Personally, I really enjoy giving (and receiving!) gifts and cards at Easter. It’s really the first opportunity that some families have to get together and celebrate post-Christmas, so I love getting involved in this tradition.
Earlier this week, I shared a guide for Easter gifts that aren’t made of chocolate – fun games and creates activities, all with a little bit of education thrown in so that youngsters can learn something new even when they’re on school holiday. And now it’s time for the grown-ups.
Often, adults and teens aren’t quite so bothered about getting chocolate eggs for Easter – although not me, I love seasonal choccies! So, sometimes it’s nice to get something a little different for your friends and family. But don’t despair – there’s an option for chocolate-lovers too.
Creating and building
I love a project, especially when it means I can get a bit of screen-free time and make something with my hands. Whether you’ve got a teen enjoying their high school or college holiday, or have adult family members coming to visit, why not do a craft together?
Picking up a DIY crafting set like this Image Transfer Tote Bag kit means you’ll have everything you need to be able to sit down for an afternoon and do something creative with your friends or your teenagers. I’ve previously made my own tote bag this way and you won’t believe how proud you’ll feel when you complete the project and can actually use the item you’ve created yourself.
If you want to sneak a bit of science into an activity with your high-school-age youngster, a kit that combines technical building with physics could be a winner. For example, Newton’s Lab has a selection of construction kits that contain all the pieces to build a Pulley Crane, wind turbine, periscope or hydraulic claw. These models not only let teens explore engineering but, once built, they also demonstrate forces, electricity and gravity.
Another thing I love to do is learn something new in a lesson setting and what better class to take this Easter than a chocolate-making workshop? You’ll get to learn the art of chocolate making and get to try lots of yummy samples, as well as take your own creations home.
It’s a lovely way to spend quality time with your friends and family and, if you buy an experience voucher from Buyagift or RedLetterDays, there are loads of locations around the country where you can enjoy a class that’s local to you. That way, you can give the gift voucher to the recipient at Easter and then arrange a time when you can both do the workshop together.
Want to entertain your teen during the easter break without letting them binge boxsets or do hours of online gaming? Dig out a vintage console and show them what life was really like back in the 90s! I really like the idea of the Retro Mini GameDrive, which is a wireless dongle with 266 classic 8-bit games built-in.
It comes with two wireless controllers so you’ll all get a chance to play the games together (so no teen is glued to a screen on their own) and you can bond over the classic graphics and cheesy music. I sometimes still play old Commodore 64 games with my family and they are just as good these days as they were when we were kids. Love a bit of old-school gaming.
If you want to take your gaming even further back in time, why knot break out the Knot Game from the RNLI? It lets you learn knot-tying skills – the kind of thing we would have learnt at Scout camp – and practice until you’ve got the 20 knots all tied up. The game then really heats up with the challenge of recreating those knots against a timer!
What do you think of these ideas for non-chocolate-egg gifts for this Easter? What activities and crafts would your family and teenagers enjoy doing together during the college break? Let me know your ideas for entertaining the family and treating them to fun Easter gifts in the comments below. 🙂
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