One of the most beautiful aspects of Hanukkah is the plethora of traditions that come with it. For some families, there’s a menorah that has been in the family for generations. For others, it’s the BEST latke recipe. And then, of course, there’s the music, the games, the lights—it really is magical.

If gifts are a part of your traditions—whether it’s one for the week or one each night—it can feel both special, and a little stressful to get it all organized. But we’ve got you!

This year, Hanukkah starts on December 18th and we’ve got your ultimate Hanukkah gift list so you can breeze through shopping, and spend time enjoying the Festival of Lights!

Our favorite Hanukkah gifts for kids this year

Kikkerland Solar Rainbow Maker

Kikkerland

$35

Solar Rainbow Maker

Few things feel more miraculous that spotting a rainbow. But instead of waiting for one outside, bring them inside with this solar-powered rainbow maker. Just place it on your sunniest window to power the solar panel and watch as the prisms rotate to send tiny colorful miracles dancing across the room.

Supersmalls Paint Your Own Menorah Kit

Super Smalls

$36

Hanukkah Activity Set

You may already have a menorah, but is it hand painted by your kiddos? Probably not. An ideal gift for night one, the Hanukkah Activity Set from Super Smalls comes with a ceramic menorah and paint and stickers for decorating as they see fit. It also has an activity booklet filled with jokes and trivia to accompany their crafting time.

Uncle Goose Hebrew Blocks

Uncle Goose

$47

Hebrew Blocks

Introduce your youngest to the Aleph bet with a classic set of blocks! Made from sustainable Michigan basswood, each wooden block is embossed with two Hebrew letters as well as a number and animal with its Hebrew translation. They’re so beautifully crafted they make as great a toy as they do nursery decor.

Yoto Mini

Yoto

$79.99

Yoto Mini + 7 Card Starter Pack

Since storytelling is an integral part of the Jewish tradition, the Yoto Mini Player makes a particularly thoughtful gift for the holiday. The super portable (and screen free!) audio player allows kids to listen to a huge and ever-growing library of bestselling audiobooks, music and singalongs, educational activities and kids podcasts through super cool content cards they can insert themselves. It even comes with a record your own card that’s perfect for personalized books they can’t get enough of.

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Kid Made Modern

$16.99

Hanukkah Shrink Art Jewelry Kit

Keep them busy with a simple craft that’s fun and festive. This shrink art kit comes with supplies to make 18 different Hanukkah-themed baubles they can keep or give as gifts.

KiwiCo Light Up Menorah Project Kit

KiwiCo

$29.95

Light Up Menorah

From KiwiCo, makers of brain-boosting hands-on STEAM kits for kids of all ages, this fun kit lets kiddos build their own light up menorah. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to wire it and then have fun sanding designs into the acrylic candles. When the LED lights shine through those spots, refraction makes them glow oh-so-bright!

Dylans Candy Bar Mini Hanukkah Bear

Dylan's Candy Bar

$18

Mini Hanukkah Bear

Filled with Jelly Belly jellybeans, Sixlets and sour gummy bears, Dylan’s Candy Bar Hanukkah bear is a festival of lights staple. Not only is candy always a hit, but the cute little bear turns into a bank when it’s empty.

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Hanna Andersson

$35.20

Matching Hanukkah Pajamas

Outfitting the whole crew in matching holiday jammies is practically a mandate these days. We’re big fans of Hanna Andersson for their fun patterns and undeniable quality. Prices start at $35.20

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CreateOn

$35.99

Hanukkah Gingerbread House

Sure, you could mess around with royal icing and highly breakable crackers or you could enjoy your afternoon and pick up this magnetic set instead.

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STMT

$16.99

DIY Crystal Window Art

Let the light in through these pretty DIY suncatchers. With ten colors of meltable resin and three fun shapes, it makes for a cozy crafternoon.😉

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Uncommon Goods

$28

Squishy Gummy Bear Nightlight

What better gift to celebrate the Festival of Lights than a sweet little night light? These colorful pals light up with a press of their tummy and can stay on for an hour or indefinitely. (And if it gets them to stay in bed a little longer, consider it an extra miracle.)

felt-menorah

Uncommon Goods

$20

Handmade Felt Menorah

Start the festivities off by giving them their very own menorah to “light”—with none of the stress of actual candles. Made by Kyrgyzstan artists in a remote region of the country, it’s certain to become an instant family heirloom.

Opinel Cooking Together Kit - Le Petit Chef x Your choice of Chef Knife

Opinel

$95

Cooking Together Kit–Le Petit Chef x Your choice of Chef Knife

Cutting, chopping and prepping fruits and veggies is a great way to get little ones involved in cooking the holiday’s traditional family recipes (with supervision of course). This set from the classic French brand Opinel offers the real thing with safety measures that keep it age-appropriate. Additionally it includes your choice of real chef knife for yourself or older kiddos!

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Honest History

$17.95

Magazine Subscription

Learning has never been so cool with this colorfully illustrated magazine that focuses on historical moments but makes them attainable and fascinating for our elementary school kids. They’ll give you a story of one historical figure and then gives kids the full context around who they were and what world they lived in. They explore topics like the race to space and the rivalry between Tesla and Edison. Individual issues start at $17.95

Dabble & Dollop Hanukkah Set

Dabble & Dollop

$45

Hanukkah Gift Box

What better way to end a night of festivities than with a sweetly scented bath? Each of their deliciously scented products are formulated to be mixed together to create a unique bath time experience that’s relaxing, fun and gets their creativity flowing. The limited edition Hanukkah gift box comes with blueberry and lemon gel 3-in-1 shampoo, body wash and bubble bath as well as their vanilla foam.

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Piecework Puzzles

$32

Oy to the World

I just love the way a puzzle can magically bring the family together–especially during the holidays. This gorgeous 500 piece puzzle might take a bit more than eight nights, but who’s counting? Fire up the perfectly curated Spotify list that goes with it and get to work!

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

$9.84

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Card Game

Playing games together is another surefire way to feel connected. And luckily, this one is actually fun for the entire family! The game play is simple (it literally takes less than three minutes to learn) and the illustrations are ahhdorable. But be warned. They may look cute but games can get intense quickly. So much yelling. In the good way, of course.

slapzi

Tenzi

$21.95

Slapzi

This quick thinking matching game is a super fun addition to game night. There are several different ways to play, but they’re each simple, engaging and easy to learn. Just be the first to match your picture card to the clue card and you’ve won the round. But because “matching” is a loose term, get ready to think on your toes! (Be warned: There may be some yelling involved with this one too.)

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David A. Adler

$7.99

​'The Story of Hanukkah'

Retelling the amazing Hanukkah story is so important—and so fun! This beautifully illustrated book will capture the attention of everyone in the family, and will be sure to be part of your yearly traditions.

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Pottery Barn Kids

$29

Dreidel

This kids’ dreidel kit comes with everything you need for an evening of fun playing this historic and delightful game—dreidel, coins and a carrying case to keep it all together. Its BPA-free wood makes it an instant heirloom-quality piece you’ll treasure for years to come.

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Winning Moves Games

$14.99

No Stress Chess

From building cognitive skills like problem solving, critical thinking and concentration to improving memory and building confidence, chess is more than just a board game. And while it can obviously be played at a super high level, it’s not hard to get started with the basics. This innovative approach can teach even the youngest players (and their parents!) through a set of action cards to learn the moves and powers of each piece. As they get the hang of it, you can ditch the cards and play without them.

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Air Fort

$49.95

Inflatable Build-A-Fort

The Air Fort inflates in just 30 seconds—no building required—but it will entertain them for hours and hours. All you need is an air fan to get it going. Think of all the creativity and magic that will happen in this air fort.

Creativity for Kids Grow N' Glow Terrarium Kit

Creativity for Kids

$13.49

Grow N' Glow Terrarium Kit

Kids will get to mix science and art as they grow their own habitat in this terrarium kit. We love that it glows in the dark at night and the chia and wheat grass seeds grow within a few days–a feat which does feel a bit miraculous, doesn’t it?

Lego Creator 3-in-1 Robot

LEGO

$9.97

Lego Creator 3-in-1 Super Robot Set

Three models in one set! LEGO makes a great Shabbat activity and with three ways to build, this particular set will thrill them over and over.

Photo wall fairy lights

Leclstar

$17.99

Photo Wall Fairy Lights

Light up their space with the most epic photo wall of all time. 17 feet of battery-powered fairy lights make the perfect place to display their favorite photos.

A version of this story was published November 2, 2021. It has been updated.