45+ Mishloach Manot Theme Ideas!
By: Dena Gershkovich
Believe it or not, Purim is right around the corner! If you need some help thinking of what to pack your mishloach manot with, this list will be helpful to you! We hope these ideas will add some more creativity to your chag!
1. Trader Joe’s Theme
Place all of your favorite Trader Joe’s finds into a Trader Joe’s tote bag or a brown grocery bag! If you go with the brown grocery bag option, you can print out the Trader Joe’s logo and tape it to the outside of the bag.
Purchase Trader Joe’s totes here.
Purchase brown grocery bags here.
2. Tea Time Theme
Gather some sugar cookies, tea biscuits, honey, sugar cubes and teas/coffees of various flavors (you can also use iced tea), and package everything together with a tea kettle and/or mug.
Purchase tea kettles here.
Purchase mugs here.
These honey sticks are also nice to include!
3. School Lunch Box Theme
This is an especially cute theme if you have little kids! Assemble foods such as chopped up fruit, fresh veggies, pretzel sticks, crackers, sandwich halves, chocolate chip cookies, and/or a juice box inside of a tin lunch box.
Purchase lunch boxes here.
4. Make Your Own Pizza Kit
Everyone loves pizza night! Package some pizza crusts (or pre-made pizza dough), marinara sauce, shredded cheese and toppings/herbs of choice (olives, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, peppers, pineapple, basil, parsley, etc.) on top of a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Include directions on baking the pizza!
Purchase pizza stones here.
Purchase cookie sheets here.
5. Picnic Theme
It doesn’t have to be warm outside for you to bring the picnic vibes to your mishloach manot! Line a picnic basket with a tea towel, and add in items such as an apple, watermelon slices, macaroni salad, coleslaw, sandwiches, vegetable sticks, hummus, guacamole and other picnic-oriented items that come to mind.
6. Teacher Theme
Purchase teacher-theme travel mugs here.
7. Breakfast in Bed Theme
To put together this fun theme, place a yogurt, granola, frozen pancakes or waffles, assorted diced fruit, orange juice, instant coffee, hot chocolate, cereal, an oatmeal packet, maple syrup and/or honey on a breakfast tray.
Purchase breakfast trays here.
8. Farmer’s Market Theme
Place seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, and fresh bread – along with your other farmer’s market favorites – into a reusable tote bag.
Purchase reusable market bags here.
9. Shabbat Theme
This year, Purim falls out right before Shabbat. Package challah rolls with grape juice, wine, a babka and/or other favorite Shabbat treats! You can wrap everything up on top of a challah board or along with a challah cover.
This challah cover is super cute and colorful. We also like this one!
10. Coffee Theme
I think we can all agree that the #workfromhome life has made us all just a bit more addicted to caffeine. This mishloach manot will be a favorite amongst coffee lovers. Place coffee-flavored Nips, chocolate-covered espresso beans, ... and coffee cake or coffee-themed cookies inside/alongside a mug. You can make your own coffee cake or buy it pre-packaged!
Purchase coffee-themed mug here.
11. BBQ Theme
This BBQ-themed mishloach manot is designed to contain everything you’d need for a barbecue minus the meat. We recommend including baked beans, pickles, potato chips or barbecue chips, ketchup, mustard, potato salad, canned corn, and a hamburger or hot dog bun in your package!
These red gingham paper goods may be helpful to you in building out this theme!
We love these mini ketchup jars! You can also purchase your own empty jars and fill them with the condiments of your choice to make this mishloach manot entirely your own!
12. Animal Theme
This theme is especially cute if it goes along with your family’s costumes! Suggestions for what to include in this animal-themed mishloach manot include gummy bears, animal crackers, kosher Swedish fish candies and chocolate molds of different animals.
Purchase paw-print-shaped chocolate molds here and animal-shaped chocolate molds here!
Alternatively, you can also do a pet theme for your mishloach manot. To do this, you can make cookies in the shape of dog treats, paw prints or bones, and include a tuna packet (or can) and a water bottle in your package. Serve everything in a pet bowl, like this one!
13. Pirate Theme
For a pirate-themed mishloach manot, package chocolate coins with a seaweed snack, saltwater taffy, pretzels or crackers sea salt, a candy necklace and a Ring Pop. You can wrap everything up inside of a bandana.
Purchase bandanas here.
14. Spa Day Theme
For a mishloach manot package that is totally Zen, package cucumber and lemon slices with guacamole, lavender-scented tea, a water bottle, and diced fruit.
These spa-themed totes will help pull your mishloach manot together!
15. Make-Your-Own-Smoothie Theme
It’s always fun to add an interactive element to your mishloach manot! Package some fruit (we suggest bananas, berries, peaches, plums and/or pineapple) with yogurt, milk (you can use shelf-stable milk, like this one, to make things easier), orange juice, nut butter, and whatever other smoothie additions you can think of!
To complete the theme, we recommend packaging all of the smoothie ingredients with a fun straw bottle, such as this one.
16. Milk and Cookies Theme
If you’re looking to keep your mishloach manot simple this year (and we don’t blame you if that’s the case!), then this is the theme for you! Pack some cookies with milk (you can use shelf-stable milk to promote food safety), and you’re good to go!
This variety pack of Grandma’s Cookies looks delicious! We also love Milano cookies or Chips Ahoy! cookies if you’re looking to keep things classic.
17. Italian Theme
Although most of us are not traveling this year due to COVID-19, you can still bring the delicious flavors and tastes of Italy to your mishloach manot! Place a jar of marinara sauce, pasta, mozzarella cheese, fresh herbs, such as oregano, and olive oil inside of a strainer. Tie everything up in cellophane and red and white string!
To save money, buy olive oil in bulk and fill these jars yourself instead of buying pre-packaged mini olive oils!
18. Peppermint Theme
For a mishloach manot that is super cool, package together all of the peppermint items you can think of. Some ideas include York peppermint patties, peppermint candies, breath mints, peppermint-flavored hot cocoa mix or tea, and peppermint flavored Pretzel Crisps.
We love these snowflake gift boxes!
20. Baseball Game Theme
Assemble some Cracker Jack, canned soda, potato chips and a hot pretzel – along with a hamburger/hot dog bun, if desired – to bring all of the baseball game vibes to your mishloach manot!
These baseball-themed party favor boxes are perfect for your mishloach manot! We are also fans of these baseball print paper bags!
21. Firefighter Theme
To make a firefighter-themed mishloach manot package, assemble barbeque chips, Hot Tamales, and a bottle of water in a plastic firefighter hat.
23. Sports Theme
Place some soccer-themed cheese, Gatorade, and assorted milk chocolate sport balls inside of a baseball cap to create sports themed mishloach manot. You can also decorate cookies to look like basketballs, or create sports-ball themed cake pops!
24. Disney Theme
A Disney-themed mishloach manot will help your family and friends have a magical Purim. Decorate Mickey Mouse-shaped cookies (these cookie cutters are perfect), and add to that a heart or star-shaped lollipop to resemble a magic wand and some cotton candy.
25. Heart Theme
For a mishloach manot that your recipients will totally love, add all of your favorite heart-shaped items to a heart-shaped container. Ideas of what to include in your mishloach manot include: Reese’s peanut butter hearts, heart-shaped lollipops, heart-shaped pasta, and heart-shaped muffins or cupcakes.
These heart-shaped silicone baking cups will help with your heart-shaped baking adventures!
26. Cold Winter Day Theme
Fit a reusable coffee cup with a knitted sleeve and fill it with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, chocolate, tea, cookies, mint candies, and a snowflake-shaped cookie. Wishing you a warm Purim!
27. Soup Theme
If you’re looking to give your family and friends a mishloach manot that contains a mini meal rather than an assortment of snacks, then this soup-themed mishloach manot is perfect. Fill disposable containers with warm soup, and include breadsticks and/or croutons on the side, along with a spoon. Yum!
28. COVID-19 Theme
L’COVID Purim, pack instant soup, along with sourdough bread, a puzzle-piece-shaped cookie, and hand sanitizer inside of an empty tissue box for a mishloach manot that’s truly in-line with current times. Feel free to make this package your own by including items that resemble speak to your family’s quarantine experience!
29. Fruity Theme
Gather a bunch of flavors together for a fun, fruity-themed mishloach manot package! We suggest including assorted flavored Laffy Taffys, fruit-flavored lollipops, applesauce, fruit chews, and assorted whole fruits, such as apples, oranges, or bananas. This gift bag is super cute!
30. Fall Theme
Who says the delicious flavors of fall have to come to an end with the end of the season? For a fall-themed mishloach manot, package some apple cider with cinnamon tea, an apple, cinnamon sticks, a pumpkin muffin, and a pumpkin-spice-flavored granola bar.
31. Go Green/Recycle Theme
Show our planet and your family and friends some love with this Go Green-themed package! Place a bunch of your favorite green foods (avocado, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green candies, green jelly beans, etc.) into a Earth-friendly tote bag (we like this one or this one) to create this theme!
32. Movie Night Theme
Place some canned soda, microwavable popcorn, a chocolate bar, and some licorice into a popcorn cardboard container or bag to bring all of the movie night vibes to your mishloach manot.
33. Chocolate Theme
Anyone who loves chocolate (aka most people) will love this chocolate-themed mishloach manot! Combine your favorite chocolatey treats (suggestions include hot chocolate pouches, milk chocolate bars, Hershey kisses, Reese’s peanut butter cups, M&Ms, Kit Kats, and chocolate lollipops), and package them together in a brown gift bag or a cute chocolate-lover themed mug like this one.
You may find this package of chocolates helpful!
34. Rainbow Theme
Place items of various colors inside of a rainbow-themed bag, such as this one. For red, you can use items such as apple slices or red cinnamon candies; for orange, you can use a clementine or tangerine; for yellow, you can use a yellow lollipop or a banana; for green, a green Laffy Taffy; for blue, blue gummy bears or jelly beans, and for purple, either grapes, purple rock candy, or dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, which come in a purple wrapper. Wishing you a colorful Purim!
35. S’mores Kit
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Gather all of the items you would need to make delicious s’mores – graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows (and anything else you can come up with). Be sure to include skewers for roasting the marshmallows!
36. Cupcake Decorating Kit
Give your friends and family all of the ingredients and supplies they would need to decorate their own cupcakes! Bake some plain cupcakes and include sliced fruit (we recommend sliced strawberries and sliced bananas), frostings of various colors, sprinkles, chocolate chips, icing, cookie crumbs, and other syrups as well.
These plastic cupcake cases may help you out!
37. Israeli Theme
Bring all of the flavors of Israel to your mishloach manot this year! Suggestions for what to put in this fun package include falafel mix, pita bread, a can of Israeli pickles, Prigat juice, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, some homemade Israeli salad. Yum!
38. Camp Care Package Theme
Camp care packages are so much fun! Place all of the snacks your kids would love to receive in a camp care package into these fun cardboard boxes! Some ideas for what to include: sourdough pretzels, crackers, Dum-Dum lollipops, chocolate, popcorn, and other fun snack foods!
39. Make-Your-Own Salad Theme
Keep things fresh this Purim – pack various chopped vegetables in mini containers. Don’t forget to include croutons (or crushed tortilla chips/pretzels/sesame sticks/veggie sticks or another item with crunch) and your dressing of choice. Wishing you a happy and healthy Purim!
You may find these mini containers helpful!
40. Garden Theme
Create a garden out of food for your mishloach manot! Place crushed up sandwich cookies into flower pots (you can use crumpled up tissue paper to take up the majority of the space in the flower pot and just place the cookie crumbs on top). Next, stick flower lollipops into the “dirt.” You can also use flower-shaped cookie cutters and stick cookies into the dirt. Don’t forget to include some water to keep your garden hydrated!
Check out our adorable Tu Bishvat pudding dirt cups for inspiration!
41. Dunkin’ Donuts Theme
To create this cute theme, place a Dunkin’ Donuts vinyl sticker on a reusable or disposable cup. Place some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee grounds, iced coffee, a donut, and/or several munchkins into pink and orange gift bags.
42. Amish Theme
Line small woven baskets with a checkered cloth napkin and place a loaf of bread, butter, jam, and sugar cookies inside for an Amish theme!
43. Beach Theme
Place your favorite beach treats into a beach bag to bring those awesome warm weather vibes to your family and friends! Some treats we love to eat at the beach include tortilla or pita chips with guacamole and/or salsa, lifesaver candies, seltzer, lemonade, trail mix, and grapes. Wishing you a Purim filled with sunshine!
44. Desserts/Sweets Theme
Package some fun desserts and sweets into this cute party bag. Some ideas include brownies, chocolate chip cookies, licorice, and lollipops. Wishing you a sweet Purim!
46. Workout/Fitness Theme
Use a sweatband to tie a water bottle or a Gatorade bottle together with a protein bar to make a mishloach manot package that is fitness/workout-themed!
47. First Aid Kit/Doctor Themes
Place small candies, such as jelly beans and Tic-Tacs, into small pill vials for a first aid/doctor-themed mishloach manot. You can add some strawberry syrup to resemble blood, and be sure to include an apple to keep the doctor away in the future!
48. Chocolate Bark Kit Theme
Package some dark chocolate, dried fruit, candy, orange zest, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, banana chips, pomegranate seeds, and other chocolate bark toppings of your choice together with a cookie sheet and some parchment paper. Provide your mishloach manot recipients with instructions on how to assemble the chocolate bark. (Melt the chocolate, spread it out onto the cookie sheet, sprinkle on toppings, and freeze overnight. Break bark into pieces just before serving! Super easy and delicious!)
Purchase cookie sheets here.
49. July 4th/American Theme
Add all of those fun red, white, and blue treats to these gift bags to create July 4th-inspired mishloach manot packages. You can dip pretzels into chocolate (white or dark), and top with red, white, and blue star-shaped confetti sprinkles. Freeze pretzels overnight to solidify chocolate. You can also bake some cupcakes or muffins in these cute liners, and include an assortment of strawberries and blueberries in a cute small container to complete this theme!
50. Mexican Theme
Package together some salsa, guacamole, canned corn, canned beans, taco shells, and taco seasoning inside of these fiesta bags to create a Mexican-themed mishloach manot! We also like these Mexican-themed goodie bags!
Let us know if you try any of these ideas, and please feel free to comment additional mishloach manot ideas you may have in order to inspire others and keep the creativity flowing! Happy Purim!