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Easter Basket Inspiration

Easter Basket Inspiration

I have a lot of great childhood memories associated with Easter. I could write a whole post about Easter egg hunts with my cousins, because they were truly epic! And even up through high school, my brother and I were still hunting for our Easter baskets. My Mom would repurpose old shoe boxes and stuff them with plastic Easter grass and Reese’s peanut butter eggs and hide them in the house for us to find. They were often in the hall closet or her office filing cabinet, a kitchen cupboard or behind the couch.

An Easter basket can be as simple as a shoe box hidden in the hall closet. And to inspire you to fill that basket with fabulous Easter delights, some Easter basket inspiration.

6 Easter Basket Themes

1. The Chocolate Basket

easter-basket-inspiration:traditionalThese are not your drug store candy aisle treats! From gourmet chocolate truffle eggs to hand-piped marshmallow chicks, anybunny would love to find these in their Easter basket 😉

Available from Christopher Elbow Chocolates: 7 Piece Easter Egg Collection
Available from EHChocolatier: Chicks & Eggs
Available from the Natural Candy Store: Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Available from Trader Joe’s: Extraordinary Eggs Marbled Chocolates

2. The Vegan Basket

easter basket inspiration: veganLast week’s A Very Vegan Gift Guide was one of my most popular posts! I’m sure Peter Cottontail is a big fan of vegans, so I’m excited to put together this vegan Easter basket.

Available from the Natural Candy Store: Organic Bunny Lollipops
Available from Food Fight! Grocery: Go Max Go Twilight Bar
Available from the PETA Catalogue: Chocolate to the Rescue Bar
Available from Vegan Treats Bakery: Veganbury Eggs

3. A Children’s Book Basket

easter basket inspiration: children's-booksFor the wee ones, a basket of stories and imagination. A bunny, a mouse, an Easter Beagle and a twist on an old classic that I loved as a child – that old lady will eat ANYTHING 🙂

Available from Amazon: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny
Available from Barnes & Noble: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
Available from Barnes & Noble: Happy Easter, Mouse!
Available from Amazon: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

4. The Adventure Seeker’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: adventurerFor those who loves hopping – or blazing – down their own trail in the forest, a basket of outdoor treats.

Available from Soutmob: Classic Artisan S’mores Kit
Available from Natural Life: Boho Bandeaus
Available from REI: Nite Ize Flashflight Disc-O
Available from REI: Bearded Brothers Energy Bar

5. A Grown-up Easter Basket

easter basket inspiration: grownup basketMomma’s all growed up, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love a basket of grown-up treats! A gorgeous hand-painted bunny that’s almost too beautiful to eat, the best wines and cheeses to pair with chocolate, and the calorie-free way to enjoy your chocolate – at the spa! **Chocolate-free spa treatments also work great 🙂

Available from Wine Folly: 5 Kickass Wine and Chocolate Pairings
Available from The Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Everything Chocolate Treatments
Available from Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier: A Guide to Pairing Chocolate & Cheese
Available from A519 Chocolate: Watercolor Easter Bunny

6. The Artist’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: artistFor the Picasso egg painter in your family, some artistic treats including a stylus paintbrush that turns any smartphone or tablet into a canvas.

Available from Amazon: Staedtler Marsgraphic Duo Brush Markers
Available from Barnes & Noble: Splendid Cities Coloring Book
Available from Amazon: Dover Kusudama Origami Book
Available from Sensu: Sensu Solo

Truly Unique Gifts for Tea Lovers

I’m excited that January is National Hot Tea Month! It’s the perfect time to talk about gifts for tea lovers.

I grew up drinking a lot of tea. Boston’s Original Mint Flavored Black Tea was a staple of my childhood, whether it was at home when family visited, or on Sunday’s at my grandmother’s kitchen table. And today when I head back to Lancaster for holidays, there’s nearly always a visit to my great-Aunt Honey’s apartment for a cup of tea.

Maybe all of those childhood memories and family gatherings around tea are one of the reasons it’s a favorite go-to gift today, perfect for just about any ‘thank you’, ‘congratulations’, ‘job well done’ or ‘get well soon.’ So, needless to say it was hard for me to keep this list to a manageable number, but here are just a few of my tea-riffic gifts for tea lovers 😉

9 gifts for tea lovers

Gifts for Tea Lovers

1. All of the Tea Puns

I’ve never met Lenny Mud (the cat, or her incredibly talented owner),  and yet I’m convinced that we would be great friends. Her tea puns are truly epic!

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Lionel Richie Teapot

Are you somewhere feeling lonely,
or is someone loving you?

Available from Etsy: Hello Lionel Richie Teapot by Lenny Mud

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Lionel Richie Tea Mug

Say you, say tea,
say it for always,
that’s the way it should be.

Available from Etsy: Say You, Say Tea Mug by Lenny Mud

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Mr. Tea Travel Mug

I pity the fool who says anything about this mug being pink!

Available from Etsy: Mr. Tea Travel Mug by Lenny Mud

2. Edible Tea Doilies

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Edible Sugar Doilies

This ain’t your grandma’s lace doily! Sweet, edible art that floats atop the perfect cup of tea.

Available from Etsy: Assortment of Edible Tea Doilies by SweetMarveLace

3. Tea Infuser

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Tea Rex Tea Infuser

Because the Tea-Rex pun never gets old 🙂

Available from Amazon : Tea Rex Tea Infuser

4. Matcha

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Matcha Tea

I can’t have a tea inspired gift list without including matcha. And unless you’ve been hiding under a Himalayan salt rock for the last year or so, you’ve surely heard all of the amazing benefits of drinking matcha green tea.

Available from teapigs: Matcha Green Tea

5. Tea Chest

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Tea Chest

Bridging Eastern culture with Western society, this beautiful wooden tea chest is filled with full leaved teas like Phoenix Oolong, Royal White and Dragon’s Well Green.

Available from Bird Pick Tea & Herb: Premium Tea Chest

6. Honey

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Tea Honey

The folks at the Savannah Bee Company carefully chose the perfect varietal honey so it’s just the right sweetener in fine tea without overwhelming the tea’s delicate flavors and fragrances.

Available from the Savannah Bee Company: Honey for Your Tea

7. The Truth in the Tea

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Tea Leaves Book

Enjoying a great cup of tea doesn’t have to end with the last drop of earthy goodness. Find out the secret behind the leaves. Learn the art of tasseography and read the tea leaves with this illustrated guide.

Available from Amazon: The Cup of Destiny

8. A Travel Pack

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Tea Travel Kit

Have tea, will travel. This gorgeous kit contains everything you need to brew tea wherever you go. Each kit comes with 12 servings of tea, 10 honey sticks, a spoon, paper strainers and this easy to pack satchel that they will want to restock again and again. This is one I’ll be gifting for sure!

Available from Thistle Farms: Tea Kit

9. Jam and Clotted Cream

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Raspberry Jam

What is tea? Well I think Maria said it best; tea is… a drink with jam and breaaaad.” And the folks at Eat This had me with their all-natural, sustainable, locally-sourced jam packaged in fabulous Weck canning jars. And when I saw raspberry + chambord, well let’s just say that faaaaa, is the long, long way I’d run to get to their jam (and luckily I don’t have to since they ship it.) Yeah, some days I just love my job a little too much! 🙂

Available from Eat This: Raspberry and Chambord Preserve

Gifts for Tea Lovers: Clotted Cream

Clotted Cream may sound like some gross vampire delight, but I’m pretty sure it’s actually what angels eat. It’s sometimes described as ‘something between the two greatest of dairy products: whipped cream and butter‘ and it’s the key to a true English tea experience (along with sticking out your pinky.)

Available from British Corner Shop: Cottage Delight Clotted Cream

25 Unique Gift Ideas

I’ve always loved searching stores and the internet for unique gift ideas, and now I get to share those fun finds with you!

These 25 unique gifts are from our first 25 Gifts of the Day featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get your daily dose of gifting inspiration.

25 Unique Gift Ideas

1. Wrestling Bear Cups

Unique Gift Ideas: El Guapo Coffee Cup Set from Jimbobart

I love everything about El Guapo!! Set of 4 bone china coffee cups with artwork by Jimbobart in London.

Available from Jimbobart: El Guapo Coffee Cup Set

2. Cheese Markers

Unique Gift Ideas: Cheese Marker Set of 6 from Etsy

Unique and repurposed – a set of 6 cheese markers made with upcycled vintage forks.

Available from Etsy: Beach House Living: Cheese Marker Set of 6

3. Leather Tote

Unique Gift Ideas: Azeb Getaway Tote from Raven + Lily

This leather tote is made by artisan women in Ethiopia who are paid a fair wage for their work. Raven + Lily is a company doing important work to empower women and impact poverty.

Available from Rave + Lily: Azeb Getaway Tote

4. Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Unique Gift Ideas: Pumpkin Body Scrub from Simple Sugars

Loaded with antioxidants, this scrub will leave your skin “glowing brighter than a jack-o-lantern on Halloween!”

Available from Simple Sugars: Pumpkin Body Scrub

5. Travel Coffee Mug

Unique Gift Ideas: Holdster USA Leather Mason Jar Mug

We’ve got your coffee loving hipster friends covered with this leather holdster and canning jar travel mug – – oh yeah, it’s a thing! And trust me, they will love it!

Available from Holdster USA: Holdster Mason Jar Mugs

6. Bacon Cookbook

Unique Gift Ideas: 101 Things to Do With Bacon cookbook

Bacon!! Enough said 🙂

Available from Amazon: 101 Things to Do with Bacon

7. Pumpkin Whiskey Aftershave

Unique Gift Ideas: Jack O Lantern Men's Aftershave

Inside the apothecary inspired bottle are scents of pumpkin and whiskey with skin pampering ingredients like witch hazel and green tea extract.

Available from Etsy: Jack O Lantern Men’s Aftershave from Nevermore Body Company

8. Spice Shaker Set

Unique Gift Ideas: Spice Shaker Set

I can almost hear their dinner guests now, “Oh my gosh, these are sooo cute! Where did you get them?!”

Available from ModCloth: ‘Tis the Seasoning Shaker Set

9. Decorative Throw

Unique Gift Ideas: Sari Throw

A sari is a traditional garment of South Asian women, and these blankets are made from old saris that are collected, washed and stitched together. They are handmade by women who have broken away from the red light district in Bangladesh.

Available from Ten Thousand Villages: Sacred Sari Throw

10. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Candle

Unique Gift Ideas: Banned Book Collection

From the Banned Books Collection, this is the candle inspired by Where the Wild Things Are with scents of sweetened grapefruit, lemon, and orange and a touch of slightly exotic island greenery.

Available from Etsy: North Ave Candles’ Sugared Citrus + Island Greens Candle

11. Tea Cups

Unique Gift Ideas: Etsy Tea Lovers Set

I love coffee, tea and a great pun. These mugs are everything!

Available from Etsy: Lenny Mud’s Ultimate Tea Lover’s Set

12. Margarita Glass

Unique Gift Ideas: Crate and Barrel Margarita Glass

These rustic-styled Garcia Margarita Glasses are handcrafted from recycled tequila bottles. Thank you Crate & Barrel for making it okay to drink from the tequila bottle 😉

Available from Crate and Barrel: Garcia Margarita Glass

13. Fun and Funky Jam

Unique Gift Ideas: The Jam Stand's Drunken Monkey Jam

Handmade in Brooklyn, it “tastes like sugar-coated bananas dipped in rum”

Available from Scoutmob: The Jam Stand’s Drunken Monkey Jam

14. Holiday Soaps

Unique Gift Ideas: Cranberry Goat's Milk Soap

Handmade goat’s milk soap with cranberries and fig, a great go-to holiday gift or the perfect way to bring a little fa la la to your powder room.

Available from Etsy: Buttercup and Thistle Cranberry Goat Milk’s Soap

15. Fun Ideas for Dads

Unique Gift Ideas: Made by Dad Blueprints Book

Sometimes we might find the men in our families hardest to buy for. If he’s a dad (or even an Uncle!) to small kiddos, give him the blueprints to rockstar dad status. More than 60 cool and clever DIY projects and mad scientist experiments.

Available from Amazon: Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff

16. Cooperative Play Board Game

Unique Gift Ideas: Pandemic Board Game

Perfect for extremely competitive groups because this is a collaborative game! Still, there can only be one winner, the diseases or humanity. The goal of the game is to eradicate the deadly viruses before all of the humans die…you know, just a little light hearted family entertainment

Available from Barnes and Noble: Pandemic

17. Children’s Book

Unique Gift Ideas: I Am Amelia Earhart, Children's Book

This book by Brad Meltzer is one of my all-time favorite children’s gifts, especially for little girls! This picture book with it’s beautiful illustrations tells the true story of an inspirational hero who even as a little girl knew she would have many adventures.

Available from Amazon: I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

18. Decorative Pillow

Unique Gift Ideas: Otto Finn: Pretzel Pillow

One of many huggable home decor pieces from Pittsburgh designer OTTO FINN

Available from OTTO FINN: Pretzel Hug Pillow

19. Fun Office Supplies

Unique Gift Ideas: Googly Eye Push Pins

A fun holiday stocking stuffer! Perfect for teenagers, college students and your friend’s work cubicle.

Available from Amazon: Googly Eye Push Pins

20. Pie Carrier

Unique Gift Ideas: PieBox

The perfect way to deliver your famous pumpkin or pecan pie this holiday! Even if baking isn’t your thing, pick one up from the freezer section and dress it up in this beautiful handcrafted wooden pie carrier. That pie sure will taste homemade!

Available from PieBox: PieBox with Small Strap/Handle Bundle

21. Dazzling Earrings

Unique Gift Ideas: Frost Finery: Black Druzy Earrings

Handmade silver earrings with a modern and edgy look from Pittsburgh jewelry designer Melissa Frost.

Available from Etsy: Frost Finery’s Druzy Silver Stud Earrings

22. An Infusion of Flavor

Unique Gift Ideas: Flavor Infusing Decanter

For the master mixologist on your Christmas list. They can make their own liquor infusions with berries, fresh herbs or straight from their imagination.

Available from Uncommon Goods: Flavor Infusing Decanter

23. Building Blocks

Unique Gift Ideas: Childcraft Building Blocks

These colorful blocks were a staple of my childhood. My cousins and I spent years building many forts and wonderlands out of these blocks.
They are sturdy, durable and lightweight blocks – the building blocks of endless fantasies and adventures.

Available from School Specialty: Childcraft Corrugated Blocks

24. Random Act of Kindness

Unique Gift Ideas: Random Acts of Kindness Calendar

The Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative, who believes we can change the world with kindness, is sharing 24 ideas for a random act of kindness. They’re offering so many great ideas, why stop at just one? I’m totally doing number 13! 🙂 I’m also committing to 8, 10 and 20.

View larger image of calendar

25. Handmade Pitcher

Unique Gift Ideas: Sangria Pitcher

This authentic and cheerful sangria pitcher is handmade and handpainted. It has a clever pinched spout design to keep the wine flowing and the fruit in the pitcher.
And Sangria’s not just for summertime! Caramel apple sangria is my new fall favorite!

Available from La Tienda: Sangria Pitcher-Colorful ‘Flor’ Design

Read All About It: Gift Ideas For Book Lovers

I was telling Andy over the weekend that I really needed to ‘just get lost in a book.’ And so I did. Every free minute that I had over the weekend, my nose was back in my book. It was an amazing vacation without ever leaving my house. That of course got me thinking about all things books and my fellow book lovers, so you guessed it, a gift list inspired by and especially for book lovers.

Check out these gifts for the bibliophile in your life (get it, it’s a library themed list…”check it out”  😉 )

10 Gift Ideas For Book Lovers

1. Personalized Library Embosser

Personalized Library Embosser

I have a few books sitting in my home office that were lovingly loaned to me by friends…I’m just not sure which friends. Whenever I figure out who they belong to, this would be a perfect gift for them – to guard against friends like me 🙂

It’s not a homing beacon, but it’s possibly the next best thing in ensuring their well-loved books are returned.

Available from Horchow: Library Emobsser

2. Library Card Tote Bag

Library Card Tote Bag

The perfect tote for…well, toting their library books around.

Available from UncommonGoods: Library Card Tote Bag

3. Library Scented Candle

Library Scented Candle

The next best thing to sitting in a library – bringing the scent of the library to you. The smell of old pages, polished hardwood floors and leather bound books.

Available from The British Library: Birch & Brook Library Scented Candle

4. Cat Bookends

Cat Bookends

I admit it, I’m a dog person, but these are purr-fect (yep, I went there) for any book lover’s shelves.

Available from Etsy: Bookends by Glozis

5. Coffee Mug

Library Mug: I Like Big Books

On the heels of my bacon lover gift list and the “I like pig butts’ t-shirt, I found this mug. I definitely have questionable humor, but this mug is still super clever 🙂

Available from Etsy: Library Mug by vitamina eu

6. T-shirt

T-shirt: Talk Dewey to Me

I’m crying over here, this shit cracks me up 🙂 Geek humor, is there anything better??

Available from I Love Apparel: Talk Dewey To Me T-shirt

7. MacBook Cover

BookBook MacBook cover

“A most novel idea in MacBook protection.” This handmade, genuine leather case offers protection, class and personality when toting a laptop to meetings.

Available from Amazon: TwelveSouth’s BookBook for MacBook

8. Scarf

Library Card Scarf

I love that at first glance this just looks like a classy patterned scarf. Once the admirer takes a closer look, they will certainly be asking where they can get that scarf!

Available from Etsy: Cyberoptix’s Library Scarf

9. Home Library Kit

Personal Library Kit

Another charming idea for sharing your beloved books and guaranteeing their return.

Available from ModCloth: Personal Library Kit

10. iPhone Case

Library Card iPhone Case

Bookworms unite and customize your mobile phone with this nostalgic library card look.

Available from Etsy: Library Card Phone Case by Caribou Creek Cases