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8 Crazy Nights of Hanukkah Gifting: A Guide for Parents

8 Crazy Nights of Hanukkah Gifting: A Guide for Parents // I Adore What I Love Blog // #iadorewhatiloveUm, Hanukkah starts TONIGHT!!!!!!! For all of you parents out there who didn’t realize that or life has just been so crazy hectic that you haven’t even thought about gifts for the kids yet {which don’t worry – I’ve totally been there myself!}, you’re in major luck! Fear not, because right here, right now, I present to you an awesome way to go about celebrating with the kids each night, complete with last minute gift suggestions via Amazon Prime!! {PS if you don’t have Amazon Prime and you’re a parent, what are you waiting for?!? Packages come in 1 or 2 days max – totally worth the $!!!!} And for those of you celebrating Christmas or Kwanzaa or any other kid gifting holiday and still have time to get your presents ready, you should check out my gift guide for kids {specifically for babies and toddlers} that I posted last week!

Ok, so full disclosure: I did not come up with this guide. I wish I did, but I can’t take credit for it all… I’m in a parental Facebook group and one of the moms posted about it as a cute way to celebrate Hanukkah with your kiddos. I thought it was ADORABLE and wanted to pass it on to you guys! What I did do is change the original visual to make it more modern and cool and I also decided to title it. In addition, I tweaked a few of the nightly categories to fit in better for my family {my friend Maayan helped me with this!!} If you look above at the menorah, you will see words that will guide you on how to gift your child specific types of presents for each of the 8 crazy nights shown on each candle. For instance, starting with night #1, you would gift your child something he or she WANTS. Night #2 is something he or she NEEDS. Night #3 is something to EAT, and so on. Make sense? Good!

Take a look below at tons and tons of last minute gift ideas {mostly geared towards toddlers} that correspond to each of the categories for the 8 nights of Hanukkah! All available on Amazon Prime RIGHT NOW which means they can be at your house faster than you can say “Happy Hanukkah!”

Night 1: Something Your Child WANTS

Obviously you know your child best but here are some suggestions to get excited about… I could only guess that the girls would go crazy for this hair styling station and the boys would go wild for this awesome car carrier truck toy!!

Night 2: Something Your Child NEEDS

Wondering what a child might neeeeeeed??? A new backpack {like this cute bow-adorned one for girls and this cool comic one {that just so happens to come with a water bottle too!} for boys} or lunchbox; a beanie and gloves for winter, perhaps?! Yup.

Night 3: Something to EAT

Treat them to their favorite candy, dessert, or the classic holiday guilty pleasure – HANUKKAH GELT! Yum!

Night 4: Something to READ

You can go with the obvious and gift your kiddos alllll the Hanukkah books or here are a few {unrelated to Hanukkah} gems we love here in our household: FOUND, Pout Pout Fish, and Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Night 5: Something to PLAY

The best gifts are the ones that your kids can play with ON THEIR OWN! Am I right?!? Some ideas include a magnetic doodle sketch, wooden building blocks, and this Dyson ball toy vacuum {which brody happens to be getting {shhhh} because he’s obsessed with my adult dyson!! he’s going be the most excited!!}

Night 6: Something to WEAR

Pajamas, tops, bottoms, jackets, a special dress for the girls or even a dress-up costume for both boys or girls – there are so many different routes you can go here! I am particularly obsessed with these really cool {and cheap!!} unisex toddler bottoms and this funny Hanukkah tee!

Night 7: Something FOR LATER

Are you traveling in the coming months? Maybe you want to get something for your trip! Like these colorful sand toys! Personally for me, I like the idea of getting Brody something for the summer {like this insanely awesome blow up pool that his friends got him last year} since his birthday is in the winter as are the holidays and there’s not much action in the summer months for him. It’s fun to save things for a rainy day, or in my case, a hot sunny day! Also loving this fish bubble gun, this plastic ring toss game and this fun scooter{brods LOVES his!!!}

Night 8: Something TO SHARE

At first I was so not sure about this category and then it dawned on me – BOARD GAMES!! A few awesome ones are Let’s Go Fishin’, Hi Ho Cherry-O, and Connect 4!

[bctt tweet=”Click here for last minute #Hanukkah gift ideas via @Amazon + A guide on how to celebrate each night! ” username=”iadorewhatilove”]

I’m hoping to make this way of Hanukkah gifting a tradition for the coming years with our family.
Are you into it?


  • Kelli December 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

    So into it!!! What a smart idea!!! Loving your posts per usual!

    • Dana Ivy December 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      I love you!!! So much!! Thanks Kel!!!!

  • Demure Daily December 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    This is such a cute post! My little one will be so grateful to you for all the awesome ideas that I have in store now because of this article. Great share!!

    • Dana Ivy December 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Yay!! Most of the ideas can be used for any holiday!!! You’re so sweet!!!

  • cassy | blissfully her December 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This is so cute! This definitely works for Christmas ideas too! I love the idea of “something to share” and “something for later.” Great post!

    • Dana Ivy December 13, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      It totally does!! I should say that when I promote it hahaha – thanks for reading, Cassy!!! Hope you’ll come back soon!!

  • La Vida Glamour December 14, 2017 at 6:10 am

    So clever and thoughtful! This certainly does apply for other events/holidays! Love this guide :)

    • Dana Ivy December 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Yay!! Thanks dear, you’re so sweet and glad you liked the guide!!! Come back again!! Xox

  • Melissa @ Bubby and Bean December 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    These are WONDERFUL ideas! And even though we celebrate Christmas, I’m going to use them for gifts for my kids as well! Such a smart, positive way to gift. :)

    • Dana Ivy December 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Omg this makes me so happy!!!! Thanks for stopping by the blog and so glad you found this post useful!!!!!

  • Laura Albouy December 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Happy Hanukkah! I love all these ideas even for other holidays!

    • Dana Ivy December 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Laura!! They’re pretty great, right?! And all free shipping + delivered in 1 or 2 days with Amazon prime! Oh how I love Amazon!!!! Xox

  • Sabrina | Gypsy Tan December 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Happy Holidays! Love the gift ideas!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Sabrina!!! Makes me so happy you stopped by and read my post! Xox

  • Cleopatra Wilson December 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    What excellent guide to enjoy Hanukkah.

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      I truly wish I thought of it myself! But it’s awesome, I do agree!! Just trying to share the love!! Xo

  • Nicole Ballardini December 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    So many great ideas! Love it!
    Nicky x

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Yay, makes me so happy to hear!! Xox

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence December 16, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Love this post – I finally learned the purpose of Hanukkah nights! How marvelous this practice is to allow your children to feel your love & care. Thank You & blessings! ❤️

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Awww well the purpose of hanukkah really has nothing to do with giving gifts but it’s become a tradition that everyone loves! Thanks for stopping by the blog!!!!

  • Adventures of Super8 December 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I love this post it is a great way to practice Hanukkah! I really do like this!

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Aww makes me so happy! Thank you so much, truly appreciate it! Hope you’ll stop by the blog again! Xo

  • Ashley Hargrove December 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    So many perfect ideas!! Happy Hanukkah!!

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks lady!! Happy holidays to you! So happy you stopped by the blog!

  • Waves of M December 17, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    These are really great ideas!! I like how they are all different each day. Happy Hanukkah!

    • Dana Ivy December 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Right?!?! And it’s easy for parents because you don’t have to think as hard on which days to give what!! Appreciate you stopping by the blog!!! Xo

  • Luci's Morsels December 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Love the daily themes for this gift guide! Such excellent ideas that cover so many varieties of presents, perfect!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Dana Ivy December 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks girl!! I thought it was pretty great, myself! Xo

  • Stuart Brazell December 19, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I love this! I’m sharing it with my husband and the family!

    • Dana Ivy December 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Omg yay! Please do!!! Xo

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