About Hanukkah and Gift Giving Traditions
Hanukkah is a great opportunity to show family and friends how much they mean to you. Also called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is observed for eight days. Each day is celebrated with a menorah lighting, prayers, and an exchange of gifts.
With eight separate days of giving, it can be hard to settle on gifts that amaze your loved ones each time. Read our suggestions for gifts that are creative and heartfelt while still thematically appropriate.
Gifts Ideas For Each Day
Assigning a theme to each night of Hanukkah can be a great way to celebrate many things you live while giving a well-rounded assortment of gifts. Our suggestions are divided into themes we’re sure will speak to your loved ones.
Day 1 - Family Bonding
Family is everything, so the first night of Hanukkah would be well spent bringing the whole family together. Gifts can do this, too. Consider a gift that can be shared to make new memories, like a board game or a puzzle.
Day 2 - Favorite Things
A night of “favorite things” can be celebrated by sharing gifts that are beautiful or luxurious. Consider roses – they symbolize beauty and passion, and they bring warmth to any room. A leather square arrangement of long-lasting roses from Dose of Roses makes the perfect bold statement, but for an added personal touch, you may choose to customize your own arrangement.
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Day 3 - Homemade Gifts
Homemade gifts are great for a handful of reasons: they provide a necessary reminder that sentiment is more important than material items, and they can be fun to make. Consider a do-it-yourself crafting project and make something you know will bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces.
Day 4 - Self-Care
Comforting gifts are especially appreciated as the weather gets colder, and the sun sets earlier. Consider an item that is both comforting and luxurious – we recommend a pair of silk pajamas, a candle with a luxurious goddess twist, or a stylish black satin robe.
Day 5 - Charitable Giving
Give the gift of giving back. A charitable gift is an opportunity to practice selflessness, and it lets you support causes your loved ones care about. There are many ways to be charitable – you can make a financial donation in your loved ones’ name or donate your time to a local organization of their choice.
Day 6 – Books
There’s no better way to spend winter than getting warm and cozy while buried in the pages of a great book. There’s a book for everyone, from chilling thriller novels to gripping historical non-fiction pieces. Your loved ones will surely share their favorite genre of book with you, or you can surprise them with something new.
Day 7 - Laughter
Gift-giving brings joy, and what is joy without laughter? Consider sharing an experience that will bring out laughs, like watching a comedy movie, staging a funny photo, or playing a wacky game together.
Day 8 - Traditional Hanukkah Gift
Celebrating the tradition of Hanukkah is a great way to mark the final night of celebrations. This can include gelt, dreidels, candles, or any piece of traditional Jewish history that holds importance to you.