Hanukkah gifts for tweens do not have to be splashy presentations for eight straight days. To do this is to change Hanukkah into a financial crisis, especially in a family with multiple children. Eight days of $20 gifts spread over three children is nearly $500, so moderation should be practiced. In this article we are going to look at five economical and tween-friendly Hanukkah gifts. All of them are under $10 or can be with careful shopping.
The first gift suggestion is a bow to tradition. Many banks carry commemorative coins that are a certain percentage of silver. While the prices differ depending on the particular coin, these are a great investment and a fitting Hanukkah gift. A special coin a year can develop into quite the collection over an 18 year span. Even if you are only starting with the gift of a coin now that your child is a tween, they can be taught to appreciate times when a small coin was a special gift.
Even Hanukkah celebrations ultimately bow to modernity, but modernity does not have to mean expensive. Music CDs can be purchased for less than $10 a piece on Amazon.com shortly after their release and sometimes for drastically smaller sums. If you can find an exceptionally great bargain pick up your tween a CD they want, and then a CD you think they should listen to. You may be surprised at their response! These two gifts can be spread across two nights.
The Teen Torah
The Teen Torah is a book that is geared towards helping young people or tweens prepare for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This is a doubly fitting Hanukkah present as it offers deeper ties to Judaism while still being a useful gift.
A Bag or Box of Candy
Another bow to tradition is the gift of candy. There was a time when candy or sweets were an extremely rare treat and tweens should be taught to appreciate that. Give your tween a gift of a plain chocolate or hard candy along with a message about how candy or a coin or neither would have been the standard during past Hanukkahs. Even plain chocolate is appreciated by the taste buds and the history is a great gift even if it is not fully appreciated at the time it is heard.
A DVD or Game
DVDs or games are another bow to modernity on the Hanukkah gift list for tweens. DVDs or video games do not have to break the bank. Wal-Mart has a wide selection of both available for $10 or less throughout the store and even better bargains can be found online. Again, if a great deal is found consider investing in one DVD your tween wants and one you think they should have. If need be, spread the gifts over two nights of Hanukkah.
During Hanukkah, mix a bit of tradition with a bit of the present and create a memorable experience for your tween by selecting well thought out Hanukkah gifts.