How to Make a Mishloach Manot

On Purim, we make Mishloach Manot baskets to send as gifts to friends, family, and acquaintances. These baskets are given as gifts within the Jewish community as a symbol of friendship and the strength of the Jewish community. To give a Mishloach Manot is considered a mitzvah – a commandment and good deed. It is also customary to give Mishloach Manot, along with other gifts of food and money, as charitable offerings to the poor. The charity is given in order to ensure that the recipient has enough food during the Purim celebration. The Mishloach Manot custom originated in the Book of Esther, as part of the story of Purim:

As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. (Esther 9:22)

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 that can be eaten in the basket. If you’re making a basket for a family who keeps kosher, you’ll want to make sure that all food items you include are kosher or kosher-certified. Most baskets will also contain some sort of hamantaschen, a traditional cookie for the holiday. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless!

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Be sure to scroll to the end of the post… I’ll be giving away two of these pretty Mishloach Manot baskets this week, and you can enter to win one!


This basket would be a great gift for a tea lover, or for somebody who loves to bake. I’ve included some delicious kosher herbal teas, a pretty mug with a tea strainer, homemade hamantaschen with nuts and dates, and a fun book called “The Great Latke Hamantash Debate.” I’ve also included one of our popular Royal Challah silicone baking pans in a small size. They will help the recipient create beautifully shaped challot without the need for braiding, and are particularly helpful for those who wish to make gluten free challah (the dough is often difficult to braid). Links to the products appear below.

Tea and Challah Basket Product Links


The Great Latke Hamantash Debate

Silicone Challah Pan

Treat Box


Tea Infuser


This basket is perfect for that special kid in your life. It’s filled with all kinds of fun stuff… a colorful children’s book called “Barnyard Purim,” a traditional noisemaker called a gragger, and a cool FunBites sandwich cutter for making mini sandwich bites for school lunches. I’ve filled it out with grape juice, cookies, and candy treats from the local kosher market. You can also stick in some healthier treats like dried fruit and nuts, as long as the recipient doesn’t have a nut allergy.

To make the pretty bag you see with my home-baked hamantaschen, download my free printable “Happy Purim!” and “Chag Purim Sameach!” treat bag toppers and instructions. They can be found at the following link: Homemade Mishloach Manot Baskets for Purim

Kid Fun Purim Basket Product Links


Barnyard Purim


FunBites Sandwich Cutter


These Mini Mishloach Manot baskets are perfect for bringing to Hebrew school, for kids to give to their friends, and for larger groups where you want to send a small token for Purim. They’ll fit a few hamantaschen and another treat, like candy or dried fruit, in a cute little “basket” package just right for gift giving. Supplies can be found below, including ribbon and tags so you can write a little message to the recipient. Free printable “Happy Purim!” and “Chag Purim Sameach!” treat bag toppers and instructions can be found at the following link: Homemade Mishloach Manot Baskets for Purim.

Mini Mishloach Manot Product Links

Colorful Treat Boxes




This Mishloach Manot is designed for giving to “grown up” friends. Drinking is a part of the Purim celebration; the requirement in the Talmud goes so far as to instruct that one should get so drunk that they can’t tell the difference between the phrases Arur Haman (“cursed is Haman”) and Baruch Mordechai (“blessed is Mordecai”). While not everybody participates in this custom, those that do will appreciate the sentiment of this basket. It includes homemade Flavor Infused Vodka and Herb Infused Simple Syrup (follow the links for instructions to make your own). Here I’ve put homemade hamantaschen in a silver Chinese takeout box (you can buy them at the link below). I’ve also added a funny book, “The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals” (I reviewed the book here), some cookies, a Jewish ice mold, a jigger for measuring liquor into cocktails, and a mask to celebrate the costumed festivities of Purim.

L’Chaim Purim Basket Product Links

Ice Cube Molds

The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals

Double Jigger

Glass Flask

Glass Bottle

Chinese Takeout Treat Boxes



This basket is a beautiful way to show a family that you care. Included are homemade hamantaschen, dates and nuts, herbal tea and kosher coffee, grape juice and kosher treats. It also includes two lovely masks to help the recipient celebrate the costumed Purim festivities.

Family Fun Purim Basket Product Links


Treat Box


Instant Coffee



I am giving away three of the baskets seen in this post – the Family Fun Purim Basket, the Kid Fun Purim Basket, and the Tea and Challah Purim Basket. Just comment on the site below and let me know which basket you would like to receive, and why. Make sure you leave a valid email address in the email field so we can contact you if you win. All who enter will be signed up for my free weekly newsletter (if you already receive the newsletter, don’t worry, we’ve got you on file… you won’t receive duplicate newsletters). You can unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time. Winners will be chosen at random. Entries are limited to the continental United States for this contest; if you live outside the U.S., please don’t enter, as we won’t be able to ship the basket to you.

So tell me, what’s your favorite basket? Contest ends on Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00pm Pacific. CONTEST HAS ENDED, post is closed to further comments.

Congratulations to Janet Leigh, Nicola, and Nanette H.! Your comments were chosen via an online randomizer, and you are the winning recipients of the Purim Mishloach Manot baskets. I will be notifying you all via email. To everybody else who entered, thank you for commenting. I will host another giveaway soon!

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  1. Tea and Challah Purim Basket is my favorite & I woud use every item in it!!!
    I am new to celebrating Hebrew holidays & this would be great to have (especially the challah pan!!)

  2. I like the “Tea and Challah” gift basket. I have been trying with great love an patience to explain the Jewish traditions to my Non-Jewish fiance and I have been trying to explain Purim to him in regards to people give the Misloach Manot as gifts.

  3. I would love the Tea and Challah one! I love tea, and your comment about gluten free challah has me intrigued! I haven’t tried making any yet because I know how tricky gluten free doughs are, but I miss my challah. :( I had to give up gluten and dairy last year around this time because I could no longer ignore the side effects. I did see a recipe somewhere for gluten free hamantaschen, and I think I’m going to give those a shot this year. Thanks and Shalom!!

  4. Oh how i would love to win one!!! My son was just diagnosed with cancer and how cherry would one of these would be !!

    love you on FB too !!!

  5. I would LOVE the Tea & Challah Purim Basket! My sweet little 2 year old daughter has never had challah bread and I’ve never baked it before, and I would love to do that as a rainy day activity with her. Also, my husband is a tea fanatic and would love the tea. Thank you for considering us!

  6. Great site, so informative and colorful! I would love to enter to win the “Tea and Challah” basket. it would be great to share/give to my friends who always let me celebrate their Jewish holidays with them.

  7. Definitely the tea and challah basket. I am intrigued by the challah mold and what is better than a book and nice cup of tea?

  8. A contest for sending portions – what a delight!
    You can win mishloach manot, did I read that right?
    Tea and Challah would be swell, because I really want to bake well.
    L’chaim basket would be just fine, being the doc wants me to drink red wine.
    Last but not least, Kid Fun would be so neat, my two little toddlers see a book as a treat!
    All of these baskets are great, as for which one you pick is for you to debate…
    Thanks for bearing with this awful verse, take it as all good fun against Haman’s curse.
    Here is to hoping that your holiday rocks – wishing you all a Purim Samyach!

  9. I would love the L’Chaim Basket! THe ice molds are adorable and I am looking forward to trying the infused vodka. I always tell people to save their etro

  10. These baskets all look great! I would choose the Tea and Challah Purim Basket. I love to bake and my retired Rabbi grandfather loves tea. With this basket i would be able to bake him challah in the tradition shape (to his dietary needs) and he could enjoy the tea aspects. The hamantaschen sounds delicious and would look forward to enjoying them with him.

  11. I love all of your baskets, very creative! But I’d love to win the Tea and Challah basket. Because A: I could really use that challah mold, and B: a book will get me everytime. Plus, I love to relax with tea, challah, and a book after Saturday morning Torah study.

  12. I would love to win the Kid Fun Purim Basket. I am Jewish, but my husband isn’t, and we are raising our 4 year old son Jewish. I am always looking for fun ways to celebrate the holidays with him. He lives Purim for some reason (groggers? Hamantaschen?). I know he would love this basket! Thank you!

  13. oops! I hit enter too fast :( I always tell my student’s parents to save their etrogs for making marmalade or infused vodka! I also share your recipes and crafts for all my friends, student’s and families to see! Chag Sameach!!!

  14. I would love to win the childrens basket or the family. They are all beautiful and I love reading and learning about Jewish traditions from you.

  15. Okay, well, if I have to choose, I would love to win the Tea and Challah basket. I love tea and delicate tea items. The Royal Challah silicone baking pans and molds are something that would be a great aid for someone who could use a little help in Challah making. Me.

  16. Oh, how beautiful and what a fantastic tradition. I would love to win the family basket and start my own tradition in my family. We are expecting our very first great-grandchild and I understand how important tradition is to family. Thank you in advance – thank you for all you do.

  17. They are all lovely, but my boys would so love reading the “Barnyard Purim” book. They love every book they have from Kar-Ben. So I’d have to say the Kid Fun Purim Basket is my choice.

  18. I would love the tea and challa because I have such a hard time making challah… It would be delightful… And yes I would share!

  19. I would enjoy winning the Tea and Challah basket because we are loyal tea drinkers and because I bake our Challah. Would enjoy eating homemade hamantashen too! Will have to bake ours this week. Chag sameach to you and yours and thank you very much for your most generous give aways.

  20. They are all beautiful! I don’t think I really have a favorite- I think my family and I would enjoy any one of them! You’ve got a beautiful website and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog!

  21. I love the kid fun basket because it is so colorful. My cousin’s little girl would love the kid fun basket and I’d enjoy sharing it with her! :)

    Thanks for all of the great basket ideas. I am just now learning about Jewish holidays so its great to learn about celebrating Purim. :)

  22. The “Kid Fun Purim Basket” would be just right for my Granddaughter. It would introduce her to Purim and be so much fun.

  23. These baskets are awesome!! I would love to win one. I love your posts on facebook. I am not Jewish but was raised in a predominantly Jewish area and enjoyed the holidays with my friends’ families.

  24. I love reading your post on Facebook. You have helped me get in touch with my Jewish side ( Grandmother) I did not know I Was Jewish until I was an adult, ( crazy right ) I just thought my Grandmother was different.
    At my first all Jewish (Foods) Passover thought I would find all kinds of different foods, all we had were things my Grandmother had always made, so I made it my business to find out why.

  25. My favorite basket is the Kids Fun Basket. My husband is Jewish and I have had a great time celebrating Purim with our children. In the Christian culture, Purim isn’t something that is acknowledged or celebrated. Honestly, I do not understand why! Such a beautiful story of courage and choosing what is right. (and who doesn’t enjoy costumes? I mean, really)

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