For most Christians, Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) hosts the most important religious holiday of the year. For children, it is often more about egg hunts and a visit from the mischievous little Easter Bunny. If you plan to spend this event with your family and friends, then perhaps you should share in the spirit of Easter by giving gifts to those you love. You may even consider pitching in with the traditional meal–cookbooks with Easter recipes (perhaps featuring lamb or honey-glazed ham) can help with that.
Don’t forget to check out our guide to Easter Decorations for some additional gift ideas!
Religious holidays remind people of their core beliefs, elicit gratitude, and unite family. As a remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection and set in the midst of spring, Easter is especially a time to reflect on rebirth and new beginnings. This holiday, reach out to those loved ones with whom you’ve quarreled; rebuild bridges. Give a peace offering in the spirit of the season and remind your friends and family how much you care. Consider some of the following, heartfelt ideas.
Bunny Fun: Gifts for Kids
The night before Easter Sunday, children are bursting with excitement as they anticipate the goodies they will receive in an overflowing Easter basket, hopefully stuffed chock full with Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, and jelly beans, courtesy of the Easter Bunny. The options below are fairly classic, so they should be appreciate by a pretty large audience.
Kids will need an empty basket to collect eggs and chocolate during the hunt. The bunny makes them work for their holiday cheer.
It can sometimes be tough to get your kids to say their prayers, but it’s nice to teach them that there’s a whole other story aside from the bunny one.
Chocolate bunnies are delightful and delicious. Along with other treats like marshmallows and jelly beans, this will complete any Easter basket.
Plush toys are soft and cuddly. Bunnies,Easter chicks, and ducks are a few options.
Your little girl would look cute at any party or family gathering in a new Easter dress.
Charm bracelets are good for older kids. They’re nice because you can collect new charms as you find them.
It’s good for kids to learn a little about what the family believes in. A children’s Bible is one way to expose children to religion.
Egg Decorating Kit
Egg decorating is a tradition for all ages. Families can do this together, especially since younger kids will need assistance from others.
Coloring books are an easy gift basket stuffer no matter what holiday you’re celebrating. They feature cute bunnies, eggs, and spring weather things.
A new season means new clothes. It’s time to say goodbye to the winter clothes and go with lighter things. Brightly colored clothes are preferred.
Gifts for Teens
Holy Cross Earrings
Your daughter will probably want something nice she can wear out or to family occasions. Cross earrings are subtle but beautiful accessories that fulfill the Easter spirit.
One is never too old for candy, so this is a nice gift for kids of all ages. A sweet little pick-me-up can be just the thing!
Reading is always something to encourage. Some books are tougher than other to get through, but patience and perseverance are excellent to learn. A bookmark will be a small reminder.
You can be hip and still keep your faith with you. Religious designs on necklaces, dog tags, and belt chains are not only popular, they’re cool-looking, too.
Gifts for Her
Jewelry shows you care. It takes time to pick something you know she will like, to save up for it, and to make sure that it goes with her wardrobe. All that effort is appreciated. Crosses and hearts are appropriate for Easter.
Chocolate Gift Basket
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but this can apply to women, too–especially if you’re offering chocolate! It’s sweet, thoughtful and, best of all, comforting.
Bouquet of Easter Flowers
Easter lilies, tulips, roses, daisies and azaleas are all very appropriate for the season. A mixed bouquet with daisies and azaleas is a great way to give something cheerful, while white lilies and pink roses are more romantic. Tulips are more religious, indicating faith and love.
Votive Candle Holder
Seasonally scented will help create a springlike atmosphere in your home (anything with “honey,” “garden”, “mist,” or “breeze” in the title is more than likely a spring/summer scent), but the candle holder you choose is just as important. Frosted votive holders are discreet.
If you intend to buy her a handbag you might do well to bring her along shopping. It ruins the surprise factor, but this is something she will carry with her everywhere. It must be exactly what she needs and wants or it’s a bust.
Gifts for Him
Men’s Dress Shirt
Dress shirts are a great gift for men. White and blue are safe colors, but if he’s comfortable with it, bolder Easter colors like yellow, green, pink and purple are stylish and snazzy.
Wine Gift Basket
For the wine enthusiast or collector, choose a gift basket with different vintages and delicious cheeses. If he’s not an oenophile, try an assorted coffee gift basket.
Cuff links add professional touch to any suit, and they make for a classy and thoughtful gift. You can find them in many styles, but the most common choices will be in silver or gold.
A little fun never hurt anyone. Buying lighthearted T-shirts that renew and proclaim faith are a fun and easy Easter gift.
You can never have enough ties. Unless he works in a casual office, avoid wacky patterns and Easter designs–stick to stripes or simple patterns.
Gifts for Grandparents
Picture frames with phrases like “Happy Easter,” “Best Grandparents Ever,” or “I <3 Grand(whatever)” are a considerate and personalized way to show love.
Coffee mugs are cute for kids to give their grandparents. They can have preprinted images on them or you can buy a mug craft set and have the kids draw something themselves.
Assorted Candy Easter Gift Basket
Candies and sweets are lighthearted and simple gifts to send to the snowbird grandparents who haven’t yet returned from their winter home in the Florida Keys.
Bunny Cookie Jar
Who stole a cookie from the cookie jar? The grandkids, of course! Having a cookie jar is wonderful for when the little rascals come to visit.