8 Days of Hanukkah Gifts for Kids
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So you have eight nights of gift giving to contend with and don't even know where to begin? Hanukkah is a perfect time to choose gifts that the whole family can participate in to make the most of the family aspect of the holiday.
It can also be a beautiful time to choose gifts that tap into the family’s artistic side so you can spend part of the eight nights creating together. Games are another wonderful option as family members of all ages can bond over fun and learning something new together. If your holiday involves some travel, choosing gifts that can help everyone make the most of the special trip is also an excellent option.
More: The Ultimate List of Gifts for 11-Year-Olds
Lastly, there’s nothing like choosing gifts that celebrate Judaism and the spirit of Hanukkah to truly honor this time of year. Here are our top gift ideas in a Hanukkah gift guide for this year.
Our Top Picks
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Little Ones - Hanukkah Play Gift Set
- Best Hanukkah Gift for the Entire Family - Board Games
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Kids Who Love Technology - Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Headset
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Kids Who Love Art and DIY - Art Sets
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Tweens - Scooter
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Hanukkah Crafts and Coloring - Judaica Coloring Books
- Best Hanukkah Gift for Kids Who Travel - Headphones
- Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Read - Tablet
What to Consider When Purchasing
When purchasing Hanukkah gifts, here are a few things to consider:
- Am I looking for a larger, special gift or smaller, fun gifts to fill in the right nights?
- Am I shipping for gifts that the whole family will enjoy or for gifts specifically for one person?
- What is my price range?
- Might I choose eight gifts that fit a specific theme?
How We Chose Our Favorites
We consulted with experts, parents, and kids to get the lowdown on what you need to know to choose the best Hanukkah gifts this year. We also tapped into these experts' advice to find out which brands were best and easily available on Amazon.
Make Hanukkah traditions like preparing latkes and winning gelt come alive for your little one with a Chanukah play set. She'll love pretending to fry up latkes, playing with a dreidel, and lighting up her own Hanukkah menorah.
Parents love that they can start teaching their little ones about Hanukkah in a playful and fun way while still tapping into the meaning and symbolism of the holiday. These toys and games will have children learning to look forward to this Jewish holiday each year.
Other great options that provide a playful option for Jewish holidays include:
Choose a game the entire family can play together to celebrate the Festival of Lights this year. Question asking games are so much fun as they enhance family communication and always lead to lots of laughs.
Parents love that a new game provides a reason to bring the family together for fun as the menorah candles burn. Family togetherness doesn’t have to end when the ceremonial parts of the eight nights end.
Other fun holiday gift options for family games include:
- All of Us - The Family Trivia Game for All Generations
- Kids Create Absurdity: Laugh Until You Cry! A Hilarious Family Card Game for Bored Kids and Game Night Fun
Create an augmented world with a customizable augmented reality and virtual reality headset. Your kids will love the educational apps too. This is a great choice for children who love STEM activities.
Parents love that everyone in the family will want to take turns with this hot technology gift. Just as parents hope their children will see and experience more of the meaning behind Hanukkah, this gift will allow the children to suddenly see more in the world around them thanks to augmented reality technology.
You might also consider:
- Bnext VR Headset
- For younger children, Shifu Orboot Augmented Reality Interactive Globe
The Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry Kit encourages artistic fun for young children and the whole family. This is one of our favorite Hanukkah gift ideas as it provides opportunity for endless fun and creativity.
Parents love that art and DIY sets allow the family to have calm and creative time together as they reflect on the power of what Hanukkah and holiday family time means. You’ll always remember these eight nights when you look back on the art that you made together as a family.
Other options for artistic and happy Hanukkah fun include:
Your tween will have fun zipping around on her own electric scooter. They will be learning tricks and jumps on the scooter before you know it. Don't forget about a matching helmet!
Parents love that kids can get their energy out on this exciting scooter gift before sitting down to sing and pray together. For children that need to get their wiggles out and enjoy being outside, this scooter is a perfect choice.
For a non-electric scooter option, check out the Arcade Pro Stunt Scooter.
Bring the rich tapestry of Jewish culture to life with a gorgeous Judaica coloring book. These children’s books celebrate Judaic expressions such as the Star of David, Hanukkah candles, the torah, and tree of life.
Parents love that lighting the menorah, singing songs, spinning tops, and gold chocolate coins will have their meaning extended beyond menorah and prayer time with family coloring time. Coloring these images together by the candlelight of the menorah will help to create lasting family Hanukkah memories.
Don't forget to include a pack of colored pencils!
Perfect for long trips, headphones are a great gift idea for kids of all ages. These are designed to fit around smaller children's heads, limit the volume to protect kids' ears, and the fold-up design is a great space saver.
Parents with more than one child love that each little one can be easily entertained with their own choice of audiobook or game without bothering the others as they travel to visit family on these eight nights. Headphones also help children to focus when they are learning from home online or video chatting with family and friends who they can’t see in person this holiday season.
Another great choice is Mpow Ch8 Kids Headphones.
Your children will love watching parent-approved shows, playing educational games, and reading books on their own tablet, complete with a kid-safe cover. You will have peace of mind knowing you can easily manage data usage and what apps are on it.
Parents love that there are so many educational ways for children to be online. Using a tablet especially made for kids helps little ones love learning and follow their curiosity. Parents can even help to enhance how their children learn about Hanukkah by helping them find videos, books, and articles about the Jewish festival as a way to start learning how to use the tablet.
More excellent electronic reading opportunities for kids include:
Looking for children’s books about Hanukkah? We've got you covered there, too! Check out the 10 Best Hanukkah Books for Kids.
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Charise is a Travel Planner and founder of Experience the Dream Travel, specializing in family and Disney holidays.