If open flames are too much of a fire hazard, go the paper-only route with this cut-out cardboard menorah. It comes with glitter encrusted candles for pretend lighting and is easy to punch out and construct.
Short on time for cooking this season? Order all the trimmings of a readymade Hanukkah party from Lower East Side smoked fish emporium Russ and Daughters. They'll ship a box of latkes, smoked salmon, roe and crème fraîche straight to your doorstep. Nationwide.
Not to be outdone by the peppermint bark and gingerbread men, my family likes to bake sugar cookies in the shape of menorahs and stars and then decorate them with blue and white sprinkles. They're even better frozen!