Not into chocolate? From yummy treats to games of chance, these 7 fun and cheap Easter gifts are sure to delight friends and family – all for under $20!
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No matter your faith, the Easter long weekend is cherished by so many Australians as the perfect opportunity to get together and spend quality time celebrating with friends and family.
While it’s not as common at Easter as it is at Christmas time, exchanging small gifts is a nice gesture that many Australian families are incorporating as part of their Easter celebrations.
Quality time! The Easter long weekend will see lots of Australian families come together for a meal over the long weekend, and a growing tradition of giving gifts instead of chocolate
Plus, if there’s someone in your group who is not a fan of chocolate, or is on a diet for lifestyle or health reasons, giving a small gift is a thoughtful alternative to swapping chocolate Easter bilbies.
The trick to Easter gifting is to keep the present small – think of it as a small token of love and a celebration of the new life and fresh starts that the holiday represents.
Here are seven gift ideas perfect for every guest attending your Easter lunch this year – all under $20.
1. Lotterywest scratchie: $1 to $20
Nothing says ‘new life, who dis?’ like winning some cold, hard cash.
A Lotterywest Scratch’n’Win ticket might be the classic last-minute gift, but it’s a classic for a reason – you can buy a scratchie for as little as $1, and there is something oddly satisfying about scratching away the panels with a coin.
Your Easter Sunday lunch could turn into a major celebration if you give a Lotterywest scratchie as an Easter gift – the prize can be as big as $300,000!
Plus, the bigger tickets boast the chance to win a seriously good payout with up to $300,000 to be won from the $20 games.
Paired with a sweet card and a 20-cent piece for scratching, it’s a thoughtful gesture for friends and family alike.
2. Homemade Hot Cross Buns: roughly $14 (excluding milk, eggs and salt)
Homemade presents sit at the perfect intersection between thoughtful and affordable… and when they take the form of delicious treats, even better.
Baking your own hot cross buns is not only very on-theme, but also surprisingly easy.
Simple, but impressive: Homemade hot cross buns are an on-theme, affordable and surprisingly easy Easter gift that will please everyone
Plus, excluding your kitchen staples (milk, eggs and salt) the ingredients list should cost less than $15.
For a baking novice, this BBC Good Food recipe is simple to follow – just switch the bread flour for plain, all purpose white flour.
Take them hot and fresh and you’ll be the favourite for sure.
3. Typo 90s Pocket Trivia Game: $9.99
Does your crew tend to get competitive at festive gatherings?
If you really want to kick things up a notch post-lunch, buy the ringleader of the group one of Typo’s fun Pocket Trivia Games.
Fun and games: The cheap and cheerful trivia games from Typo make for excellent Easter gifts that will get everyone involved once the table is cleared
With 50 questions per pack on brightly designed flash cards, it’s a gift that will quickly be put to good use.
You can choose from a general trivia, movie or music quiz, but we love the 90s Quiz – including questions such as ‘What is the first line of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?’ and ‘Who is credited with inventing the world-wide web?’
4. Be A… Books $9.99
Everything from the whimsical illustrations to the empowering messages of the Be a… book series makes them an uplifting gift for your nearest and dearest.
Be a Mermaid reminds girlfriends, sisters or nieces to be happy in their own fins; Be a Flamingo is perfect for the friend who is unafraid to stand out; Be a Unicorn gives encouragement for pursuing even the most ambitious dream.
Empowering reads: For a heartfelt gift, the Be a Flamingo or Be a Unicorn gift books deliver uplifting message along sweet, quirky illustrations
And if in doubt, almost everyone can learn something from Be a Sloth, with its advice for taking life at a slower pace.
5. Mini KeepCup 4oz: $11
An extra-long weekend means a few more stops to your favourite local café.
With recent news that the City of Hobart will ban single-use plastic – including takeaway coffee lids – from 2020, and other cities likely to soon follow their lead, reusable coffee cups have become daily essentials.
Cute enough to keep: A mini KeepCup is a thoughtful Easter gift for the coffee lover who’s more inclined to order an espressos than a latte
This cute Mini KeepCup is perfect for espresso, macchiato and piccolo drinkers, and even holds a babycino for the little ones!
As any coffee lover knows, you can’t have too many reusable cups – one for home and one for the office at a minimum.
6. For the guys, Happy Socks Big Dot Sock: $16.95
It might be a cliché, but socks are a genuinely great present for men. Hear us out.
Fun socks! Pick up a pair of bright, spotty Happy Socks for him this Easter to replace the odd socks floating around his underwear drawer
They are a daily essential, no-one likes spending their own money on them, and they need replacing a lot (admit it, how many odd socks do you have lying aimlessly in your sock drawer?)
Happy Socks will bring a little joy to his daily grind, with those big fun dots in bright colours – you can even choose the colour palette that best suits his personality.
7. For the girls, Peter Alexander Comfy Frenchie Bunny Briefs: $19.95
Extra pairs of undies are always a thoughtful gift idea – everyone needs underwear.
Australian pyjama king Peter Alexander releases an Easter-themed range every year, including these undies printed with bunny ear-wearing French Bulldogs
Choosing a pair from Australian pyjama king Peter Alexander’s Easter range is fun a splurge that she wouldn’t necessarily make when buying her own basics.
Made from 95% cotton with the classic Peter Alexander branded waistband, who could say no to the adorable French Bulldog print… wearing bunny ears, no less!
Give a little with Lotterywest
For a thoughtful gift that’s more affordable than a chocolate egg, pick up a Lotterywest scratchie for as little as $1… and your lucky recipient could win up to $10,000!
Buy a $20 ticket and the potential winnings go up to $300,000!
No matter the season or occasion, scratchies bring a little moment of joy to any celebration.
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