Easter is a religious holiday and is also a time to celebrate a new spring. Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer and penance by Christians. The Easter celebration does not fall on a fixed date on the calendar. The date of Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25 from year to year.

Easter usually brings to mind gifts of Easter eggs, chicks and rabbits. Easter gift ideas usually revolve around chocolates in all those forms. Yet there are so many more great gift ideas for Easter than chocolate. Here we list some more Easter gift ideas:

Easter baskets

Easter basketsEaster baskets are a popular gift for any age. A classic white wicker Easter basket can contain a plush stuffed bunny rabbit surrounded by chocolate Easter eggs or hollow chocolate rabbits. You can personalise the bunny with the child’s name.

Easter sweet dishes

Easter sweet dishesNot everyone likes chocolate. You can add any sweets to an Easter basket, choose their favourite gourmet selection or try something new in a shape or colour you know they like. Ideas include adding some fruit to the basket for some added colour.

Easter savoury treats

Easter savoury treatsEaster marks the end of the Lenten fast, so consider adding some fine dining experiences to your Easter basket. This could include tickets confirming a reservation at a new restaurant in town, or perhaps artisan recipe ingredients so they can create their own addition to the Easter meal.

Other ideas include picking a theme for your Easter basket that can be a picnic outdoors or in their own living room. An Italian theme could include Italian salami, rich Vella Asiago and Vella Romanello cheeses with the addition of rustic flat-bread and garlic Parmesan crisps.

New bible

New bibleIn keeping with the religious theme of Easter a Bible is one of the gift ideas a young child will cherish. An easy to read and understand New King James Version Bible is a perfect way to introduce children to the word of God in the Christian religion and there are versions with leather covers, full colour inserts, silver-edged pages, satin ribbon markers and a cross or heart charm. These can also be personalised.

Easter gifts for students

Use a new laptop bag or a tote bag as your Easter basket. Add in a bottle of sangria with some unusual biscuits like salted oatmeal chocolate chip and rosemary and thyme.

New home

Christian CrossSpring is the most popular time for people to move home. An Easter gift of a canvas to brighten their new home can subtly incorporate a Christian Cross to reflect who they are, or perhaps a ‘Bless this house’ message.

A metal scroll-worked cross is another lovely gift that can become a family heirloom, passed along the generations.

Instead of an Easter basket, our ideas include a large fruit bowl, a new stock pot or even a cute platter to fill with treats. It’s not only more practical, but it will be one more gift for them to enjoy.

New beginnings

Easter also symbolises new beginnings, which gives you scope to look at a broader range of gifts than chocolate, eggs and bunny rabbits. Perhaps a new tote bag, sports bag or purse for your friend or family member. Perhaps a new notebook where they can plan their new project. Use your imagination and get creative.

Easter is a sign of spring

Now that spring is here, a gift of a picnic set or backpack will encourage your friend or family member to head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and relax with good company, good food and a bottle of their favourite drink. If they prefer to sit on their home patio, other ideas include a backyard beverage bar tub.

Bulb garden

Spring sees the garden come alive after winter. One of our last ideas is to gift some spring bulbs with a watering can for a gift that keeps on giving long after Easter is past. For those who do not have a garden, a galvanised planter tub can be put on their window ledge.