18 Insane Chanukah Gifts For 8 Crazy Nights

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So our director of content strategy, Melissa Katz, says that I need to spell the Jewish Festival of Lights, aka Chanukah as "Hanukkah" if I'm looking to please the Google SEO gods. However, I refuse to drop the somewhat phlegmy, soft "cha" sound of the Hebrew letter chet which I mastered pretty early on during my studies at Solomon Schechter Day School in Brooklyn (shout out East Midwood, the childhood home of Ruth Bader Ginsburg!). But I digress, this is about Chanukah gifts, and as the resident member of the tribe on the R29 shopping team, I am pleased to present 16 really good present ideas for eight crazy (or mashugana, if you're still with me and playing along) nights.

Opener image: Dinosaur Menorah (Menorasaur?) $39, available at Etsy.

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<strong><h2>L'chaim To Wine!</h2></strong><br>Gift your loved ones a variety pack of minimally intervened, small-lot wines so you can raise a glass with them: to love, to friendships, to hardships overcome, to happy times, small accomplishments, to life! I've gifted Usual wines before and the single-serve bottles are always a hit.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://usualwines.com/products/the-mixed-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Usual Wines" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Usual Wines</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Usual Wines</strong> 12 Bottles of Assorted Wines, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fusualwines.com%2Fproducts%2Fthe-mixed-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Usual Wines" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Usual Wines</a>

L'chaim To Wine!


Gift your loved ones a variety pack of minimally intervened, small-lot wines so you can raise a glass with them: to love, to friendships, to hardships overcome, to happy times, small accomplishments, to life! I've gifted Usual wines before and the single-serve bottles are always a hit.

Shop Usual Wines

Usual Wines 12 Bottles of Assorted Wines, $, available at Usual Wines
<strong><h2>For The Love Of Bubbies</h2></strong><br>Photographer, author, and creator of the Advanced Style blog, Ari Seth Cohen, has a worthy trilogy of uplifting books capturing the style of the forever young. Ari was inspired to start the blog by his best friend, his late bubby Bluma whose energy and attitude towards life continue to influence him. Pick up his last release Advanced Love, to peep stylish couples from around the world that also offer relationship advice for all ages. There's always <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Style-Ari-Seth-Cohen/dp/157687592X" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Advanced Style" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Advanced Style</a> first edition, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Style-Ari-Seth-Cohen/dp/1576877973/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Advanced Style: Older and Wiser" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Advanced Style: Older and Wiser</a>, and the charming <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Style-Coloring-Book-Cohen/dp/1576876632/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Advanced Style coloring book" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Advanced Style coloring book</a>.<br><br><strong>Ari Seth Cohen</strong> Advanced Love, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2Q8y5OB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

For The Love Of Bubbies


Photographer, author, and creator of the Advanced Style blog, Ari Seth Cohen, has a worthy trilogy of uplifting books capturing the style of the forever young. Ari was inspired to start the blog by his best friend, his late bubby Bluma whose energy and attitude towards life continue to influence him. Pick up his last release Advanced Love, to peep stylish couples from around the world that also offer relationship advice for all ages. There's always Advanced Style first edition, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, and the charming Advanced Style coloring book.

Ari Seth Cohen Advanced Love, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Oy Vey — Socks?</h2><br>Yes, socks! The gift that nobody asks for but everyone can use. So practical! And this pair — have you seen? They're perfect for the person graduating from JV to varsity in complaining.<br><br><strong>Kule</strong> Oy Vey Socks, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kule.com%2Fcollections%2Fsay-something%2Fproducts%2Fthe-womens-oy-vey-sock-white" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kule" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kule</a>

Oy Vey — Socks?


Yes, socks! The gift that nobody asks for but everyone can use. So practical! And this pair — have you seen? They're perfect for the person graduating from JV to varsity in complaining.

Kule Oy Vey Socks, $, available at Kule
<strong><h2>Now <em>That's</em> A Spread</h2></strong><br>Russ & Daughters has been an NYC institution for over 100 years. The original founder, Joel Russ immigrated from his shtetl in Poland to the Lower East Side and started from the bottom. In 1935 he made his three daughters full partners in his business (quite controversial at the time) and the rest is American history. Send the gift of a Jewish-style New York spread (bagels, lox, and a schmear of cream cheese) finished off with coffee and babka, to anyone who deserves to know what a real bagel tastes like.<br><br><strong>Russ & Daughters</strong> New York Brunch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goldbelly.com%2Fruss-and-daughters%2F18810-new-york-brunch%3Fref%3Dmerchant" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Goldbelly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Goldbelly</a>

Now That's A Spread


Russ & Daughters has been an NYC institution for over 100 years. The original founder, Joel Russ immigrated from his shtetl in Poland to the Lower East Side and started from the bottom. In 1935 he made his three daughters full partners in his business (quite controversial at the time) and the rest is American history. Send the gift of a Jewish-style New York spread (bagels, lox, and a schmear of cream cheese) finished off with coffee and babka, to anyone who deserves to know what a real bagel tastes like.

Russ & Daughters New York Brunch, $, available at Goldbelly
<strong><h2>Welcome, Stranger</h2></strong><br>I learned about <a href="https://www.hias.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:HIAS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">HIAS</a> (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) after the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The gunman was allegedly incensed by HIAS' mission to help rescue people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. HIAS offers free legal aid, advocacy, and assistance with <a href="https://www.hias.org/work/resettling-refugees" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:U.S. resettlement" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">U.S. resettlement</a>, and treats refugees from all over the world with the dignity and respect they deserve. Give a <a href="https://act.hias.org/page/6048/donate/1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:donation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">donation</a> in someone's name, <a href="https://act.hias.org/page/6048/donate/1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> or grab a friend and become a volunteer for the organization.

Welcome, Stranger


I learned about HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) after the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The gunman was allegedly incensed by HIAS' mission to help rescue people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. HIAS offers free legal aid, advocacy, and assistance with U.S. resettlement, and treats refugees from all over the world with the dignity and respect they deserve. Give a donation in someone's name, here or grab a friend and become a volunteer for the organization.
<h2>Pay It Forward</h2><br>Another organization that helps refugees is <a href="https://us.choose.love/pages/about-choose-love" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Choose Love" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Choose Love</a>, a store where you can purchase practical gifts that go directly to displaced families in need. If you want your gift to be in the name of someone you know, just download the gift card at checkout.<br><br><br><strong>Choose Love</strong> Winter Warmers Pack, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.choose.love%2Fproducts%2Fsnug-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Choose Love" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Choose Love</a>

Pay It Forward


Another organization that helps refugees is Choose Love, a store where you can purchase practical gifts that go directly to displaced families in need. If you want your gift to be in the name of someone you know, just download the gift card at checkout.


Choose Love Winter Warmers Pack, $, available at Choose Love
<strong><h2>Festivus For The Rest Of Us</h2></strong><br>Okay, so this one's questionable. But, for those with a sense of humor who are more apt to bow down before the altar of Larry David than pray at all, this gift will light up their life.<br><br><strong>Dynamite Shirts</strong> Seinfeld Prayer Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F674611305%2Fseinfeld-prayer-candles" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Festivus For The Rest Of Us


Okay, so this one's questionable. But, for those with a sense of humor who are more apt to bow down before the altar of Larry David than pray at all, this gift will light up their life.

Dynamite Shirts Seinfeld Prayer Candle, $, available at Etsy
<strong><h2>Call Your Mom</h2></strong><br>"Alexa, call mom and tell her that no, I don't know how to set up that electronic picture frame she won from the sisterhood charity auction."<br><br><strong>Amazon</strong> All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/32PfYV3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Call Your Mom


"Alexa, call mom and tell her that no, I don't know how to set up that electronic picture frame she won from the sisterhood charity auction."

Amazon All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen), $, available at Amazon
<h2>Better Yet, Write A Letter</h2><br>This box of cards was dreamt up by Rabbi Yael Buechler of <a href="https://midrashmanicures.com/product/2020-hanukkah-cards/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Midrash Manicures" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Midrash Manicures</a> and illustrated by New Yorker Cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell. It reflects 2020’s manic spinning dreidel-like experience. <br><br><strong>Midrash Manicures</strong> 2020 Hanukkah Cards - Box of 6, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmidrashmanicures.com%2Fproduct%2F2020-hanukkah-cards%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Midrash Manicures" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Midrash Manicures</a>

Better Yet, Write A Letter


This box of cards was dreamt up by Rabbi Yael Buechler of Midrash Manicures and illustrated by New Yorker Cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell. It reflects 2020’s manic spinning dreidel-like experience.

Midrash Manicures 2020 Hanukkah Cards - Box of 6, $, available at Midrash Manicures
<strong><h2>Tikkun Olam</h2></strong><br>The English translation of Tikkun Olam is "repair the world," a concept that's interpreted differently depending on what denomination of Judaism you follow. For the sake of this gift guide, and in my own secular-leaning ideologies, I'm keeping it literal with the suggestion of afforestation. Over at the <a href="https://www.arborday.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Arbor Day Foundation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Arbor Day Foundation</a>, you have the option to send <a href="https://shop.arborday.org/gift-trees/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:evergreen seedlings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">evergreen seedlings</a>, <a href="https://shop.arborday.org/give-a-tree.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gift-a-tree cards" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gift-a-tree cards</a>, <a href="https://shop.arborday.org/content.aspx?page=tree-nursery" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a tree nursery" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a tree nursery</a>, or <a href="https://shop.arborday.org/coffee/coffee.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Arbor Day coffee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Arbor Day coffee</a> — all of which have proceeds going back to our national forests and other tree-planting efforts around the world.

Tikkun Olam


The English translation of Tikkun Olam is "repair the world," a concept that's interpreted differently depending on what denomination of Judaism you follow. For the sake of this gift guide, and in my own secular-leaning ideologies, I'm keeping it literal with the suggestion of afforestation. Over at the Arbor Day Foundation, you have the option to send evergreen seedlings, gift-a-tree cards, a tree nursery, or Arbor Day coffee — all of which have proceeds going back to our national forests and other tree-planting efforts around the world.
<h2>Gelty Pleasures</h2><br>Those foil coins that come in yellow plastic mesh sacks are cute to play dreidel with, but have you ever eaten one? Feh! Step it up a few notches with this deluxe box of gourmet treats — including rich milk chocolate gelt from the food wizards over at Mouth.<br><br><strong>Mouth</strong> , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mouth.com%2Fproducts%2Fhanukkah-delights%23variant%3D938228749" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mouth" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mouth</a>

Gelty Pleasures


Those foil coins that come in yellow plastic mesh sacks are cute to play dreidel with, but have you ever eaten one? Feh! Step it up a few notches with this deluxe box of gourmet treats — including rich milk chocolate gelt from the food wizards over at Mouth.

Mouth , $, available at Mouth
<h2>Gelt Free</h2><br>Or you can go the fashion route with a 14K gold-plated coin earring set from the sustainable direct-to-consumer jewelry brand, Ana Luisa.<br><br><strong>Ana Luisa</strong> Coin Hoop Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.analuisa.com%2Fproducts%2Fcoin-hoop-earrings-hazel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ana Luisa" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ana Luisa</a>

Gelt Free


Or you can go the fashion route with a 14K gold-plated coin earring set from the sustainable direct-to-consumer jewelry brand, Ana Luisa.

Ana Luisa Coin Hoop Earrings, $, available at Ana Luisa
<strong><h2>Get Lit</h2></strong><br>Finally, a menorah that the <a href="https://video.vice.com/en_us/show/fck-thats-delicious" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:F*CK, That's Delicious" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>F*CK, That's Delicious</em></a> fans in your life will appreciate. Made by artist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/stephan_peirce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stephen Peirce" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stephen Peirce</a> in Texas, this Chanukiah totally rips.<br><br><strong>GRAV</strong> Menorah Bong, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgrav.com%2Fproducts%2F14-grav-menorah-clear" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:GRAV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">GRAV</a>

Get Lit


Finally, a menorah that the F*CK, That's Delicious fans in your life will appreciate. Made by artist Stephen Peirce in Texas, this Chanukiah totally rips.

GRAV Menorah Bong, $, available at GRAV
<strong><h2>Seltza</h2></strong><br>It's true — Jews love seltzer. Our zest for carbonated water goes way back to the nineteenth century when Jewish entrepreneurs peddled the filtered sparkling beverage as a high-end but affordable alternative to spirits and questionable drinking water. I remember the siphoned bottles of seltzer being delivered to my grandmother's house in Bensonhurst every week back in the '80s but the business of seltzer delivery is nearly extinct. Now, you can still get the fresh taste of effervescent water at home with less waste than a value pack of LaCroix with Israeli company SodaStream. If your giftee already owns a seltzer maker (zei gezunt), give them a set of natural citrus flavor-enhancers to mix it up a bit.<br><br><strong>SodaStream</strong> Soda Press Variety Pack, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsodastream.com%2Fproducts%2Fsodapress-organic-flavor-classic-variety-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SodaStream" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SodaStream</a>

Seltza


It's true — Jews love seltzer. Our zest for carbonated water goes way back to the nineteenth century when Jewish entrepreneurs peddled the filtered sparkling beverage as a high-end but affordable alternative to spirits and questionable drinking water. I remember the siphoned bottles of seltzer being delivered to my grandmother's house in Bensonhurst every week back in the '80s but the business of seltzer delivery is nearly extinct. Now, you can still get the fresh taste of effervescent water at home with less waste than a value pack of LaCroix with Israeli company SodaStream. If your giftee already owns a seltzer maker (zei gezunt), give them a set of natural citrus flavor-enhancers to mix it up a bit.

SodaStream Soda Press Variety Pack, $, available at SodaStream
<h2>Supreme Queen</h2><br>Not only did the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg grow up a stone's throw from my childhood home in Brooklyn, but she also shared my love of jewelry, the arts, and respectfully sticking to one's guns. (She had a knack for combining all three passions in one snazzy dissent bib, too.) Take a page from this Zazzle seller and spread the joy of Resistmas with class. Add in some <a href="https://www.goldbelly.com/angel-food-bakery-and-donut-bar/hanukkah-message-donuts?search_id=11817897&ref=search" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sufganiyot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sufganiyot</a> while you're at it.

Supreme Queen


Not only did the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg grow up a stone's throw from my childhood home in Brooklyn, but she also shared my love of jewelry, the arts, and respectfully sticking to one's guns. (She had a knack for combining all three passions in one snazzy dissent bib, too.) Take a page from this Zazzle seller and spread the joy of Resistmas with class. Add in some sufganiyot while you're at it.
<h2>Bern, Baby, Bern</h2><br>Another chip off the old Brooklyn, block — Bernie. Whether you bro out over this progressive Tzadik's <a href="https://berniesanders.com/issues/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:economic policies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">economic policies</a> or just want to gift a soothing way to meditate the remaining days of 2020 away, this coloring book is (Amazon) prime ready to be sent off to a loved one. P.S. Sanders would probably prefer you buy <a href="https://bookshop.org/books/spread-the-awareness-a-coloring-book-for-progressives-9781795449816/9781795449816" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:this coloring book from Bookshop.org" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">this coloring book from Bookshop.org</a> instead.<br><br><br><strong>Scribble Press</strong> A Bernie Sanders Coloring Book For Adults, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3pzuOsj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Bern, Baby, Bern


Another chip off the old Brooklyn, block — Bernie. Whether you bro out over this progressive Tzadik's economic policies or just want to gift a soothing way to meditate the remaining days of 2020 away, this coloring book is (Amazon) prime ready to be sent off to a loved one. P.S. Sanders would probably prefer you buy this coloring book from Bookshop.org instead.


Scribble Press A Bernie Sanders Coloring Book For Adults, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Let It Burn</h2><br>Homesick presents a candle with top notes of butter, apples, potatoes (questionable), <br>and base notes of vanilla and musk. Plus, this candle was from 2019, so it's now discounted — and we all know our people like a good deal.<br><br><strong>Homesick</strong> Hanukkah Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhomesick.com%2Fproducts%2Fhanukkah-candle-2019" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Homesick" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Homesick</a>

Let It Burn


Homesick presents a candle with top notes of butter, apples, potatoes (questionable),
and base notes of vanilla and musk. Plus, this candle was from 2019, so it's now discounted — and we all know our people like a good deal.

Homesick Hanukkah Candle, $, available at Homesick
<h2>Byrning Down The House</h2><br>And finally, my pièce de résistance in the category of "burn" puns, David Byrne and Maira Kalman's artful book of prose relating to American Utopia. It's pretty, it's giftable for children or adults, and it'll hold them over till the pandemic passes and the Broadway show resumes.<br><br><strong>Bloomsbury Publishing</strong> American Utopia by David Byrne & Maira Kalman, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Famerican-utopia%2F9781635576689" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bookshop.org" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">bookshop.org</a>

Byrning Down The House


And finally, my pièce de résistance in the category of "burn" puns, David Byrne and Maira Kalman's artful book of prose relating to American Utopia. It's pretty, it's giftable for children or adults, and it'll hold them over till the pandemic passes and the Broadway show resumes.

Bloomsbury Publishing American Utopia by David Byrne & Maira Kalman, $, available at bookshop.org
<strong><h2>Primed for gifting</h2></strong><br>If the free two-day shipping, free Kindle e-books, unlimited photo storage, and exclusive access to deals didn't get your technology-averse parents on board with Amazon Prime, then perhaps the third season of<em> <a href="https://amzn.to/2Mkuqfo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</a> </em>will. You can give <a href="https://amzn.to/2SoBVFM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the gift of Prime" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the gift of Prime</a> starting at three months for $39, <a href="https://amzn.to/2SoBVFM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.

Primed for gifting


If the free two-day shipping, free Kindle e-books, unlimited photo storage, and exclusive access to deals didn't get your technology-averse parents on board with Amazon Prime, then perhaps the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will. You can give the gift of Prime starting at three months for $39, here.

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