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7 ideas for Easter gifts and treats

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A perfunctory supermarket bought chocolate egg thrown in with the weekly shop will no longer fit the bill when it comes to Easter gifting; the whole long weekend has become a 'season' in itself with decorations, floral wreaths, baked goods and chocolate, of course. Whether you are marking the religious holiday, the arrival of spring or the easing of lockdown, we have edited a selection of Easter gifts and spring treats from local Cotswolds’ businesses to either order online and send direct to family and friends you can’t see, or treat the ones you’re with and fill your home with hope and fun for the season ahead…

Cotswold Hampers

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If you are hunkering down a deux for Easter, this indulgent hamper from Cotswolds Hampers includes a luxury milk chocolate egg each (so no sharing needed) plus a bottle of Prosecco. Also a perfect option for sending to absent grandparents and friends to celebrate in style.

Lick The Spoon

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Lick The Spoon, near Chippenham have launched a beautiful Art-Deco inspired range of eggs. Our favourite is the Champagne High Tea white chocolate egg studded with puffed quinoa and freeze-dried raspberries then filled with their award-winning Champagne Truffles. A decadent, luxury egg to spoil a discerning chocolate lover this Easter.

Wicked and Wonderful Chocolatier

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Cheltenham-based artisan chocolate brand, Wicked and Wonderful have some of the most stunning Easter eggs we've seen. The Milk Terre egg is created from Single Estate 42% Madagasgan chocolate and filled with their bestselling chilli truffles. Or why not try a bag of their mini, hand-painted eggs for your hunt? Available in milk and toasted pecan, dark chocolate and sour cherry or ruby chocolate and raspberry. Something to delight everyone.

Meg Rivers

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Rated best 'Easter Cake' by The Telegraph for the last two years running, Meg Rivers' Simnel Cake is a traditional recipe, baked to perfection (you could even pass it off as your own, we won't tell). Based in Shipston-on-Stour since 1989 and still named after its original founder, Meg Rivers, the new generation of bakers in charge are honouring classic favourites with signature nostalgic charm - with their Simnel cake delivered in a retro tin, ready to be enjoyed.

Daylesford Organic

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Daylesford are running a 2-hour virtual floristry workshop on 2 April just in time to help you learn to create a table arrangement using seasonal blooms to decorate your Easter Lunch table. Run by Head Daylesford Florist, Lesley you will be delivered all the materials for the event, direct to your doorstep all you will need are sharp scissors and your favourite vase to display the fruits of your labours with pride.

The Bespoke Flower Company

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If you're not so green fingered, The Bespoke Flower Company have a beautiful array of seasonal spring wreaths ready to hang. Based in Painswick, their stylish, artfully undone wreaths are filled with hyacinths, tete a tetes, foraged feathers and pussy willow branches. No two are the same and each a delight to welcome you home, and the arrival of spring.

Burford Garden Centre

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The Burford Garden Centre (currently open under Government guidelines) is a stockist of Booja Booja's Easter chocolate collection - dairy free, their range is perfect for vegans and those with allergies who don't want to miss out on their chocolate fix. The beautiful, handmade papier mache eggs are filled with their organic dark chocolate and sea salt truffles. As beautiful as they are delicious.

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