A Bar Mitzvah is a big deal for every 13 year old Jewish boy. Not only is it about celebrating the boy’s adulthood – but also about celebrating life.
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 bar mitzvah gift for a good friend or relative, things like books, money (in multiples of 18) and other traditional gifts come to mind. But times have changed – it has become a lot harder to satisfy young boys these days.
So forget about money in multiples of 18… Instead, let’s go over a list of 19 cool Bar Mitzvah gift ideas every boy will be lucky to have (I know I would).
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Judaica Bar Mitzvah Gifts
As the boy 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 is our chance to help him get started with some meaningful & appropriate Judaica bar mitzvah gifts.
1. Deluxe Illuminated Hebrew-English TorahTop Gift
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 with 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.
2. Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk Tallit
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 pure cotton, with blue stripes made from pure silk blue stripes. It comes with a delightful matching bag on top of it, guaranteeing a very useful & unique Bar Mitzvah gift.
3. The Koren Jerusalem Bible Set with English Translation (Hardcover)
Speaking of meaningful & appropriate bar mitzvah gifts, 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.
4. Tree of Life Tzedakah Box
Giving a young Bar Mitzvah Boy 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.
5. 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.
6. Star of David Necklace with Hebrew Psalm 67 Jewish Menorah
This remarkable Menorah necklace with Hebrew psalm 67 in miniature text comes inscribed in 24k gold, making it an extremely meaningful & powerful Bar Mitzvah gift.
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.
7. Silver & Gold Star of David Spinning Ring – Traveler’s PsalmTop Gift
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”).
8. Leather and Sterling Silver Shema Yisrael Bracelet
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) etched on it, this makes a wonderful & memorable gift to buy any Bar Mitzvah boy.
9. Silver and Gold Spinning Wheel Necklace – Traveler’s Prayer
This piece of jewelry adds a Kabbalistic flavour 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”.
10. Hebrew Letters Classic Watch by Adi
This is a man’s watch… not a boy’s watch. So you can’t go wrong with this one, cause the Bar mitzvah is a young man now. Designed and made in Israel – this watch features Hebrew letters in their classic script, mechanical display and a comfortable black leather band – giving you repeating glimpses of our beautiful language.
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 & meaningful gift?
11. Gold Plated Silver Star of David Monogram Personalized Name NecklaceTop Gift
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.
12. Bar Mitzvah Remembrance Plaque
A remembrance plaque is great way to honor a boy’s 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 Bar Mitzvah gift that every young boy will gladly display.
13. Custom Surf Board Wall Hanging
A personalized beach board wall hanging? I’m sure you haven’t thought about it before – until now. This 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.
14. Personalized Blue Satin Bar Mitzvah Assorted Chocolates
You didn’t think we were gonna leave out a chocolate gift now did you? Think how amazing it would be to gift this one-of-a-kind, Belgian chocolate box with a personalized message, photo or design of your choice? Talk about a lasting impression…
Cool Bar Mitzvah Gifts (Works Always)
We can’t talk about Bar Mitzvah gifts 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 cool gadget. You can’t go wrong with one of these cool bar mitzvah gifts…
15. Apple iPad Air 2Top Gift
If you want to Bar Mitzvah boy to fall in love with you – get him an iPad. This is wihout a doubt one of the coolest gifts you can buy someone for any occasion – making it a natural fit for a great Bar Mitzvah gift (Just make sure the boy’s parents approve it)
16. Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
Every 13 year old boy wants to look cool. And when it comes to looking cool when listening to music – Beats by Dr. Dre are the way to go. 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.
17. Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
“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 bar mitzvah boy, every teenager, and every adult’s dream… Be careful though, he might love the gift so much that he might forget to eat, drink or sleep. Besides that – This is a sure win for every teenager.
18. Apple Watch Sport
Apple watches took the world by storm. The days you would buy an analogue, 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 the reigning king.
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, you can always take the safe route and get the him a gift card – which is a perfectly acceptable & common gift for a Bar Mitzvah. In fact, in some cases it’s even better because the young man can choose what to get for himself!
19. Amazon E-Gift Card
The best available gift card out there is Amazon’s gift card. The reason is because 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.
We hope you spotted a few great Bar Mitzvah gifts here that caught your attention. If you did, I’d be happy to hear in the comments which ones you found the most suitable & interesting.
Plus, if you have other Bar Mitzvah 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.