Once upon a time, making Mishloach Manot, or food gifts for Purim, was a simple affair; homemade hamantaschen, of course, were always the centerpiece. There were usually little bags of chips or pretzels, some candy or fruit, and maybe a little bottle of grape juice in the more extravagant baskets. Nowadays, over the top baskets rule, and many gifters try to outdo themselves each year with new and imaginative takes on the mitzvah. Whether you’re sending baskets to 2 people or 25, here are lots of ideas and recipes to help you assemble creative, delicious Purim baskets.
I thought it would be fun to put together a few Mishloach Manot baskets for Purim, to give you some examples of the types of items that might be included. Obviously these are just ideas; with Mishloach Manot, you can really get creative and have fun putting together all kinds of baskets, from simple to spectacular. The only “rule,” really, is to have at least two items or two different brachot that can be eaten in the basket. Most baskets will also contain some sort of hamantaschen, a traditional cookie for the holiday.