Without cheating: do you know when the first night of Chanukah is this year? Go ahead, take a guess.
It’s Dec. 22! You’ve actually got some time to figure out what you’re going to surprise your friends and family with this year, gathered around the candlelight. That doesn’t mean you should drag your feet here, necessarily, but it’s not exactly go-time yet.
For you go-getting gift hunters out there, this list is for you. The absolutely definitive list of the Chanukah presents sure to tantalize and delight.
Knit Touch Screen Glove
You’re walking from your car to the store on a brisk December day, hands stuffed in your pockets, headphones snugly in your ears. You feel your phone buzz in your pocket with what must be an important email from work. In the past, you might have had to do the unthinkable: peel off your gloves in the slightly cold air to use your touch screen. But no longer! The knit touch-screen gloves allows you warmth and the ability to use your touch-screen phone, for $8.99 on amazon.com.
“Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins,” by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
It’s only the best children’s book about the holiday! Follow Hershel as he braves a succession of increasingly fearsome goblins, intent on ruining Chanukah for the whole town. You can find “Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins” on amazon.com for $17.99.
“The Jewish Cookbook,” by Leah Koenig
You can find every manner of chicken, brisket and other staples in Leah Koenig’s new cookbook, out this year from Phaidon. Better yet, many of the recipes are drawn from the far corners of world Jewry, rendered with love and beautiful color photographs. For $35.99 from Target, that’s a bargain,
We don’t make a commission from selling weighted blankets. But man, those things are awesome. These heavy, form-hugging blankets have to be felt to be believed. Find one at laylasleep.com for $99.
Fit Smart Yoga Mat
It’s almost 2020, and you or someone you love haven’t given yoga a try yet? Rectify that with this ridiculously high-tech yoga mat that rolls itself up, gives you extra grip as you get sweatier and “comes with bonus yoga routines, powered by Women’s Health, that you can hear using your smart speaker.” Just $89.95 on amazon.com.
The Maccabot is a dancing Chanukah robot, presumably brought to life with the spirit of the holiday (also 3 AA batteries). It’s 8 inches tall, comes with spinning laser lights and plays “I Have A Little Dreidel,” “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” and “Al Hanisim.” All of this for $19.95 from traditionsjewishgifts.com.
Natural Beeswax Chanukah Candles
Take your chanukiah to the next level with the sweet, honey aroma of beeswax candles. They burn for over an hour, fit most candlesticks and come in packs of 45. Just $11.95 on amazon.com.
Russ & Daughters New York Brunch
Ready for this? This Russ & Daughters’ brunch for six, available on amazon.com for $140, includes one pound of Gaspe smoked salmon, one pound of all-natural cream cheese, six assorted bagels, one chocolate babka, one pound of custom roast coffee, one ceramic coffee cup and an insulated tote bag. No need to make the trek to New York! Bring Russ & Daughters wherever you want. This is an out of the box gift, but it’s a guaranteed splash.
Otterbox Phone Case
The Otterbox phone case has been a really solid, functional Chanukah gift for a long time. They’re wonderfully durable, helping countless phones over the years survive all manner of drops. The newest versions are thinner, and not quite as unwieldy as Otterbox cases of the past. They come in blue, pink, black and ocean green. Get it on amazon.com for $22.20.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
This mug, which can be controlled with the Ember app, keeps your hot drink at the exact temperature you prefer (between 120 and 145 degrees). Set the mug on the charging coaster, and get an hour of battery life for the mug. Never take that unexpected lukewarm sip of coffee again. Get it on amazon.com for $69.90.
The Instant Pot is nearly ubiquitous at this point, but there’s a reason for that: it’s awesome. A combined pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker and warmer. Easy to use, easy to clean and extremely durable. Find an Instant Pot on amazon.com for $67.99.
Apparel with chutzpah
How can you look trendy, show pride in your culture and put a little personality into your appearance? Schmattees, a Phoenix-based shirt company, is the solution to the problem you didn’t know you had. With an array of styles and quips to choose from — “If you can’t say anything nice... say it in Yiddish,” “Salty like the dead sea” and “Oy to the world” are all good, but our favorite is “I love it when you call me big macher” — you can find something suitable for the whole family. Prices start at $18 on amazon.com. JN