The 2022 Hanukkah Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

The Festival of Lights begins at sundown on December 18. So, really soon. But don't worry, Hey Alma has your holiday shopping covered!

OK pals, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is (for Jewish procrastinators, anyway) that Hanukkah is in t-minus 19 days. That’s right, Hanukkah 2022 begins on the evening of December 18 and if you haven’t done your gift shopping yet, that’s like… really soon. BUT, the good news is that Hey Alma has totally got you covered!

From to kitschy to chic, here’s a definitive guide of the best gifts you can buy for everyone on your list:


Hanukkah Vibes Sweater (Hey Alma, $39.99)

This year, ugly Christmas sweaters are out and cute Hanukkah sweaters are in — and Hey Alma’s cute Hanukkah sweater is such a vibe.

Plus, all proceeds from our merch shop will go towards running Hey Alma, your fave (non-profit) Jewish culture site, so we thank you in advance.

Hanukkah Lions Cozy Crew Socks (Target, $3)

The Lion of Judah has never looked so cute and cozy.

Nickelodeon Rugrats Hanukkah Graphic Sweatshirt (Target, $20)

For Jewish millennials and older Gen-Z’ers, the “Rugrats” Hanukkah special was and continues to be everything. If you’re going to gift a sweatshirt that isn’t ours, it should absolutely be this one.

Mini Organic Cotton bubuleh Crewneck (bubuleh, $40)

This organic cotton crewneck is ideal for all the little bubulehs (sweethearts in Yiddish) in your life.

Accessories and Judaica

Chai Flower Necklace (Sarah Day Arts, $32)

Because one can never have enough Star of David and Chai necklaces.

Nosh Menorah (Susan Alexandra, $250)

We mean… it’s a MENORAH shaped like a WATERMELON!!!! What’s not to love?

Indigo Crystal Dreidel Knotted Headband (Lele Sadoughi, $195)

Earlier this year, Hey Alma contributor Talia Kaplan reported on the trend of some young Jews using headbands as head coverings. Whether you or someone you know is a part of #HeadbandNation, or whether you just want to bejewel yourself, this festive dreidel accessory is a must.

Shabbos Candlesticks (Susan Alexandra, $228)

These playful candlesticks, also from Susan Alexandra, are a reminder that Shabbat isn’t just a time to rest, it’s also a time filled with joy! Consider getting them for someone who is just starting to build their Jewish home.

Home Goods

Matzo Ball Soup Christmas Ornament (Etsy, $24)

Interfaith households deserve nice things too!!!!

“Wear It” Jewish Empowerment Poster (Woz Art, $30)

Wear the Star of David and definitely hang this print in your proud Jewish home.

Celebrate Light Gift Set (LUSH, $22)

This Team Hey Alma tested gift set, whose products highlight notes of lemongrass and cirtus, will make you smell delightful on the outside and feel all warm and cozy on the inside.

Thirsty Jew Water Bottle (Hey Alma, $31.49)

If Horny Shabbat Instagram has got you and your friends as thirsty as it does us, this stainless steel water bottle is the perfect gift. And ICYMI: all proceeds from our merch shop will go towards running Hey Alma!!

Meadow Hebrew Letter Print (Ruchie Gross Art, $70)

This Hebrew letter print is as gorgeous as it is versatile; gift it to someone who needs to brighten up a baby’s nursery or elevate a reading nook!

Smells Like Pete Davidson Candle (Etsy, $18.07)

In reality, Jewish comedian and certified hottie Pete Davidson probably smells like cigarettes and laser tattoo removal. But we can dream, can’t we?

International Dreidel Champion Mug (Etsy, $16.99)

Hot take: Dreidel is absolutely a game of skill and strategy, and there’s always that one person who has perfected their spin to make it rain gimmels. That person deserves this mug for Hanukkah.

Oy Vey Phone Case (Redbubble, $33.34)

Oy vey all day with this adorable phone case. (Note: This is the Hey Alma gift pick for fashionable Yentas.)


“All About Me: My Remarkable Life in Show Business” by Mel Brooks (Bookshop, $27.89)

We will always make the case that books make the perfect Hanukkah gifts, and Mel Brooks’ memoir may very well be the perfect book. You do the math!

“Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Speigelman (Bookshop, $32.55)

This year, give the gift of Holocaust education. It’s a present that’s good for literally anyone.

“Eight Nights of Flirting” by Hannah Reynolds (Bookshop, $18.59)

Who doesn’t love a Hanukkah rom-com?? Per Bookshop, here’s the synopsis: “A sixteen-year-old girl is on a mission to find the perfect boyfriend this Hanukkah, but love might not go according to plan.”


Hoppy Hanukkah Beer Box (Brewvana, $75)

We all love and cherish someone whose entire personality is loving craft beer. For them, this beer box will almost certainly win Hanukkah.

Per Brewvana, the box includes:

  • Eight hand-selected craft beers of varying styles from independent breweries all over the US.
  • Access to interactive nightly virtual tastings with special brewery guests.
  • Embroidered Brewvana winter beanie, a tasting guide, chocolate and other Hanukkah-themed surprises.

Happy Hanukkah Message Donuts (Goldbelly, $89.95)

These Hanukkah donuts may not be sufganiyot, but they look equally delicious!


Hanukkah Catnip Teaser Toy (Chewy, $8.98)

With humans celebrating the Festival of Lights with all kinds of delicious food, it’s only fair that your cat gets to have some catnip as a Hanukkah treat.

“I Love My Doggy/Human a Latke” Matching Sweaters (PetSmart, $14.99)

You know what else we love a latke? These adorable matching human and dog sweaters!! Somebody give that canine model a treat, he is selling the heck out of this product.

Hamsa Pet ID Tag (Two Tails Pet Company, $23.99)

This hamsa pet tag will certainly keep the evil eye away from your beloved pets. And, it comes in black & gold, black & silver, white & gold and white & silver.


Tickets to “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish (from $98)

For those who like experiential gifts: there will probably be no experience greater than seeing the most iconic Jewish musical in its mother tongue.

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