10 alternative gifts for Easter
Published 24/03/2016 | 15:32
We traditionally give chocolate eggs at Easter, but why not think outside the box and give something different? Here are 10 brilliant alternative gifts for Easter.
We’ve teamed up with TASSIMO, who invite their customers to discover a world of variety, to bring you some ideas to make Easter a little bit different this year. Get away from the same-old this year, think outside the box and ditch the chocolate eggs. Here are some alternative Easter gift ideas to inspire you - some for the foodie, some for the kitchen, the garden and something unexpected.
The importance of good quality olive oil can’t be overstated. For the converted, a bottle of the good stuff is always appreciated. For the uninitiated, a good olive oil will open their eyes to the difference it can make to just about everything they cook. Tuscany can lay claim to the best olive oil in the world and Isole e Olena is a wonderful, full bodied organic olive oil with intense flavours of green vegetables, green tomatoes and green olives. Spicy notes are evident on the palate but it is an extremely fruity olive oil with a rich and buttery texture. Just as they do in Italy, Indulge yourself and your family after the frugal build up to the Easter celebration by allowing a generous drizzle of this oil over baby boiled potatoes, veg or whatever festive side-dish you’re planning this Easter.
The gift that keeps giving. Give a present of a sapling fruit tree and the recipient will have in-season fresh fruit in abundance for generations. Kids will love getting out in the garden and getting their hands dirty and they’ll wait all year round for the tree to bear fruit. A harvest of fresh plumbs, apples, figs, pears or even blackberries will ensure a family have homemade jam for the rest of the year.
A TASSIMO hot drinks brewer allows the owner to prepare a multitude of hot beverages - from creamy cappuccino to espresso, to teas and hot chocolate - and all at just the touch of one button. A great value, high-quality machine by Bosch, TASSIMO employs Intellibrew™ technology which reads the T DISC’s code and brews the drink to perfection every time. A TASSIMO machine is the perfect gift that will be appreciated by the whole family whenever they make Kenco Smooth Roast in the morning, Twinings tea in the afternoon and Cadbury Hot Chocolate at night. The T DISCs are widely available meaning they can be picked up doing the weekly shopping. Get it here.
The colourful throw rugs from Avoca are Irish made, super soft and add a tasteful splash of colour to any room. A throw that will be around for years and be appreciated every time it’s drawn over cold shoulders or spread across a bed.
This handcrafted herb planter window box is made to order and will really get people into the spring mood as they create their own herb garden to make sure their kitchen is stocked with an abundance of fresh herbs throughout the summer and into autumn. Available in a choice of colours and materials, kids will love planting the seeds and seeing the herbs grow every day.
The Drop scales and App combine to give you the ultimate kitchen assistant no matter what you’re preparing. Especially useful for bakers, Drop can be used for any kind of food preparation no matter how complicated. The App supplies you with countless recipes and with the aid of the connected food scales, your method of preparation is fool-proof. No more fiddling around with measuring jugs, random ‘cups’ of ingredients or ‘knobs’ of butter. With the Drop, every cake will rise and every filling will stay where it’s supposed to.
The Happy Pear, Greystone’s hub of all things veggie and cool goes from strength to strength and it’s a success story based on good honest to goodness food prepared using fresh ingredients. This book contains five recipe chapters: breakfast, soups, salads, mains and deserts. There’s also a bit more than simply recipes so there are also five text chapters. “Our two man food revolution”, “Eating healthy, living healthy”, “The Happy Pear Community”, “Our first 10 years” and “The Happy Pear Toolkit”. It’s full of genuinely inspiring food ideas and will inspire anyone to eat better.
Give the gift of cheese this Easter or impress the hell out of your friends at your next dinner party by serving a cheese board with your own hand-made cheese. It’s very easy to do with this cheese making kit. Each kit makes 10 batches and the kit lasts about two years. Choose from Halloumi, Mozzarella & Ricotta, or a Goat's Cheese kit.
A beautiful collection of digital prints from Irish artist/illustrator Eoin Whelehan who captures the imaginary conversations he has with animals as he is drawing them. Kids will love them, but so too will grown-ups and they come with a frame to make the perfect gift. Available from Dublin’s coolest little shop Designist and delivered to your door.
This minimalist stainless steel carafe is sealed with a cork stopper and comes with four cups that nest together in a tidy stack on top of the carafe, for easy storage and carrying. It fits neatly into picnic baskets, bags or the fridge door. Dishwasher-safe.