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10 DIY Hanukkah Gift Ideas That Are Affordable and Fun to Make

Jennifer Farrington - Author

Dec. 19 2022, Published 2:52 p.m. ET

What’s better than gifting someone a Hanukkah craft or store-bought present? Creating your own DIY Hanukkah gifts! A DIY gift not only adds a personal touch to the experience but also allows the person receiving it to feel even more special.

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In addition to helping you get more in touch with your creative side, DIY Hanukkah gifts also tend to be less expensive, which can help prevent you from overspending and potentially accruing holiday debt. Need some DIY Hanukkah gift ideas? Look no further as we’ve gathered 10 of the cutest and easiest gifts you can make that won’t break the bank.

Top DIY Hanukkah gift ideas almost anyone can make.

DIY Hanukkah cookies
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If you’re intimidated by DIY holiday gifts, don’t be. Even with minor flaws, these types of gifts tend to be a hit around the holidays. Here are 10 DIY Hanukkah gift ideas for you to consider making.

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DIY Hanukkah cookie mix in a jar

Rebekah Lowin, who's a senior home and kitchen editor at Forbes, breaks down exactly what you’ll need to create the perfect Hanukkah cookie mix in a jar. Featuring different shades of blue and white, this DIY gift is sure to bring a smile to a friend or family member’s face.

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DIY marble menorah

Created with white marble and sewing thimbles, this DIY menorah is gorgeous and can be used year after year. With just a few additional items, you can create this DIY Hanukkah gift for under $15. Check out Lowin’s step-by-step guide on how to make it.

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DIY Hanukkah-themed stacked candles

Buying candles is always nice but creating your own to gift is even better. With a few bags of wax, a Mason jar, and a handful of other items, you can create a five-piece stack of Hanukkah-themed candles. Parents Magazine lays out everything you’ll need to create it, and gives you step-by-step instructions.

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DIY Hanukkah holiday cookie box

Hanukkah-themed cookies
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Inside your DIY Hanukkah cookie box, you can include both homemade cookies and those from a local bakery. All you’ll need is a decorative box, some Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters, some blue food coloring (if you want the cookies to be blue), and some icing to decorate.

Once you decide how many cookies you want to make, you might want to head over to the bakery to pick up some rugelach, hamantaschen, or another beloved Jewish treat to include in it.

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Hanukkah serving tray

This DIY Hanukkah serving tray requires little effort and little money. All you’ll need is one or two white serving trays (from the retailer of your choice) and some foil tape. You’ll need to cut the tape into strips and place it on the tray in the shape of a Star of David. That’s all there is to it!

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DIY sand art menorah

If you’re looking for a cute Hanukkah gift for your child, this DIY sand art menorah is one they’ll cherish for years to come. All you’ll need to create it is colorful sand, nine small glass jars, one large glass jar, a funnel, scissors, silver straws, and yellow ribbon.

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Hanukkah-themed Shibori throw pillows

Looking for the perfect DIY Hanukkah gift for a teenager or child? These blue and white colored Shibori throw pillows are decorative and comfy! While they might look difficult to make, you can purchase a Shibori tie-dye kit to help.

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DIY Hanukkah cards

If you aren’t the crafty type but want to give a gift card or money creatively, why not do it using a DIY holiday card? Shopping and style expert Lilliana Vazquez shared with Market Realist that she and her son make their holiday cards together. Not only is it an opportunity for them to spend time together, but it’s also more affordable than buying traditional cards.

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8 nights of Hanukkah gift bags

Featuring dreidels, menorahs, and the Star of David, these gift bags can be used to give small gifts or even gift cards for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. They also work well if you need to give bulk gifts to teachers, friends, or coworkers. Simply decorate the bags with the Jewish symbols and leave off the numbers.

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DIY Hanukkah menorah made from Challah bread

If you’re attending a holiday party or family gathering and want to come bearing a tasty gift, this Challah bread menorah will definitely have heads turning and leave people asking for more.

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By following just a few simple steps, we’re sure you’ll end up with a DIY Hanukkah gift that will leave your friends, family members, or co-workers speechless.


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