Baruch Hashem, it’s almost Hanukkah! This year, the Festival of Lights starts on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 7 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15 – which means that you still have a few weeks to get all your Hanukkah shopping done!!
Here’s the definitive guide for all the best Hanukkah gifts for everyone in your life. Happy shopping!
For your cozy loved one
This one goes out to all the Hanukkuties out there. (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.)
You can never go wrong with a pair of festive socks to wear while you’re curled up with a hot cocoa to watch “A Rugrats Chanukah.” Now multiply that sentiment by 20!!
These crocs are kitschy and cute, and look unbelievably cozy. Sorry not sorry.
For the Babs ultra fan
All 970 pages of Barbra Streisand’s memoir, filled with juicy anecdotes like how she did not find Mandy Patinkin attractive in “Yentl,” will truly be the gift that keeps on giving.
Because every bookworm needs a cup of tea.
For the cool Jew
There is nothing that it not cool about Susan Alexandra. Per the store’s website, this baseball cap is “A hat for good Jews and anyone who wants to look like one.”
Give your loved one the gift of two freshly planted succulents because we are a desert people, after all.
A chic container that can hold whatever you want and ward away bad energy? It’s a win-win!
For your furry friend
Has there ever been a cuter dog tee in existence? We think not. (Though this tee is specifically listed as “for dogs,” we think it could also work on a cat.)
Forget dogs playing poker, these treats are perfect for dogs playing dreidel! They are made from organic blueberries and organic coconut layered with hand-selected super-foods.
For the fashionista
If you have a larger budget for Hanukkah gifts, might we suggest going all out? This pricey Star of David pendant from J. Hannah is very Jewish summer camp charm bracelet meets business bitch, and we’re here for it.
TBH, pomegranates will never go out of style.
For the person who could nosh
Celebrate the beautiful Christmas connection between the American Jewish and American Chinese community with these marzipan “fortune cookies.” They come in blue and white, are sprinkled in edible glitter and contain fun Hanukkah messages.
Step aside Belgian waffles, the Jewish waffle is our favorite breakfast food now.
For your loved one who could nosh, why not bring them some flavor from Europe’s oldest Jewish community, Rome! “A leading authority on Jewish food, Leah Koenig celebrates la cucina Ebraica Romana within the pages of her new cookbook,” Bookshop says on their site. “Leah Koenig’s recipes showcase the cuisine’s elegantly understated vegetables, saucy braised meats and stews, rustic pastas, resplendent olive oil-fried foods, and never-too-sweet desserts.” Yum!
For the kids in your life
The “Barbie” movie may have come out last summer, but Barbiemania will simply never die.
Per the Jewish Museum Shop’s site, “The PEZuzah starts with a collectible PEZ dispenser featuring a beloved character. A specially designed brass shin is crafted and applied to fit perfectly to the front of the dispenser; a specially designed hanging device snugly fits the dispenser, so it can be attached to the doorpost.” Plus, a kosher mezuzah scroll is included!
For the quirky Jew
This isn’t your bubbe’s mahjong set!
There’s perhaps no Jew quirkier than “SNL” darling and straight-up weirdo comedian Sarah Sherman. Show your love for her by getting these fun and gross stickers!
This gift is especially perfect if the quirky Jew in your life is Ukrainian Jewish.
Get yourself an essential oil diffuser and calm the fuck down this holiday season.
It’s Britney, book!
As Hey Alma associate editor Evelyn Frick wrote last week, “Did Taylor Swift make Shabbat candlesticks?!” While technically Taylor is not marketing these as for Shabbat, these candleholders look like basically every other pair of Shabbat candlesticks ever. (Excluding the lyrics from “ivy.”) There are no specific requirements in Jewish law for what constitutes Shabbat candlesticks, so… Shabbat shalom, Taylor, and Happy Hanukkah to you!