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Purim Gift Basket Giveaway!

March 2, 2009, 12:01 pm EST – CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who participated in making this my biggest blog post to date! I am so excited. The winner will be announced at 5:00 pm EST today.

-Amber

The folks over at Oh! Nuts have offered to sponsor a giveaway that will give one my readers a Purim basket!

For the unfamiliar: Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the story of Esther’s bravery, and will be celebrated this year on March 10. It’s a little like Halloween in that it’s considered primarily a childrens’ holiday and there’s a lot of goofy fun stuff that goes along with it. I think Purim baskets (like giving gifts at Hanukkah) are the Jewish answer to the Easter basket so that in the spring you don’t have to leave out the little Jewish kids… and the big ones, too; Rob’s mom gave us basket last year, and we were pretty excited to paw through it.

The best part of this giveaway is that you can pick whichever basket you want (up to a $30 value). Tell me which Purim basket you would like in the comments, and if you win, that will be the one that you get. I’m drawing the winner March 2.

This is the link for all of their Purim baskets $30 and under on their website. Good luck! Oh, and Twitter this around, too! I’d appreciate it.

46 Comments

  1. Michelle

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I'd love the Fudge Vase, I've got to say there's not one thing in that package I wouldn't love to eat and the vase is adorable too! I'd love to fill it with a great dried flower arrangement after the goods are gone so I could enjoy it year-round.

  2. rachel cooepr

    February 25, 2009 at 5:02 am

    black velvet! ….i feel that you get the best for your money in that one (yes, yes i did just say that and yes i did look at all of them and figure it out….) it sounds so yummy and wonderful. ahh.. purim, i haven't celebrated it in so long.

  3. Anonymous

    February 25, 2009 at 6:03 am

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  4. friskyfrog

    February 25, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Any of the Purim Gifts on the oh nuts site would be great to receive but I would choose the Fudge Vase, because I would definitely use the vase after all the goodies had been guzzled.

  5. Tamre Schemine

    February 25, 2009 at 7:58 am

    The Dolomite Vase basket is gorgeous and perfect for older Purim celebrants. *cough cough*

  6. carissa

    February 25, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Black Ice! everything sounds so yummy! (that was a tough choice!) Happy Purim!

  7. Amichai

    February 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Yeah, I'm alive. pretty much uninspired to blog, and have been bad about keeping up with other blogs, such as yours (and the others that I read).I think I'm going to go all Jewy on you and say not every Jewish tradition is analogous with a Christian one (in fact I think Easter eggs are a christianized version of the egg on the seder plate on passover which represents the paschal sacrifice – which I believe is was Jesus was supposed to take the place of when he was crucified – though I could be wrong about all of that since I've done no research what so ever and kinda just made that up). Given that, I like to think of Purim as a mix between Halloween (for the kids – candy and costumes) and St. Patrick's day (for the adults, as one is required to get wasted, it's a rule).

  8. carissa

    February 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Black Ice! everything sounds so yummy! (that was a tough choice!) Happy Purim!

  9. najla

    February 25, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Even though I'm not Jewish, I really, really love Purim. When I took my Old Testament as Literature class, I wrote a paper and did a presentation on Esther. That woman was AWESOME! The Book of Esther is really the only Book which glorifies and focuses on a woman. (Even the Book of Ruth, which is wholly about Ruth and her mother-in-law doesn't really do the same thing that the Book of Esther does. However, Deborah in Judges is quite a glorified woman, though she doesn't have an entire Book.) If you've not read the Book of Esther, I very much suggest that you do. I swear, it's like the first feminist literature ever. heeheeTo Amichai, I'd like to say that the whole eggs on Easter/Purim thing is actually derived from a Pagan tradition. Ostara (this year on March 22) celebrates the Spring Equinox. The egg is clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate, etc. Easter/Purim, like most Judeo-Christian holidays, is very aligned with Pagan traditions. (In fact, I can't think of any holiday which ISN'T aligned with Pagan traditions. Except maybe Valentine's Day. Even Thanksgiving is.) Here's a neat trick: On the Equinox, go outside with a raw egg and set it on the ground. For a few moments just before and just after the equinox, you can balance the egg upright (wider end down) by simply setting it down on the ground.Also: I really dig the Fudge Vase. :]♥

  10. LOLA

    February 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    REALLY CUTE GIFT IDEA–THANKS!!

  11. mindy

    February 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I like the sunset purim basket thanks for the giveaway and happy purim

  12. najla

    February 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Even though I'm not Jewish, I really, really love Purim. When I took my Old Testament as Literature class, I wrote a paper and did a presentation on Esther. That woman was AWESOME! The Book of Esther is really the only Book which glorifies and focuses on a woman. (Even the Book of Ruth, which is wholly about Ruth and her mother-in-law doesn't really do the same thing that the Book of Esther does. However, Deborah in Judges is quite a glorified woman, though she doesn't have an entire Book.) If you've not read the Book of Esther, I very much suggest that you do. I swear, it's like the first feminist literature ever. heeheeTo Amichai, I'd like to say that the whole eggs on Easter/Purim thing is actually derived from a Pagan tradition. Ostara (this year on March 22) celebrates the Spring Equinox. The egg is clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate, etc. Easter/Purim, like most Judeo-Christian holidays, is very aligned with Pagan traditions. (In fact, I can't think of any holiday which ISN'T aligned with Pagan traditions. Except maybe Valentine's Day. Even Thanksgiving is.)Here's a neat trick: On the Equinox, go outside with a raw egg and set it on the ground. For a few moments just before and just after the equinox, you can balance the egg upright (wider end down) by simply setting it down on the ground.Also: I really dig the Fudge Vase. :]♥

  13. najla

    February 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Oops! Double comment. I didn't think it went through the first time. Sorry 'bout that.

  14. Lisa

    February 25, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Purim Crate – Purim Basket would be my pick. Love them all though.

  15. Kathy D

    February 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I really like the sunset purim basket …. I love to give great gift baskets

  16. kim v

    February 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I like the Sunset Purim Basket.Thanks for the giveaway!Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Shellie Seering

    February 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I'd love the Fudge Vase…but there's so many good ones!

  18. KeepItClassyJen

    February 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I would pick the Purim Bowl of Joy!

  19. Deborah Rosen

    February 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I think I'd choose the Velvet Burgundy Purim Basket – the root beer flavored rock candy sticks swayed me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Tiffany S.

    February 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I would choose the Purim Bowl of Joy! Thank you!!

  21. Angela C

    February 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The Black velvet looks great! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  22. Carol

    February 26, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I love the Velvet Burgundy Purim BasketPrice: $27.95

  23. kim fenner

    February 26, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Fudge vase looks awesome.

  24. Judy

    February 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I like the Driftwood Blue Purim Basket. I'd probably pass the contents around my office, but the “elegant gold-rimmed cobalt blue candy bowl with cover” looks so deliciously 80s and would be great for holding cotton balls in my bathroom.

  25. Sandra K

    February 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

    The Velvet Burgundy Purim basket would be a lovely present for my sister-in-law.

  26. Peter

    February 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Evergreen VaseElegant Green Flower Vase Mishloach Manot. The vase is really quite nice. I like all the things included. Please consider me.

  27. Kelly Ann T.

    February 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Purim Nosher's Can is adorable. I could keep dog treats in it after all the goodies are gone. Thank you for a great giveaway.cstironkat (at) aol (dot) com

  28. Shimon

    February 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I think the fudge or dolomite vase.

  29. non

    February 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    my email is adereth 2003 _at _ yahoo _dot_ comI'd choose http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/purim-baskets-mis…the sunset basketthanks for hosting the contest and a good purim

  30. Becky

    February 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    The Fudge Vase looks yummy; I would love to win that! Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. LJ

    February 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Wow — what a generous giveaway.If I had to make a choice – I would go with “Black Ice”.Thanks so much!

  32. Leslie S.

    February 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I really like the Purim Nosher's Can .Thank you(that was a tough choice)

  33. Jeremy

    February 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Everything on the site looks so nice, but I'd like the fudge vase – thank you!

  34. nancy ross

    February 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    the dolomite vase is so pretty and it comes with white chocolate!! mmmm. white chocolate, my fave. have been on a sugar-free diet for three weeks. me want candy!!!!!!

  35. SharonAnne

    February 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    They all look terrific, but I'd choose the Sunset Purim basket simply because it looks happy. Thanks for the giveaway!sharonanne56[at]yahoo[dot]com

  36. leah

    March 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I vote for the Purim Nosher's Can.

  37. malka

    March 1, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I like all the purim baskets. the one I like the most, is the The Venetian – Purim Basket. http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/purim-baskets-mis

  38. Rebecca Mayfield

    March 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for educating me on Purim! I love the Easter story. I also love the look of that black ice >.><.<XD

  39. Krissi

    March 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I love the “Black Ice” Purim basket – it has dark chocolate (my favorite) plus it looks so elegant!

  40. Carolyn G

    March 2, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I would love to try the Purim Nosher's Can. Oh my those candies look yummy and I might even share them with the kiddos.

  41. Kimberly

    March 2, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I forgot to enter! (Thanks for the twitterly reminder!)It was a tough choice, but I think I'd pick the Black Ice basket. (A super close second was Dolomite vase.)Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  42. sukhjit

    March 2, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Black ice! I like it cause of chocolate but also because iKrissi says she likes it! Cool giveaway!! –sukhjit

  43. Stu!

    March 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Fudge vase! Chocolate. Always chocolate. My first love…

  44. Rosyblue V

    March 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I really like the Purim Bowl of Joy. It's looks goofy and fun, like ME!!! Plus, look at the stuff in it, candy and chips!!!Thanks, Amber!!!

  45. theambershow

    March 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

    End of contest.

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