JW Staff Picks: Eight “Light”-Hearted Chanukah Gift Ideas

Chanukah without presents? We’re having nun of it. The Festival of Lights is nearly upon us. With eight days of presents, you might find yourself in need of a little inspiration. Here are some of our favorite, fun gift ideas.

by Lauren Landau

The ugly holiday sweater party trend shows no signs of stopping. And why would it? It’s fun, festive, and just a bit ridiculous—much like this “Happy Llammakka” sweater. Featuring a Jewish llama complete with payot and a black hat, this sweater may not be pretty, but it is pretty darn funny. $69.95

It’s getting chilly out. Keep your kopp warm and festive with this menorah hat by Elope. $25

After all those latkes, chances are you’re going to want a nap. Curl up in these P.J. Salvage print flannel pajamas, featuring a Chanukah-inspired print for the Jewish cat lover in your life. $66

If you don’t have a good sense of humor, are you really Jewish? Just joking…But if you are looking to brush up on your Jewish humor, this book is exactly what you need. With zingers your bubbe, zayde, and rabbi would approve of, Michael Krasny’s Let There Be Laughter includes more than 100 Jewish jokes—and insights into the story behind them. $16.33 

Chinese food and Jews naturally go together. After all, it’s our go-to Christmas Day cuisine! Molly Yeh is a Jewish Chinese-American and pretty creative in the kitchen. Her new cookbook Molly on the Range features unique recipes like scallion pancake challah, brunch brisket, pimiento cheese babka, mozartkugeln, and Jerusalem bagel dogs. This is a Chanukah gift that you’ll want to keep around long after the oil burns out. $19.57

Nessie, is that you? Israeli artist Ido Drukker’s Loch Ness Menorah is pure gold—or at least the concept is. Wavy and whimsical, your traditional menorah doesn’t hold a candle to this one. $68

An elephant never forgets. But if you have a tendency to misplace things, including the matches for your Chanukah lights, this porcelain bisque match holder designed by Jonathan Adler is worth the investment. With a frictional surface on its base, this beautiful piece also solves the problem of worn strike pads. $42

If playing games and eating delicious fried foods while Fido looks on makes you feel gelt-y, try this present any pup would love. BarkBox’s Hanukkah Gift Box includes eight items for the canine in your life to chew, crunch, and pose with in Instagram photos. $60