Creative Mishloach Manot

Give a Purim gift that will delight its recipients.

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Breakfast Basket

Bag of organic pancake mix
Mini bottle of real maple syrup
Small bag of homemade granola
Coffee beans
Assortment of bagels
Container of cream cheese
1 Kirby cucumber, jar of capers, red onion, or cherry tomatoes
Package idea: Arrange everything in a wicker basket

Cheese Lover

Assortment of cheeses (e.g. cheddar, Brie, Stilton, goat chevre)
Water crackers or oat biscuits
Homemade fig bread
Fresh grapes or a few small apples
Shelled walnuts, pecans, or marcona almonds
Half bottle of wine
Package idea: Arrange everything in a galvanized pail

Milk & Cookies

Assortment of cookies--chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, etc.
Individual bottle of milk
Package idea: Arrange in a galvanized pail tied with checkered ribbon

Middle Eastern Goodies

Container of hummus
Homemade muhamarra dip
Pita crackers
Preserved olives
Dried figs and dates
Israeli couscous
Turkish coffee
Package idea: Bundle items inside a colorful piece of fabric

Sports Fan

Bottle of craft beer
Package of Cracker Jack and/or popcorn
A jar of mixed nuts
Pretzels and mustard
Fruit leather
Package idea: Put everything in a bag of your choice, tied with ribbon that matches your friend's favorite team colors

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Leah Koenig

Leah Koenig is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Gastronomica, Jewish Living, Lilith, Culinate, Beliefnet and other publications.