While the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) doesn’t have gift-giving roots, it’s become quite common to give and receive presents over the course of eight nights. Some people prefer to give gifts on all eight nights of the holiday, while others choose to give them en masse on the first or first two nights.
At the same time, some people choose to give a ton of small-ticket gifts, while others go for large, expensive items for their loved ones. In either case, there’s no wrong or right way to give gifts on Hanukkah. After all, this is a holiday of remembrance, sharing, and spreading joy.
To make your gift-hunting easy, we’ve put together a list of eight nifty gift ideas for Hanukkah that you can get for $30 or less.
– Hanukkah Scented Candles
Candles are the go-to gift for virtually every occasion, and Hanukkah is no exception. To keep it on the theme of the holiday, you should consider Hanukkah-scented candles. These are usually infused with notes of potatoes, apple, and butter, the signature food items often found on tables across Jewish households and parties during Hanukkah celebrations.
Hanukkah is a holiday that’s packed with fanfare, catching up, and lots and lots of food, including jelly doughnuts and freshly fried potato latkes. If you want to bring a humorous twist to your gift of candles, go for notes of clove, popcorn, and butter — and some Chinese dishes, which are often considered “Jewish Christmas” foods. Don’t worry; these candles will still capture the true spirit of Hanukkah.
– Hanukkah Socks
Again, some people choose to give many small items during Hanukkah. And what could be more fitting for that description than multiple pairs of high-quality, stylish Hanukkah socks? They may be underrated, but socks are a seriously crucial part of any outfit.
Besides, socks are practical, budget-friendly, and come in small packages, making them the perfect Hanukkah gifts. When shopping for them, lean towards brands that use Hanukkah colors of blue, white, or silver. You can also go for neutral bases with beautiful Hanukkah patterns and prints, such as the nine-branched menorah, Star of David, dreidel, and Oy Vey – just to mention a few.
Hanukkah socks with thoughtful designs, details, and patterns are all great. If you want to take it up a notch, buy from a brand that gives part of the proceeds to charity. This way, you can give something amazing and feel great about it.
Don’t overlook the recipient’s taste, style, and fashion preferences, too. No Cold Feet’s helpful guide can help you out if you’re considering Hanukkah socks.
– A Mini Waffle Maker
A mini waffle maker is sure to make someone’s Chanukah extra special. And who doesn’t love to munch into a crunchy, crispy waffle in the morning (or evening)? In fact, a good mini waffle maker can help your loved one revive their leftover Hanukkah latkes.
Of course, the best part is that mini waffle makers from brands like KitchenAid, Dash, Cuisinart, Black + Decker, and Krups are all sold at under $30. Plus, they can be used to make real waffles, as well.
– A Plush Throw or Blanket
Nothing says winter holidays quite like snuggling up with a good read by a crackling fireplace with a mug of hot tea, cocoa, or coffee. Having some cozy accessories to help you stay warm and fuzzy can also make your Hanukkah extra special.
This is a task that calls for a plush throw or blanket, the perfect accessory for your cold-weather family traditions. For one, a plush throw woven from soft polyester, wool, or cotton is what you need to amp up your cuddle-up spot. Most brands offer them in classic and Hanukkah-friendly colors like a blue citadel, navy blue, white, and much more, so you’re sure to find one that suits the recipient.
– Amazon Echo Dot
Who can say no to the small yet powerful Amazon Echo Dot? Whether your recipient is a tech rookie, intermediate, or guru-level expert, they will surely love this mighty beauty that packs impressive bells and whistles under the hood.
Despite its under $30 price tag, the Echo Dot is an amazing smart speaker for its compact size. Your friend, family, or a colleague can use the speaker as an addition to their current setup or create a smart home system on its own. The latest iteration of the smart speaker is more wallet-friendly and doesn’t compromise on quality or design.
– A Stylish Water Bottle
If you’re looking to give someone the gift of health and hydration during Hanukkah, all it takes is a really nice stainless steel flask or water bottle. Look for a model with the signature dual-wall vacuum insulation that’ll help keep cold drinks cold and hot beverages hot for hours on end.
Stainless steel flasks not only look sleek but are also durable, eco-friendly, and effortless to clean and maintain. Leading brands like Kool8, Hydro Flask, Yeti, Takeya, Klean Kanteen, and Contigo offer a variety of models with capacities ranging from 18 oz. to 64 oz., so there’s a right size of these beauties for everyone.
– An Instant Camera
Sure, selfie sticks and smartphones may have rendered cameras almost unnecessary, but there’s still something of beauty about snapping on an old-school camera and watching photos develop instantly.
Although market leaders like Fujifilm Instax cameras tend to be pricey, you can get some for $30 or less. They are sleek, compact, and some models can help you post your cool photos on Instagram. Almost all of them produce physical prints of your pictures on the spot.
– Hanukkah Shirts
Around the Hanukkah season, funny Hanukkah t-shirts are gaining lots of traction as great inexpensive gifts. You can get tees themed after your recipient’s favorite Jewish foods, such as matzo balls, challah, gefilte fish, potato latkes, brisket, and even gelt. These are sure to put a little smile or chuckle on their face, plus they are great conversation starters when they attend Hanukkah parties.
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