Hanukkah gifts are often more practical than extravagant, but that doesn't preclude a little indulgence. Without going over the top, opt for everyday luxury items that are special but inexpensive. Because many families share gifts on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, keep the focus on small items that are meaningful, fun, and practical. These Hanukkah gifts will make an impression in an understated way that works for everyone on your gift list.
HARNEY & SONS HOLIDAY TEAS
Price: $20 | Buy it at Harney & Sons
Tea is an everyday indulgence especially suited to the colder seasons. One of the finest producers in the country offers a pair of premium teas in special seasonal flavors for the tea lover in your circle. You can also shop the company's extensive collection, which includes tins under $10, to find just the right match for a loved one.
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SMALL BATCH CHOCOLATE
Price: Starting at $8 | Buy it at Nunu
It's never a bad idea to give chocolate. Look to a small handmade-chocolate company with good ethical sourcing and practices -- based in Brooklyn, but shipping its handcrafted assortments nationwide.
Price: $20 | Buy it at Stonewall Kitchen
Since Hanukkah is all about celebrating the festival of lights, which burned oil, a flavored cooking oil is in keeping with the theme. A gourmet white truffle oil will be used time and again to put a special finishing touch on many meals. You could also give other flavors such as garlic- or herb-infused oils.
Price: Starting at $10 each | Buy it at Chef Salt
This useful holiday gift adds a brilliant pop of flavor to gourmet and everyday dishes. In addition to small-batch artisan salts, there are $25 decorative gift boxes of any two jars plus recipe cards. Volcanic and sea salts are blended with herbs and spices to create varieties such as Bamboo Curry and Holy Mole.
PURIFYOU GLASS WATER BOTTLE
Price: Starting at $15 | Buy it at Purifyou
A sleek and lightweight glass water bottle is a sought-after model that makes a practical yet special gift for just about anyone. This upgrade from a conventional plastic bottle is a great way to encourage loved ones to stay hydrated in style.
Price: $11 | Buy it at The Jewish Museum
Giving handmade Hanukkah candles is a small way to bring a little extra luxury into someone's home. Menorah candles handcrafted in Israel start at and come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing you to choose a box suited to your loved ones' tastes. Because the candles are literally made for the occasion, it's best to give this inexpensive and classy gift on the first night of Hanukkah.
Price: $12 for a pack of six | Buy it at Oh! Nuts
Simple dreidels are an expected gift every year for kids. Why not kick it up a notch with ? dreidels with candy inside? Give one to all the kids in the family (and maybe even the adult kids, too).
CHILI CHOCOLATE KAHLUA
Price: Around $20 | Buy it at Kahlua
An adults-only gift that packs a lot of punch. The drink's smooth and sweet flavors are delicious on their own, but also work well in hot or cold cocktails and in holiday baking. The high quality of the product, inexpensive price tag, and overall deliciousness make this a winner.
One of the most delicious aspects of Hanukkah is always the sufganiyot, or traditional jelly doughnuts. Chances are your hometown has a place or two that specializes in this holiday treat, although any jelly doughnuts will do in a pinch. A box of fresh doughnuts may not be the most expensive gift, but it will likely be the most popular once unwrapped.
HOMEMADE HANUKKAH COOKIES
Price: $3 | Buy it at Party City
Homemade cookies are always a welcome gift during the holidays, and Hanukkah is no exception. Find a themed cookie-cutter set for making festive treats from a basic sugar-cookie recipe, copy a family favorite onto a recipe card, and spend a few more dollars on icing and sprinkles. Present it on a festive plate wrapped in colored cellophane from a dollar store to complete a special homemade gift.
DECORATIVE OIL LAMP
Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
Oil is a central theme of the Hanukkah story, which is why fried foods are traditional fare during the holiday. While simple, a decorative oil lamp is an on-trend gift that can come in handy all year round and has a deeper meaning.
HOT WATER BOTTLE WITH COVER
Price: $13 | Buy it on Amazon
Since Hanukkah falls during the coldest season of the year, practical seasonal gifts are especially popular. A hot water bottle comes with a soft fabric cover to provide a step up in comfort. It should come in handy for warming up cold sheets before crawling into bed and for snuggling when temperatures drop.
Price: Less than $16 | Buy it on Amazon
The original symbol of Judaism, and one of the centerpieces of Hanukkah, a menorah is a must-have for anyone who wants to celebrate the holiday. This thoughtful and inexpensive gift is ideal for young people who may be starting to explore their heritage or living on their own for the first time. A silver-plated menorah can become a lifelong family heirloom that carries significance far beyond its dollar value.
Price: $7 | Buy it at Judaica
The recipient will appreciate a pretty and practical Hanukkah dishtowel with a lighthearted theme, not to mention how handy it will come in at holiday gatherings for years to come.
Encourage family or group of friends to enjoy the holiday season by spending time together. It may cost as much as $15 a person, but there are ways to save on movie tickets. This is an opportunity to bond over a shared experience (and get a jump on Oscar season).
One of the cornerstones of Judaism is charitable giving. Donating in someone's honor is a loving way to show respect for common values and show young children how important and gratifying it is to give back to the community.
Price: Starting at $5 | Buy it at Mezuzah Master
A mezuzah is a tiny scroll and holder Jewish people put at their door thresholds, inside and outside the house. This makes a particularly nice gift for young couples, students who are studying away from home, or anyone who has just moved.
Half bread, half chocolate, a good babka is irresistible in its decadence without being too sweet. It takes just a few dollars of ingredients for each babka -- make a few and hand them out as a holiday gift to families and friends.
Recipe: Food & Wine
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
A little bit of softness plays into the seasonality of the holiday time, and is a gift that keeps giving all season long. While there are plenty of expensive versions, this cozy throw gets an average 4.4 out of 5 stars out of thousands of reviews.
A BOTTLE OF WINE
A bottle of wine is a classic way to show appreciation. The good news with wine is that you can find something that of high quality and that tastes great for less than $20. Opt for brands that are lesser known so the recipient can focus on the flavor and quality, not the price.
Price: $12 for a box of 24 | Buy it at Judaica
The iconic chocolate coins are an easy and inexpensive small gift for one of Hanukkah’s nights, or if handing out gifts to a group of children.
AN OIL DIFFUSER
Price: $18 | Buy it at Target
Attractive oil diffusers are popular and inexpensive. They can be customized with whatever scent is desired and contribute micro amounts of moisture into the air, doubling as a small humidifier.
A WINTER HAT
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
A cute beanie can become a winter accessory used every day to bring comfort and confidence to an outfit. There are plenty of styles available, including with a classic pom-pom on top.
Price: $12.50 | Buy them at American Eagle Outfitters
A good pair of slippers is an essential for cold winters, but if they are worn every day they need to be replaced every year. That makes Hanukkah an ideal time for gifting them to the entire family, and midseason sales made it easy to find nice versions for little money.