Giving a gift is a wonderful opportunity to tell someone how much they mean to you. Everyone loves getting a gift, especially something useful and personal to them, and Chanukah is just the opportunity. Think about a time you got a present and how much it meant to you. Did it mean the giver loved you? Cared about you? Wanted you to be happy? It’s a wonderful gesture and it’s so much fun to receive something new! Chanukah presents are the highlight of many kids (and adults!) holiday festivities. The hard part is choosing what to get. Sometimes that classic, wallet or bracelet will do the trick…and sometimes you want something different, exclusive, and exciting. Whether you’re on a budget, or ready to go all out to make this present personalized and special, we’ve got you covered. From practical to unique, to classic Israeli gifts, you’ve come to the right place.
The first thing you have to know before buying a gift is what your family member, friend, Chessed girl, or morah might appreciate. What type are they? What do they need or already have? Is she a girly girl into makeup and jewelry? Or a more practical type looking for a cool bag or notebook? Is he fashionable? Into grilling? Good Alcohol? The more specific a gift is to the person receiving it, the more they’ll appreciate the thought behind it and the present itself. Try a gift certificate to a nail salon or makeup store for a girl who’s into beauty. An apron or a cookbook for a woman who loves to cook. Is your Yeshiva Bachur cousin missing the states? Fill a box for him with gushers, marshmallow fluff, MnM’s….the works. For someone who loves to receive presents, order a few surprise gifts from Wish or AliExpress to come over the next few months. These days you can also personalize anything in Israel, from wine glasses, clothing, makeup bags, and more. Whatever you do make it unique and special!!
Is She Practical?
Life in the Holy land gives you so many extras. Extra Kedusha, extra Yiddishkeit, extra brotherliness… but when it comes to stuff, we’re not the top of the line. People tend to live a little more simply and can enjoy more practical and useful gifts for everyday life. For an original fun gift that any family could appreciate, sign them up for the organic fruits and vegetable order for a month or more. Each week they will receive a box of organic delicious fruit and vegetable assortment. Useful and unique, this would be greatly appreciated by a more earthy and healthful kind of family. Are your loved ones not that type? Think about what they’d appreciate specifically. Have they been complaining that they need a bigger garbage can? Gift them with a shiny sleek new can that will give some good laughs and a lot of usages. Maybe they need some nice storage containers, cute jars for their spices, or toys for their kids. Have you seen those fast salad cutters sold all over Geula? It’s a cool kitchen gadget, where you place the vegetables underneath and press the button down a few times for a freshly chopped salad. Maybe you know they’re into music and looking for more options. Try signing them up for a Spotify account. For a more classic gift that can be practical for anyone, try a bottle of wine or any alcohol. Classy, useful, and always appreciated.
Does he love to go on Vacation?
Vacationing in Israel is special and fun. While you can’t buy someone a vacation you can generously chip in towards it in a few different ways. Many people enjoy camping out on the Kineret, in Meron, or many other places in Israel’s multifaceted land. If your friends or family are the types to enjoy an outdoor adventure, gift them with a new tent. Sleeping bags or a small barbecue would also be appreciated for someone looking to expand on their camping gear. For a less gutsy (and less expensive) Chanukah present, send your family or friends out for the day! Get them a gift certificate to jump kids, an indoor playground for young children, a pottery studio, or a restaurant for a nice dinner or brunch. Find out if you can get a gift certificate for big things like a Tzimmer or car rental, or smaller trips like bike riding, bowling, or the zoo.
Would she love a Classic Israeli gift?
Whether you’re buying a gift for someone in Israel or not, we all appreciate something sentimental from the Holy Land. The classic Israeli gifts can never get old. Try the olive wood shop we’re all fond of in Mea Shearim. They have small stuff like wooden key chains, pens, dreidels, and more, all decorated with a small sketch of the holy land, with room for an added name embellishment. They also have larger items like table Shtenders, door signs, or even toilet plungers specialized for each person. A short walk to Geula will bring you to the famous leather shop. With leather in every color, covering Siddurim, Tefillin mirrors, brushes, pens, and more, you’re bound to find something for a perfect gift. Israel’s authentic Judaica is appreciated all over the world, and are items that every Jewish family needs! We’re talking gorgeous washing cups, artful Mezuza cases, challah boards, kiddish cups, small candle holders, Havdala sets, and so much more. Gorgeous handcrafted jewelry can be found in every neighborhood or shopping center with Chamsas, Magen Davids, or anything else you can dream of. For a really beautiful Israel gift for a family, you want to show appreciation or love for, head to the old city for a beautiful work of art. Mamilla and Geula also carry beautiful paintings, precious metal Pesukim and other wall art.
Looking for something smaller?
If you’re looking to give a smaller gift or not spend too much money, go for something homemade. You can home bake a beautiful batch of donuts, contribute a dish to their Chanukah party or host them for a dinner. You can also print out pictures you have together to be framed, as a small keychain, or to be decorated by you, in a fun-loving way. A home-baked or store-bought box of sugar cookies nicely wrapped is a beautiful and yummy gift too. Try out the Shekel store to create unique Chanukah themed gift packages for everyone.
The main thing is to have fun while you shop, and be original. We hope you found some good ideas foreveryone, and have a Happy Chanukah!