While I think using an heirloom Hanukkah menorah that has been passed down from previous generations is a lovely idea, it’s also nice to have a menorah just for kids, to help get them as excited about lighting the candles as they are about eight days of¬†gifts. And there are so many fabulous, kid-friendly menorahs out there this year, we could barely narrow it down.

From cute menorahs¬†for younger kids, to edgier options that will appeal to tweens and teens, take a look at these 12 cool options that Liz and I found, and see if one makes it into your own family’s Festival of Lights.

Related: Modern Hanukkah gifts for kids that make 8 days of giving easier

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Menorahs for kids: You don't have to be a kid to appreciate this awesome Menorasaurus Rex (although we think kids will love it too). | The Vanilla Studio

After discovering it last year, we still¬†can’t resist this extremely fun (and surprisingly chic)¬†Menorasaurus Rex,¬†which we’ve included in our suggestions¬†for¬†cool modern Hanukkah gifts for kids.¬†The artist¬†at The Vanilla Studio has¬†also added¬†other dinos and unexpected creatures¬†this year, all decked out in shiny gold or silver coats. But order soon — she sells out! ($85, The Vanilla Studio)

Menorahs for kids: Write your own Hanukkah greeting with this Chalkboard Menorah & Candlesticks at Traditions Jewish Gifts.

I just love this Chalkboard Menorah & Candlesticks, which lets kids or parents write messages to each other or wish any guest who visits a very Happy Hanukkah. ($19.95, Traditions Jewish Gifts)


Menorahs for kids: Can't get over this Menagerie Elephant Menorah from Jonathan Adler. So chic!

Jonathan Adler’s shop is a great, go-to source for a cool, modern menorah design with a playful twist. This¬†Menagerie Elephant Menorah¬†really stands out as a favorite. Just be aware¬†that it’s ceramic, so it’s probably better for older kids who can appreciate its cuteness without wanting to snatch¬†it from¬†the windowsill. ($128, Jonathan Adler)


Menorahs for kids: This Tangram Menorah from Studio Armadillo should keep kids entertained for at least eight nights -- and years to come too. 


We featured this tangram Menorah¬†last year in our¬†2015 Hanukkah gift guide, and we still haven’t gotten over how cool it is. Rearrange the blocks into a cat, camel, samurai (whoa), or a totally new creation. Plenty of options for this year’s eight nights and beyond — but it’s definitely spendy. And you need to order, stat. (Studio Armadillo, $236)

Related: 8 of the best jelly donut recipes for Hanukkah. Or for anybody, anytime.

Menorahs for kids: Take a break from the traditional blue and white with these cheerful Colorful Hanukkah Menorahs at Tzad Sheni.

I’m really digging the happy, unexpected pastels of these¬†colorful ceramic Hanukkah menorahs, in eight¬†colors from turquoise to juicy orange. They’ll¬†brighten the windowsill even¬†when they’re not lit. ($53.10, Tzad Sheni)

Menorahs for kids: Kids will have so much fun with this Aluminum Multi Color Train Menorah at Traditions Jewish gifts.

This¬†Aluminum Multi-Color Train Menorah¬†is so modern, I think it would look great if you wanted to keep it in¬†the nursery all year round. And since it’s made of nearly unbreakable aluminum, you probably can. ($139.99,¬†Traditions Jewish Gifts)

Menorahs for kids: Laugh, cry, and crazy-eye your way through Hanukkah this season with this fun Emoji Hand-Painted Menorah. | Modern Tribe

I truly identify with this hand-painted emoji menorah since my emotions do typically run the gamut during the holidays. But don’t worry, no tears or tantrum emoji here — just varieties on joy. Is there any kid these days who wouldn’t totally want this?¬†($29.99, Modern Tribe)

Menorahs for kids: This Rainbow Menorah is just so full of cheer! And since it's hand made out of porcelain, I think it'll make a sweet heirloom too. | Make Good Choice

If your kids are as obsessed with rainbows as they all seem to be these days, this¬†handmade porcelain rainbow menorah¬†is so cheery. I love that each one is crafted by hand, triple-kiln-fired, and finished with real 22k gold. Plus, kids will love looking at it even when it’s not lit. Maybe pair with one of the artist’s rainbow unicorn mugs? ($140, Make Good Choice)

Related: Cool rainbow unicorn gifts for kids and kids at heart


Menorahs for kids: Love this eco-friendly, energy-saving Electric Menorah at Greenfield Judaica.

In the spirit of eco-friendliness blended with techy coolness, this Electric Circuit Board Menorah uses recycled cardboard and an energy saving LED bulb to produce its festive glow. Plus, it’s a safe option for kids’ bedroom windowsills since you light it with the flip of a switch, not a match. ($29.99, Greenfield Judaica)


Menorahs for kids: Make nine mini-me's for your kid's menorah with this sweet Customized Kid Friendly Menorah. | Zooble

I’m loving¬†this¬†Kid-Friendly Waldorf Play Menorah,¬†also found in this year’s Hanukkah gift guide. From the customizable¬†peg dolls to the elaborate flaming headdresses (do those come in human size?), I know a few kids who will play with these long into the new year. ($48.50, Zooble)


Menorahs for kids: Love this Menorah Hanukkah Wall Decal for an easy alternative for younger kids. So cool! | Houzz

You may have already noticed, but we love wall decals here at CMP and we’re excited to have found this¬†Menorah Hanukkah Wall Decal.¬†So¬†great¬†for little kids who want to participate but probably shouldn’t be around open flames — or breakable ceramics — just yet. ($39.59, Houzz)


Menorahs for kids: Let them build their old menorah with this cool 3-in-1 Custom Menorah from Jbrick.

Calling all LEGO lovers! If you have older kids who delight in all things assemble-able, try this 3-in-1 Custom Menorah totally made from LEGO bricks. The kit lets kids create three different configurations, including a dreidel, that are sure to keep them busy enough to keep their hands out of the gelt stash. ($38, Jbrick)