Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah begins on a different date each year and lasts eight nights, usually starting in December. This year it’s a few days after Thanksgiving—the first night is Sunday, November 28—meaning you’ll want to get your shopping done early. (The last night of Hanukkah this year is Monday, December 6.)
People who don’t celebrate the holiday often wonder if you’re supposed to gift all eight nights or save for one big Hanukkah gift—and then there’s the question of gifting Hanukkah-centric presents (like menorahs, dreidels, all things blue and white, etc.). But don’t fret—just as with Christmas, there are no rules for Hanukkah gifts. It’s truly the thought that counts.
At its core, Hanukkah is about celebrating miracles—both big and small—and enjoying time with loved ones. So in the spirit of finding the light in a very heavy year, we’ve gathered some of the most joyful gifts to give this Hanukkah 2021. Pro tip: If you want to be a good mensch, making a donation to the Jewish Federation of North America this Festival of Lights is a wonderful way to help support the local Jewish community in whatever city or state you choose. They provide a lifeline to help people in need, whether because of natural disasters or due to personal tragedies. After all, Judaism at its core is about helping others and repairing the world.
So below you will find a mix of gifts that give back, gifts that are perfect for Hanukkah, gifts that are perfect all year, or gifts that just bring happiness (basically, all of them). Whatever the reason, have a wonderful holiday, full of light, laughter, and miracles—big and small.
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