5 DIY Easter Gift Ideas for Grown Ups

5 DIY Easter Gift Ideas for Grown Ups
Carly Jacobs
This post is sponsored by Woolworths

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge a fan of arbitrary gift giving. I love to spoil people on their birthdays and at Christmas time but when it comes to Easter, I sit firmly in the school of less is more. If every person of consequence in my life gave me a chocolate gift at Easter I’d have to buy much bigger pants to fit around my April Girth of Gluttony, so I generally don’t encourage much adult Easter gift giving.

However there are a few people every year where it feels impolite not to give them a little Easter token. Mr Smaggle’s parents for instance, if they happen to be hosting us for an Easter lunch. I also often send little gifts to clients or my agents. If a friend is having me over for an Easter lunch, I will always take a hostess gift. The difficulty with giving adults gifts at Easter is that it’s hard to find Easter treats that aren’t pink and fluffy and full of gross things like bright pink marshmallows or sickly sweet caramel so this year I’ve come up with a few options for grown up Easter gift giving. So you don’t have to give your mother in law in a pair of bunny ears and a pink plastic basket full of flammable polyester fake chickens when you rock up for Good Friday dinner.

5 DIY Easter Gift Ideas for Grown Ups

Grown Up Treat Bag

Little kids love getting a bag of treats at Easter but in my experience grown ups love them too. 

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What You Need

* Cellophane bags

* Selection of grown up treats

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What You Do

I have lots of friends who aren’t huge fans of ‘Easter’ chocolate. I personally think chocolate is chocolate but if you’ve got a fussy friend who has delicate tastes, simply whip up a bag of goodies that you know they’ll love. This bag is going to be sent to Daddy Smaggle so it’s got macro chocolate covered liquorice, chocolate covered ginger, fruit and nut buttons, speckled eggs, chocolate macadamias and a few plain solid eggs to make the package a bit festive.  I have a friend who’s a fiend for peppermint chocolate so one year I gave her a back full of peppermint Freddo Frogs. A thoughtful Easter gift of known favourites will be much better choice than a generic gold wrapped bunny.

Tea Light Egg Candles

These make a fantastic hostess gift for Easter celebrations because they can be placed straight on the table as a gorgeous Easter centrepiece. I also love to make gifts from things that I usually throw away – egg shells!

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What You Need

* A box

* Tissue paper

* 6 eggshell halves

What You Do

Save up all your egg shells from the week, wash them gently in soapy water and leave them in the sun to dry. Hint: if you crack an egg against a thin edge, like on a teacup it will give you a cleaner and more even break down the middle. Grab some tissue paper to line your box and gently nestle the eggs into the paper. Pop a tea light in each egg-shell and you’re done. A very quick, very cheap and very cute little Easter hostess gift.

‘Just-Add-Milk-And-Blend!’ Easter Cocktail Kit

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What  You Need

* A fancy small glass bottle

* Some fancy chocolate sauce (you can buy some or make your own)

* Small bottle of Bailey’s

What You Do

Decant sauce into bottle and package up with Bailey’s and easter eggs. Add a little note that says ‘Just Add Milk and Blend!’. This is a great gift for workmates who are probably hanging for a stiff drink over their four day long weeked. My mate’s father is a bit of an Easter grinch and he hates anything wrapped in coloured foil so this is also the perfect gift for anyone who happens to have a serious aversion to traditional Easter packaging. 

Message-in-an-Egg

I made these one year with my mother when I was little and I wanted to see if I could re-create them. I’m going to send one to my niece but I also thought they would make beautiful gifts for friends with allergies who can’t eat regular treats.

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What You Need

* free range eggs (I usually buy macro eggs and rather than waste the deliciousness inside, I simply blow the running eggs into a jar to make into a quiche for dinner)

* Thin paper

* Pen

* Metal skewer

What You Do

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Gently twist a hole in each end of your egg using the metal skewer. Make sure you come from each side of the egg and not all the way through because the egg cracks more easily if you push through from the inside. Blow the contents of the egg into a jar to keep for cakes, quiches or scrambled eggs. Thoroughly wash the egg and blow out any excess water. Leave to dry in the sun. Write a sweet note or an inspirational quote on a tiny piece of paper, roll it up and slip it inside. Wrap the egg neatly in a little box or bag with instructions to crack the egg open. It’s a very cost effective and thoughtful gift. I like to put silly movie in mine. 

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Bath Bomb Easter Pack

Let’s face it, we all want a little bit of chocolate at Easter time but my issue is always the volume of chocolate that I receive every year. I used to be a teacher and it would take me until Christmas to eat all the chocolate that I got for Easter. Sometimes it’s nice to mix up with a decadent little beauty treat.

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What You Need

* Cellophane bag and a fancy twist tie

* Bath bomb (I got these carrot ones from Lush)

* Foil wrapped Easter treats (must be foil wrapped otherwise it will end up tasting like soap!)

What You Do

Neatly wrap whatever goodies you like into a little cellophane bag, making sure to keep to food very well wrapped around bath bombs because they’re very strong smelling! I’m sending this little bundle off to my niece today but I think most grown ups would love an Easter pamper pack instead of a kilo of chocolate eggs.

What are you up to for Easter this year? Big family do? Casual BBQ with friends? Quiet weekend at home?

 This post was co-ordinated by The Remarkables Group 

23 Comments

  1. Erika 7 years ago

    Driving up north to spend some time with my mother. Best Beloved is organising a Boys Night for Sunday, so there will be a carnivore’s bbq and car movies. I fully expect the dogs will have a wonderful time 🙂

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh that’s sounds wonderful! I’m jealous of everyone’s easter plans. Mr Smags and I are hanging at home most of the weekend… it will be lovely but quiet!

  2. Sar Cullen 7 years ago

    I love the idea about the grown up treats! I really hate cheap chocolate – I know that makes me sound like a snob but what’s the point of eating it if it tastes yuck… It’s also one of the reasons I don’t really give too many treats at easter – buying nice chocolate is just too expensive, and I don’t want to be the giver of youck chockie. This way I can buy nice chocolate in bulk and save and look like a classy present giver at the same time! Huzzah! Oh and thanks for the reminder – my dad loves sugared ginger… chocolate ginger… ginger ginger…
    Where would I find cellophane bags?

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      I got these ones at Daiso but most $2 shops have a few different options. I eat any chocolate really but I’d much rather have some yummy fancy chocolate than a gross cheap Easter egg. Blergh! I got this chocolate covered ginger at Woolies! just in the treat aisle.

      • Sar Cullen 7 years ago

        To woolies I go! Dad will be happy 🙂

  3. Fifi 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous! I am one of those people who hates Easter chocolate so delicious grown up treats sound amazing. Growing up, my dad was a chocolate snob, so we never got Easter eggs, but he’d buy each of us one of those delicious dark chocolate oranges. So Easter for me is about rich, dark flavours cut with citrus.

    We have a sort of Urban Family tradition of roast duck at Easter – good friends, good wine and I always try to make some sort of chocolate and orange desert (sometimes as simple as buying one of those chocolate oranges). I’m thinking those egg tea-light holders would make a perfect centrepiece, and hopefully someone brings the baileys!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh totally! Mr Smags and I used to give each other one for Easter every year and then we stopped doing it and now I can’t remember why…

  4. Bek 7 years ago

    Message in an egg!!! So damn cute. I am trying this one tonight! I love how actually simple all these gifts are – each one is totally doable and adorable.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      The message in an egg is so easy! I think they’d make an amazing thank you card or something similar.

  5. Christina Atkin 7 years ago

    Another favourite of mine is chocolate orange peel! Delicious! Love those egg shell tea lights!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      I totally forgot chocolate orange peel even existed! Must keep an eye out for it!

  6. Simon 7 years ago

    Being not much of a chocolate person (I’ve had the same block of Wonka chocolate sitting in my drawer at work for about 6 months now), I’d me much happier receiving a bag of adorable bath bombs instead! Then there’s more like a 50% chance that i’ll enjoy them instead of my wife, rather than the 100% chance there’d be if I got chocolate 🙂

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      How do you keep chocolate in a drawer without eating it? That’s practically impossible for me. I send the bath bombs to my niece and had to include a note to not eat them. You can never be too careful.

      • Simon 7 years ago

        I don’t even like chocolate that much, but if i’m wandering the supermarket and see something i haven’t tried, i have to buy it. So i buy a block of wonka, eat two squares, and then put it in a drawer and then never look at it again. I just like new things!

  7. Pearl - Pretty Mayhem 7 years ago

    Those are all great ideas, I especially like the Easter cocktail kit as I have a weak spot for Bailey’s. I’m not going away for Easter this year but I’m hoping to go apple picking on saturday if the weather holds up. Have a great weekend!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh apple picking sounds amazing! We’re just going to hang around at home and potter and do work and things. I can’t wait, I’ve been wanting an easter like this forever!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 7 years ago

    I’m convinced that you’re a really fun friend to have because you come up with fun ideas! 😀 I’d love them all!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh you’re very sweet! I think it’s lucky we don’t live near each other because I suspect we’d both get very fat, very quickly. Right back at ya! xx

  9. SIL 7 years ago

    Papa smaggs will be very pleased. We did a very amusing bunny swap between smagg parents and us. Hilarious. I think Ill have to get more creative next year after this! Will def use the grown up party bag idea for my new colleagues

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      I actually didn’t get any Easter chocolate this year and I’m so please because I always OD. I’m usually swimming in the stuff!

  10. Steph 7 years ago

    I love the message in an eggshell! When my baby is older perhaps the Easter Bunny will leave him one…
    On the topic of eggs I discovered something disturbing the other day – I always buy free range eggs but apparently if they are not organic the hens may have been ‘de-beaked’. This is even true of some RSPCA approved eggs! I know you can buy organic eggs at Woolworths and assume you can at most supermarkets?

  11. Denise Kubiak 3 years ago

    You are so wonderfully creative. Love all your ideas. Going shopping now. Thanks !

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