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What To Bring To Hanukkah Party? Explained (Updated)

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

Will you be participating in a Hanukkah celebration this year? This delightful Jewish festival, often referred to as the “Festival of Lights,” is a thrilling occasion. You might be pondering over what to contribute to a Hanukkah gathering, both as a polite gesture and to express your appreciation for being invited.

If you run out of ideas, we’ve come to the rescue! Today, we’ll be sharing with you the things you can bring to the Hanukkah party that everyone (especially the host) will love. 

8 Things to Bring to a Hanukkah Party

8 Things to Bring to Hanukkah Party

1. Kosher Food Items

Since Jewish love Latkes, Kugel, Brisket, and so on, on their Hanukkah Menorah table, you might as well bring these kinds of Kosher food items as your gift or offering.

The foods we mentioned above are the traditional food served by Jewish during Hanukkah, and it’s a good idea to bring them as everyone will surely love them.

But aside from that, you can bring other Kosher food like Kasha Varnishkes, Challah, Rugelach, and Dill Pickles. 

2. Bottle of Wine

Bottle of Wine

The occasion will not be completed without a bottle of wine, right? It’s a great way to celebrate the party with a toast.

So, we suggest bringing a bottle of wine (your favorite or everyone’s favorite) to add some spice to the dinner table. Be it red or white wine, you could not go wrong bringing a bottle with you to the party. 

3. Kitchenwares

A little more unique idea is bringing kitchenwares as your Hanukkah gift. You can present handmade kitchenwares like serving dishes or purchase a blue platter set.

Giving away kitchenwares can make the cook in the family prepare more special and meaningful dishes. 

4. Kosher Gift Basket

Kosher Gift Basket

Various companies provide baskets for people with special dietary restrictions or who keep kosher. Bringing a Kosher Gift Basket can be your best option if you want hassle-free gift preparation.

Also, you can choose which type of food the basket will carry– considering the kind of food the people at the party you know will love and enjoy. This is also a great gift for 60-year-old women

5. Hanukkah Menorah Candles

Hanukkah Menorah Candles are very relevant to this holiday. So, bringing a set of Hanukkah Menorah Candles [1] is a great idea. This holiday will not be completed without lighting candles to symbolize this special occasion.

You can bring eco-friendly Hanukkah Menorah Candles, which the host will light in the Hanukkah Menorahs.

Also, if an acquaintance has a special Menorah in their home, a fresh set of candles would be a welcome gift. 

6. Hanukkah Gift Jar

Hanukkah Gift Jar

You can fill a small gift jar with various items to celebrate the party, such as gold gelt coins, a dreidel, and handwritten blessings.

You can also add silver and blue ribbons to the gift jar. You can choose which things to include and decorate the gift jar how you want.

7. Fresh White Flowers in Blue Vase

Use the colors of the holiday season to create a welcoming and festive atmosphere. You can use white flowers for peace of mind in anyone’s household.

Also, you can choose which flower and color you feel is relevant to the occasion. We suggest the color blue or silver just to be different, but still in line with the celebration. 

Who would not like the scent and appearance of the fresh flowers in an elegant vase? Everyone will surely love your gift and make the Hanukkah Menorah more meaningful. 

8. Hanukkah-themed Board Games

If you want something enjoyable, then why not bring Hanukkah-themed board games? You can search online for Hanukkah-themed board games. Popular games include Dreidel Matching, Macabees Board, and Hanukkah Bingo. 

Alternatively, if you like something a little more uncommon and customized, you can craft your own Hanukkah Bingo cards. You can refer to online sources for ideas or inspiration. 

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Gift Giving Etiquette 

Gift Giving Etiquette 

Be Traditional

We suggest asking your Jewish friend directly about their gift-giving tradition. It will avoid misunderstanding and confusion. Once you learn their tradition, consider it. 

Be Thoughtful

Be Thoughtful

If you’re planning on giving a gift that’s not too lavish, don’t go overboard. According to Jewish tradition, giving gifts isn’t traditional during this holiday.

Instead, consider giving something personal and thoughtful, such as books, clothes, gift certificates, jewelry, and more. 

Be Practical

When giving gifts, better choose a suitable kind of gift. When we say practical, these are things that are useful for the receiver. It’s not mandatory to give fancy things, but it’s a better idea, especially for Hanukkah. 

What Not To Bring on a Hanukkah Party?

What Not To Bring on a Hanukkah Party?

  • Do not ever bring red or green-colored gifts.
  • Avoid bringing food items that are not in line with Kosher.
  • Do not ever think of using a Christmas-themed gift wrapper. 
  • Most importantly, don’t give your Hanukkah present on Christmas day. 


Should you bring a gift to Hanukkah?

Yes, bringing a gift to Hanukkah should be ok. It’s a way to appreciate the family or host who invites you for the special holiday. 

Do Hanukkah gifts get wrapped?

Yes, Hanukkah gifts get wrapped. During Hanukkah, you have eight days to give presents, which means eight times to wrap gifts. There’s something special with opening gifs and that’s why you should wrap every gift. 

Chag Sameach! 

Now you have eight gift ideas to bring to a Hanukkah party; you shouldn’t worry and focus on spending the special celebration. But, remember, since Hanukkah is a tradition, make sure to keep in mind the gift-giving etiquette. 

Also, there’s nothing wrong with whatever presents you give. It’s the thought that counts, right? 


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