Don't you dare show up to a Hanukkah dinner empty handed. Bring a gift, and make it food — but not any food. There are rules. So do it right and try one of our eight tasteful suggestions.
And get some ideas of what Hanukkah-inspired dishes to make for your own dinner or party on our Hanukkah recipe page.
1. Eleni's Patterned Dreidels Tin (Kosher) | Buy It
These are some classy cookies. These 12 nut-free, traditional sugar cookies are made with pure butter, whole eggs, and vanilla. Finished with royal icing, they're decorated with patterns inspired by Mediterranean textiles and ceramics. Buy it here.
2. Cheesecake Layercake Sampler | Buy It
Go big with Junior's biggest cheesecake sampler yet. The New York City cheesecake institution has a new cake-within-a-cake sampler, super-sized. You'll get carrot cake cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, chocolate dream cheesecake, and new white chocolate cheesecake with tons of white chocolate chips. This gift is a crowd pleaser. Call 800-958-6467 or buy it here.
3. Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Buy It
The extra virgin olive oil is pressed from the finest Sicilian Nocarella del Bellice, Biancolilla, and Cerasuola olives. With its deep, brilliant green color and aromatic notes of herbs, citrus, green tomato, and artichoke, it's a treat for both the eyes and the palate, and its finish is both pleasantly bitter and persistently spicy. Buy it here.
4. Eight Nights of Hanukkah Crate (Kosher) | Buy It
Your thoughtfulness will be remembered as your recipients open gift upon delicious gift from one of the most celebrated NYC Jewish delis. What’s Inside: Chocolate coins, Zabar’s chocolate babka, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, silver and blue chocolate covered almonds, blue and white mini lentils, blue and gold Hanukkah chocolates, Hanukkah cookie assortment, blue and white cookies, Hanukkah candles, and dreidels. Buy it here.
5. Chocolate Babka (Kosher) | Buy It
Made from enriched yeast dough rolled around a rich chocolate filling to produce a beautifully marbled bread, chocolate babka is a great Hanukkah treat to share. The two loaves, 3-pounds total, will be shipped frozen. Buy it here.
6. Sugarfina Candy Bento Box (Kosher) | Buy It
Beautifully packaged for gifting in a blue and silver box with a magnetic closure, this box carries eight delicious candies in clear Lucite boxes — perfect for celebrating eight nights of light. There’s even a tasting menu with notes for each candy. The candy bento box includes: dark chocolate sea salt caramels, robin’s egg caramels, sugar cookies, Champagne bubbles, dark chocolate toffee almonds, heavenly sours, peanut butter toffee, Kona espresso beans. Buy it here.
7. Top of the Latke | Buy It
Latkes, a popular Hanukkah dish, can be even better with a spread of indie toppers, an ideal entertaining gift for any Hanukkah host. There's fig and olive tapenade, so sweet and salty; apple stout jam, which pairs well with sour cream; whole grain mustard; indie olive oil, perfect for a finishing drizzle; and apple caramel preserves for a sweet ending. Buy it here.
8. Rugelach (Kosher) | Buy It
Honor your beloved bubbe with this gift of a traditional rugelach recipe faithfully recreated into these special sweet, chewy pastries in cinnamon and raisin with walnuts, packaged in a signature gift tin. Buy it here.
Amy Sowder is a NYC-based food and fitness writer as well as the assistant editor for Chowhound. She loves cheesy things, especially toasties and puns. She's trying to like mushrooms. Her running habit is the excuse for her never-ending ice cream pursuits. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog, What Do I Eat Now. Learn more at AmySowder.com.