Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Healthy low calorie gift ideas for Easter 2009

Easter starts with Good Friday, which is on April 10th, this year and a serving of Hot Crossed Buns covered in rich creamy butter.  This is followed by chocolate Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday.  These are wonderful traditions but for various reasons you may want to consider healthier lower calorie alternative gifts this year. 

May be you are just watching your weight, may be you are trying to reduce your cholesterol intake, maybe you don’t like chocolate or hot crossed buns, whatever the reason Easter doesn’t need to be packed with calories and cholesterol.

When you consider how expensive good Easter Eggs can be you can find some very nice gifts, which will last much longer for the same price.

Easter, somewhat like Christmas, is a good time for families to get together and enjoy a relaxing day.  If you cannot all be together at Easter, Easter cards are a good way of letting someone know you are thinking of them.  However, a good hand crafted Easter card can also be quite expensive and only lasts a few days at best. 

The traditional standby alternative to Easter Eggs is a good bouquet of flowers but these days’ flowers can be expensive, short lived and many people don’t like the smell of the pollen in their homes.  Many people also question the impact cut flowers have on the environment as they are often raised in heated greenhouses in colder parts of the World or companies fly them in from tropical parts of the world in refrigerated containers to keep them fresh.  If you know someone really likes flowers then it’s not a bad gift but for the same price there are better alternatives gifts.

Keepsake tokens make lovely gifts and they will last for years to come.  They come in many shapes and sizes from silver hearts engraved with names, and messages to miniature glass keepsakes in pretty colours and designs such as those from Spaceform of London. 

If you are buying a gift for the lady in your life, an Earth Squared sumptuous velvet jewellery roll is an inexpensive gift that she will treasure for many years.  To make Easter really memorable, a stunning piece of jewellery is a sure way to make her day. 

For the man in your life a Simon Carter polished pair of cufflinks will mean he looks stylish throughout the year and brighten up his look as we move into spring. 

If you need to send a gift to someone else this Easter why not look online for gift companies that can make the gift extra special for you.  Good companies offer same day despatch, next day delivery, luxury gift boxes and complementary gift cards to which you can add your own message.  Shopping for Easter gifts online can save you time, save you money and save the impact a trip to the shops would have on the environment. Shopping online also opens up a much wider range of alternative gift ideas for Easter.

If you don’t want to completely leave the calories behind this Easter, a Charles Buchan designer mug or cup and saucer filled with a small selection of homemade fudge is a creative and non-chocolate treat, which will show you have really made an effort.

Last but definitely, no means least, don’t forget the people with Birthdays at Easter this year.  If it is someone’s birthday on Good Friday (13th April 2009), do not buy them chocolate, be a little more creative rather than taking the easy option.  Make the effort and select a beautiful gift as you would if their birthday any other time of year.  Designer Jewellery Rolls from Dulwich Designs make excellent gifts for women of all ages and are great with the holiday season fast approaching.  For men luxurious Shaving sets from Edwin Jagger of Sheffield are a great addition to his shaving routine and will look wonderful in your bathroom.

However you decide to celebrate Easter this year and whatever gifts you decide to give your friends, have a wonderful relaxing break.



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