Giving Easter gifts isn’t like giving gifts at Christmas. It’s a far less established tradition, so it can be hard figuring out what to buy, especially in a corporate setting. For some, it’s religious affair, but gifts generally lean towards the secular interpretation of Easter.

That’s why they’re driven by eggs, bunnies, and oddly-shaped chocolate. Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny are symbols of fertility, because in pagan traditions, Easter was less about religion and more about Spring. In the modern world, we can happily commemorate both.

Eostre was a celebration driven by the renewal of life after a long cold winter, so there was lots of singing, dancing, and feasting. It included good food, great wine, bright colours, and stimulating company. While we can’t all re-enact our own mardigras, we can mark the festival by dishing out delectable presents this season.

Chocolate cheer

Chocolate makes a great gift for any season, but it’s particularly apt for Easter. You might not have chocolate eggs or chocolate bunnies, but you can use other kinds of cacao-based treats. This gift basket contains cookies, truffles, melting moments, baked Florentines, chocolate coated peanuts, and an assortment of dark and milk chocolate.

The gift hamper is packed in a premium box, wrapped in ribbon, and has a gift card included for any personal message you may want to pass. If you’d like any particular add-on, you can browse the list of hampers and insert extra goodies at a modest fee.

Felt Easter Baskets

If you’re good with your hands and you’d like to make a personal impression, you could create a hand-crafted Easter basket. Martha Stewart excels at this, and she has hundreds of suggestions, complete with easy-to-follow instructions. Examples include felt chicks, ducks, and geese; mossy baskets with bulbs, bunnies, and daffodils; or a basket of golden eggs.

These pretty little gifts don’t need much work. All it takes is patience and a few art supplies like spray paint, glue, scissors, crepe, papier mache. You also need a creative imagination, and the ability to read and follow instructions. Some craft-based gifts can be made by following a video tutorial, if you’re a more visual learner.

Healthy hampers

For a celebration of bounty and fresh flowers, Easter can get quite unhealthy. All that chocolate and candy may be good for your hormones, but it’s hardly a feast of wild fruit. You could try flipping the script and put together your own hamper using healthier alternatives. It doesn’t have to be boring – just a little less sugar-high-inducing.

Items you can put in your basket includeSomersaults Cinammon sunflower seeds, and Pure Organic Chocolate Pecans. The pack is full of dark-chocolate-coated quinoa, flax, brown rice, amaranth, and pecans.  You could also try a hard candy handbag from Torie& Howard. It contains four pieces of kosher, organic candy in assorted mixed-fruit flavours.

For more Easter-themed favourites, try Surf Sweets Spring Mix jelly beans. They’re made with organic turmeric, fruit juice, and black carrot juice, and include flavours like mixed berry, watermelon, and tropical punch. They’re infused with Vitamin C, and are great as cake decorations or Easter Egg fillings. Bunny-shaped Trujoy Organic lollipops are good too.

Easter Foodie Hamper

These days, we get most of our recipes online. But just like handwritten note, there’s an old school charm in getting a ‘retro’ gift like an actual printed cookbook. Buy a book by their favourite chef or foodie, and pack it with cooking utensils you’re sure they don’t have. If you know your foodie well, you’re familiar with their kitchen, but if not, find an excuse for a tour.

Select cute but functional utensils, like a garlic crusher or a nutcracker. You could also opt for cute electronic gadgets like an egg boiler or a blender cup. Put these in the basket with the cookbook and an assortment of valuable (and pricy) spices like saffron and cilantro.

For extra points, pick an Easter-y recipe from the book, buy all the necessary ingredients, and put them in the hamper. Choose your recipe carefully, or have the hamper delivered to their home. The last thing you want is to buy them a massive Easter ham and have it go bad before they’ve had a chance to receive it or cook it.