Easter Gift Guide 2017

Eeek, just a few days to go!  Here are some fab Easter gift ideas, eggs, and other bits and bobs to share with the family this weekend.  Enjoy!  (P.S. It's not all eggs, so perfect if you have any birthdays coming up too.)

If you're looking for a stylish and generous gift at an affordable price, the Guylian Sea Shell Egg is beautifully presented in a gift box which includes a 125g box of original Guylian praline Sea Shells, made using only the finest, hand selected Mediterranean hazelnuts, and a premium Belgian chocolate egg.  RRP £6

This adorable ‘If you don’t eat, I will!’ serving platter by Estonian design company Varm Country is sure to bring a smile to their face.  This solid plate is perfect for serving snacks and biscuits on and is available from Design Eighty One, priced £9.95.

Perfect from age 3 up, this lovely BIC Kids Colouring Wallet includes 36 pieces: 12 colouring pencils, 12 felt pens and 12 colouring wax crayons, all for £9.99.  Available from Staples, Amazon and large supermarkets.

STABILO Woody 3-in-1 colouring sticks are the perfect gift for over-enthusiastic small people.  They are a water colour, coloured pencil and a wax crayon in one and they write on pretty much ANY surface and rub off easily, leaving no horrible smudges or marks.  Perfect for decorating windows, as they clean so easily, or just plain old-fashioned paper!

For Scooby Doo fans, this cute Scooby Doo plush character plus tasty Easter egg comes in its own Mystery Machine, RRP £6.00.  Available from ASDA, Tesco and Sainsbury's.

The new My First Baby Annabell Bathing Doll is fully bathable, either in her own bath or with her miniature mummy at bath-time.  With her adorable polka dot romper and cute little bath cap, Baby Annabel comes complete with a lovely pink bath tub and will quickly dry after getting wet, ready to be dressed again for bedtime.  Her unique body means she dries fast and is safe to get wet, plus she's lovely to cuddle and fun to play with!  Suitable for ages 12 months plus, My First Baby Annabell Bathing Doll is available from leading retailers including Selfridges, John Lewis, Asda and Amazon.

Spineless Publishing offer unique art work for your walls that make perfect gifts.  Each is a bold art print on which, up close, you can read the full and complete text of favourite classic works. Every paragraph, chapter heading and italic is kept and carefully arranged into a design which fits a standard frame, with no words missing.  We love this print which features all 23 of Beatrix Potter's classic tales on one page, illustrated with the adorable characters themselves.  It would look beautiful framed in a playroom or children's bedroom, as below.  The Complete Peter Rabbit and Friends Illustrated measures 500x700mm and retails at £34.99.

For the grown-ups, a subscription to the Craft Gin Club will go down very well.  Every month, Craft Gin Club hand picks a full-sized bottle of one of the world’s finest small batch gins, including rare and exclusive bottlings, and sends it to their members in a surprise box.  Included in each delivery is a range of gourmet treats such as snacks, tonics, cocktail ingredients and other items to complement the gin.  With three levels of gift membership (monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly), the delivery box of gin and other exciting goodies will be with your gift recipient very soon.

April's box contained a big dollop of hygge: Kongsgaard gin from Denmark, a botanical blend containing obscure ingredients such as charred oak and resin, a smooth warm gin with hints of apple, ginger, cinnamon and citrus.  It was accompanied by Hoogly baked apple chai tea, Anna's original ginger thins, Folkingtons Indian tonic water and Cheggs chocolate eggs.  Gift prices start at £155.

For a slightly  retro treat that still tastes great, treat your loved one to the Elizabeth Shaw Mint Collection, RRP £5.99.  This sophisticated selection of delicious, indulgent dark and milk chocolates infused with Elizabeth Shaw's specially selected mint oil includes the original mint crisp and tantalising flutes, presented in a stylish gift box.  Why make a choice when you can have a little bit of everything instead?  Delicious!  This attractive box is available from leading supermarkets and gift outlets.

Also for the grown-ups are these pretty spring-inspired gifts from Melody Maison offer a lasting gift to treasure, all for the price of an Easter egg!  This cute little Bird Pen Pot is perfect for keeping your pens tidy on your desk, in the kitchen or by the phone.  With pictures of birds perched on branches surrounded by butterflies it is a breath of spring and nature in the home.

These pretty Butterfly Garland Fairy Lights feature metal butterflies painted white with a cut out design on their wings.  Their delicate lacy wings are illuminated by bulbs within, and the string is battery powered, making it ideal for anywhere in the home.  The garland is 175cm long and would be perfect in sitting room or bedroom, hung round a mirror perhaps, or to make a fairy tale area in the playroom.

One of the big hits of Christmas, there can be no better time to treat your little ones to a Hatchimal egg, and you are more likely to get your hands on one now too!  If you are under 12, could anything be more exciting than an egg that hatches itself through your care, curiosity and nurturing?  Make their Easter eggstra special with Hatchimals!

Hatchimals™ are magical, interactive creatures that are brought to life by children's care and nurturing.  Nestled inside a bright, speckled egg, the Hatchimal responds to the power of human touch and begins to hatch and communicate through taps, pecks, lights and sound.  Who’s inside?  It’s a surprise!  The hatching is just the beginning, as children continue to raise their Hatchimals from baby to toddler to full-grown Hatchimal, teaching it to walk, talk, play games and more!   Hatchimals are available from all good toy stores, including The Entertainer and Amazon, RRP £59.99.  Suitable for ages 5+.

Accompany your Easter wishes or gifts with this cute Bugs Bunny Easter card, RRP £1.50 from a range at Morrisons.

Get everyone round this Easter weekend to enjoy the new Sharing Packs from Walkers.  We all love a tasty snack in front of a movie or a big game, and these giant sharing bags are perfect for getting friends and family together this weekend.  You might even manage to put on a barbie if the weather holds.  You can even snap a selfie and enter the new ‘Snap and Share’ competition on social media.  Just grab a snap with one of the new sharing bags to enter.  The sharing packs are available in the four best-selling Walkers flavours: Ready Salted, Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, and Prawn Cocktail.  The competition runs until 23rd April and you could win some amazing UEFA Champions League prizes.  New Walkers Sharing Packs are priced £1.50 for 175g.

If you have a fan of the latest live-action Beauty and the Beast film, treat her to the beautiful new Belle dolls, available in village dress and glamorous ball gown.

Disney Princess Beauty and the Beast Village dress Belle comes with her village dress from her home town of Villeneuve, and has a pair of removable shoes.  Girls, collectors, and fans of the timeless classic will love reliving their favourite fairy tale moments and imagining their own stories as Belle questions the limits of her village and discovers a whole new world.

Whilst Disney Princess Beauty and the Beast Enchanting Ball Gown Belle is radiant with beauty and bravery in her sparkling gown, just as she descends the grand staircase, entering the enchanted ballroom.  Resplendent in her golden gown, inspired by her outfit in Disney's live-action movie, this doll also comes with a hair piece, necklace, and removable shoes.  These dolls are the perfect gift for Disney fans of any age.

For younger children, the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Noodle Makin' Mania set enables them to make pretend pasta, imaginary ramen bowls, and more.  Simply choose a disc to change the shape, load some Play-Doh into the noodle maker, then press the handle to squeeze oodles of silly noodles!  You can even add replica ravioli, pretend lasagne and make-believe macaroni to the menu with the other included moulds.  A great fun addition to the Play-Doh Kitchen Creators range, widely available including from Argos and Amazon, RRP £16.99.

Children aged 2+ will enjoy the colourful wooden African animals puzzles from the beautifully designed George Luck range. Jigsaw puzzles are recognised as a way of helping develop a child's dexterity skills and shape recognition, as well as hand-eye co-ordination.  George Luck Puzzles are beautifully designed, based on recognisable shapes rather than just plain pieces, and use animals to help improve a child's vocabulary and imagination.  The Rainbow Elephant and Baby puzzle is very cute, featuring a mum and her baby elephant ready to snuggle and play.  The whole range is available from Debenhams, prices start at £6.00.

For toddlers and older babies, the classic Tomy Hide n Squeak Eggs make a great Easter-themed gift.  Great for shape sorting, colour recognition, motor skills and imaginative play, these fun eggs crack open to reveal brightly coloured press-and-cheep chicks.  Suitable for children aged 6 months up, they are great fun and will last and last.  Our 7 and 5 year olds still play with them in their toy kitchens, and Lara received our original set when she was 1! Tomy Play to Learn Hide n Squeak Eggs are widely available from all leading stores.

Back to the bigger kids again with the brilliant Space Eggsplorer Easter set which includes a suitcase, mission log book, astronaut passport and Easter holiday activities.  Perfect for children aged 4-10 years.  Your little space explorer will love this unique Easter gift, which is sure to delight and educate as well as entertain in the Easter holidays.

The robust space-themed suitcase comes with passport and travel journal, filled with 26 beautifully designed pages ready to be filled with adventures. It also includes a letter from cute characters Geo the owl and his friend Atlas who love to explore the solar system. They want to be friends with your little explorer, and will help them learn all about the planets!  Stickers, photos, a fact card, travel ticket and an activity booklet are included so the lucky astronaut can make a start on their journal straight away.  There are even some yummy Easter eggs too!

The Space Eggsplorer Easter set is available from Not on the High Street, priced £35.00.

If your loved one is vegan or eats dairy-free, the Honeycomb Chocolate Easter Egg by Moo Free is a delicious egg made from organic rice milk, infused with pieces of honeycomb.  This gluten-free, dairy-free, soya-free treat is made to an award-winning recipe, and is also suitable for vegans.  The delicious milk chocolate taste without milk is a win-win, RRP £4.19.

Also vegan and milk-free is the beautiful Small Fine de Champagne Easter Egg by Booja-Booja.  This hand-painted egg-shaped outer contains three delectable Champagne truffles made from coconut oil, fine 18 month aged Champagne and finest Dominican Republic cocoa powder.  A truly bubbly melt-in-the-mouth experience.  They are dairy-free, soya-free, gluten-free, organic and suitable for vegans.  Part of an award-winning collection, RRP £9.99.

If you are looking for a gift for a hipster male, try the Braun Multi Groom kit.  Enabling them to try any new look the Braun Multi Groom kit includes 4 combs covering 13 precision length settings from 0.5-21mm, perfect for trimming beards or clipping hair.  An ear and nose hair trimmer is also included to remove hair effectively without pulling and tugging.  The Braun Multi Groom kit offers precision grooming, lifetime lasting ultra sharp stainless steel blades, fully washable head and comb for easy cleaning under running water, and 40 minutes of precision trimming from a 10 hour charge.  The kit is available from leading retailers such as Boots and Amazon, RRP £29.99.

Happy Easter everyone!

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