mishloach manot themes
We got one where everything was gold.
Most of what I got had a simple theme - Bag of junk food, what a waste!
Here in the 5 towns they just introduced garbage recycling and gave all homes a yellow can with a green cover. What I wanted to get was small yellow containers with green covers. Then I would put a sticker on it that says "Recycle Only" and take mishloach manot that I recieved and simply empty them into my containers to, you guessed it, recycle them :)
My theme this year was Birkat Hachama.
* Sundried tomatoes
* Sunflower seeds
* Sun chips
* Sun Maid raisins
* Sunkist (drink)
* Sunkist (jelly)
* a homentash because it's Purim.
Packaging was a plastic basket that should be useful for all sorts of things during the year. 14 baskets were bright yellow, and the other 16 were white, both fitting with the theme.
Wow, we were exactly on the same page; Birchat ha'chama was my theme as well, but I did all homemade stuff. I made lemon cupcakes frosted with yellow frosting, and put little triangles of fruit leather so it looked like the sun. I also made sunflower-butter cookies (tasted just like peanut butter cookies), scones using sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seed bars (similar to rice krispie treats with the addition of coconut and sunflower seeds, of course), and some muffins that had sunflower seeds among their ingredients. Sent it in a yellow bag and it was well received by all.
We used to more elaborate things, then I hit on peanuts in the bags like you get at baseball games and everyone loved it. We received some crap that we always throw out. My husband said we should just recycle, get the first one and then take it abpart and recycle and give it out to someone else.. Most of the stuff we get is inedible to us. We got a garbanza bean salad, a few peanuts, a few pieces of popcorn, a crappy apple,etc. I would rather not get anything and donate money to a charity.
I know for me growing up we didn't give anything out. We just had our hamenstachen and went to services.
Of course you recycle; anything that comes in that you don't like goes out to someone who may. Anything you're stuck with at the end of the day goes to work the next day, or to the neighbours.
It's harder when you've got a tight theme, as I did this year; rather than mess that up, two people got bags of random stuff, which I hope they liked, and everyone else got the planned package, with perhaps some extra Sun Maid raisins. But in fact this year I didn't get much that I didn't want to keep. Last year's theme was looser (Shabbos groceries) so I could throw in more junk and just call it "dessert".
And giving shalach manos is just as important as hearing the megillah.
i did a semi french theme with shelf stable baguettes, a container of sabra humous with peppadew or onions,smalll bottle of wine and either black caviar or a jar of basil pesto.we fingured it's stuff that people can use at their purim seuda or shabbos table.i think it was my least expensive mishloach manot i ever sent
Kitchen Caboodles on Ave P in Bklyn had the most creative, reasonable and beautiful packages I have seen. It was perfect for me because I was working & had no time to really be as creative as i've been in the past years. They had mishloach manot starting from $4! ($5,6,8,10 etc)They even do custom packages with gourmet ingredients. They had the cutest ice cream packages for $25 that had 4 ceramic cone shaped cups filled w/sprinkles,and all colorful candy set on top of color coordinated box. It looked like a 40 dollar thing! My neighbors loved them because it was stuff they would actually use!!! It worked for me this year!
We bought six 100 calorie snacks and a 13 calorie gumball. i called it Purim segula, and wrote that there is a little known segula that if you eat 613 calories on purim, you will live a long, prosperous life. I also included silly things you had to do (turn around 3x, touch your left pinkie to your write ear) and say the following. And then it said in Hebrew letters "I think the ____;s are pulling my leg."
Since we went on a mission to Cuba this January, we went with a sorta Cuban/Caribbean theme:
hamantaschen with guava, lime curd, ginger, and prune (a nod to Ashkenazi tradition)
airline bottles of Bacardi
Russian chocolates (get it?)
bagel chips (more Ashkenazi tradition - ie I couldn't find kosher plantain chips)
and an orange
Late in the day on Purim it occurred to me that, along with the Bacardi, we should have included small cans of Coke and a lime. Twenty-twenty hindsight, I guess.
Mostly we received awful junk food that even my kid doesn't want or worse, health food type snacks that no one wants. The best were simply my friend Carol's hamantaschen. Her's are the best and we all look forward to them annually.
Thanks to everyone who posted their themes, I must make notes for next year so I am ready!
For my daughters teachers I did box or assorted finer crackers, wine or grape juices, package of dates, goat cheese, and jaffa oranges.
I heard someone did a Lox Box which is a great idea. I got a nice container of honey from Israel in a gift which I thought was really nice!
I prefer the themed baskets with real food versus junk food thrown in a bag that wont be eaten because it is unhealthy.
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We did "Yes We Can". Contents:
Canada Dry beverage
Can of cannollini beans
Sweet-Spicy pecans (homemade)
hamentashen, of course (also homemade)
We also included pictures of things we couldn't or didn't include: canapes, canola oil, cantaloupe, cannabis, can-can dancers. Oh, and canadian bacon.
I'm wishing I had thought of the Stimulus package and the Birkat Hachama.
Love the "yes we can". Very creative. I did a related Obamania theme. I included the following foods and the rhyme below.
There's pineapple from Hawaii
Where he made his debut
And spices from Indonesia
Baked in a cake just for you.
Chicago is home of pizza
This pizza cheese will have to do.
Now he's in the White House
Marked by candy - red, white & blue.
Food - individual pineapple fruit cup, spice cake, string cheese (wanted pizza flavored chips or crackers, but couldn't find any), Mounds and Almond Joy (because of the wrapper colors) and hamantashen.