I actually get asked this quite frequently whenever a Jewish holiday approaches. And this morning I received another email so I thought I’d share my answer in case there are others are also wondering…
What would be an appropriate gift to take to Jewish friends when we arrive at their home on Friday, December 11?
Just think of it as a dinner party. Wine, dessert/snack/candy, flowers. If you live in an area where the stores tend to carry Chanukah items you might be able to find something easily.
If you do bring food or drink please make sure it is Kosher and Parve (non-dairy). Kosher because its a Jewish home and Parve because if they serve meat – dairy foods would not be not eaten. Or you could ask the hostess (host) what’s being served and go from there.
If they are not observant Jews or don’t keep kosher than it would be much simpler as you wouldn’t have to worry about the whole kosher/Parve thing.
BTW – definition of Parve
If you are unsure then flowers or a holiday plant is fine (skip poinsettia!) especially if you could find something in blue and white (the colors of Chanukah).
If you have any other suggestions or advice please share with us in the comments below.
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