This season, give Hanukkah gifts with heart
Gifts are exciting, but it can be easy to get carried away with the consumerism of December and forget the true meanings of the holidays. This Hanukkah, bring some heart into gifts for your family with these thoughtful gift ideas and inspirations.
Get crafty with the kids. Your kids most likely have some time off school this month, so set up a fun craft table with them to make Hanukkah decorations and gifts for your loved ones. We love these “Chanukah candles” courtesy of the blog Crafty Jewish Mom. Make them as colorful as you want. All you need is tissue paper, glue, a pair of good scissors, some recycled jars and tea light candles or electric tea lights.
Go gingerbread! Decorating gingerbread should not be limited to the houses, trains and gingerbread people. Gift your kids a gingerbread menorah and spend an evening decorating it together. It’s fun, creative, yummy and will make great memories—which are truly the kind of gifts that last.
“These are a few of my favorite things.” Hallmark.com recommends various theme nights throughout the days of Hanukkah, such as a “Favorite Things Night.” Each person gets a gift bag of the things he or she loves, such as chocolates, spa goodies or toys. Hallmark compares it as a Jewish equivalent of a Christmas stocking.
Feed the book worms. Books are always among our favorite gifts, because parents know they’re great for child development and kids enjoy the stories. Teach your kids about Hanukkah with themed books. Start with the Biscuit’s Hanukkah book at Walmart.com, where you can find a variety of Hanukkah books for kids.
Add a new menorah. We love this elegant silver menorah for Mom and Dad, while your kids will enjoy this KidKraft Hanukkah set, which comes with an educational and colorful wooden menorah, dreidel, gelt, make-believe potato latkes, a spatula and pan—all for less than $40 at Walmart.com.