Snow may still be on the ground here in the Green Mountains but the first day of spring is less than a week away. Before we know it the snow will melt, mud season will have begun, Easter will be upon us and the world will be on a steady path towards a season of beautiful blooms. Our thoughts turn to finding perfect Easter basket gifts for family and loved ones. Whether you’re preparing a traditional basket for children, a themed basket for a corgi lover, an avid crafter we have something for you.
New Needle-Felting Kits
With our new needle-felting kit you could make a bunny for the Easter table (as seen in Tasha's 1977 book A Time to Keep) or gift the kit to an older child in their basket. We adore this bunny!
Seeing spring daffodils after a long winter is like drinking a cool glass of water when parched. We hurry the season ever-so-slightly with this felt daffodils kit. Complete the craft yourself to decorate your Easter table or to cheer your holiday shelf, host a daffodil-making party or give the kit in an Easter morning basket.
The Tudor family can never have enough chickens (really...we currently have over 50 pet birds!) so these needle felted chicks might just be the solution for us...and maybe you! Wouldn't they be lovely at each place setting?
For the more experienced needle-felter, you might consider this intermediate-level corgi kit which entails creating a wire armature first. Woof!
Books and Non-Toxic Art Supplies
For the younger children, consider Tasha's 1956 Caldecott Honor counting book 1 is One.
It will have the little ones counting, enjoying the natural world, and dreaming of painting their own pictures. Start them off with our new non-toxic watercolor set that has eight different colors of non-toxic paint.Or beeswax crayons? The beeswax used to create Honeysticks crayons is a natural by-product of honey production. This sustainable process causes minimal impact on the environment and gives the crayons a wonderful honey scent. You'll feel and smell the Honeysticks difference - no waxy residue, no chemical smell, just the lovely scent of pure beeswax.
Encouraging creativity is something of a lifestyle here on the Tudor Family homesteads, but art supplies are often made of toxic ingredients. Since children will inevitably ingest things they shouldn't, why not provide non-toxic food-grade materials for peace of mind?
Tasha Tudor's Easter Books
Tasha's 1941 classic Tale For Easter is available in board book, hardcover, or paperback and tells the tale of a magical Easter.
Tasha's 1967 book First Prayers is a book of solace to keep at your bedside or tuck in an Easter basket.
There's more! View even more gift ideas for Easter in our Holiday category.
When the time comes, remember to try Tasha's favorite Hot Cross Buns recipe which she always made to serve at tea on Good Friday. This recipe comes from The Tasha Tudor Cookbook. In it, Tasha writes, "This receipt came from the 1861 edition of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. It was modified at least sixty years ago, to its present delectable state, by my Scottish nanny, Mary Burnett ("Dady"). Absolutely no other hot cross buns can compare. Just try them and you will agree. Just be careful not to add the butter when it is too hot, as it will kill the yeast."
You can tell that Tasha loved rabbits as they pop up so frequently in her work.
Who doesn't love Dickon from The Secret Garden? Tasha's illustration captures his nature-loving spirit perfectly.
Happy Easter Wishes
We've enjoyed the hibernation of the winter months, but now the sweetness of spring beckons us into the next season. Tasha was once asked what her favorite season was and she said that she treasured them all, as do we.