HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Great Gifts for the Happiest Hanukkah

Hanukkah Sameach and a Happy New Year!

By Anna Rajagopal

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It’s that time of the year again: menorahs in windows, latkes on stovetops, and families gearing up to do their Hanukkah shopping. The weather’s getting colder and with eight whole days of Hanukkah around the corner, picking out a different gift for every night can be tough, especially when you’re shopping for all your friends and family.

Luckily for you, we’ve found plenty of Judaica for your holiday needs. From local shops selling one-of-a-kind items to independent vendors in the Houston area offering custom designs, our Hanukkah gift guide will point you in the right direction when it comes to picking out that perfect present.

Hamsa Wall Art

$23

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Add some customary Jewish character to your walls with a hamsa or two this season. After all, the wintertime is the perfect opportunity for you to make your living space a little more cozy as cooler weather sets in. Don’t stop with just one piece, decorate your walls with a variety of Jewish art pieces like a Star of David ornament, or even a wooden art panel blessing for the home. 

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Star of David Rattles for Babies

$24

Hanukkah includes the little ones too, so be sure to grab a Houston-made gift for the babes with this wooden Star of David rattle from Bade and Bauble’s Etsy business. Made with blue and clear-frosted beads and stunning authentic beech wood accents, this rattle is almost too striking to give to a baby! Bonus: This item can be personalized with the initials of a kiddo.

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Blue Dreidels Hand-Painted Resin Menorah Local

$30

This beautiful Menorah, like many products from Celebration Company, reflects the creativity of the hardworking employees who carefully pour meaning and purpose into each item created at the shop. Complete with the classic Hanukkah iconography of the dreidel, this Menorah will certainly bring light into your home while also giving you the chance to support accessible employment opportunities for community members with disabilities.  

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Tzedakah Box Local

$32

Image: Jumbo Judaica

Bond over the act of giving by gifting this tzedakah (Hebrew for charity) box, engraved with the word “tzedakah” in elegant Hebrew letters. Tzedakah is a traditional Jewish way of collecting spare change in order to give back to those who may need a little bit of help. Choose from designer box options made from real wood or glass variations, and make charity a central and beautiful part of someone’s life. 

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Happy Hanukkah Gift Box Local

$36 

This gift is just right for any plant lover who wants to expand their collection of greenery. The Happy Hanukkah Gift Box comes with a succulent and a wooden Hanukkah gift card for that special someone in your life who always seems to have a green thumb no matter what time of year. Add a little bit of life to the home of someone you care about by giving them the gift of a cute, low-maintenance plant buddy. 

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Happy Challah Days Doormat

$40

Image: Doormat Decor

Challah some Hanukkah spirit at your favorite folks with these handmade doormats from Etsy. They come in any size or color you could imagine and are made locally for fast shipping right to your door. Made from 100 percent coir doormat and complete with PVC rubber backing for total slip resistance, these doormats can withstand the shoes of all the Hanukkah guests you plan on inviting over. Buy a mat before your next Hanukkah party and protect those floors.

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Latke Blanket

 $40

Image: Modern Tribe 

Anyone who gets chilly in December will love this zany gift. With a deliciously detailed latke printed right on the front (we know, try not to let your mouth water), the latke blanket from Modern Tribe is our favorite wacky way to stay warm. Yummy throws not your style? Check out the other Hanukkah gifts this shop offers, like these comical "holiday schmear" sweaters or these Hanukkah pajamas for the whole family.  

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Kosher Gift Basket Local

$65

Sending gift baskets is a classic way to show your appreciation for someone important in your life; but gift baskets come in all shapes and sizes. Send your coworker something modest, like a cookie platter, as a way of wishing someone a Happy Hanukkah. Maybe someone in your family would enjoy something more extravagant like the wine basket. Whatever you choose, all options from Gifting Kosher will brighten up anyone's winter.

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Sterling Marcasite Star of David Local

$98

This gorgeous Sterling Marcasite Star of David necklace is sure to impress. Bring some pizazz and sparkle into your favorite person’s life and purchase this pendant so that the glimmering Star of David can stand out on the neck of someone you treasure. This special piece is a custom design with hand-set marcasites, making it a unique Hanukkah find.  

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Challah Board 

$120

These customizable challah boards from Etsy are made from either real walnut, cherry, or maple wood. You don’t have to worry about shopping independently, since these boards are hand-crafted right here in H-Town for all your baking needs. You can get your board inscribed with the Jewish blessing over bread to add a little bit of holiness to the kitchen. 

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