Mishloach Manot is the traditional gift giving of two or more different type foods to at least two people. We perform this Mitzvah for many reasons – most significantly to ensure there is sufficient food for the Purim feast and to increase love and friendship between Jews, thereby dismissing Haman's accusations that there is strife and dissention. Purim is an ideal opportunity to repair broken relationships by sending packages to people with whom we've had ill feelings. Traditionally, however, Purim packages are sent to family, friends, neighbors, and business associates.
Mishloach Manot is given in many different forms. Home baked goods, candy platters, fruit, and lots and lots of wine bottles are just some of the things traded between friends and family. At times, you may find things have gone from the simple baskets our mothers used to hand out to elaborately themed towers of very expensive confections.
Last year, I received a huge wicker horse stuffed with everything pink and green. Impressive surely, but where someone finds a pink wrapped bottle of beer I have still to find out. The Mishloach Manot we appreciated the most was the sweetly presented deli lunch box that had a small hero sandwich, a package of chips and a can of cola. It really hit the spot after a day of running errands with no time to prepare lunch.
Here are a couple entertaining, classy, and easy on the pocket Mishloach Manot ideas:
For the best tasting cupcakes you've ever made, top them off with a delicious Dairy Free Chocolate or Vanilla Creamy Frosting. See our Sarah Lasry recipe section for more variations.
There are many ways you can express your Purim joy and fulfill the Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot this year without having to stress out. Remember to keep things simple and easy and think about what you would most appreciate to receive and give accordingly - Not just another Purim basket for you this year!