Looking for Easter gifts? From unusual Easter eggs to delicious Italian bakes, and gourmet chocolate – Sous Chef’s Easter gift guide is packed with unusual ideas to treat friends and family over the holiday.
What to buy for Easter
Colomba are Italian cakes, which are traditionally made on Good Friday. They are shaped like a dove to represent peace and the Holy Spirit. Serve on Easter Sunday morning with a coffee for a very Italian start to the day!
This colomba is topped with Crema di Manna – a cream of honey, hazelnuts, almond and Sicilian ash sap cream. The extraordinary combination is perfect with white chocolate decorations and gianduja chocolate drops. It’s something a little different for your Easter table.
Each of these dramatically black little balls holds a centre of soft, sweet liquorice wrapped in silky smooth dulce caramelised chocolate. The eggs are held in a thin, crispy shell which is finished with Maldon sea salt flakes and a dusting of raw liquorice powder.
The combination is a wonderful marriage of sweet-salty flavours and soft-crunchy textures. You’ll find one is never enough! The eggs are decorated with silver speckles for the final elegant touch.
Rich, intensely flavoured and totally gorgeous – the Lakrids Crispy Caramel Aegg makes a wonderful Easter gift or a treat for yourself.
Inside the Vanilla Mango Aegg you'll find individual balls of Lakrids liquorice which has been slow-cooked, giving it a firmer texture and a rich, almost toffee-like flavour.
The liquorice is then wrapped in a generous layer of creamy white chocolate, delicately flavoured with vanilla and mango powder. The gentle tropical notes are fantastic with the dark liquorice – reminiscent of a rum and mango cocktail!
Incredibly moreish, these liquorice treats are a real talking point, and so much more interesting than your classic chocolate Easter egg!
Muzzi’s limoncello colomba is filled with sweet limoncello cream, candied lemon peel, and pieces of plain chocolate – all nestled in a rich buttery, golden brioche-style dough. Enjoy this Easter colomba cake just as it is, served with an afternoon cup of tea or a morning coffee. The beautiful animal print wrapping also makes this a stylish Easter gift.
The colomba is made using a slow-leavened sourdough method, with fresh eggs and Italian sugar. The candied lemons come from southern Italy, chosen for their size and beautiful aroma. While the butter is made from cows who graze on open grasslands, which enriches their milk with even more flavour.
Loison’s classic colomba is Italy's naturally leavened Easter celebration cake, studded with candied orange peel and topped with crunchy sugar and almonds.
In Italy, these cakes are traditionally baked on Good Friday and enjoyed on Easter Sunday. Serve the light and golden cake with a morning Italian espresso, or enjoy with a mug of tea in the afternoon – perhaps with a dollop of mascarpone.
Decorated with fabergé eggs, the Loison-designed tin also makes a great gift for a host over the Easter holidays.
These decadent caramel-filled balls make for a very special Easter chocolate. Artisan du Chocolat Original Sea Salted Caramels No. 1 were first created for Gordon Ramsay’s menu at Claridge's in 2003. Bite through the light cocoa powder dusting, through the perfectly crisp sphere of intense dark chocolate, and delight in the liquid salt caramel centre.
The salted caramel is flecked with grey salt from Noirmoutier Island, on the west coast of France. The pure untreated grey salt, harvested by hand from clay marshes, holds a wealth of minerals and trace elements that enrich its taste.
A great gift for any Nutella fan, this Italian chocolate and hazelnut spread is a seriously upmarket spread for pancakes, macarons, ice-cream – or simply spread on toast or crumpets.
Italian hazelnut gianduja spread is made with cocoa and Piemonte IGP hazelnuts, often considered the best hazelnuts in the world. The ultra-smooth spread is wonderfully indulgent, while a hint of Bourbon vanilla makes it seriously moreish.
Roll out celebration biscuits for Easter, with this traditional German pear wood rolling pin. The roller features 12 different designs of birds, flowers, berries, squirrels and prestigious buildings.
Pear wood has been used to make biscuit moulds since at least the 17th century. It has a very fine grain, which is essential when you want to carve intricate designs without splitting the wood.
Jazz up your Easter lamb recipe with help from Persian cook Sabrina Ghayour. As well as beautiful roast lamb recipes, the book includes fantastic salads, tagines and sharing mezze dishes. The perfect gift for any keen cook looking for new recipes for entertaining a crowd.
This cookbook set also includes pomegranate molasses, rose petals, za’atar, sumac, dried lime, saffron and barberries.
Look forward to a little Spring cleaning this Easter, with Andre Jardin’s stylish dustpan and brush set. The lacquered beechwood handle is gently moulded to be comfortable in the hand, while the dark bristles are made with black horsehair mixed with synthetic fibres.
The sturdy dustpan tray is made from steel, and will pick up even the most delicate crumbs. The set was designed by interior and fabric designers ‘Mr. And Mrs. Clynk’, in partnership with Andrée Jardin.
A kitchen candle is a lovely Easter gift, especially this Geodesis Southern Ocean amber candle, which has an uplifting marine fragrance. The mineral notes combine with hints of sweetness and musk. Amber, or ambergris, is naturally produced by whales. Ambergris often washes up on the beaches of New Zealand where it is picked up by beachcombers.
Geodesis scented candles and room sprays will take you on a journey around the world. Fragrance is one of the most evocative stimuli, able to call up memories and quicken the imagination unlike anything else.
The ideal gift for keen bakers, this Maverick Sweet Selection features tonka beans, raspberry powder, passion fruit powder, cocoa nibs, and violet petal pieces.
The beautiful colours are perfect for decorating Spring-time bakes. It’s a fantastic choice for any food lover, when a pot of jam or bottle of oil won’t cut it!