It’s not obligatory to bring or send a gift for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, but it’s a thoughtful gesture that will certainly be appreciated. Food gift baskets are great Rosh Hashanah gifts to give, since the Jewish holiday is celebrated with particular foods. If you are going to give a gift of food for the holiday, make it classic. For example, during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), eating honey and other sweet dishes symbolize the wish for a “sweet” New Year. It is also customary to eat fruits, such as apples and pomegranates. It’s a good idea to make your food gift Kosher, unless you know for sure that the family does not keep a kosher household.
Here are 7 great Rosh Hashanah gifts to give or send for the holiday celebration!
#1. Gift Baskets of Kosher Honey and Apples
Probably more than any other gift of food, honey and apples are the most popular for Rosh Hashanah because they are typically a focal point of the holiday meal. Dipping apples into honey is a Rosh Hashanah tradition. Apples are a plentiful fruit in the Fall when the Rosh Hashanah holiday is observed. Honey is significant not just for its sweetness, but also for the industry of the bees that made it and is a reminder to give of oneself in the coming year.
We offer two classic kosher Rosh Hashanah gifts that will be sure to please any gathering. Our Kosher Bees Knees gift includes the delectable combination of seasonal apples, kosher honey from the Catskills and Kosher peanut butter. Our Kosher Honey and Nougat Hamper contains the classic ingredients of seasonal fresh fruit and kosher honey for dipping, as well as kosher honey almond nougat – a chewy delight!
#2. Gift Baskets of Fresh Fruit
Fruits other than apples are also traditional at Rosh Hashanah. Pomegranates are frequently included on the Rosh Hashanah dinner table because the abundance of seeds represents the many good deeds that will be done in the New Year. Fruit is naturally kosher, so giving a fresh fruit Rosh Hashanah gift basket will always be a safe bet! Manhattan Fruitier’s fresh fruit gifts for Rosh Hashanah always include pomegranates and apples.
#3. Gift Baskets with Kosher Sweets
Sweet foods are a main feature of a Rosh Hashanah celebration in the home. A Rosh Hashanah gift idea that combines fresh fruit with kosher sweets, such as chocolate babka (a traditional treat at a Shabbot dinner), cocoa-dusted almonds, and chocolate-dipped pomegranate seeds, hits all the central themes of the holiday.
#4. Traditional Rosh Hashanah Food Dishes
If you like to cook, there are several time-honored dishes served at a Rosh Hashanah meal that you could make. However, if you do not keep a kosher kitchen yourself, you should probably choose to buy something already made and certified Kosher. Your host may encourage a pot-luck approach to filling out the Rosh Hashanah table, particularly if the party attending is large. Tayglach (a honey and nut pastry), and honey cake are two great Rosh Hashanah gifts to bring, whether homemade or not.
#5. Kosher Wine
The blessing of the wine is always part of a Jewish Sabbath or Jewish holiday so bringing a kosher wine is a perfect gift for Rosh Hashanah. There are many really great kosher wines available these days, far elevated above the classic Manischewitz! You can’t go wrong if you bring wine to a Rosh Hashanah celebration. If it’s not consumed during the holiday, it will be on hand for the next occasion.
#6. Exotic Fruits
It is customary to eat something “new” on Rosh Hashanah because it symbolizes the newness of the coming year. One common “new” food brought to the Rosh Hashanah dinner table is an exotic fruit – something that has never been tried. You can have fun shopping the import markets in your city. Asian markets specifically tend to carry lots of unusual and tropical fruits. Rambutans, originally from Malaysia and Indonesia, are curious looking fruit with a delicious, sweet white flesh. They taste and look like lychees on the inside, but the outside looks very different with green spines like spiky hairs that stick out of the outside shell.
Champagne grapes are tiny, sweet, seedless, delicate cousins of the more familiar grapes. Because their season is short and they are so fragile, many produce stores do not carry them and so they may be considered quite exotic for most people. Champagne grapes will look all the more beautiful when arranged on a flat dish and placed in the center of the dining table.
Bringing an exotic fruit to try for the Jewish New Year is a great gift idea and will definitely get you noticed for your contribution!
#7. Send A Thoughtful Note
It is customary to remind your loved ones how much you care and how grateful you are to have them in your life. Bringing a classic “Shana Tovah” (“Good Year”) card with your personal sentiments to the hosts of the Rosh Hashanah dinner makes a fitting and poignant gesture. Consider adding the card to your Rosh Hashanah gift basket!
If you can’t be with your family on Rosh Hashanah or you are invited to join in a family Rosh Hashanah celebration and can’t attend, sending a gift in your stead will make your presence warmly felt. Remember that Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday, September 20th and lasts for two days ending at nightfall on Friday, September 22th, 2017. “L’shanah tovah!”