Hanukkah Gelt and Fair Trade Gift Ideas
Either way you spell it, Hanukkah is quickly approaching. When is Chanukah? Chanukah is Dec. 16 – 24, 2014. Check the dates as they are based on the Hebrew Calendar. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday festival known as the Festival of Lights. The story goes, there wasn’t enough oil to keep the lanterns lit for one day, but they continued to burn for eight days. Now, each year in December it is a Jewish tradition to burn a candelabra with eight candles. The candles that are lit on each of the eight nights commemorate the miracle of the purified oil lasting for eight days, when it should have only burned for one night. Each day of Hanukkah, a new candle is lit until all eight burn together. Even better, it is traditional to get a gift each of the eight days! These gifts are usually not like traditional Christmas gifts. One day, it might be a dreidel toy, another might be a bag of Chanukah Gelt! What is Chanukah Gelt? Chocolate! There’s your a-ha. We want to make sure your Chanukah Gelt is Fair Trade.
Are you looking for ways to celebrate Hanukkah that are Fair Trade? There are many things associated with Hanukkah such as gelt, dreidels and latkes. There are also other games, menorahs and oils that can be used as Hanukkah gifts.
We have found several Fair Trade gift ideas to keep your Hanukkah celebration green this year.
- Guilt Free Gelt is a Fair Trade chocolate from Judaica – This Fair Trade Gelt supports a fair trade farm where child labor is not used.
- Most families already have a menorah that they love and use, but then some people collect them. Ten Thousand Villages has a bird family menorah or you can make your own from recycled glass candle holders.
- Candles are the next item that are used everyday of Hanukkah. Candles made of beeswax or palm oil are more natural of a candle. Aloha Bay has a wide variety of candles so you can make sure they fit your fair trade menorah.
- The dreidel is a fun gift for children, Enchanted Learning has a tutorial to make a dreidel. If you are gifting the dreidel to an adult you can look for one that is made from clay or wood.
- Another tradition of Chanukah is to eat foods that are fried in oil. Make sure your oil is fair trade as well. Canaan Fair Trade sells olive oil and other delicacies.
- Recipes collections and Organic food make great gifts for adults. You can make your own recipe book and focus on traditional foods, such as latkes. If you are making the food then make sure you shop local to support small buisnesses.
- Part of the tradition of Hanukkah is to teach children the importance of generosity and good deeds. One night your gift can be giving of yourself by taking gifts to a homeless shelter or making a donation to charity.
- Why not treat the host of the Hanukkah party with a Dead Sea Spa basket?
Don’t forget to wrap your gifts in a green way as well! Have fun celebrating and keeping your Chanukah green!