Baby’s first Hanukkah is a magical experience for everyone—your little one will be transfixed by the beautiful flickering lights, the spinning dreidels, and the shiny wrapped gifts and chocolate gelt coins.
If baby is already eating solids, perhaps they’ll take their first taste of a latke (potato pancake) with applesauce or sour cream, or a nibble of a sufganiya (jelly donut) to commemorate the miracle of the oil during the Jewish festival of lights. It’s a feast for the senses, as well as the soul.
Our family celebrates Hanukkah, and when my kids were babies, it was a particularly special time. They loved watching us light the hanukiah (candlebra used on Hanukkah) and sing the blessings together as a family.
Many families like to give gifts during Hanukkah to add a special something to the holiday. Our family also likes to donate to a charity during Hanukkah, which I would also personally encourage families to consider: perhaps a donation to your local women’s shelter, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter?
Of course, if you’d like some suggestions for Hanukkah gifts for your baby’s first holiday, we have a list for you. And bonus: many of these Hanukkah gift ideas can be played with and enjoyed for years to come with the whole family.
Hanukkah Toys for Your Baby
Hanukkah Books to Give Your Baby
Hanukkah Gifts for the Whole Family
Hanukkah Pajamas for the Whole Family
Hanukkah Coloring Pages for Your Toddler
You can also download Truly Mama’s free Hanukkah printable coloring page on Pinterest!
Hanukkah Decorations for Your Family
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 8 gifts of Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts 8 days and nights, so many families like to give a small gift for each night of Hanukkah. Some families prefer to give all the gifts on the last night, or just one big present for the whole holiday.
Are you supposed to give gifts for Hanukkah?
There’s actually no historic tradition of gift-giving for Hanukkah. It is a fairly recent phenomenon, probably as a way for kids to feel like Hanukkah is comparable to the Christmas celebrations of their peers. So there’s no actual obligation to give Hanukkah gifts. That said, it’s always fun to give and receive presents!
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