Original Hanukkah Gift Ideas

Posted on October 16, 2010


Hanukkah Gifts Ideas & Delivery UK, London & ManchesterOur new Hanukkah gifts combine beautiful Judaica pieces and delicious traditional Hanukkah treats for the whole family to enjoy.

Our ‘Tree of Lights’ Hanukkah gift features an exquisite, laser-cut kosher Hanukkah menorah (Hanukkiah) sculpture by Israeli Judaica artist, Yair Emanuel. The back of the menorah is in the shape of a pomegranate tree with beautiful multi-coloured pomegranates, leaves and birds adorning the branches.

This lovely gift is accompanied by a full set of hand-dipped Hanukkah candles from Safed Candles and kosher treats for all the family; a ballotin of fine Belgian chocolates and small bottle of wine for the adults and two colourful dreidels, chocolate gelt and chocolate-covered nuts & raisins for the children. Instructions for playing the traditional dreidel game is included (see below).

The sides of each of our dreidels bear a letter of the Hebrew alphabet:  נ (Nun),  ג (Gimel),  ה (Hei),  ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for “נס גדול היה שם”  (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”).

Delivery of your chosen Hanukkah gift to London, Manchester and most mainland UK addresses is free of charge. Browse our range of UK Hanukkah gift ideas.

How to Play the Dreidel Game

The rules of the dreidel game are based on Yiddish words beginning with the letters on the dreidel. נ (Nun) stands for the Yiddish word nisht (“nothing”), ה (Hei) stands for halb (“half”), ג (Gimel) for gantz (“all”), and ש (Shin) for shteln (“put”).

Sterling silver dreidel Chanukah gift by Manna Gifts UK

To play the game, divide nuts, chocolate coins (gelt) and/or small candies equally between the players (usually around 10 pieces each). Decide which player will spin first. You can do this by spinning the dreidel and seeing the direction of the dreidel’s handle when it stops. The player sitting closest to where the handle is ‘pointing’ spins first.

  • To start the game, each player puts two of their nuts, chocolate coins or candies into the center ‘pot’.
  • Each player takes a turn to spin the dreidel. Depending on which side is facing up when it stops spinning, they give or take nuts from the pot:
    • a) If נ (nun) is facing up, the player does nothing.
    • b) If ג (gimel) is facing up, the player gets everything in the pot.
    • c) If ה (hei) is facing up, the player gets half of the nuts in the pot. (If there is an odd number, they round up)
    • d) If ש (shin) – or פ (pei) on Israeli dreidels – is facing up, the player adds two nuts to the pot.
  • If the pot is empty or has only one nut left, all players put two nuts into the pot.
  • If the player is out of nuts, they are “out”.
  • The game can continue for a set number of rounds, or until the first player is “out”.
  • The winner is the player with largest number of nuts, coins or candies at the end of the game.

Important Note: Very young children can choke on nuts and small candies and should be supervised carefully when this game is played.