I am a bit behind this year with blogging and Purim preparations with juggling my family, teaching, freelance writing, and household tasks. I am sure many of you can relate. Some years I start early and don’t have to wait until the last minute to do everything. At least I still have a week to go!
In case you are behind and want some ideas, I have a few tips for shaloch manos from those we received and made last year. Take a look!
Last year, we made shaloch manos inspired by a teacher appreciation gift I saw somewhere. I found the instructions by Googling “teacher appreciation water bottle gift.” I unfortunately cannot find the site I used, but if you look on Pinterest there are many similar ideas. They each vary in complexity and difficulty. I chose an easy idea that did not use brads or lots of different layers of paper. It was cute, but the holders did keep sliding off during delivery (even though they were tied on).
I used a variety of scrapbook papers, scrapbooking stickers, small labels (for the message), and my tape runner (to adhere the pocket). We inserted a Crystal Light drink mix packet and attached a granola bar to the back. A bow and tape secured it all together.
Some other FAVORITE SHALOCH MANOS we received last year are shown below:
Movie theme – popcorn box, chocolate bar, microwave popcorn, Coca Cola, and hamantashen. (Great idea Larry & Lori!)
Pizza theme – a whole meal in a pizza box: hamantashen pizzas, peppers, Bissli, chocolate bar, chocolate drink and a few other goodies. (Thank you Michelle and Ephraim!)
Red, White and Blue theme – Red licorice, white Airheads, Oreos (blue package), and hamantashen. (Thanks Wende and Don!)
Berry theme – all foods with a berry flavor! (Thanks Shari and Rabbi!)
Nautical theme – this family always chooses a container and costume themes to match. They include a photo of the family on their shaloch manos container or label. They are amazing! (Thanks Bella and Yosef!)
Decorative box – I loved this box so much that I use it in my classroom for treats! (Thanks Tammy and Mark!)
For more inspiration, check out my friend Mara’s (from Kosher on a Budget) awesome Shaloch Manos ideas:
- “Kids’ Mitzvah Checklist for Purim”
- “Purim is coming too fast!”
- “Purim costume ideas”
- “Purim costumes and preparation” – includes costumes we have done over the years
- “Purim wrap-up” – thoughts and lessons learned after the holiday
- “Shaloch Manos Gallery 2012″ – our favorite shaloch manos gifts from 2012