I like the tradition of giving Easter Eggs but there are plenty of inspiring alternative gift ideas if one does not want to restrict themselves to chocolate.
These are a selection of Easter Gift Ideas I was sent to review.
Easter with SchleichAnyone familiar with Schleich figurines will know that they are exquisitely detailed and highly collectible.
The Schleich range is enormous but these farm animals, puppy and rabbits could make a fantastic Easter themed gift.
I made a cute display of them on my writing bureau but my little ones keep climbing up to get them to play with. Dylan especially loves the pig because PIG is one of the few words he can say really well. He can also make a pretty convincing oinking sound!
The thing I love about jigsaw puzzles is sitting down with my kids to solve them together. This panoramic cute bunny picture screams SPRINGTIME and would make a lovely, gentle activity over the Easter holidays.
With 200 pieces generously sized pieces, this puzzle should keep us busy and give the little ones the opportunity to get involved.
The picture has clearly been subject to some photo manipulation which has led to much speculation from my older (more cynical) children with regards to the method used to encourage the bunnies to snuggle together so closely and neatly (velcro/superglue/kebab skewer - you get the idea!)
Rabbit Parade is a quality puzzle as you would expect from the Ravensburger brand.
Ok, so this gift idea does involve chocolate.
The Let's Cook Chocolate Rotator is one of a range of food preparation sets from Character. This particular set enables children to create hollow chocolate shapes in a variety of designs. One of the moulds is an egg shape making this ideally suited as an Easter gift.
We did have a lot of fun with it but I have to confess that the biggest attraction was licking the melted chocolate spills and excess.
The amount of coloured foil you are provided with is only enough to make a very limited number of wrapped chocolates.
The chocolate is not included.
The following video shows our not entirely successful attempt to make foil wrapped hollow chocolates.
I think that with some experimentation in how much chocolate to use and which type of chocolate works best, some reasonably good results could be achieved. However, if I am honest, it was the chocolate itself that got my children most excited rather than the ability to create the hollow chocolate shapes. I would probably have been better off sticking to Easter Eggs!