Archive for November, 2008

20 Mishloach Manot Themes

November 14, 2008

Here’s a list of Purim basket themes as promised. Thank you very much to all of you who emailed your favorite themes to me! Feel free to add more themes to the comments below.


UPDATE: Need more ideas? Want to see pictures? See the beautiful Mishloach Manot pictures sent to us by our clients by clicking here.


1. Coffee or Café’ Manot: coffee, sugar packets/Splenda, min-container of creamer, coffee cake, biscotti, Hamentaschen. This is really cute when packaged in a large coffee mug. You can even get the mugs personalized for an extra special touch.

2. Healthy Mishloach Manot:  whole wheat Hamentaschen, nuts, fruit (fresh or dried), dark chocolate.

3. Israeli Purim Basket: Israeli crackers, a little tub of chummus, olives with a box of herbal tea and a “Jaffa” orange.

4. Israeli #2: an assortment of blue and white products.

5. Spices:  spice cake, an herbal spice tea, cinnamon sticks, and an orange. Consider adding scented candles, small scented lotion, for an extra special touch.

6. Wine Mishloach Manot: bottle of dry wine, crackers and cheese. Possibly in a small picnic basket.

7. Wine Mishloach Manot #2: a California Cabernet Sauvignon, good dark chocolate. Possibly in a small picnic basket.

8. Picnic Mishloach Manot – Salmon: can of salmon or tuna, a mini bottle of mayo (or packets), a small onion, crackers, napkins and plastic cutlery.

9. Picnic Mishloach Manot – Salami:  dried salami, a bottle of mustard, crackers or Kaiser rolls, napkins and plastic cutlery.

10. “Good Night” or “Sleepy Time”: Sleepy Time tea, hot cocoa mix, cookies and milk. Consider adding a sleep mask, for an extra special touch.

11. “Nutty Purim”, “Oh Nuts” or “Go Nuts”: a bag of nuts, a mini-bottle of Frangelico (Hazelnut liquor), hazelnut coffee, Snickers or Egozi bar, and a coconut for a unique touch.

12. “Absolut Nuts”: Same as above, but substitute a bottle of Absolut for the Hazelnut liquor. (you can use the Absolut theme for just about anything)

13. Baseball: Peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, cotton candy, soda.

14. “Vegas” or “Casino”: A small bottle of booze, chips (potato and chocolate) a lottery ticket, a deck of card or dice.

15. Shiva Minim Manot, The Seven Species of Israel – Hamentaschen (wheat), beer (barley), dates, grape juice/raisins/wine (grapes), olives, figs and a pomegranate (or pomegranate juice or jelly)

16. Breakfast at Tiffany: Items that would be good for breakfast such as coffee, oatmeal, breakfast bars and were able to include a coffee mug that we put our sisterhood logo on.

17. “Movie Manot”: Microwave popcorn bucket or movie theater popcorn bucket filled with Twizzlers, soda, M ’n Ms, Reeses Pieces, movie rental coupon (or a dvd).

18. Beach theme: A sand pail as the bucket and filled it with goodies one would eat at the beach along with a puzzle book that they would use at the beach.  Believe it or not salt water taffy is kosher.

19. The Big Apple: This one can either be a NY theme, or an apple theme. Either way, distribute in an “I Love NY” bag

20. Black and White Shalach Monos: Oreos, marshmallows, black and white cookies and chocolate milk.

UPDATE: Need more ideas? Want to see pictures? See the beautiful Mishloach Manot pictures sent to us by our clients by clicking here.

The Financial Crisis, Inflation and Purim Mishloach Manot Fundraisers

November 9, 2008

We’ve been getting lots of questions recently about pricing—specifically in light of rising food and packaging costs. The most important thing to keep in mind when thinking about raising the pricing on your shalach monos, is that it’s a tough time for many of your congregants (members, parents, etc.). Even if they haven’t been personally affected by the economic slowdown, many are afraid they will be affected and are thus cutting back on their spending. You should also keep in mind that there’s a certain threshold that people are willing to spend on Purim baskets—if you exceed that price point, many will make their own shlach manot or simply choose not to participate. That specific price varies by community demographic, but typically synagogues and schools that price their baskets as low as possible, have the highest participation rates, the most orders and the highest AVERAGE order size. People seem to become “click happy” if the price is low enough, and will send to many, many people.

So what to do about your Purim project this year? If you can, leave your pricing the same and market your fundraiser as being economically sensitive. Or raise your prices a small amount, say 25 or 50 cents. Or, our Happy Purim software offers the ability to charge a higher price for reciprocity orders, so you can leave your initial pricing the same, but raise your reciprocity prices. As always, please feel free to call, email or leave comments below.

Mishloach Manot Themes – Purim Basket Themes

November 7, 2008

It’s become super popular to distribute Shalach Manot baskets with themes. I don’t know how, when, or where this “minhag” got started, but it has really caught on. Our clients are always asking us for ideas, so we thought we’d put together a comprehensive list and post them here. Please email me (ari (at) if you’ve got any suggestions, or simply add the great ones you’ve seen to the comments below.

I already have a list of 15 or so; I’d like to get a few more before I post them next week. Click Here to see the list of themes.

Thanks and Shabbat Shalom,