With Hanukkah coming up December 18, it’s time to share some of the best Hanukkah gifts for kids in 2022 — that actually are Hanukkah gifts. Because this year, more than previous years, a lot of us are really thinking about what it means to be Jewish and to celebrate Hanukkah, how to talk to our kids about it, and how to practice and preserve the traditions and rituals that are important to us.
Of course you can always shop a coveted toy, game, or any other wish-list item for Hanukkah — check our guide to the year’s top gifts for kids by age for plenty of inspiration. But here, you’ll find creative Hanukkah gift ideas for kids of all ages that are sweet, funny, thoughtful, or meaningful — and all carefully curated to be reflective of Hanukkah.
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25 best Hanukkah gifts for kids and teens in 2022
Fortunately this year, we have a little more time to shop for Hanukkah gifts than last year! And no Thanksgivukkah madness either, but still, not a bad idea to get those orders in so they’re wrapped in ready in time for the very first hyper-competitive dreidel cage match.
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Dreidel Helvetica Shirt
($24.25, Alef Design)
I’m always a fan of clever Hanukkah shirts that don’t lean on bad puns.
Of course if our kids wrote it, it would say Gimel & Gimel & Gimel & Gimel.
Modern Hanukkah Tzedakah Box
$88, Emily Rosenfeld
Teaching kids to give is a gift all in itself. And with this gorgeous handmade tzedakah box, proceeds help support the ACLU, so the giving begins before anyone has even added a coin to it. She has so many other wonderful Hanukkah gift ideas for kids and adults in her Etsy shop — get browsing!
A Free Jewish Storybook Subscription
(Yes, free! PJLibrary.org)
This organization devoted to global cultural literacy partners with philanthropists and Jewish communities worldwide to deliver curated, award-winning storybooks (like Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand, shown here) and activities for kids from birth through age 12 each month. Free. In fact they’ve gifted 50 million books to children over the years, and your kids can be among them. (Photo courtesy of PJ Library)
Mini Glitter Magen Star Earrings
($20, Ariel Tidhar)
There’s a lot to love at this independent artist shop of jewelry, accessories and housewares, but these “mini magens” make a stunning little Hanukkah gift for earring-wearers of any age.
Cookie DŌ Hanukkah Cookie Gift Pack
If they’d rather eat the dough than the finished cookies, this is the perfect Hanukkah gift for kids.
So sweet, it really will last 8 nights.
Dreidel Popit Fidget Toy
$7.39 on sale, Amazon
I have a teen who’s obsessed with these — don’t assume it’s just a Hanukkah gift for toddlers and little kids!
Ukraine Silk Solidarity Bracelet
($19.99, Modern Tribe with MAS Designs Jewelry)
So many Ashkenazi jews hail from Ukraine, and even those who don’t feel solidarity with those persecuted
and attacked on their own homeland, and are forced to fight or flee. 100% of this collab goes to the AFYA Foundation
of America to supply medical providers caring for wounded soldiers and civilians in Ukraine.
Paint Your Own Dreidels Marzipan Cookies
($48, Modern Tribe)
From Marzipops, I love this Hanukkah gift for kids that lets them flex their creativity, and eat it too.
Or go simple with the classic marzipan dreidel cookies.
Argyle Dreidel Hanukkah Apron
($24.95, American Jewish History Museum Store)
Prefer making your own cookies? Keep things (a little) less messy with this fun apron.
For kids lucky enough to have all they need, a creative Hanukkah gift idea: a donation in their name to the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on progressive social change across the United States. Bend the Arc is building solidarity with all who are impacted by antisemitism and white nationalism to help heal the world, and create a more equitable future for everyone. It’s also one of the very top-rated Jewish charities on CharityWatch.
Ready to up the stakes a bit from mere spinning? Here, dreidel meets…roulette. Just add gelt.
Hanukkah Activity Set
($36, Super Smalls)
Kids from 3 to about 10 will love painting their own ceramic Menorah with the included paints. And hey — stickers!
Jewish Wisdom Fortune Teller
$24, Modern Tribe
If you’re shopping for a tween or teen, I’m laughing so hard at this satirical adaptation of the Magic 8 Ball that sounds like every Bubbe and Zayde I know. Great Hanukkah gift for hard-to-shop-for teens, too.
2-pack cozy Hanukkah socks
Would definitely wear more than 8 nights.
If your favorite kid has been clamoring for an American Girl Doll, Rebecca’s 1924 story is a wonderful Hanukkah gift. You can even add the Menorah and Dreidel set. And of course, any AG would look terrific in that outfit whi
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Fair Isle Hanukkah Pajamas
($36, Modern Tribe)
Holiday pajamas can be for Hanukkah too! Besides, the kids can wear these for 8 nights in a row, right? Sizes from 0-16, plus adult
Hamsa Charm Necklace
($40, Jewish Museum Shop, or $32 for members)
It brings the wearer happiness, protection, and luck, and this one made by one of our favorite indie designers, Atsuyo and Akiko,
Marzipops Hanukkah marzipan cookies
$58, Modern Tribe
Teens and adults will get the references, younger kids will just scarf down the marzipan.
Children’s Books for Hanukkah
(Prices vary online, or shop your local indie bookseller or Jewish Museum gift shop)
Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah
Nancy Churnin’s book about one of the lesser known sheroes of the world is a wonderful Hanukkah gift for kids.
Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 8 Nights of Hanukkah board book
Did you know Eric Carle’s beloved caterpillar goes on some Hanukkah adventures too? Find this one from the Afikomen Judaica Bookstore.
Lila Tov Good Night
By grammy winning artist Mr G (Ben Gundersheimer) and illustrator Noar Lee Naggan, this stunning picture book is about the beauty of the natural worlds — though adults willl see the poignant story of a refugee family in search of a better life.
(Note you can also spend a bit more for an autographed copy of Lila Tov Good Night from Mr.G’s website
Tiny Ahava Love Necklace
($35, Sima G)
All you need is ahava.
Happy Llamakah Vegan Soap
($12.53/ea, Jiro Soap)
Is it a bit of a stretch that the leaves each represent one flame on the menorah? A little. Will kids care? Not at all.
Happy Hanukkah Donuts from Angel Food Bakery
The beloved Minneapolis bakery will score you big gift-giving points for this one!
Amazon gift card for Hanukkah
(Varies, Amazon – but try multiples of $18)
Because even if you don’t know what the kids want for Hanukkah, they sure do.
Psst.. gift cards to local shops are even better. Find their favorite.