Alternative Gift Guide for Easter
I’ve always enjoyed Easter celebrations, but it’s only since having children that I’ve really started to actively look forward to them. Growing up I always thought that Easter was a strictly Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ, and that eating chocolate was all part of the modern day festivities. So it was with both an amount of naive surprise and interest that I learnt (when I was considerably older) that the word ‘Easter’ is thought to have come from a Teutonic goddess and that the Easter Bunny is possibly derived from pagan traditions.
Once I understood that there was much more breadth to the occasion, the idea of eating chocolate eggs delivered by a bunny sounded slightly more, well, connected than the extremely tenuous link that I had imagined in my formative years.
Moving on again though, and now it’s not all about how much chocolate that can be scoffed before breakfast, or found among the overgrown hedgerow in the garden. Instead it is about a lasting celebration of life, and love, and springtime. So this year whilst an egg hunt (or two) will undoubtedly take place, the Easter Bunny will be dropping off alternative gifts at our house, and I wanted to share some of my ideas with you all here:
Paws and Petals Brushwood Bunny Planter
My boys are slightly fixed on these types of planters. We currently have an elephant version that greets visitors to the front door, and one of these would be ideal for the entrance to their play shed.
I love the idea of painting these eggs! Saves hard boiling real ones then worrying about them cracking or spoiling. Plus they can be played with for weeks or months to come, and maybe even be part of a future year’s egg hunt.
Mr Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt
Easter can feel like the perfect time to freshen things up, and what easier way to do this than by using wall stickers? We have used these with great success previously, and they’re one thing that the boys miss from our old home and want to incorporate into our new one.
Sunflower Growing Kit
With the roots of Easter firmly in the idea of life and living, it seems appropriate to round my list off with a seed kit. The boys love sunflowers and I’ve suggested an ideal spot to grow them this year. Fingers crossed we get some good ones!
So those are the alternative gifts on my list this year. What about you? Do you buy gifts at Easter to mark the occasion or let it gently slip by with the odd egg? Let me know!
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