Yet another miracle has been bestowed upon the Jewish people…I actually finished my Purim baskets on time! This is a first and I’m pretty proud to not have had to resort to pre-made ones for once. Take that, Haman!
So after assembling some packaging ideas, I pretty quickly decided on the Maison de la Belle Jardiniere Wood 5×6 Planter Box ($5.99 each or 3 for $5 each) from Save On Crafts and French Market Tag ($1 each) from My Own Labels [not pictured-doh!]. I was really happy with the planter box even though it wasn’t as deep a green as in Save On Crafts’ picture. It is more of a teal as seen in my photos.
Although I’m a pretty handy cookie-maker, I don’t like to actually make anything for my baskets. My recipients range in their kashrut observance from completely kosher to totally non, so I like to clearly sign-post that everything is “safe” and store-bought. I also didn’t want to fill it with a bunch of junk food so I only selected items that would be more healthy. I’ve got some grapes, grape juice, an oatmeal sachet, dates, and a small halava treat. The theory is that one could have an entire “meal” from the basket. Probably breakfast since it’s oatmeal.
So where are you at with your shalach manos: already done, buying a pre-made or skipping it altogether?