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9 apps, gifts and recipes to make your Hanukkah brighter

Hanukkah’s here, and there’s a lot of planning that goes into the eight-day Festival of Lights.

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Since Hanukkah is observed with many traditions, from lighting the menorah to playing with dreidels and baking, celebrate in style this year with fun apps, meaningful gifts and maybe even a new take on an old recipe.

The best Hanukkah apps

The world is becoming more and more reliant on digital tech. While it’s fun to do things the old fashioned way, there’s also joy in learning and playing through digital games.

Here are a few of the best Hanukkah apps your family can enjoy together this year.

Dreidel ARena

Courtesy of Dreidel ARena

This app brings the classic dreidel game to life in 3D. It offers an augmented reality option so you can play on your own table or you can use the virtual setup. Play three free game modes on your iPhone or iPad.

My Menorah 4 Chanukah

Courtesy of Jewish Interactive

If you’re celebrating with young kids, download this free 3D interactive game. It teaches little ones Hanukkah songs and focuses on building skills such as color recognition and the ability to understand and work with numbers, perfect for children 3 to 5 years old.

Smart Menorah

Courtesy of Brandon Koch

Light the Menorah digitally with Smart Menorah. It offers location-based notifications to remind you when it’s time light the next candle and includes a countdown timer and Hanukkah prayers with English translations.

Download on iOS devices for 99 cents.

Hanukkah gift ideas

If you still haven’t purchased your gifts, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Here are a few gift ideas for the whole family.

Homesick Hanukkah scented candles

These candles smell like two of the most beloved Hanukkah traditions: potato latkes with applesauce and jelly doughnuts.

These hand-dipped candles are the perfect present for someone who loves to relax at home.

Zion Judaica LED electric Hanukkah menorah

This LED menorah reduces the risk of house fires and is safe for use around young children. The battery or USB-powered menorah only requires a push of a button to “light” a candle.

This gift is ideal for anyone who wants to celebrate Hanukkah but doesn’t want the hassle or risks that come with wax candles.

‘Latke, the Lucky Dog’

Spend some time with your children this holiday season and come together over a heartwarming tale about Latke, a shelter dog who finds a home on the first night of Hanukkah.

Impress with new takes on traditional recipes

Traditional Hanukkah recipes include latkes, sufganiyot (doughnuts) and applesauce. If you have a secret family recipe, more power to you, but if you could use a little help, we’ve got you covered.

Here are three new takes on classic recipes sure to “wow” your friends and family.

Honey and spice cookies

If you want a flavorful dessert that’s not too sweet, whip up this recipe found at BBC GoodFood. They won’t take long, either. Prep time is only 30 minutes, and they bake in 12 minutes.

Courtesy of Mirium Nice

Best-ever potato latkes

© Christina Holmes from Food & Wine

Unlike its classic counterpart, these crispy potato latkes are decorated with smoked salmon, salmon roe, sour cream and applesauce. If you want to impress your visitors with an elevated dish, give this one a try.

Orange-scented jelly doughnuts

Hanukkah isn’t the same without sufganiyot or jelly-filled doughnuts. Though doughnuts tend to be very sweet, the citrus in this recipe helps balance the flavors.

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