Five Fun Gifts for Passover

Whether you’re Jewish or not, you still might find these gifts lots of fun. And some maybe even a little goofy.

Pharaoh punching bag

Yes, you read that correctly. If you’ve ever wanted to travel back in time and plant a fist in the face of one of Egypt’s ancient rulers of thousands of years ago, you can’t do much better than this. He must have been a short pharaoh, however, because this punching bag is only three feet tall. Or maybe it’s for the kids. Also, the words “Let my people go!” are across the top of this fun-sized gift. If you’re interested, you can buy one online at Eichler’s.

Ten plagues finger puppets

I am not making this up. I swear. Even Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show about these finger puppets. And yes, they literally are ten finger puppets, one for each of the ten plagues. You’ve got a puppet for Boils, Darkness, Lice and more. Even a puppet for the deaths of the Firstborn. Seems kind of creepy to me, but I guess it could be used to teach kids about Passover. But don’t you think just telling them the story would do the trick? Check out the Jewish Bazaar online if you’d like to purchase the puppets.

Dog shirts

Every Jew who has a dog will want one of these. Right? Dog shirts with Passover messages come in a variety, so you don’t have to worry about your pooch looking the same as all the other pooches around the table during he Seder. What kind of messages can you get on these shirts? Here are a few examples: “What Happens at the Seder Stays at the Seder,” “Mommy’s Little Matzah Ball” and “Matza Matta Mit You?” Of course there are plenty of other options. Only in America, right? Maybe, but you can buy these worldwide from Jew Tee. Pet lovers, this one is for you.

Bag of plagues

This is actually a Passover gift you can make yourself, though you’ll probably have to purchase a few items. What exactly is a “bag of plagues?” Well, it’s a bag for the kids that teaches them about the history of Passover while also having a little fun. What kind of fun? How about Kosher Chiklets gum (not to be confused with Chiclets gum, though they might have those in Kosher, too) to represent the hail from the Ten Plagues? You could also use plastic toy frogs to represent … well, the frog plague. The idea here is to be creative. I have to thank Martha Stewart for this idea, so check out her site on the “Bag of plagues” for more ideas.

Matzah toilet seat cover

No, it’s not made of real matzah, but boy does it look like it. With the message of “Let my people go,” this is quite the unique gift for Passover. I’m thinking that after eating a bunch of matzah the last thing you’d want to see is more matzah, but hey, each to their own. Pop Judaica has them for sale online if you’d like one.