20+ Best Bat Mitzvah Gift Ideas for a Young Jewish Girl (2017)

In Bar & Bat Mitzvah, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Reviews, Gift Guides by Leave a Comment

View Post

Bat Mitzvah – every 12 year old Jewish girl’s once in a lifetime opportunity to build memories for a lifetime & celebrate her coming of age.

It’s her special day… so you’ll want to do everything in your power to help her cherish this special event.

How?

By getting her a great Bat Mitzvah gift she’ll remember for many years to come.

Now you might be asking: “What’s an appropriate gift I can get for her Bat Mitzvah?”

I can tell you that the answer is NOT “get her something and get it over with” (please don’t just give her money in multiples of 18…).

This gift guide will help you find the real answer to that question, and help you find the young Jewish girl the best Bat Mitzvah gift for her special night.

Read More…

Cottage Cheese Latkes Recipe

In Recipes by Leave a Comment

View Post
Latkes… Latkes everywhere.

Well, it’s because they’re so easy to make, and because they’re pretty damn tasty.

We all know about the traditional potato Latkes

But this time we decided to give you something a little cheesier – a high protein cottage cheese pancakes recipe.

These cottage cheese Latkes are a great little snack for Hanukkah, Passover, or any light dinner – and they’re extremely easy to make.

So let’s get cooking.

Read More…

24 Unique Hanukkah Gift Ideas (2017)

In Gift Guides, Hanukkah, Hanukkah Reviews, Holiday Gifts by 3 Comments

View Post

It’s that time of the year again – which means Hanukkah is around the corner!

This gives us a chance to celebrate our wonderful festival of lights with our loved ones. But more importantly, we get to prove how much our friends, family and loved ones mean to us with some unique Hanukkah gifts.

Because let’s face it – the traditional Hanukkah gift ideas (menorahs, dreidels, chocolate geld…) are getting a little old.

We believe that special people deserve special treatment (and special gifts), and if you’re reading this – then you probably think so too.

That’s why we handpicked this cool collection of unique Hanukkah gift ideas to make your light truly shine this Hanukkah.

Read More…

Jewish Potato Latkes Recipe for Hanukkah

In Recipes by Leave a Comment

View Post

Hanukkah is here.

And like many other Jewish holidays, it calls for some traditional Jewish cooking (and gifts).

Luckily Hanukkah is a holiday with simple food – potato Latkes (commonly known as kosher potato pancakes or potato fritters) being a traditional & popular one.

And that’s good news for you, because contrary to many beliefs: simple food = a quick and easy recipe for delicious Jewish potato pancakes!

So today we bring you the best authentic Jewish potato Latkes recipe you’ll find. So let’s cut the excuses and get cooking. Calling all amateurs to report to the kitchen!

Recommended: Check out our homemade applesauce recipe. It goes great with potato Latkes!


Read More…

29 Best Bar Mitzvah Gift Ideas for a Cool Jewish Boy (2017)

In Bar & Bat Mitzvah, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Reviews, Gift Guides by Leave a Comment

View Post

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).

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 GiftsBar Mitzvah Jewelry GiftsPersonalized Bar Mitzvah GiftsMeaningful Bar Mitzvah GiftsCool & Popular Bar Mitzvah GiftsUnique Bar Mitzvah GiftsBar Mitzvah Gift Cards
Top Traditional Gift Top Jewelry Gift Top Personalized Gift Top Meaningful Gift Top Cool Gift Top Unique Gift Top Gift Card
Deluxe Illuminated Hebrew-English TorahDeluxe Illuminated Hebrew-English Torah14K Gold Chai Style Pendant14K Gold Chai Style PendantBar Mitzvah Remembrance PlaqueBar Mitzvah Remembrance PlaqueTree of Life Tzedakah BoxTree of Life Tzedakah BoxSony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB ConsoleSony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB ConsoleHoly Stone F181 RC Quadcopter DroneHoly Stone F181 RC Quadcopter DroneSteam Gift CardSteam Gift Card
Get it HereGet it HereGet it HereGet it HereGet it HereGet it HereGet it Here

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. 

Deluxe Illuminated Hebrew-English Torah

Top Judaica Bar Mitzvah Gift

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.

Get it Here

Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk Tallit

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 gift for a Bar Mitzvah.

Get it Here

The Koren Jerusalem Bible Set with English Translation (Hardcover)

The Koren Jerusalem Bible Set with English Translation

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.

Get it Here

Modern Sterling Silver Jerusalem Torah Pointer

Modern Sterling Silver Jerusalem Torah PointerOne 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.

Get it Here

Nadav Art Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup Enamel Bar Mitzvah

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.

Get it Here

Want to get our brand new Jewish gift guides straight to your email inbox?

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.

14K Gold Chai Style Pendant

Top Jewelry Gift

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.

Get it Here

Star of David Necklace with Hebrew Psalm 67 Jewish Menorah

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.

Get it Here

Silver & Gold Star of David Spinning Ring – Traveler’s Psalm


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”).

Get it Here

Leather and Sterling Silver Shema Yisrael Bracelet

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) inscribed on it, this makes a wonderful & memorable gift to buy any Bar Mitzvah.

Get it Here

Silver and Gold Spinning Wheel Necklace – Traveler’s Prayer

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”.

Get it Here

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 Plaque

Top Personalized Gift

Bar Mitzvah Remembrance Plaque

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.

Get it Here

Star of David Curved Glass Vertical Photo Frame

Star of David Curved Glass Vertical 4x6 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.

Get it Here

Gold Plated Silver Star of David Monogram Personalized Name Necklace

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.

Get it Here

Custom Surf Board Wall Hanging

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.

Get it Here

Personalized Blue Satin Bar Mitzvah Assorted Chocolates

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…

Get it Here

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.

Tree of Life Tzedakah Box

Top Meaningful Gift

Tree of Life Tzedakah BoxGiving 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.

Get it Here

Hebrew Letters Classic Watch by Adi

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.

Get it Here

Deluxe Torah Scroll Replica

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.

Get it Here

Torah Quote Chalkboard Plaque

Torah Quote Chalkboard Plaque

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.

Get it Here 

Also Recommended: The best Bar Mitzvah favors for your guests.

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 Pro 

Top Cool Gift

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console

“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.

Get it Here

Apple iPad Air 2

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).

Get it Here

Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphone

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.

Get it Here

Apple Watch Sport

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.

Get it Here

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 Camera

Top Unique Gift

 

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter DroneDrones have taken over the world.

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.

Get it Here

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

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.

Get it Here

Engraved Baseball Bat

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.

Get it Here

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 Card

Top Gift Card

Steam 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.

Get it Here

Amazon E-Gift Card

Amazon eGift 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.

Get it Here

Nordstrom Gift Card

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.

Get it Here

Final Thoughts

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.

Mazel Tov!