraft Children’s Menorah Set
Teach your little one about time-honored Hanukkah traditions with this festive KidKraft set. The 10-piece set includes colorful, removable candles and a wooden menorah.
Buy it: $30, Maisonette.com
OOLY Left Right Crayons
Not sure what to get your kids? You can’t go wrong with a set of ergonomic crayons. These easy-to-hold colors work well whether your kid is left-handed, right-handed or ambidextrous. Let them loose to scribble their first masterpieces (and Hanukkah gift thank you cards!).
Buy it: $10, OOLY.com
Chronicle Books Mudpuppy Happy Hanukkah Mini Coloring Roll
Here’s another art-themed Hanukkah gift for toddlers: Mudpuppy’s Happy Hanukkah coloring set. The illustrated roll features a crew of cute animal-characters enjoying the Festival of Lights. Bonus: This present comes with crayons too!
Buy it: $7, Nordstrom.com
Whether you’re in search of something the kids can present to Bubbe and Zayde, or you’re in need of a gift idea yourself, check out these great Hanukkah gifts for grandparents. From scented candles to snuggly socks, here you’ll find presents to suit all styles and budgets.
Jonathan Adler Ceramic Dachshund Menorah
Does a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house also mean a visit with a much-loved family member of the canine variety? If so, kids will love presenting this adorable dachshund-inspired menorah. The Jonathan Adler piece is crafted in high-fire stoneware by skilled artisans in Peru and finished with a soft-satin matte glaze.
Buy it: $132, JonathanAdler.com
Homesick Latkes and Lights Candle
Can’t get together with the extended family for this year’s Hanukkah celebrations? Send Grandma and Grandpa this candle to remind them of happier times. Top notes of butter, potato and apple are reminiscent of homemade latkes, while base notes of vanilla and musk invoke the smell of warm jelly donuts.
Buy it: $34, Homesick.com
Aura Carver Luxe
Maybe you’re not getting together as often, or you just want to keep your parents updated on baby’s growth. Either way, a digital picture frame is a great way for families to keep in touch. Aura’s Carver frame is one of the best on the market thanks to its sleek design and easy-to-use interface.
Buy it: $179, AuraFrames.com
Oliviers and Co. 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 may get to enjoy it too. Plus, gifting oil for Hanukkah seems pretty apropos.
Buy it: Starting from $35, OliviersandCo.com
Goodnight Bubala by Sheryl Haft
Gift the grandparents this funny book—that reimagines a classic children’s story as a lively Jewish family gathering—to read to your little one at bedtime. It also includes an exclusive latke recipe from Ina Garten!
Buy it: $14, Amazon.com
Piglet Bottle Green Merino Wool Bed Socks
Treat Grandma or Grandpa to a pair of cozy Merino wool socks. Piglet’s bed socks are super-soft and stylish. Better yet, the material is naturally antibacterial, meaning they don’t need to go in the wash after every wear. Perfect for pottering around the house during the holidays.
Buy it: $45, PigletinBed.com
They watch over and help your loved ones—so why not show a little love in return? These Hanukkah gifts for teachers and care providers are sure to fill their hearts (and bellies!).
Sugarfina 8 Nights of Hanukkah Candy Tasting Collection
Even if your child’s babysitter, nanny or teacher doesn’t celebrate Hanukkah, this tasting box is a sweet way to let them in on the celebration. Each of the eight drawers in this calendar-inspired box are filled with four types of Kosher candy.
Buy it: $28, Sugafina.com
W&P Design Porter Portable Ceramic Bowl
Food storage has never been so chic. This ceramic bowl securely transports lunch or leftovers and is perfect to toss in a tote or diaper bag. Bonus: It’s safe to pop in the dishwasher and microwave too.
Buy it: $40, Bloomingdales.com
USB Rechargeable Lighter
Sure, if this existed back in the day, we wouldn’t have Hanukkah to celebrate. But this lighter is a cool invention: it uses an electric charge to flamelessly light candles, grills and fireplaces, and recharges quickly via a USB cable. Gift it alongside this thoughtful “Thank You” candle for a warm way to show your appreciation.
Buy it: $30, TheGrommet.com
Katz’s Delicatessen Chocolate Babka
This traditional treat ships directly from a famous New York City’s deli. What’s special about this particular treat? The yummy rich chocolate is generously marbled throughout the dough—making every bite downright heavenly. Plus, it’s available in cinnamon too.
Buy it: $15, KatzsDelicatessen.com
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. There’s no fewer than four bagel recipes inside!
Buy it: The New Yiddish Kitchen by Jennifer Robins and Simone Miller, $28, Amazon.com
Red Wine Stain Remover
Clean up any Manischewitz messes with this pocket-size wine stain remover. Pair it with a bottle of red for the perfect Hanukkah gift.
Buy it: $8, UncommonGoods.com