According to Jewish tradition, on Purim each adult must give a minimum of two different foods to at least one person, and two charitable donations to the needy. The food parcels are called mishloach manot or “sending portions”, in some communities the tradition is a major to-do among friends, colleagues and relatives.
Want to make your mishloach manot stand out this Purim? Follow these easy steps!
Customize and personalize
Start with foods you would buy yourself and tweak them according to the recipient. If you love a certain granola or chocolate bar that you think your family and friends may enjoy, throw it in. Know your friend recently switched from Splenda to Stevia? Include a box her gift basket. Personal touches leave a lasting impression and show that you put extra thought and care into the gift.
Some great universally appreciated options that I like to include are:
Wrap it with style
Presentation makes a big impact. With food and gifts the saying “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” does not apply, in both cases appearance matters! Put extra care into the gift wrap and it will show that it was given with love.
* If you are using a basket you may need to criss cross the cellophane in order to cover the sides.
Hosting a Hanukkah party this year? See below for some party essentials and gift ideas.
Give your guests a sweet treat with these sacks of gelt. They add a little pizzaz to each place setting and they are a nice little after dinner treat!
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I’m usually not a fan of paper or plastic when it comes to dinnerware. There’s nothing worse than cutting into chicken with plastic cutlery and it’s not so eco friendly. Because Hanukkah is only once a year and the meals are usually dairy I make an exception. Plus it is such a fun holiday you won’t want to be in the kitchen doing dishes, you will want to partake in all of the festivities.
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…Which brings me to… you guessed it! Dreidel
What would a Hanukkah party be without a little dreidel? These fun colors will surely put your guests in a festive mood and the kids can play while adults chat and enjoy the meal!
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Hanukah is a time of year where gifts are given. In leu of a gift for one of the nights let your child pick a charity that you will make a donation to. If you are giving a gift to a friend or relative you can always buy a gift card to Charity Choice, which houses over 250 charities and the recipient can choose the charity. Seven gifts instead of eight is still a pretty sweet deal!