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Hanukkah on the Cheap


Hanukkah is almost here – it’s a mere few days away until we have 8 days of celebration and gifts! The Frugal Ladies all celebrate Hanukkah, so we’re excited to combine our frugality talents to celebrate the holiday on the cheap. With that in mind, we have collected and come up with some great and inexpensive ideas to enjoy your Hanukkah while not spending so much cash!

8 days of Hanukkah doesn’t mean 8 gifts

As a little girl, I loved to show off to friends that I would get 8 gifts – one for each day of Hanukkah. Truth is, I was lucky to get one! My family didn’t believe in the need to gift on Hanukkah, and they were correct in that it’s a modern concept. Hanukkah is not a gifting holiday, so it’s legitimate to take it back to its core concept – the Festival of Lights commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider gifting your little ones – it’s tough to see all your friends get amazing Christmas presents while you don’t receive anything. But 8 gifts are really not necessary – one great gift will suffice and be most appreciated.


Hanukkah decorations are easy to make on the cheap!

At school, we used to make really pretty Hanukkah paper decorations. Using glitter, colored papers, markers, string and glue we would make all sorts of holiday goodies that could be hung up on the walls or placed by the windows. Whether you’re holding a Hanukkah party or just want to bring some holiday festivity to your home, you can easily make beautiful decorations for cheap. We’ve collected some wonderful ones in Pinterest:

Hanukkah activities are fun (and free)

Whether you’re hosting a party or just spending Hanukkah with your kids, Hanukkah activities and games are usually cheap and easy to create. You can make a Pictionary game involving only Jewish themed words, create a board game, play the famous dreidel game or make arts and crafts with everyone.  Quick Google searches will help you find resources and ideas online for activities, coloring pages and games.  Here are a few fun activities for kids!

I used to have this book as a kid. Memories! *Snif snif* (Source)

Do you celebrate Hanukkah? What frugal ideas do you have to share?

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Terry My Journey With Candida

    Thank you for explaining Hanukkah. I guess I never really knew what exactly the celebration was about.

  • Jennifer Williams

    These are great tips, I love the idea of crafts as a party thing, but find that they get quite pricey. I apparently need to find more sales.

  • PamIW

    We don’t celebrate Hanukkah but have many friends who do and are often invited over to celebrate with them. It is such a beautiful holiday and tradition. Happy Hanukkah!

  • Sheila Worthington

    We don’t celebrate hanukkah but we have family who celebrate hanukkah. this would be a good site for them to check out on gifts and stuffs. every christmas i always see to it that i don’t cover their gifts with merry christmas on it, instead i choose a happy holiday

  • Jessica J.

    As I’m from the States, 8 days of Hanukkah meant 8 days of presents … C’mon, we had to compete against Christmas for heaven’s sake! However, I also remember those glory days only lasting about two years before we got one present for the holiday. But, in the States, Hanukkah continues to be a gift-giving holiday, so frugal tips like yours can really help out those parents out there! I’m all about the family activities!

    • TBH, we didn’t get any gifts almost ever, all we did was light candles (lame!) so my fave holiday ended up being Passover bc we would get giant chocolate eggs. Great time for people celebrating Easter & Passover alike. At least in my household!

  • Garf

    We don’t celebrate Hanukkah in my household 🙁 and I don’t even know what exactly the celebration means. Thanks for explaining it.

  • Tory Blum

    Oh, thanks for these tips! I have some Jewish blood flowing in my veins, but I’m Christian..I love the Jewish culture though, I wanna go to Israel in the near future 🙂 I celebrate both Hannukkah and Christmas 🙂

  • Winter

    While our family are Christians I feel it’s very important to share with them a bit of every religion most especially the Jewish Religion. I love your Hanukkah activities and traditions and am so glad you shared them.

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  • Shanna

    We are not Jewish, but I will definitely share this with some of my friends are.