Folklore and fables suggest an Easter Bunny would hop into our gardens bringing along a basket of decorative eggs waking us to a new beginning and a merry departure from all the eschewing. As with every folklore, the Easter Bunny tradition too is weaved with symbolism to mark the gift of fertility and rebirth. But since ours is an urbane world, we can hardly expect an Easter Bunny to relieve us of the tedium of searching the best gifts. Well renowned stores have chocolatiers in Europe splitting hair to deliver their well crafted little parcels of delight, while their shoppers prowl through confectioneries tasting simnel and petite fours hoping to settle for the right hampers. We too went around shopping for Easter hampers and gifts that were not very typical of the celebration. From famed French chocolatiers to Supermodel label gifts, the ones we loved to the point of gifting ourselves are the ones we share with you in a hope that you too may like them.
Dorchester Collection Gift Card
Top of our list is the gift card by Dorchester Collection and though we are quite transparent of being weak-kneed when it comes to Michelin star experiences and spa treatments, the reason for this choice is the simplicity of this gifting idea. Truly, we must hand it to the luxury hotel chain for easing up the very tedium we mentioned before. From a dining experience at one of Wolfgang Puk’s restaurants to Spa experience and equestrian lesson at Coworth Park, Ascot, this gift card has a range from £50 to £2000 integrated with currency conversion. You can even offer a digital version of the cash card for a trans-oceanic gift by selecting the value of the card and the recipients name and email address. If you wish to be specific on an experiential gift the process is very much the same. All you need to choose is the type of card – physical card which is delivered within 48 hours in the same city of course or a digital version. Our favorite is a toss between a stay at Hotel Plaza Athenee or the Michelin star dinner for two at Alain Ducasse’s Gastronomic in Paris.
To place your gift card orders please visit Dorchester Collection
Hatbox Hamper Collection by La Maison du Chocolat at SAKS Fifth Avenue
Convention is integral to following traditions and its not really Easter without the traditional Easter chocolate hamper. The best part about hampers is you can never be repetitive with its presentation and we found some chic ones at Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks has curated a signature hatbox collection by the celebrated La Maison du Chocolat including dark chocolates, pralines and ganaches varied size options.
Andalouise Hatbox Collection – This hamper includes Assorted truffles, milk and dark chocolate covered almonds, a 6-piece Gesture box (milk and dark chocolate pralines and ganaches) and Tobago chocolate squares. This collection is made in France and crafted by hand with a shelf life of four weeks. Price: $120.00
Indulgence Hatbox Collection – This signature collection includes a Coffret Maison (pralines & truffles collection), a Corollas sleeve (Italian almonds coated with hazelnut gianduja & cocoa powder), a truffle assortment and a tin of 12 Tobagos (dark & milk chocolate squares). The collection is made in France and has a shelf life of four weeks. Price: $190.00
All the order on Saks website need to be ordered before 27 March 2015. To place your order please visit Saks Fifth Avenue.
Fortnum and Mason
Some gifts demand simplicity and yet can be the best ones from the collection. Fortnum and Mason has some of the most sought after gift ideas for Easter but our eyes paused on this feast. We love the elegantly packed satin-lined box of Fortnum and Mason’s Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne and 32 milk chocolate eggs. as well as the Easter Feast Hamper that makes up a fine Easter picnic or brunch at home. The basket includes half a leg of lamb, fresh rosemary, a jar of Mint Savour and a bottle of Fortnum’s fine Rioja. A lavish portion of chocolate eggs to conclude the lunch and Simnel cake for a sophisticated afternoon tea.
The Champagne & Eggs Box – £65.00
The Easter Feast Hamper – £90.00 Available from 31 March.
In store collection only. Please visit Fortnum and Mason for details.
Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Tea Set at Harrods
Super model Miranda Kerr brings her glamour to the English tradition of Afternoon Tea for a charitable cause for Royal Albert. Decorated with curled handles and gold rim this tea set marries vintage tradition and youthful charm of today most naturally. This exquisite tea set comes individual components and we thought of combining the three to make this beautiful peonies and butterfly decal crockery our very own. Accompany this with a box of Cartwright and Butler’s simnel cake to offer the most deliciously decadent Easter gift.
Friendship Tea Pot Set – £140
Gratitude Three Piece Set – £50
Tea Cake Stand – £65
Cartwright and Butler’s simnel cake £18.95
To place your order please visit Harrods’ Easter Gifts section