Proud Jewish mama here, and I’m not gonna sugarcoat it: Hanukkah gifting can be stressful!! If you’re anything like me, every year when the holidays roll around, it feels like they’ve snuck up on us in the blink of an eye! For example, one minute it’s summer and the kids are at camp and the next minute, it’s November and you realize holiday music is already playing on the radio! Not sure how that happens! But fear not – I’ve got your back with a genius and stress-free way to celebrate the Festival of Lights with your kiddos every night. This guide to Hanukkah gifting will make so much sense to you that it will become your best friend, and you’ll wonder why you never thought to do it in years past.

Meanwhile, for those celebrating other joyous occasions like Christmas or Kwanzaa, I’ve got you covered too. Check out my gift guide hub with allll the incredible gifts for everyone you need to shop for! New gifts are added to each category every week, too! And they are all hand-picked by me!

Here are the Hanukkah gifting details:

Now, allow me to share this awesome Hanukkah celebration guide I stumbled upon years ago in a parental Facebook group. It’s such a cute way to make each night special for your little ones. I took inspo from the original idea I saw, gave it a modern twist, added a title, and tweaked a few things to suit my family better.

So, here’s the lowdown: The menorah holds the key to nightly hannukah gifting themes. Each candle corresponds to a different category of gifts for the 8 crazy nights. Starting with night #1, you’ll be gifting something your child WANTS, night #2 is for something they NEED, night #3 is all about something to EAT, and so on. Got it? Great!

I’m sharing below all the themes for each night and some general Hanukkah gifting ideas to go along with them.

Celebrate Hanukkah stress-free with this genius way to Hanukkah gifting for the kids! Every night holds a different gifting theme!

Night 1: Something Your Child WANTS 🕯

On the first night of Hanukkah, appease your children hahah! Give them what they want, or something similar to what they want, if you are able to. Trust me, it makes for a very exciting start to the holiday!

Night 2: Something Your Child NEEDS 🕯🕯

Lunchboxes, winter gear, backpacks, water bottles, chapstick – the essentials!

Night 3: Something to EAT 🕯🕯🕯

Indulge their sweet tooth with favorite candies, desserts, or the classic Hanukkah treat – GELT! Yum!

Night 4: Something to READ 🕯🕯🕯🕯

Hanukkah books or other beloved reads like What Would Danny Do?, FOUND, Pout Pout Fish, and Giraffes Can’t Dance will make your kids happy.

Night 5: Something to PLAY 🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯

Gifts for independent playtime are always a good idea!

Night 6: Something to WEAR 🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯

Pajamas, everyday + more special clothes, jackets, shoes, headbands, costumes, jerseys… these all make great gifts!

Night 7: Something FOR LATER 🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯

Planning a trip? Grab colorful sand toys or something for summer, like an inflatable pool. I’m eyeing this fish bubble gun and plastic ring toss game too!

Night 8: Something TO SHARE 🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯

Games for the win! In particular, board games are always a good idea!

Some notes to remember:

Don’t forget: there’s a treasure trove of last-minute Hanukkah gifting ideas available on Amazon Prime (if you’re not a member, you should be!) right now! They’ll be at your doorstep faster than you can say “Happy Hanukkah!”

And for even MORE specific gifting ideas right at your fingertips, head to the Gift Guide Hub now. New gifts are added each week and they all have my stamp of approval. If I would gift it myself, it made the list!

Final Thoughts!

Let me tell you, this Hanukkah gifting tradition has stuck!! Though as we embark on this joyous celebration of Hanukkah, or whatever special holiday you’re observing, remember that the true magic lies in creating lasting memories with our little ones. Whether it’s through thoughtful gifts, shared moments, or the simple joy of being together, the spirit of the season is about love and togetherness. Here’s to making this Hanukkah, and every holiday to come, filled with laughter, warmth, and traditions that bring your family closer. Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah and hope for a better future for the Jewish people!


I’m sharing what my family’s Hanukkah traditions are during the holiday season. Feel free to use these ideas with your own family or take inspiration from them! 


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  1. Kelli says:

    So into it!!! What a smart idea!!! Loving your posts per usual!

  2. Demure Daily says:

    This is such a cute post! My little one will be so grateful to you for all the awesome ideas that I have in store now because of this article. Great share!!

  3. This is so cute! This definitely works for Christmas ideas too! I love the idea of “something to share” and “something for later.” Great post!

  4. La Vida Glamour says:

    So clever and thoughtful! This certainly does apply for other events/holidays! Love this guide :)

  5. These are WONDERFUL ideas! And even though we celebrate Christmas, I’m going to use them for gifts for my kids as well! Such a smart, positive way to gift. :)

  6. Laura Albouy says:

    Happy Hanukkah! I love all these ideas even for other holidays!

  7. Happy Holidays! Love the gift ideas!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  8. Cleopatra Wilson says:

    What excellent guide to enjoy Hanukkah.

  9. Nicole Ballardini says:

    So many great ideas! Love it!
    Nicky x

  10. Evelyn, PathofPresence says:

    Love this post – I finally learned the purpose of Hanukkah nights! How marvelous this practice is to allow your children to feel your love & care. Thank You & blessings! ❤️

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Awww well the purpose of hanukkah really has nothing to do with giving gifts but it’s become a tradition that everyone loves! Thanks for stopping by the blog!!!!

  11. Adventures of Super8 says:

    I love this post it is a great way to practice Hanukkah! I really do like this!

  12. Ashley Hargrove says:

    So many perfect ideas!! Happy Hanukkah!!

  13. Waves of M says:

    These are really great ideas!! I like how they are all different each day. Happy Hanukkah!

  14. Love the daily themes for this gift guide! Such excellent ideas that cover so many varieties of presents, perfect!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  15. I love this! I’m sharing it with my husband and the family!

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