You might have guessed that a Passover dinner, also known as the Passover seder, is not the same as a regular dinner party. The word seder is a Hebrew word for “order”, and it is an event with food, songs, storytelling, and of course, a lot of rules when it comes to the food you can eat. Shorty, fermented foods are out, so are foods that are made of or with oats, wheat, spelt, barley, and rye. And, even if you are trying to follow all the rules, and you were planning on making some homemade chocolate caramel matzah brittle, you will need to reconsider it. Some Jewish families do not eat meals that are prepared in a non-Kosher kitchen or food that is made with non-Kosher-for-Passover ingredients. Hence, it might be better if you buy something for your hosts, instead of making something for them.
So, whether you are a pro or newbie for Passovers, here are some meaningful gifts that you can buy:
1. Passover Tablecloth
The first thing any dinner table needs is a tablecloth. You will be able to show your interest and appreciation for this holiday by choosing a tablecloth from a wide range of beautiful Passover tablecloths. They come in various sizes in order to suit any table, and many of the hostess Passover tablecloth gifts are decorated with beautiful Hebrew sayings. What is best about this kind of gift is that it can be passed own from one generation to the next.
2. Matza cover
Passover is a significant holiday for kids as well. They always enjoy finding the “afikomen”, a piece of matza that adults usually hide, and whoever finds it, they will get money as a reward. It is a wonderful tradition, and some families (if not all of them), will not take a piece of matza and hide it somewhere uncovered since the tradition says that it must be eaten at the end of the meal. So, they use a matza cover in order to protect it. Bringing this is a thoughtful gift, and with purchasing a Passover tablecloth, you might get a matza cover for free.
3. The Matza plate
This bread is one of the most important parts of Passover. Passover is a time to think about and reflect on the exodus of Egypt by the Israelites, matza is integral since people left in such a hurry that they did not have time to wait for the dough to rise. The dough usually baked in the Sun, but because it was not unleavened, it became the crispy flatbread which is known today. Hence, that is the reason why it cannot be served out of the box. It needs its own beautiful place on the dinner table, so bringing a matza plate to the seder is a perfect gift that most hosts will appreciate.
4. Kiddush Cup
Red wine is also an important part of the Passover dinner, which most adults will most certainly enjoy. A Kiddush cup makes a great hostess gift for Passover. Almost any cup can be used, but a traditional silver Kiddush cup is the ideal one for blessing the wine before the dinner. Plus, it will look beautiful on any table.
5. Tzedakah Box
The meaning of the word Tzedakah is “charity”. For the Jewish tradition, giving to charity is quite important, even if you cannot give a lot, giving a little is also great. Even during the Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, the Tzedakah box is placed on the table. It is a great way to teach kids about giving back and helping others that are less fortunate than them. Some boxes are quite simple and look like little coin banks, while others are extraordinary decorated and colorful.
6. Passover Candies
One more thing that the kids will most certainly enjoy is the Passover candy that comes with this holiday. It is a nice gesture to bring a box or more of different Passover candies. By bringing a box that has the kosher symbol on it, you will make sure that you are bringing gifts that will be well-received by your hosts, as well as their kids.