February 11, 2009 4:40 am at 4:40 am #928676
Igenerally don’t do themes. I give out a lot so I try to keep it inexpencive. I go often to Amazing Savings-about once a week, just to check out what I don’t need (I always find it). I always keep on the lookout for nice bags or boxes for meshulach manos. Last year they had little denim bags that looked like totes but were about 4″ X 4″. They were around 3/$1. I put a bottle of grape juice and somekind of nosh in each bag and wrote on them Simchas Purim with a magic marker. They were very cute. This year I bought little paper totes (5/$1) and I will fill it with home made cup cakes (usuing my new cup cake molds!) and either a grape juice or a juic box.
I love Purim. I am in my 50s and I still always dress up. I have some ideas for this year, but I’m still not sure what I will do.February 17, 2009 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #928677
Ames, I would do superbowl food – chips, salsa, pretzels, soda…its not necessarily cheap though.February 17, 2009 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #928678
ames – make fried chicken wings and put in a beer. chicken wings are not expensive – you can batter dip them and make a spicy sauce or just buy buffalo wing sauce…February 17, 2009 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #928679
ames, FOOTBALL?? cool!
a hot dog and a beer.February 17, 2009 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm #928680
ames: i think moish wants a shaloch manos from you!!!February 18, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am #928681
Ames, if you can find any of those Foam fingers or any small flags of one of the local teams that would be cute!February 18, 2009 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm #928682
Jets or the Giants 🙂February 18, 2009 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm #928683
the Giants!February 18, 2009 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #928684
ames, a word of advice: don’t do the Jets. the Giants are way cooler.February 18, 2009 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm #928685
Ames add me to ur list will ya!!!February 18, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #928686
Ames: last year I did sort of like that, I put mini hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry, and mini chicken cutlets, with packets of mustard and a can of soda in a baseball hat!!! (The food was in those red and white things, don’t no what they’re called lol, cuz I wasn’t putting food directly on the hat!! Nauseas!!) And I added a few candys, it was cute!!February 18, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #928687
ames: what’s stopping you??$February 19, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am #928688
Ames thats awesome! If you can amass ketchup/mustard packets, I would add it. Good thinking Syrian!February 19, 2009 1:27 am at 1:27 am #928689
Oh and there was litle kinishes! Thanx sjs!February 19, 2009 3:47 am at 3:47 am #928690
ames, I think they may sell packages of those small squeeze packets at grocery or warehouse/ club stores. My husband told me he’s seen them at Costco.February 19, 2009 4:42 am at 4:42 am #928691
Ames I think my mom either got the mustard packets from costco or a resteraunt!! I’m not sure but I think it was costco!! Donate the extra to a resteraunt or school or somethinFebruary 19, 2009 5:03 am at 5:03 am #928692
Ames that’s very cute but I think a can of coke is nicer but if u want the beer bc of the football theme than go for itFebruary 19, 2009 7:24 am at 7:24 am #928694
ames: awesome shaloch monos idea!!! have fun making them!!!February 19, 2009 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm #928695
beer definitely goes better.
ames – i saw those football bowls. they really are nice. and quite large, so you can fit a lot in them.
have fun making them!February 19, 2009 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #928697
Ames, I’m not sure where you live but in Lakewood you can get the packets at some of the grocery stores (I think co-op usually has them) especially before Purim. It might be worth checking your local grocery because I believe the bulk packs are 1000, or at least 500. Hatzlacha!February 19, 2009 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #928698
Ok folks, here I come!!! We usually do not do a theme. Too time consuming and too much money. However, where there is a compelling reason to do so, we will do one. For example, I recently lost my job and B’H was able to find one, a month later (a better one I might add). So we decided to do the whole “Bad Economy” theme. We are getting burlap material from the fabric store, rope from home depot and a challah roll and a small bottle of water. Both items can and will be used in the seudah, which is important for us when making the mishloach manot and its super cheap. According to my calculations we will be spending under $0.60 a package, and we will be sending our kids a good and healthy message. On a lighter note, when we were living in an apt complex with other young couples, many of them learning, many of them (including ourselves) received government help in many forms including WIC. WIC stands for Women, infants and Children and the program helps you obtain important food products for pregnant women and kids. Anyways the running joke was that they are specific as to what food you can buy (milk, apple juice, formula eggs and cereals) and what kind of those foods you can get (no sugar cereals, it had to be healthful). We considered giving out WIC mishloach manot with the following message “Have and WICked Purim”. After laughing our heads off and realizing it will probably hurt some feelings, we scratched it, but we always thought it would be funny. Anyways that’s my rant, take it or leave it. HAPPY PURIM!!!!!February 19, 2009 6:58 pm at 6:58 pm #928699
Bizrizut, you might wanna double check but i don’t think water counts.February 19, 2009 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #928700
Thanks Moish, thats a good point. I might add a candy in there or something. I just figured using bread and water (life’s necessities) would be a good idea. Anyways, I will surely ask my Local Orthodox Rabbi.February 19, 2009 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #928701
Ames, costco definitely has them. But yeah, they are in bulk.
They do come in handy though for packing lunches. Your bread doesnt get soggy! But it is more expensive.February 19, 2009 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm #928702
oh right – because candy is definitely one of life’s necessities… 😉February 23, 2009 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #928704
My mishloach manos this year is being in the colors of black, red & white.
Anyone have any good ideas or posuk/chazal where i can tie it into purim?February 23, 2009 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #928705
I am with you all the way about the peanut chews and gummy bears. I just went shopping today and the display of nosh and candy for purim was overwhelming (gives me a headache just thinking about it!!)
But of course my shaloch manot is made up already. They are in my guest room, waiting for purim! This is what I did. On Tu B’shvat I had my local frum candy store make up trays of dried fruit and nuts with a few gold chocolates, they are gorgeous. My friends appreciate this on the few weeks before pesach when you want to serve a desert that is not going to leave a trail of chometz crumbs.
As for sending Tuna salad, salmon salad, egg salad, I find that very often they sit on someones table or counter till the big clean up on shushan purim. By then it is spoiled and goes right in the garbage. My own house is not so hectic, but I have observed this often at other people’s homes. So it’s a great idea, but don’t give to a large family where there is a lot of shaloch manot flying all over on Purim. Just my humble opinion.
May everyone have a chag someach!!!February 23, 2009 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #928706
To families with small children you can give baby food, which can also be used in many kugels.February 23, 2009 7:56 pm at 7:56 pm #928707
ames, i should have known you’d forget the good fruit 😉February 23, 2009 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #928708
This year, we are giving very few people. My husband and I are both working and we wont have time to deliver to everybody and their brother.
This year we are doing staples: milk, bread, eggs, juice, fruit/veggies. I will probably spend the same amount as all of you, but I know that the people we are giving (our Rabbi and some close friends) will appreciate that we gave them really useful items.February 23, 2009 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm #928709
sjs – cholov stam milk to your rov?? 😉February 23, 2009 8:44 pm at 8:44 pm #928710
SJSinNYC- that is a lovely idea. When you give to just a few people you can give something really good. I am giving to twelve people, so I wouldn’t have room in my fridge to store 12 containers of milk, orange juice, 12 dozen egg cartons and the fruit and veggies. Unless I gave drink box sizes.
Ames, I have actually given dried fruit and nut platters before and everyone loved it. It is also great for me, because I can make it a month in advance and have more time for cleaning my house for Pesach. It is true that the dried fruit (it’s not candied) probably does have sugar and it’s not organic, but the chocolates he puts in are high quality expensive chocolate which are absolutely yummy, making you want more. I understand that some people just want the candy and nosh, I just get way too overwhelmed when I go to the store, I wish I could post a photo of what is going on in my part of the woods, a person could get lost in the sea of candy isles and it gets expensive! I just do what is the easiest for me.
We also have shul shaloch manot which takes care of the Rabbi and all the neighbors, that is a big help.February 23, 2009 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #928711
SJS, if you are giving cholov stam milk for mishloach manos, and only need a few, you may want to check to see if your Shoprite has 1/2 gallon containers of Over the Moon milk for sale this week (mine has them for $1.89). There’s a pdf printable on their website for $1 off–you may be best off entering a PA zip when prompted rather than a NJ one. The milk I bought yesterday doesn’t expire till April.February 23, 2009 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #928712
Anon, thanks! I think our Rabbi keeps cholov yisroel but none of the others do!February 23, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #928713
Ames, absolutely, we are happy with whatever we get. It’s the thought that counts! When I grew up shaloch manos was an orange and hamentashen wrapped up on a paper plate, that is fine with me! It is just a pity to send perishable items when people may not have the chance to store them in the fridge.February 23, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm #928714
SJS, the chocolate milk is delicious. Also, SR large eggs are $0.99 a dozen, limit 4.February 23, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm #928715
if people are still looking for 1) ideas of what to give and 2) who to give it to… I can solve your problems
1) coffee (no sugar and a splash of 2% milk – Cholov Yisroel) and a sugar free raspberry filled hamantaschen
2) :o)February 23, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm #928716
mod72 I see your a fan of trying out your shalach manos earlyFebruary 23, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm #928717
help….i need an idea for a newlywed!!! they dont need nosh. any ideas???February 24, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am #928718
Does anyone have an idea for a math themed shalach manot? All I thought of so far was pie for Pi, some nosh and spell it like ‘Sum’, Powerade for Power… Any other ideas? It’s just not coming together for me. ThanksFebruary 24, 2009 2:29 am at 2:29 am #928719
mod72: sounds great, but how do you like your coffee??$ 🙂February 24, 2009 6:26 am at 6:26 am #928720
I try to give things that are kosher l’Pesach only. I try to find chocolates that are Kosher L’Pesach, Most Grape juices and wines are. You can usually find Teas.
One year I made chocolate chip biscotti/mandelbread/hamantashen and gave a J & J iced coffee.
I had a friend give franks in blankets and mini potato knishes with a pickle.
One gives syrian maza foods like Lehmagene,kibbe,mini knishes, & pickles with a little tehina.
Last year, a friend did a pink & brown theme, she found this pretty pink and brown mugs, earlier in the year, and saved them for Purim. She gave 2 very fancy sugar cookies in those colors, which she decorated her self and some pink meringue cookies, wrapped in a matching bow. Very simple and elegant.
Someone told me their school sends a list home with all the teachers and staff. Everyone pays a certain amount for each receipiet. That way each rebbe/teacher gets one beautiful classy Mishloach Manot with a list of the givers. I am sure the Teachers do NOT want to be flooded with so much candy and appreciate it so much more. Otherwise, your own kids maybe eating the very candies you gave the teachers, as they try to attempt to get rid of the nosh(before Pesach) thru good behavior in the classroom!! So in the long run, I thought that was a great idea.
My problem is the kids’ friends. They get so much candy from their friends. You have your own kids and they have to give at least 10 friends and so on and so on… And you can’t just let the children pick only 3 friends to give to, because their other friends give them and you feel like you have to give them something back.
I wish the teachers, maybe, they could do a drawing and each kid picks out one name and just gives to one kid and that kid only!!February 24, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am #928721
mazal77, I love that idea with the pink and brown mugs, very elegant and easy. About your kids friends giving shalach manos, let them give three friends and if more show up at the door, recycle what you have to give them something.
One year, I was very firm with my kids and said they should give only a few friends and that is it. I think purim was on friday, so it was too hectic to drive around. So my little one told her friend at school that she barely got any shaloch manos on purim. The next day my little girl came off the school bus with a HUGE bag of shaloch manos, a gift from her friend who felt sorry for her! OH NO, I remember thinking!February 24, 2009 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #928722
shindy, that was very sweet of the girl though!February 24, 2009 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #928723
With today’s economy (or lack of it) I was thinking of making mishloach manos based on the bailout/stimulus package. How would that translate into food?February 24, 2009 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm #928724
the yenta, you could include a “payday”February 24, 2009 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #928725
I was thinking of Payday, 100 grand, chocolate gelt. But that’s only candy. Any mezonos, drinks, fruits or veggies that can be used for money or stimulus (besides prunes)?February 24, 2009 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm #928726
Great joke about “The Stimulus”.
How about some Celery? (If there weren’t a Kashrus issue, I’d say raisins too)February 24, 2009 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm #928727
the yenta – celery
🙂February 25, 2009 5:22 am at 5:22 am #928728
i have several kids, so the number of kids’ shlach manos can really grow! we tell them they can give to 3 friends to drive to, and several if they walk there. i keep a bowl of little noshes/prizes to give a “something” to those who come who we didn’t prepare for. and i tell my kids “it’s not a package exchange!” (although it sure feels that way sometimes…:))
For my main shaloch monos, i’m doing all one color, it’s alot of fun finding things!
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