Five alternative Easter gift ideas when you can’t visit family

Seeing as many of us won't be able to visit our extended family this Easter, I've had a think about what you can do to wish your relatives happy Easter from a distance instead...

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In our family Easter is usually a time when we all head to grannie’s house and give each other Easter eggs, mini eggs and share a roast dinner. However, that won’t be happening this year, and I’m sure it’s going to be the same for the majority of you too. So I’ve had a think about what you can do to wish your relatives happy Easter from a distance…

1 JUST A CARD

I think most people who are live far away from the rest of their family would really appreciate a card at Easter. It could be one that the kids make and pop in the post box, or you could buy one online from a local maker. For example, you can order cards from artist Unruly Print via their Etsy shop and they will even write and post the card directly to the recipient for you. A lovely message and a card to display on the mantelpiece will last a lot longer than that bag of mini eggs!

2 SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

A day out, a trip away, an experience or activity. Any of these options can be enjoyed with your family – just not right now. Instead, you can give them gift of ‘something to look forward to’ in the form of a voucher. I’ve opted for a Gourmet Getaways voucher for my husband so that we can look forward to having an overnight stay somewhere lovely in the future – and it includes a meal, so I’ll get my ‘Easter chocolate’ that way instead!

The experience vouchers in Red Letter Days gift boxes last for two years so I’m sure you’ll be able to enjoy the day out together before it expires! And by the way, I just checked their website and Red Letter Days is offering free of charge extensions on the expiry date of their vouchers, so if you already have one that’s expiring, don’t worry – you can use it at a later date. Just visit their website to exchange or extend your voucher.

3 GROW SOMETHING

Even if you can’t take the usual basket of Spring blooms to your relatives this Easter, there’s nothing to stop you growing a plant for them to enjoy later in the year. Plant some seeds or take a cutting from your own garden and pot it up. Grow the plant on for a few months and hand it over when it’s flowering this summer or autumn. It’ll be a fun activity for the kids to do, they can FaceTime the grandparents to show them the planted pots, and they be responsible for keeping the plant watered and looked after until it’s ready to give away.

4 LETTERBOX TREATS

There’s nothing to stop you from ordering treats online if you want to send a gift to your loved ones. This week I heard about small independent jewellery wholesaler Miss Milly whose business has dried up overnight so she and her daughter are sending out hand-decorated parcels if you want to order a budget-friendly piece of jewellery for someone special. They’ve called it Letterbox Loveliness – sounds so nice, doesn’t it?

5 OKAY, CHOCOLATE EGGS..!

If you can’t imagine an Easter without chocolate eggs, don’t worry because you can still order them online. Divine’s Fairtrade easter eggs have plastic-free packaging and come in a variety of flavours including raspberry and dark chocolate, yum! They are currently half price via the Oxfam online shop, plus you could add a packets of mini eggs to your basket for an easter egg hunt in your garden. But be quick if you want to order because they are selling fast!

I hope you have a fantastic and safe Easter and please do share your own ‘at home’ Easter celebration hacks in the comments below – how will you be marking the bank holiday weekend?

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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