Now, among many Orthodox Jews, giving out dozens and dozens of themed Shalach Manot packages stuffed to the gills with junkfood has become popular. In fact, this has become so popular that our Rabbi gave an impassioned speech begging our community to minimize time and money spent on creating over-the-top Shalach Manot for dozens of people (two items of food to a single individual fulfills the actual commandment) and focus instead on giving charity to the poor, another, arguably more important, obligation of the day.
It's not that we ignored our Rabbi, it's just that we didn't hear the speech, and when I discovered that he had reprinted it online, sent it in an email, and published it in the synagogue bulletin, well, by then it was too late. So I present to you our:
Purim 2007: Cellphone Shalach Manot
The complete package included a cellphone (cookie), wall charger (raisins and licorice), SIM card (mint), and bubble wrap (meringues). We instructed those who planned to use their cellphone with CDMA carriers to pretend that the SIM card was a memory card instead. Our Shalach Manot came complete with a User Guide and a tongue-in-cheek explanation of why cellphones are a traditional Purim gift, which rewrites the Purim story and traditional commentaries ...just a bit.
A few recipients got smartphones:
And I couldn't resist making a single, prototype iCookie:
The challenge here was not detail (we'd never win engadget's cake contest), but scale: we baked dozens and dozens of CookiePhones and sheets and sheets and sheets of "bubble wrap":
For more on the holiday of Purim, Wikipedia actually has a pretty good overview.