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12 perfect Hanukkah presents

From a smoked fish kit to CBD joints.

Dinosaur Menorah for $49 at Etsy.com

Dinosaur Menorah for $49 at Etsy.com

Dadgrass, Etsy, Hatch

It’s the season for holiday shopping, and while much emphasis placed on what those celebrating Christmas are scooping up under their trees, it’s Hanukkah right now, which means it’s the Jewish time to shine when it comes to gift-giving. So what if you’re a gentile buying something in the seasonal spirit for your Jewish friend? There’s no need to stress. When it comes time to tackle Hanukkah gifting, just leave all preconceived notions of Judaism (save for a couple) at the door and follow your heart.  

Whether you’re buying gifts for your spouse, buddy, nephew, or coworker, Hanukkah shopping isn’t nearly as much a pain in the tuchus as you think. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite picks below. 

A smoked fish kit 

Zabar’s Smoked Fish Kit - $209, Zabar’s

Zabar's Smoked Fish Kit
zabars.com
$209.00

I told myself before writing this that I’d refrain from stooping to antiquated semetic stereotypes, but not a Jew in the world could resist a pound-and-a-half of smoked fish! Coming straight from the famed Upper West Side Jewish deli, this gorgeous kit comes with half a pound of Zabar’s hand-sliced nova, half a pound of Scotch cured nova, half a pound of baked kippered salmon, cream cheese, scallion cream cheese, and a dozen Zabar’s NY Original Toasting Bagels (six6 plain, six6 sesame) — all in and a handy reusable insulated tote bag. Of course, they’ve got plenty of Kosher options, too!

A retro-kitsch watch 

Casio Vintage Pac-Man Edition - $99.95, Casio

A100WEPC-1B
casio.com
$99.95

For the older Jewish Millennials who grew up playing 8-bit video games like Mario and Pac-Man, this handsome Casio offers a daily reminder of a simpler time while keeping you informed of the… current time. 

Instant memories 

Polaroid Now+ - $119.99, Polaroid

Polaroid Now i‑Type Instant Camera
Polaroid
polaroid.com
$119.99

Scratching that itch of instant gratification, Polaroid Now+ is a major upgrade on the O.G. model, offering a dual-lens autofocus system and a self-timer along with shutter/aperture control via the mobile app. It’s an addictive low-fi way to document cousin Herschel’s first bite of gefilte fish. (I’m telling you, kid, it’s an acquired taste.) 

A palm-sized music studio

Orba - $99, Artiphon

Artiphon
Orba
artiphon.com
$99.99

Before gadgets like the Orba or fidget spinner, anxious Jews like yours truly had to rely on knuckle-cracking and the occasional pack of smokes to take care of the fidgets. Orba by Artiphon is a totally customizable handheld synth, looper, and MIDI controller that helps you make music with your fingers. 

A cannoli extravaganza

Mike's Famous Cannoli Kit - $50, Goldbelly 

Mike's Famous Cannoli Kit
Mike's Pastry
goldbelly.com
$50.00

Until now, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in, say, Texas who’s tried Mike’s Pastries legendary cannoli — unless they’d happened to rock up to the bakery on their last trip there. Until now, that is — Goldbelly helps the specialities of some of the best restaurants in the county arrive right to your front step, and this kit will let the lucky giftee recreate 10 delicious treats from their own kitchen. 

A dino menorah

Dinosaur Menorah - $49, Etsy

Dinosaur Menorah
DinosaurMenorah
etsy.com
$49.00

If your menorah is anything like mine (i.e. 20 years old and, at this point, more wax than metal) then it may be time for an upgrade. This zippy little dinosaur menorah oughta do it. Sure, you’ll probably have to bring out the nice menorah when the grandparents come over, but why not add some humor to a holiday started by a religion that practically invented comedy. Don’t forget the candles

A distraction-free writing tool 

Freewrite Traveler - $449, Freewrite

Traveler
getfreewrite.com
$449.00

When you’re penning the next great Jewish-American novel at Starbucks, a noisy environment can really mess with your flow. Freewrite Traveler is a distraction-free writing tool that empowers writers to actually write by cutting out 21st century luxuries like email, notifications, and browsers.

A pair of luxe pajamas 

SLEEPY JONES Marina Pajama Set - $198, Sleepy Jones

Marina Pajama Set
sleepyjones.com
$198.00

Welcome to the Golden Age of Lounging, in which treating yourself to something like this 100 percent cotton Marina Pajama Set is strongly encouraged in the name of self-care. Designed for in-bed or casual wear, these super-soft matching pajamas feature chest and pants pockets, cuffs, and piping at the placket. Throw in a pair of house slippers and you’re golden. 

An eco-conscious carry-on 

Paravel Aviator Carry-On - $275, Paravel 

Aviator | Carry-On Reviews
tourparavel.com
$275.00

The travel industry puts a major strain on the environment, so you gotta appreciate Paravel’s dedication to sustainability. Made from largely recycled materials, the Aviator Carry-on is perfect for the environment-conscious jetsetter who likes their luggage stylish and sustainable. The company also offers free carbon-neutral shipping on orders over $75.  

A sheet set for hitting snooze 

Nollapelli sheets - starting at $275, Nollapelli

Signature Sheet Set
nollapelli.com
$275.00

Crafted with specially imported fabric designed to restore your skin, hair, body, and, I think, soul while you sleep, this luxurious sheet set keeps you cool all night, morning, late afternoon, and – whoops – evening again. The set includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases, and it comes in sizes full, queen, king, split king, and California king. 

A pack of chill-out CBD joints

Dad Grass Hemp CBD Pre Roll Joints 5 Pack - $35, Dad Grass

Dad Grass Hemp CBD Pre Roll Joints 5 Pack
Dad Grass
$35.00

If you’re living in one of the states where access to delicious THC-infused treats like Kiva Camino gummies or Hervé chocolate macarons is limited or, sadly, illegal, indulge yourself in some Dad Grass CBD smokes. They’re brilliantly rolled and packed with enough herbal matter to offer comfort to anxious Jews like me. Pro-tip: Mom Grass isn’t just for moms. 

A better morning wake-up 

Hatch Restore Smart Sleep Assistant - $129.99, Hatch  

Restore
Hatch
hatch.co
$129.99

Promising better sleep for adults (anxious and otherwise) and babies alike, Hatch is a sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light, and alarm clock all in one. Customizable settings help you fall—and stay—asleep while the optional Hatch Sleep Membership gives you access to an original library full of sleep content of soothing lights, music, and sounds.