Easter - the season for all things fluffy, yellow and sweet - is rolling around sooner than you think. Stop the hunt, swap the usual supermarket suspects and bring your bank holiday baking game to the table; these Easter essentials make great gifts, too.
1. On the hunt
Signpost your sweet treats with this set of playful wooden pointers and painted flowers. A beautifully crafted kit that has everything you need to upgrade this year’s hunt.
Shop Meri Meri Bunny Easter Egg Hunt Kit £16
2. Bite-size buns
No, it’s not a hot cross bun (although we’re rather partial to those as well) but nine cleverly crafted chocolates. A crowd-pleasing alternative to the ubiquitous chocolate egg.
Hot Cross Buns £10
3. Hop to it
Set the scene for an Easter lunch, tea or party with this playful garland which features pretty 3D paper flowers and eggs alongside the compulsory bunnies.
Shop Meri Meri Hoppy Easter Bunny Garland £14
4. Serve in style
Cast in terracotta and splashed with drops of marine blue, this generous serving bowl deserves to be pride of place on your Easter table. It’s a perfect size for salads (to offset all the eggs, of course).
Linea Recharge Serve Bowl £28
5. Happy bunny
We hadn’t considered Easter as an opportunity for fancy dress until we saw this cuter-than-cute Easter bunny costume, and now we can’t resist. A sure-fire hit with kids - and ‘youthful’ grown-ups.
Meri Meri Bunny Dress Up Kit £16.50
6. Spring-fresh shade
Pastel and practical – and just the job for Easter breakfast boiled eggs. This Scandi-inspired design proves ash wood and sage green cast iron are a perfect pairing.
Berghoff Cast Iron Green Saucepan £49
7. Ready, set, bake
The bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to get budding bakers in on the action. If icing biscuits sounds too time-consuming – or messy – try topping cupcakes with these delightful paper designs.
Meri Meri Cake Decorating Kit £12
8. Master mixer
Smeg’s signature retro-style mixer has curves in all the right places. An investment for the Easter weekend and beyond, it’s sure to be the show-stopper of any baker’s kitchen.
Smeg Cream Stand Mixer £349
9. Rocky road
Don’t be fooled by the simple design - this luxury chocolate egg is anything but ordinary. Crack it open and you’ll find the rocky road filling, including biscuit pieces, caramel and marshmallows.
Filled Half Egg Rocky Road £15
10. Pastel perfection
We love the subtle sheen of this hand-painted set, and they’re a colourful way to fast-track your table from winter to spring. The best bit? You’ll always know which glass is yours.
LSA Polka Wine Glass Set of 4 £34
11. Good egg
For those restrained enough to resist the chocolate variety comes this crafty egg decorating kit, complete with whiskers, pom poms and stick-on googly eyes.
Meri Meri Egg Decorating Kit £10
12. Tea time trio
This charming earthenware trio is calling out for dippy eggs and soldiers. Give in the box as a gift, or crack them out on Easter morning (and every day afterwards).
Emma Bridgewater Black Toast Egg Cups £29.95