How to Buy Hanukkah Gifts for a Boyfriend/Girlfriend

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In many Jewish families it is traditional to give gifts only to young children in the family. Exchanging Hanukkah gifts between adults is a fairly recent tradition but can be a time to cement your relationship with a special loved one and to begin building your own holiday traditions.

Choosing Hanukkah Gifts

  • Talk to your boyfriend or girlfriend about the Hanukkah traditions in his or her family. This is more than preparation and research. Reliving and sharing your memories with each other is a gift in itself.

  • Choose gifts that have a special significance for at least some of the nights. If it is your first Hanukkah together, a menorah can be an especially significant first night gift.

  • Choose an overall theme for your gifts, and purchase seven small and one large gift that fit the theme.

  • Give a small, meaningful gift on each of the eight days.

  • Surprise him or her by leaving small gifts in unexpected places- tucked into a briefcase, in the middle of a dinner plate, on a shelf in the refrigerator.

  • Make the eighth night special with dinner out, or a romantic home cooked meal and give your final gift then.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy seven charms, each representing something significant, and give one each of the first seven nights of Hanukkah. On the eighth night give a bracelet or charm-holder on which to wear them all.
  • Buy a special gift of food for each of the eight days, like a small box of chocolates, a tin of meringue cookies or an exotic fruit.
  • If you're giving food gifts, be certain they are kosher if necessary.
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