The alternative (and a little bit ethical) guide to Easter gifts.
Easter, the time of year when scores of cheap, thin, chocolate eggs in cheap, gaudy packaging line the walls of the super markets. If you're sick of the rubbish chocolate and the tacky toys, then we've got just the thing for you. Read on for our tasteful (and ethical, no less) Easter gift guide.
Non-Chocolate Treats for the Kids
Easter is about chocolate, right? These super-cute chocolate alternatives are sure to delight the little ones, but will also looks great scattered about your MCM living room floor. Steiff have been making their beautiful stuffed toys in Germany since 1879 and their teddies are now world famous, this little rabbit is perfect for Easter. These little 'egg pets' are handmade in the UK by Laura Long, and kids can collect them all - get your hands on them on NOTHS. A kiddies kitchen is not complete without a set of wooden eggs, these rather pleasing ones are a snip at £5 from ELC.
Getting creative in the kitchen and making something yourself is a wonderful and rather satisfying alternative to a shop-bought Easter egg. Look to Pinterest for ideas that range from beautifully simple to impressively elaborate and give your Easter gifts that handmade touch.
Eggs are Not Just for Kids
I treasure childhood memories of decorating eggs with my Mum and sister. These lovely examples of decorated eggs on Pinterest prove that they aren't just for kids. Why not make some very grown-up, very cool hand-decorated eggs as gifts? Or even for yourself? They'd make for a gorgeous centrepiece on the dinner table come Easter Sunday. I might even give them a go myself. Now, where are those sharpies...?
If you're like me, and can't resist chocolate, especially at Easter, then why not indulge in something ridiculously delicious and wonderfully ethical? These Divine mini eggs are cute, tasty and Fairtrade certified. Booja Booja are well known for their dairy free, gluten free, organic chocolate, but these decorated eggs really take the biscuit. Hand painted in Kashmir and packed up in Norfolk, these are the ultimate indulgence this Easter (available from Ocado). Green and Blacks have a lovely range of Fairtrade certified Easter chocolate, but it's this butterscotch egg that's really got me drooling.
The Spirit of Easter
Winning the prize for most alternative Easter gift is this Hot Cross Gin from Gin Tales. Made using only natural flavourings, real fruit and absolutely no chemicals or sugar syrups, this is a gin for the purists. The people at Gin Tales say it's perfect with a splash of tonic or as the base for cocktails, this definitely tops my Easter wish list! Pick up a bottle and discover other concoctions from Gin Tales on Not on the High Street.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter, however and wherever you're celebrating this year.