A Bar Mitzvah is a big deal for every 13-year-old Jewish boy.
The gathering, the Torah reading, the dancing and of course the cool bar mitzvah gifts can create a meaningful & lifelong experience every boy will cherish.
When thinking about a traditional Jewish bar mitzvah gift for a good friend or relative, things like books, money gifts & other traditional gifts come to mind.
But times have changed…it has become a lot harder to satisfy young boys these days.
So what are appropriate guest gifts you can bring for a Bar Mitzvah?
First off, forget about money in multiples of 18…
Instead, let’s go find out what the best Bar Mitzvah gift ideas are, that every Jewish boy will be lucky to get on his special day (I know I would).
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Best Bar Mitzvah Gifts
There are a lot of great bar mitzvah gift ideas in this gift guide (by the way, it’s pronounced “bar mitzvah”, not “bah mitzvah”).
But there are a few gifts that truly stand out.
This table shows our top picks from each category… the category winner… the best of the best.
|Judaica Bar Mitzvah Gifts||Bar Mitzvah Jewelry Gifts||Personalized Bar Mitzvah Gifts||Meaningful Bar Mitzvah Gifts||Cool & Popular Bar Mitzvah Gifts||Unique Bar Mitzvah Gifts||Bar Mitzvah Gift Cards|
|Top Traditional Gift||Top Jewelry Gift||Top Personalized Gift||Top Meaningful Gift||Top Cool Gift||Top Unique Gift||Top Gift Card|
|Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk Tallit||Leather and Sterling Silver Shema Yisrael Bracelet||Bar Mitzvah Remembrance Plaque||Torah Quote Chalkboard Plaque||Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console||Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone||Steam Gift Card|
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Traditional Bar Mitzvah Gifts (Judaica)
Judaica gifts are the most traditional Bar Mitzvah gifts you can get for a Jewish boy.
As the young man ventures into adulthood and starts keeping his Mitzvot, it’s important that he begins to learn about Jewish values and their critical role in every Jewish man’s life.His Bar Mitzvah party is your chance to help him get started with a traditional Jewish gift.
Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk TallitTop Traditional Gift
The most meaningful Bar Mitzvah gifts are the ones the young man will be able to use for years to come, perhaps even his whole life. This fabulous tallit certainly falls into that category.
Designed & crafted in Jerusalem – this gorgeous tallit is made from woven cotton, with blue stripes made from pure silk blue stripes. It comes with a delightful matching bag on top of it, guaranteeing a remarkable gift for the young boy’s Bar Mitzvah.
Definitely a Tallit the young man will proudly wear on his special day, and for many years to come…
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Deluxe Illuminated Hebrew-English Torah
Our wonderful Torah is beautiful from the inside, and apparently also from the outside.
This stunning deluxe illuminated Torah book includes the complete text of the Hebrew Bible, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, paintings & work of art spanning the ages and the history of our Jewish culture.
Bar Mitzvah gift or not, this magnificent Torah book is a must-have for every Jewish home – allowing it to spread the light on our daily lives…
It’s a bestseller for a reason.
Nadav Art Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup Enamel Bar Mitzvah
The young boy is now an adult, which means he can drink wine!
Kidding, not yet.
But it’s definitely time for him to drink Kiddush wine.
And what better way to do L’chayim on your special day than with your own gorgeous Bar Mitzvah Kiddush cup.
This luxurious silver Kiddush cup is beautifully decorated with rich silver texture & stunning enamel colors, brightening up the cup.
A fine piece of art made specifically for a Bar Mitzvah by Nadav Art, one of Jerusalem most famous Judaica art studios.
The Koren Jerusalem Bible Set with English Translation (Hardcover)
Speaking of meaningful & appropriate bar mitzvah gift ideas, what’s more appropriate than our lovely bible? This compact & portable Bible edition comes in a three-volume set, making it lighter on your back and easier to travel with, compared to the bulkier single volume.
This compact & portable Bible edition comes in a three-volume set, making it lighter on your back and very convenient to carry it with you while you travel… especially compared to the bulkier Tanach books we’ve all seen so many times.
A magnificent keepsake for a young Bar Mitzvah, and a wonderful Jewish resource he’ll use in his adult life.
Modern Sterling Silver Jerusalem Torah Pointer
One of the most exciting parts of every young man’s Bar Mitzvah is his Aliyah La’Torah. The young boy works hard and prepares for a few weeks/months for his Torah reading. Imagine him practicing with this gorgeous Sterling Silver Torah Pointer – it will definitely make his learning experience way more special.
The Torah Pointer (Yad) is an original 925 sterling silver piece of jewelry that will fascinate every time it’s looked upon & read with.
Bar Mitzvah Jewelry Gifts
If you’re a good friend or close relative of the Bar Mitzvah boy, then Jewelry is a very common & meaningful gift to give for such an important occasion. There are plenty of options when it comes to gifting Bar Mitzvah Jewelry, we grabbed a couple of great examples right here.
Leather and Sterling Silver Shema Yisrael BraceletTop Jewelry Gift
This popular & stylish leather bracelet is mounted with a sterling silver plate that showcases the Star of David, which is made from 14k gold.
With one of the popular prayers in the Torah (Shema Yisrael) inscribed on it, this makes a wonderful & memorable gift to buy any Bar Mitzvah.
14K Gold Chai Style Pendant
I’m sure you’ve heard about the tradition of giving Bar Mitzvah gifts in multiples of 18.
But why 18?
Because 18 means “Chai” in Hebrew.
That’s exactly why getting the young Bar Mitzvah a gold “Chai” necklace is one of the most meaningful Bar Mitzvah presents you can get him.
And if you’re getting him a gold “Chai” necklace, then this extraordinary 14K gold Chai pendant is the one you’re probably looking for.
An original work of art that combines the timeless elegance of this traditional Jewish symbol for life, with a beautiful, artistic design.
Star of David Necklace with Hebrew Psalm 67 Jewish Menorah
This remarkable Menorah Necklace with Hebrew Psalm 67 in the miniature text comes inscribed in 24k gold, making it an extremely powerful gift for a Bar Mitzvah.
It comes in two make options: sterling silver and gold plated base. And if that wasn’t enough – you also get a magnifying glass you can use to truly admire the beauty of the necklace and read the inscription – all packed in an elegant jewelry gift box.
Silver & Gold Star of David Spinning Ring – Traveler’s Psalm
This beautifully designed sterling silver ring is likely to be worn for years and serve as a constant reminder of the boy’s bar mitzvah.
The ring is inscribed with the entire Hebrew text of the 121st Psalm, with the popular verse: “Hashem yishmor tzeitcha uvoeicha me’ata ve’ad Olam” (“Hashem will guard your going and coming from now and forever”).
Silver and Gold Spinning Wheel Necklace – Traveler’s Prayer
This piece of jewelry adds a Kabbalistic flavor to the gifting. It features a 9k gold ring around which the silver made wheel spins freely. The circumference of the jewelry boasts biblical verses from King David’s wisdom. The verse translates into “For He shall command His angels for you, to guard you on all your paths”.
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Personalized Bar Mitzvah Gifts
A Jewish Bar Mitzvah is all about the Bar Mitzvah boy… he’s the star of the show. He’s the center of attention – this special event is all about him. Your job is to help him cherish these special moments… And what better is there than getting him a personalized Bar Mitzvah gift?
Bar Mitzvah Remembrance PlaqueTop Personalized Gift
This beautiful remembrance plaque is a great keepsake to help the young man cherish his special bar mitzvah.
The design features the Star of David with a banner at the center used for personalizing the gift with the recipient’s name. The top section reads “Mazel Tov On your Bar Mitzvah”.
This beautiful plaque makes for a very unique & appropriate Bar Mitzvah gift the young man will gladly display in his room.
Star of David Curved Glass Vertical Photo Frame
You want the young Bar Mitzvah to remember his special day, right?
The best way to achieve that? A keepsake…
And what better keepsake than a gorgeous Star of David Glass photo frame.
Add his photo and a personalized message with a meaningful sentiment, and he’ll cherish your gift for many years to come.
Gold Plated Silver Star of David Monogram Personalized Name Necklace
A Star of David necklace has to be one of the most popular Bar Mitzvah presents available. This particular Star of David necklace, however, delivers a much more special & personal touch. This stunning, elegant & handcrafted work of art is made of 925 sterling silver electroplated with 24K gold – custom made in Jerusalem of gold.
All you have to do is fill in the Bar Mitzvah boy’s initials, and you can expect a lovely keepsake gift box with a little surprise in it in no time.
Custom Surf Board Wall Hanging
A personalized beach board wall hanging? I’m sure you’ve never considered it before – until now.
This amazing, handmade 36-inch surfboard features navy stripes, light blue palm trees, a metal hanger, and most importantly – It’s fully personalized to show the Bar Mitzvah boy’s name.
Let’s face it: it’s an awesome Bar Mitzvah gift.
Star of David Acrylic Keepsake
Do you want to give the young man something he’ll remember for years & years to come? Well, before we move on to the “meaningful Bar Mitzvah gifts” section, here’s one hell of a meaningful & memorable gift you can customize especially for the young Bar Mitzvah.
Engrave the personalized message of your choice on this beautiful Star of David keepsake, and I guarantee that he’ll treasure this gift & remember it for a very long time.
Meaningful Bar Mitzvah Gifts
I get it.
You care a lot about the young Bar Mitzvah… You want to get him a meaningful Bar Mitzvah gift that reflects how much you love him, and that also highlights the importance of leading a Jewish life of Torah.
These gifts are more sentimental and deliver exactly that message.
Torah Quote Chalkboard Plaque
Top Meaningful Gift
I’m guessing the young Bar Mitzvah has some posters of his favorite idols in his room (Justin Bieber? I hope not).
Wouldn’t it be nice to decorate his room with something a little bit more meaningful? Something enlightening and encouraging he’ll see every morning when he wakes up, and every night before he goes to sleep? Something that will guide him through a life filled with love & Torah?
This is definitely one of the best Bar Mitzvah gifts you can get for the young man.
Tree of Life Tzedakah Box
Giving B’nai Mitzvah a Tzedakah Box for charity is a popular Jewish tradition. It delivers a wonderful message of helping others in need.
This remarkable Tree of Life Tzedakah box, made of brass plated with chrome nickel, will encourage the boy to proudly display his Tzedakah box & start collecting money for those in need.
Hebrew Letters Classic Watch by Adi
This is a man’s watch… not a boy’s watch.
And guess who’s a man now?
Designed and made in Israel – this watch features Hebrew letters in their classic script, a mechanical display, and a comfortable black leather band – giving you repeating glimpses of our beautiful language.
It’s time to treat the young Bar Mitzvah as a man, and this classic watch is a great start.
Deluxe Torah Scroll Replica
The young Ben mitzvah had it’s first meaningful interaction with our beautiful Torah.
But here’s the challenge: after the celebrations and Torah reading is over, how do you keep encouraging the young man to stay consistent in learning Torah?
You buy him his own Torah scroll of course!
This amazing Torah scroll replica looks exactly like the real thing – it contains the entire Torah text in its original script, printed on high-quality paper, and with wooden handles decorated with metallic pomegranates at the top.
A beautiful way to connect the young man to the world of Torah & Mitzvoth.
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Cool & Popular Bar Mitzvah Gifts
We can’t talk about the best Bar Mitzvah gift ideas without mentioning the obvious, now can we?
Bar Mitzvah or not – boys will be boys. Sometimes all you need to get a young man excited is to get him the latest popular gadgets.
Every boy will appreciate these awesome gadgets. Heck, every adult will be glad to receive any of these gifts (I know I would).
Simply put – you can’t go wrong with these cool bar mitzvahs gifts…
Sony PlayStation 4 ProTop Cool Gift
“Gaming is love, gaming is life”.
There’s no better gaming console available than the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. This brand new gaming console is every B’nai mitzvah, every teenager, and every adult’s dream gift. (be careful though, he might get so hooked that he’ll forget to eat, drink or sleep, and then you’ll have to answer to his parents)
This is a sure win and the clear winner of the popular Bar Mitzvah gifts category.
Apple iPad Air 2
Want the young Bar Mitzvah to fall in love with you? Get him an iPad.
This is without a doubt one of the coolest gifts you can buy someone you love, for any occasion.
Which obviously makes it a natural fit for a great Bar Mitzvah gift (Just make sure the boy’s parents approve).
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – Gold
Every 13-year-old boy dreams of looking cool. And when it comes to looking cool, that’s exactly what Beats by Dr. Dre represents. Besides the amazing quality of headphones (arguably the best on the market), Beats’ headphones carry a status – a symbol for hip & trendiness.
Plus, the boy’s parents will probably appreciate not having the listen to their son’s loud music, so it’s definitely a win-win for everyone.
Apple Watch Sport
Apple watches took the world by storm.
The days you would buy an analog, single-function wrist watch for a Bar Mitzvah gift are clearly over. These days it’s about staying current, which means getting the most advanced piece of technology available. And when it comes to a wrist-watch, Apple Watch is KING.
These days it’s all about staying current, which means getting the most advanced piece of technology available. And when it comes to a wrist-watch, Apple Watch is KING.
Unique Bar Mitzvah Gifts
Looking to dazzle the young man with a unique Bar Mitzvah gift? Then forget about the gifts you’ve seen up to this point.
Let everyone else get him the typical, average Bar Mitzvah gifts, while you get the 13-year-old man a gift he’ll never forget.
With these gifts – that’s exactly what you’ll do…
Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD CameraTop Unique Gift
Naturally, they’ve taken over the unique bar mitzvah gifts section.
Drones are the ultimate toy for men of all ages, teenagers in particular.
This magnificent piece of technology includes:
- 1 X Quad Copter
- 1 X 2.4G remote transmitter
- 2 X USB charging cable
- 2 x 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries
- 4 x Rotating blade
- 4 x Protection frames
- 2 x Landing skids
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x User Manual
Plus, it’s also equipped with a key return & headless security system to prevent beginners from losing the drone.
Trust me, if he’ll get this drone for his bar mitzvah, it’s a dream come true.
Is the young man a techie? In that case, look no further.
The new & bestselling Amazon Echo is a tech geek’s (such as myself) best friend.
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. It can pretty much do anything for you:
- Play your music
- Answers your questions
- Reads the news
- Controls your lights, fans, switches (and soon your life)
- Constantly getting smarter with Artificial Intelligence & adding new amazing features
This is the latest revolutionary piece of technology. Ask the young Bar Mitzvah, he’ll tell you.
Engraved Baseball Bat
Are we talking about a Baseball fan?
Then forget all the gifts you’ve seen up to this point.
This is your home-run gift right here.
Engrave the young man’s name on the baseball bat, add a meaningful 2 line of your choice – and you’ll get the young Bar Mitzvah excited more about your gift than his actual Bar Mitzvah.
Bar Mitzvah Gift Cards
Still feeling completely stuck & clueless on what to get the new adult for his Bar Mitzvah? Couldn’t find worthwhile Bar Mitzvah gift ideas in your budget?
Don’t worry, there’s an emergency route you can take: a gift card. To be honest, this is actually preferable in many cases and a very common gift for a Bar Mitzvah.
Why? Because the young man can choose what to get for himself. Instead of guessing what he might like, leave the decision up to him, and he’ll be forever grateful.
Steam Gift CardTop Gift Card
Is the young fella a gamer?
If he isn’t, he’s gonna become one now.
And if he already is, then this is probably the best gift he’ll get for his bar mitzvah.
Yes, that’s how much young boys like playing video games, especially the ones available on Steam.
Amazon E-Gift Card
The best available gift card out there is Amazon’s gift card. The reason is that you can buy pretty much anything on Amazon, giving the young man a chance to buy whatever he desires.
The good thing about this gift card is that you can set a custom gift card amount – in which case I recommend you get one in multiples of 18, which is a common Jewish tradition.
Nordstrom Gift Card
Why go nuts finding something that will fit the young man, and something he actually likes.
Get him a Nordstrom gift card in a beautiful gift box, and let him buy whatever he wants.
Trust me, he’ll appreciate it much more than a random shirt he’s never gonna wear.
Tip: It’s a common Jewish tradition to get him a gift card in increments of 18.
Those were some cool presents, huh?
I bet you found some great Bar Mitzvah gifts here that caught your attention.
If you did, I’d be happy to hear in the comments which of these gifts you ended up buying, and why?
Plus, if you have other gift ideas in mind I haven’t covered here, please let me know about it in the comments below and I might add em’ to the list.