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Easter gift guide: Spoil your loved ones with these thoughtful treats

Delicious gifts that'll spread holiday joy
Photography: Rodney Macuja

A time for celebrating new beginnings and indulging in amazing food, make the Easter holidays extra special for your loved ones with a thoughtful gift.   

Whether you’re looking to surprise the kids with something sweet or after an indulgent treat for friends and adult family members, our guide to the best Easter gifts has you covered.   

From delectable chocolate eggs to beautifully curated Easter-themed food hampers filled with gourmet treats, these Easter gift ideas are too good not to savour. 

The best Easter gifts for kids and adults in NZ 2024

01

Easter Mini Classic Donut Box  

$49.95 at Celebration Box

Best for: Kids who can’t get enough of Cadbury chocolate

Your children will be delighted by this assortment of Easter classics and doughy chocolate doughnuts. There’s something for everyone, including family favourites like Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Bunny, Creme and Mini Creme Eggs.  

An Easter gift that’ll surely be polished off within a day, you can include a personalised note to make it extra special.  

02

Easter Basket with Lolly Mix

$21.95 at Pik n Mix

Best for: Kids who love a classic Kiwi lolly mix

How cute are these felt Easter baskets? Your child, niece or nephew will fall in love with their blue rabbit or yellow chick filled to the brim with lollies — perfect for a lolly scramble.

No chocolate eggs to see here, these baskets come with 500g of your choice of Gummy Mix or Sweet n Sour Mix from the Pik N Mix range. A gift that keeps on giving, after the lollies are gone, the kids can re-use the felt basket to continue the Easter fun.

03

Easter Cookie Box

$29.95 at Hello and Cookie

Best for: Those who want to spread joy without having to do the baking

These Easter-themed cookies from Hello and Cookie are almost too cute to take a bite. Gingerbread-flavoured and baked with love, these cookies are ideal to prevent any last-minute baking. They are also individually wrapped so can easily be divided into goodies bags for kids or hidden around the house for the Easter egg hunt.  

04

Choc Cross Bun Gift Box 

$69.95 at Celebration Box

Best for: Those partial to a glass of bubbly and sugary snacks 

Adults who love sweet treats and sparkling wine will adore this indulgent Easter gift box.  

The hero of the gift box is a block of the limited-edition Whittaker’s Choc Cross Bun. A flavour inspired by a freshly baked hot cross bun, the block combines spice, raisins and zesty orange oil with Whittaker’s famed 33% creamy milk chocolate.  

There’s also an assortment of chocolates and an artificial rose, ideal for gifting to a romantic partner.  

You can also choose between a bottle of Moscato, Rosé or Prosecco for your recipient to toast the long weekend in style.  

05

House of Chocolate Fairy Bread White Chocolate Egg 

$22.99 at Paddock to Pantry

Best for: Gourmet foodies who love indulging in unique creations 

House of Chocolate has done it again with this decadent Easter egg. Your recipient will savour every bite, starting with the egg’s crunchy exterior — a casing of hand-poured white chocolate rolled in brightly coloured fairy bread sprinkles.  

Inside, the egg contains another surprise — three crispy, handmade chocolate chip cookies that make for an unexpected yet irresistible explosion of flavour when combined with the white chocolate outer.  

If we’ve caught your attention, you may also be interested in House of Chocolate’s other creations, like the Coconut Dark Chocolate and Pistachio and Ruby Easter eggs.

06

Celebrate with Moët Gift Basket 

$99.95 at Celebration Box

Best for: Those in the mood for a long weekend party 

Perfect for fun-loving people or the hostess with the mostess, this Easter gift box will kick off the party in style.  

Your recipient will love popping the bottle of Moët and creating a festive ambience with the fruity and floral Prosecco-scented candle.  

Even better, they can indulge in an array of sweet treats all weekend long, including a creamy, caramelised white chocolate bar and a chunky peanut slab, courtesy of Whittaker’s.  

07

Allpress x Bennetts Chocolate Easter Eggs  

$24.99 at Paddock to Pantry

Best for: Hard-to-impress coffee connoisseurs 

The Kiwi collaboration we never knew we needed, Allpress Coffee has teamed up with Mangawhai’s Bennett’s chocolate to create a carton of delectable coffee chocolate eggs.  

The 6-pack of eggs features two different flavours. The first is an infusion of dark chocolate and double espresso that invokes a rich, bittersweet finish. The second combines velvety milk chocolate and flat white-inspired espresso with hints of vanilla.  

Ideal for the coffee lover in your life, this may be the best treat to wake them up come Easter Sunday.  

08

Egg Hunt Gift Pack 

$55.00 at T2

Best for: Those who love a cup of tea in their daily ritual

No doubt this Egg Hunt Gift Pack will delight any tea lover. Whether they’re your family member, friend or colleague, we all know someone for whom tea is a staple in their daily lives. These Easter-inspired loose-leaf flavours are inspired by the savours of the holiday and include Baxter’s Hot Cross Bun, Ti Amo Tiramisu, Terrific Toffee and Lamington.  

Packaged in beautifully presented boxes, these teas are perfect for gifting and look great on the kitchen shelf. You can even add the individual tea boxes to your Easter egg hunt or put your feet up, relax, and savour the gourmet tea flavours.  

09

Rad Dad Gift Box   

$59.95 at The Meat Box

Best for: The dads, father figures, and other carnivores who love savoury, and a bit of sweet  

Whether your loved ones spend their Easter weekend parked around the barbeque or enjoying a delicious long brunch, this meat-filled gift box will hit the spot.  

Satisfying the most carnivorous cravings, this box includes sirloin steak, gourmet streaky bacon, prime pork sausages and pretzel bites for snacking on later. And for dessert? Don’t worry, there’s also a Whittaker’s chocolate block for later.

In case you’re hungry for more The Meat Box offers pantry add-ons like eggs, fruit and vegetables, sauces, seasonings, cheeses, and wine and beer. There’s also a Brunch Box which provides the essentials like fresh meat, free-range eggs and avocados to cook up a hearty feast at home.

What gifts are given at Easter time? 

Traditional Easter gifts include: 

  • Chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies 
  • Freshly baked hot cross buns 
  • Other sweet treats. 

If you’re after a non-edible Easter gift for an adult, consider a themed basket filled with wine, candles, and other thoughtful objects to show your appreciation.  

What can I give for Easter instead of chocolate? 

While gifting chocolate eggs is an Easter staple, there are many other options for those who prefer savoury goods or non-edible presents.  

Consider baking or a gift hamper with gourmet foodstuffs and wine. If you don’t have time to bake your own creations, we recommend a food hamper company that delivers New Zealand-wide. Our favourite hamper brands include Hello and CookiePaddock to Pantry, Celebration Box and The Meat Box.  

For a less traditional gift, consider a sweet-scented candle or even Easter-inspired loose-leaf tea, perfect for those who love ‘me time’ or deserve some pampering. 

Lastly, present your gifts in a gorgeous Easter basket that doubles as a vessel for the best part of the holiday — the Easter egg hunt. 


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