Not all of us celebrate the religious aspect of the Easter Holiday but most of us still enjoy the extra time off work or school to spend with family and friends and, of course, the sharing of treats – especially the chocolate eggs!
But not all of us like sweet treats and there are many who are simply unable to have them for health reasons, so what are some suitable alternative gifts someone in this situation?
Here are a few ideas to consider:
Purchase plastic eggs from your local dollar store and fill them with something fun or practical, such as small toys, hair clips, marbles or stickers. There are all sorts of things that will fit inside these eggs. For adults, how about stationery items, lip gloss, a nice key-ring, a lottery ticket or movie tickets?
For bird lovers, use plastic egg moulds to make egg-shaped seed blocks. That way the birds will get an Easter treat as well. Instructions for making seed blocks are readily available on the internet.
Turn a plastic egg into a mini terrarium. Fill the bottom section with soil and plant small seedlings, and then secure the top on with clear tape.
Plastic egg moulds can also be used to make home-made bath-bombs or soaps. You will also find lots of recipes for these on the internet.
Buy pretty egg-cups or mugs and, instead of eggs, set a piece of fruit such as kiwi-fruit, pear, apple, mango or fig (whatever is in season) in the cup. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. For a larger gift, choose an attractive bowl and set a small watermelon or honey-dew melon in it. Wrap with cellophane or coloured foil to look like a large Easter egg.
For a child, wrap a football or coloured ball in the same way.
Buy or make play-dough, roll into egg shapes and wrap.
For babies or small children, perhaps a picture book of bunnies or chickens. You can even put together your own picture book with a small photo album and funny animal photos from the internet.
Older children may enjoy a bunny or chicken themed DVD. Bugs Bunny or Chicken Little perhaps?
Create an ‘Easter Tree’ with an attractive branch from the garden or a potted plant. Hang small plastic eggs filled with the kinds of things you might find in Christmas crackers – jokes, quotes, small novelties, paper hats, etc.
One of the best gifts I ever received at Easter was a dozen fresh quail eggs, and come to think of it, with the price of hen eggs these days, I’m sure there are many who would appreciate a dozen fresh free-range ones in a pretty basket!