Traditional Easter Gifts

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Easter gifts are enjoyed by many families, whether they are Christian or not. Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian religion, and traditional Easter baskets and gifts often utilise symbols that represent the Christian faith, particularly the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Non-Christian families enjoy Easter as a way to welcome spring. Traditional secular gifts use symbols like eggs, bunnies and baby chicks.

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Easter Candy

The most popular Easter gift is candy, especially chocolates and jelly beans. Although candy is popular at any time of the year, traditional Easter candy has a certain "look." Chocolate is moulded in the shape of bunnies. Pink and yellow marshmallow Peeps resemble baby chicks. Jelly beans and chocolate malt balls are shaped like bird eggs. Chocolates are wrapped in pastel coloured foils. Cadbury Cream and Caramel Eggs are traditionally offered only around Easter. Most discount stores offer candy "hiding eggs" that are individually wrapped in cellophane. Hershey's has an entire website devoted to crafts, recipes and basket ideas to make Easter an enjoyable holiday for the entire family:

Stuffed Animals

Parents often place stuffed animals in Easter baskets for children. Traditionally these are rabbits, baby chicks or ducklings, which all represent new life during the spring season. Lambs are a traditional stuffed animal choice for Christian families, because Jesus Christ is often referred to as the Lamb of God.

Colouring Books

Colouring books, typically with a Christian or spring theme, and crayons are sometimes given at Easter. Many Christian bookstores carry Easter-themed colouring books during the season, which reinforce Christian teachings to young children.

Bibles and Bible Storybooks

Easter is the traditional time when many Christians receive new Bibles. Easter is considered a time of renewal for the Christian, and a new Bible is a symbol that he is starting fresh in his spiritual walk. Young children are often given Bible storybooks with lots of pictures in them to encourage them in their faith. Christian bookstores such as Mardel's and Family Christian Bookstores are excellent resources for traditional Christian gifts for Easter.

Plastic Easter Egg Surprises

Children love to open plastic Easter eggs to discover what is inside. Eggs symbolise new life, and are a big part of secular and religious celebrations of Easter. Many parents enjoy filling plastic eggs with gifts other than candy. Small trinkets can be purchased from a dollar store and placed inside the plastic eggs, or wrapped and placed in each Easter basket. Most girls enjoy charm bracelets, small bottles of nail polish, perfume samples and hair barrettes. Many boys like super balls, Hacky Sacks and Army men. Traditional Christian trinkets include stickers and pencils with Christian symbols such as crosses, Easter lilies, Bibles, and lambs on them.

Confetti Eggs

Confetti eggs come from Hispanic Easter traditions and are also meant to celebrate the renewal of life in springtime. Small holes are made with straight pins in either side of raw eggs. The insides are blown into a bowl and used for scrambled eggs. The eggs are cleaned and dried. When dry, confetti is stuffed inside the eggs. The eggs are sealed, decorated and placed in each person's Easter basket. On Easter Sunday, the confetti eggs are smashed above everyone's head.


The ladies of the family will enjoy receiving flowers on Easter Sunday. Spring flowers look lovely as a centrepiece for the Easter dinner table. Many older women love wearing a traditional Easter corsage. In the Christian church, Easter lilies are the traditional flower of choice at Easter time and represent the hope of eternal life.

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