Tired of traditional chocolate eggs? Looking for something a little lower calorie to give or receive? Our pick of the top ten spring chicken and egg Easter gifts for your home will inspire and delight, without being fattening!
1. Chicken tray, Yours Sustainably
This round hand painted stainless steel tin tray with its cheerful, naif design and bright colours will cheer up a kitchen or dining room. Use it for serving drinks or food or simply displaying some of your favourite things. Matching tea light holder and jug also available. Made in India to fair-trade standards. £26.50 from Yours Sustainably.
2. Hen jug, Gisela Graham
Cheer up the Easter breakfast table with this cream ceramic hen jug. Ideal for milk, cream, sauces or as an unusual vase for wildflowers, it’s available in two different sizes. Price starts from £7 from The Contemporary Home.
3. Hen clock, Annabel James
This chicken clock has a tail that ticks on the second, perfect for timing eggs! Made of foamalux board, it has nickel hands and comes complete with a battery. Made in England. £45.95, available from Annabel James.
4. Egg storage box, Clare Loves
An egg-cellent idea. This metal egg box is wall mountable or can also be freestanding, and will keep a dozen eggs safe in its removable storage rack. The chick magnet on the outside is a useful holder for notes and messages. £75, available from Clare Loves.
5. Egg cosy, Charlotte Macey
Handmade from lovely pale duck egg linen, with a spotty white linen lining. each hen egg cosy is individually embroidered and appliquéd on both sides. An egg cosy is ideal for keeping your boiled egg warm on Easter Sunday – but your soldiers will have to look after themselves! £12 from Charlotte Macey.
6. Bohemian egg cup set, The Oak Room
Brighten up your breakfast table with this set of three pretty eggcups, with a Bohemian design in three fresh, pretty colours. As each egg cup is different, there’ll be no more mixing the family’s eggs up if everyone likes them cooked differently. £8.99 for the set, from The Oak Room.
7. Egg holder rack, Anticline
This pretty metal hanging mug holder with its hen design will add a touch of French country style to the kitchen. It holds a dozen large eggs and will hang from the wall with standard screws or can be freestanding. It’s one of a range of French country accessories from Anticline, a small company based in Perpignan which specialises in rustic, farmhouse style accessories. £29.50, available from Boutique Provencal.
8. Chicken cake tins, Sophie Allport
A set of three cake tins in Sophie Allport’s popular chicken design, which features speckled Maran hens and white eggs. Perfect for keeping that Easter Simnel cake or spiced biscuits fresh over the weekend. £35 a set of three, available from Sophie Allport.
9. Chicken doorstop, Laura Ashley
This chunky, quirky chicken is practical too, holding your doors either open or closed depending on what the Easter weather decides to throw at us! To make it even more attractive, it’s currently reduced to £16.50 (was £22). Available from Laura Ashley.
10. Cornish hen double oven glove, Betty Boyns
A practical and stylish Easter gift, these double oven gloves are available in two colours and form part of the ‘Cornish Hens’ range. Designed and made in the UK, they cost £15 from Betty Boyns.
By Sara Walkerby