As a military family that moves every one to three years, it’s a special treat when we are stationed with friends from the past. While we have many friends that we’ve stayed in touch with for years, we rarely live near friends we’ve known more than the current assignment. I had a wonderful surprise the first year when I ran into a friend that I’d lost touch with. It’s wonderful to spend time together and share memories of previous time together. This dear friend and her family celebrate Hanukkah. I look forward each year to finding a handmade Hanukkah gift that I can surprise her family with.
The first Hanukkah gift I gave my friend’s children were handmade Hanukkah gift envelopes. I’ve also made:
This year I wanted to make a gift bag to hold chocolate gelt coins. The bag can be used after Hanukkah to hold the trinkets and treasures that all children collect.
For a brief and easy-to-understand guide to Hanukkah, check out this Hanukkah a Mini Guide to the Jewish Holiday from Nancy at Colors for Health.
Handmade Hanukkah Gift
I found the crochet pattern for these gift pouches at Creative Jewish Mom. This is an easy crochet pattern that is good for beginning crocheters. I chose to use blue cotton thread to make these celebratory Hanukkah bags.
I added sparkly silver ribbon for the drawstring. The sparkly ribbon adds a bit of pizzazz. I simply wove it through the drawstring section of the pattern. I found it easiest to cut the ribbon after I threaded it through the pouch and determined the best length.
I filled each pouch with chocolate gelt coins and tied the ribbon in a bow to close the pouches.
The pouches turned out ah-dorable. Can’t you just think of a hundred little treasures that a child could store in one of these pouches?
Who do you know that would love celebrating Hanukkah with a handmade Hanukkah gift?