Homemade Gifts for
Easter is a time of indulgence and celebration of new life.
And what better way to mark this time of year than with a
gorgeous homemade gift?
There are many Easter traditions across the globe, and
it can be fun discovering and incorporating them into
your own family festivities. In Sweden for example, they
have an Easter tree which is beautifully decorated
with feathers and little Easter ornaments; and in England,
children have egg races, to see which hard boiled and
beautifully painted egg reaches the bottom of the hill first
and in tact.
If you have children, then this can be a wonderful time of
year to get their creative fingers going and keep them
entertained, whilst making homemade gifts for your friends and
neighbours. Start with some simple egg painting (see
Reader's Digest for pattern ideas, and
Meyamo for tips on vegetable
paints), and then perhaps watch Life of Brian, The Passion of
the Christ, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory or All
Dogs Go To Heaven - depending on your sense of humour and
the ages of those watching! You can then use the finished eggs
as decorations in your own home, swap with friends or take part
in an egg race.
For Easter Sunday, set up an egg hunt. You can do
this a few different ways... either:
a) Hide small foil wrapped chocolate eggs in the garden in a
variety of places - the first child to find ten wins a big
prize. You could even make special baskets with ribbon for
everyone to collect them in.
b) Write a list of clues, and hide eggs around the house - with
each set of gifts there should be a new clue for the next
hiding place - make sure the kids take it in turns! Include
gifts and ornamens from family in the hunt too.
1. Send Easter Cookies in
Whatever shape and flavour you choose, make
sure they are sturdy and non-crumbly. Traditional homemade
Easter biscuits with spice and dried fruit are a great option,
as are egg shaped butter biscuits with colored icing or chick
shaped shortbread. Be inventive, and maybe dip them in
chocolate for an extra little surprise! It will be a
lovely surprise for all friends and family - how often do
people receive cookies in the mail?
2. Easter Tree
Just like the Germans and the Swedish do at
this time of year, start this tradition in your own home.
Simply get a few twisting branches, and hang petite wooden
eggs, chicks or bunnies, and chocolates or satin bows or
pompoms. An Easter tree is a beautiful reminder of the season
and is a pretty, cheap and chic homemade decoration for your
home. Do this at someone else's home to cheer them up, or give
them decorations and instructions as a gift so that they can
start their own! (See
here for some beautiful Easter trees!)
3. Embroidered Easter
A lovely gift to give someone at this still very
cold time of year is a lovely Easter fleece blanket - perfect
for Easter Sunday evening together with the
family. Simply get a section of fleece from your
local fabric store, and some colored emroidery thread. Stitch
on a little bird, or you could even create Easter napkins or a
table runner with a similar design.
4. Personalised Egg
A lovely thing to enjoy the few weeks around
Easter (and into the whole year also!). Get a little felt, cut
out two matching half oval shapes, and stitch
together. To personalise it, stitch on a fabric initial
cut-out, embroider on the names, and add a little loop for ease
of use. Or try a cute
sewn egg cosy design or
chick and bunny egg
cosies or even an
owl egg cosy.
5. Decorative Easter
There's lots of different ways to make a pretty
garland for this Spring, and they are a lovely gift to give
someone to decorate their home with. There are many different
ways to do this, but the simplest is to choose pastel colored
paper and cut out tiny egg, daffodil and
chick shapes, then glue them onto a long piece of ribbon
or make a small hole, add a piece of wool/string and
attach to a longer piece of colorful wool/string. Decorate with
glitter glue, sparkles and extra ribbon. If you can, secretly
go and put it up in the recipient's kitchen (or downstairs as a
surprise for parents).
6. Colorful Rice Krispie Easter
A lovely and edible gift are
these colorful crispy
treats, made from rice krispies and marshmallows. They are
lovely given in a homemade decorated egg box, and also
dipped in chocolate and
Here are a few more Easter baking ideas that will make the
perfect homemade gift:
Traditional English Hot Cross Bun Recipe - BBC
give us an incredibly delicious British recipe, full of spice,
zest and fruit. The perfect symbol and the perfect afternoon
Swedish Semla Recipe - This
cardamom, marzipan and cream filled sweet roll is a wonderful
treat for breakfast or after dinner, and is a slightly unusual
gift for friends and family.
Torta Di Riso Recipe - A
traditional sweet recipe for breaking the fast of Lent, it's an
orange-y, cheese-y, rice pudding in a phyllo crust - don't
dismiss it till you've tried it. It's a great dish to take to
an Easter dinner party.