Here are three ideas:
Fill glass jars with goodies
If you save jelly jars, you’re in luck. Or you can pick some jars up at a hobby store. Depending on their size and shape, fill them with:
- Mixed candies
- Hot cocoa mix
- Mini cookies
- Homemade jam
- Individual spices (e.g., cinnamon sticks or bay leaves)
- Spice mix (with recipe ideas that go with that kind of spice mix)
One year, a friend gave me ingredients to make my own oatmeal cookies. She layered the ingredients in a glass jar, tied it with a bow, then added the recipe. Beautiful!
Do you have little ones who want to help make gifts for Daddy or Grandma? Filling jars with wrapped candies – the perfect project!
Make a goodies box or basket
You can always bake Hanukkah cookies and offer batches as gifts. In my experience, kids 5 and up have more fun with this than younger children. Don’t have the time for this?
Three quick steps to another food gift:
- Choose 3 or 4 pieces of beautiful fruit – pears, apples, oranges – and have the kids wrap them in tin foil.
- Place the fruit in the bottom of a basket or box.
- Give the kids walnuts or mixed nuts in their shells to sprinkle over the fruit.
- If you also have chocolate gelt wrapped in gold foil, give your helpers five to 10 of those to add on top for extra color and goodness.
- If the basket is deep enough, you don’t even need to cover with anything. If the contents are bursting out, you can cover with cellophane.
Don’t forget to snap a picture of the completed gift with the maker.
Decorate a Hanukkah banner for grand’rents
Gather the kids ‘round the kitchen table to make a Hanukkah banner to give to Grandma and Grandpa or Aunt Sally and Uncle Josh. That banner will be a reminder of love for the whole festival.
You can create your own banner by making bubble letters on heavy paper, then inviting the kids to color in the letters with crayons, markers, glitter glue (oh, I love glitter glue!), or even paint (if the paper is heavy enough).
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