Published by PETA Staff.

Hanukkah is the festival of lights, and it’s also a festival of oil. For this holiday, Jews celebrate the miracle of a tiny bit of oil lasting eight long nights with family gatherings, food, and games. Observers whip up dishes such as potato pancakes and jelly donuts and play dreidel, spinning for a handful of gelt.

Get into the Hanukkah sprit with the following delicious vegan dishes and cruelty-free holiday gift ideas:

Devour Jelly Donuts

Actor and mother Mayim Bialik has the perfect egg-free recipe for you.

Prepare Egg-Free Potato Pancakes

You can go with a classic savory latke, or make sweet potato latkes for a fun twist—egg-free, of course! Serve your latkes with applesauce and store-bought dairy-free sour cream, or make your own.

Give Guilt-Free Gelt

Let the kiddos spin the dreidel and enjoy these dairy-free chocolate treats as prizes or gifts.

Vegan gelt (chocolate coins)

Fry Fishless Filets

Make it a feast, and while you’re enjoying your spread of traditional Jewish treats, fry up some Gardein fishless filets.

Fish and chips

Share Vegan Love

Give the gift of vegan cooking know-how with Mayim’s Vegan Table. Check out vegan holiday recipes and other cookbooks that we’re excited about.

Mayim's Vegan Kitchen Cookbook

Look and Gift Your Best

Look your best around the frying pan and at all those holiday parties by wearing or gifting beautiful cruelty-free cosmetics.

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Keep #WoolFreeWinter going by gifting animal-friendly presents to friends and family. Why not try a new beanie or socks from the PETA Shop?

friends not food socks

Be Generous

One way to practice tikkun olam (healing the world) is to give tzedakah (charity) to your favorite organizations that are doing good things in the world. PETA has many ways to give this holiday season.


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