Hanukkah: Affordable gift ideas for the festival of lights

Hanukkah is here. With the Jewish holiday beginning on November 28 and ending on December 6 and time running out of our hands, we’ve put together a few ideas for affordable gifts you can give your loved ones this year.

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Gifts were mostly a Christmas thing and traditionally not a part of Hanukkah. Instead, a small amount of money or chocolate coins were given to children. However, times have changed and gifting has become an essential part of celebrating the festival of lights.

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If you want to come up with fun and affordable Hanukkah gift ideas for your children during the festival of lights, there are so many options to choose from. We have jotted down eight simple yet meaningful gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your children’s faces, without burning a hole in your pockets.

Keep it traditional

Don’t break away from tradition. Keep your Hannukah traditions alive by gifting your children a dreidel, gelt or even chocolate coins. Anything is perfectly acceptable and you could even consider giving them a menorah. Ensure that Hannukah is your time to create lasting family memories with your children. That can be done by teaching them the dreidel game and playing it together.

Do puzzles and games together

The best thing about Hannukah is family time. Why don’t you look through the inventory of your children’s puzzles and games and see if they missed out on childhood classics? Then go to the store and buy old favorites like Candy Land, Monopoly and Clue and play them together as a family. Invest in a large puzzle that everyone can work on as a group through the evening.

Book them

Pick up books as gifts for each child based on their reading levels and interests. This will serve as a great way to improve their vocabulary and also give hours of entertainment. Most importantly, it is therapeutic.

There are local libraries that make a great go-to place for purchasing books at affordable prices. Otherwise hit book stores where donated books are sold for lesser prices. They have a huge collection of books looking for new homes. Giving them the gift of books is one of the best ideas out there, making it the perfect affordable Hanukkah present.

One for all and all for one 

Buy a gift for the family. This is your chance to teach your kids about sharing and the joy that comes with it. This family surprise gift can be as inexpensive or extravagant as you want, but the focus should be on spending family time together. Want some budget-friendly ideas? You could try watching a movie together or a pizza treat.

Get the PJs on

Christmas is just a close call away from Hannukah. This time around the year your children could probably use new pajamas. Maybe a Christmas theme would make sense. Christmas and Hannukah are more like twin festivals. You could even turn this practical gift into a fun gift by choosing pajamas with silly designs by donning their favorite characters on them. You will even get high-quality, low-priced pajamas at discount retailers.

Do a charity give away

Whether it is time or money, talk to your kids about the joy of giving by dedicating one whole night to charity. Allow your kids to save up on some allowance and decide as a family which charity or charities you want to do a giveaway. You can do a little bit of extra work and take your children gift shopping for the children’s charity.

Little things that matter

Instead of giving them one big present, you could give your kids a gift bag filled with some of their favorite goodies. These gifts are not expensive stuff. You can gather them throughout the year and when you find them on sale grab the opportunity and just buy them. They could be candy, costume jewelry, cosmetics, art supplies, snack food and other practical items your children enjoy.

Meanwhile, here are some essential to ensure you’re saving money while holiday shopping this season. Here are some hacks on how to get the celebrations right. Also, check out our list of thoughtful gifts you can give your kids.

Make the presents 

Gifts don’t have to be store-bought. Children love a good DIY present. If you have more than one child, this is a great opportunity to have them make gifts for one another. If you are one of those parents who is all about DIY and you need more inspiration, head to Pinterest.

Hanukkah is about spending time with your loved ones and passing on traditions. Adding gifts to your nightly festivities can be fun without breaking the bank. All you need is a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of savvy shopping practice. At the end of the day, the smile on your family’s faces will be worth all the effort. 

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