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What is an appropriate gift for my seder hosts?

What is an appropriate gift for my seder hosts?

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Question:

I've just been invited to attend my first seder ever. I am so excited and want to do the right things. What should I bring as a gift?

Can I bake chocolate chip cookies (no yeast in them)? Or would fruit be better?

Answer:

Thanks for writing, I'm sure your hosts will appreciate your sensitivity.

On Passover we not only refrain from using yeast, but we also don't use anything which contains flour, with the exception of certified Kosher for Passover matzah. Furthermore, anything we consume on Passover has to be prepared in dishes and utensils that have not been used for leavened foods (unless they have been rendered kosher for Passover use). Your best bet is to send a tray of fresh whole fruit. Other good options include a bouquet of flowers, or a Passover recipe book. I'm sure the gift will be much appreciated.

Click here for more Passover-themed gift ideas.

Click here to read up more on the concept of leavened and unleavened foods on Passover.

Best wishes,

Chani Benjaminson
Chabad.org

Chani Benjaminson is co-director of Chabad of the South Coast, coordinator of Chabad’s Ask the Rabbi and Feedback departments, and is a member of the editorial staff of Chabad.org.
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March 25, 2014
Found the perfect gift
Last year I ordered a gift from a kosher website to bring to the seder, and it was the most perfect gift! They have a whole lot of kosher for passover gifts, even for families that have stricter standards. For this year year I just looked and i see they also have a passover kids pack. Will definitely order it so that i can bring something for the kids too...
Hope this helps you all out!
Mal
March 26, 2013
careful with flowers!
Hi, I just wanted to add: if your host is Lubovitch, it may not be appropriate to bring flowers. Kosher for Passover wine may be your best bet if you are unsure. Enjoy!
Illysa
March 25, 2013
What to bring/
How about non alcoholic Kedem sparkling wine? You really can't go wrong and it is good for the kids too!
JDV
March 24, 2013
Wine
Yes it does have to be kosher and yes, there are many excellent kosher wines out there. Try your local liquor store or online.
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
mychabad.org
March 23, 2013
wine for passover
Any type of wine or a special one? does it have to be kosher? Is there such a thing?
malkah
Washington DC
March 9, 2013
Seder dinner guest
All of these comments have been so very helpful. It is such a special honor to be invited- we are most humbled to be included. We are Catholic and have many specifics too so we totally understand not wanting to make a mistake. I like the suggestion of floral arrangement best !!! Thank you all! Happy Passover to all. Xo
Debbie in Miami
Miami fl
April 11, 2012
Wishes
You can wish your friends a Happy Passover any time throughout the eight days of the holiday.
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
mychabad.org
April 8, 2012
When do I wish...
my Jewish friends a Happy Passover? Is it at the end or the beginning or any time in between?

Thank you... and Happy Passover just in case :)
Janet
Hughesville, MD
March 28, 2012
gifts to rbing to a Pesach Seder
We give the gift of tzedakah to those who cannot afford a Seder or to Meals-on-wheels.
Anonymous
montreal, Canada
March 27, 2012
Hostess gift
because so much preparation goes into the seder and the earlier preparations, I think it is nice to get something for the person who put everything together, a beautiful scarf or something like that for the wife or mom, books for the kids or a pesach game. Don't take the chance about foods being unacceptable. Also, this year the first seder is Shabbat, don't carry anything into a Jewish home once Shabbat has begun. Consider bringing over a present after Shabbat and the two seders. Things will be calmer and the receiver will have more time to focus on talking to you without distraction.
Erica
Hanover, PA
chabadom.com
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