Another special gift for the 1st day of Hanukah is a ‘dreidel’ that is loved by both adults and children. It is an amazing game for families and comes in all sizes and shapes. Some children attempt to spin as many dreidels as they can at a time while others play a knockout with dreidels of other players. Dreidels from the US have inscriptions of Hebrew letters ‘nun-gimmel-hay-shin’ meaning ‘a great miracle happened there’ and the ones from Israel have the letters ‘nun-gimmel-hay-peh’ that translate to ‘a great miracle happened here’. If you wish to gift a dreidel, make sure to include a roll of pennies for playing with it right away.
Like any other festival or occasion, the first night of Hanukkah is filled with music and singing. Cassettes and CDs with traditional Hanukkah songs are the ideal 1st day of Hanukkah gifts and presents and set the mood of joy and happiness associated with this wonderful festival. Some of the most popular Hanukkah songs include ‘I Have a Little Dreidel’, ‘Mi Y'maleil’, ‘Oh Hanukkah’ and ‘Ma’oz Tzur’ (Rock of Ages).
Treats cooked in olive oil is a tradition associated with the festival of Hanukkah. Pancakes, different kind of fried breads served with sour cream and apple sauce, Sufaganiot (Hanukkah donuts), candies, mandelbrots (cake like cookies), and rugelach (pastry) also prove to be great 1st day of Hanukkah gifts and presents especially for people who are fond of deserts. Dairy products, especially cheese, are also often consumed during this period of the year and a homemade meal like a ‘Pepper, Cheese and Sugared Pecan Salad’ can be a wonderful gift for the recipient.
Apparels and other accessories are also enjoyed as good 1st day of Hanukkah gifts and presents, particularly by adults. Men will definitely admire a gift of designer T-shirt whereas a stylish, handcrafted leather handbag would be an ideal gift for women.
When it comes to Hanukkah festival, decorations definitely add spice to the celebration. Decoration items that bear a personal touch, matching the colors of the recipient’s home are quite popular gifts during the season. ‘Hanukkah bush’ is a thoughtful first day Hanukkah gift, especially for those who like the tradition of Christmas trees.
It has become quite ironic, that a minor Jewish holiday like the 1st day of Hanukkah has become the most celebrated and secular festival on the Jewish calendar. Irrespective of your religion, you can spend some great time celebrating this miraculous festival with your loved ones.