to think that buying Easter Presents is indulgent and redicilously OTT?

(67 Posts)

Way to ruin.

My 4 will have an ascetic Egg Hunt in the snow. With one creme egg. Although I'll tell them there's 2 as it keeps them occupied for longer.

Then thye can learn the true Spirit of the Season by sharing it.

My way is roght and true. No ipods or Ugh boots for mine just coz it's easter.

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 20:28:35

okay then actual Easter eggs either?

The spirit of Easter isn't gift giving but mine get 787987987987808 eggs so I buy then a toy rather than add to the chocolate collection

hope that's okay with you grin

BOEUF Tue 26-Mar-13 20:29:10

Easter falls on April Fool's Day, so I'm planning to tell my kids I've hidden Easter eggs, but not bother. That should amuse me.

Dawndonna Tue 26-Mar-13 20:29:34

I think that sounds like a fine idea, I shall eat the eggs already purchased for my children, pronto!

BlissfullyIgnorant Tue 26-Mar-13 20:30:29

Easter presents??? Not in my house! Choccy egg and that's the lot. Ditto Easter Trees with dangly eggs (which conjures up a slightly unsavoury image, too).
No. Just very no.

MarianneM Tue 26-Mar-13 20:31:43

Easter falls on April Fool's Day


nenevomito Tue 26-Mar-13 20:33:03

You're meant to buy your kids stuff shock.

I've always just collected the eggs that someone else has brought them and pretended that they were from me grin

thekidsrule Tue 26-Mar-13 20:33:13

Easter presents,whats that about

easter egg hunt here,thats their lot

MsVestibule Tue 26-Mar-13 20:33:27

To clarify <pedant>, Easter Sunday actually falls on 31 March.

PseudoBadger Tue 26-Mar-13 20:34:32

Is that one egg each? Or a quarter each? grin

Pascha Tue 26-Mar-13 20:35:59

Ds is 2 and doesn't know what Easter is yet so no eggs fir him. How many years can I get away with this?

Gps buy them an egg.

I give them nothing but constant incessant whining about how much it cots to feed and entertain them over the Easter Hols.

My way is right and proper.

BOEUF Tue 26-Mar-13 20:38:43

Near enough <shrugs>

More of a surprise this way.

whenitrainsitpours Tue 26-Mar-13 20:39:08

I agree no toys as Easter is not Christmas/Birthday, but I did buy loads of different size Easter eggs to make them an egg hunt with one bigger one as the final prize. They are age 3 and 6 so i did indulge a little. Some choco for me too and hubby and older step daughter. Spent in total about £18 at tesco.

thekidsrule Tue 26-Mar-13 20:42:44

do some give proper presents then

i must live in a cave

nenevomito Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:06

I used to love it when the DCs were really little. I ate all of their eggs then and they never knew it.

sjupes Tue 26-Mar-13 20:55:21

I usually ignore easter but this year the brats have 2 eggs each plus dd has a hello kitty bunny and egg toy thing, ds has a book and bunny ears hairband and i've bought mini eggs too.

12 pound total smile

cathers Tue 26-Mar-13 21:06:16

I buy the dc's a toy rather than an egg. They have far too much chocolate from relatives and friends so instead we buy them something else ( no more than £10) which they have to find at the end of a mini egg trail. This year they both have a playmobil egg toy.
If I am going to spend £5 at Easter, then I prefer it to go on something that lasts and isn't yet more chocolate.

ulcombebird Tue 26-Mar-13 21:10:13

DC1 has a slight nut allergy and was 13 before my 'friend' told him that cadbury's dairy milk didn't have nuts in. Also, for 2 years running I told him off for leaving his Easter eggs where the dog could eat them, having eaten them myself, mind you that bloody dog did eat every other thing in the house and would have eaten the eggs if I hadn't got there first.

Xmasbaby11 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:12:42

DD is 14 months and doesn't eat chocolate yet, so I've bought her some chick-related presents - book, Tomy egg things and a chick vest, all second hand.

MatureUniStudent Tue 26-Mar-13 21:13:47

Mine have tried to upgrade from Cadbury to the "this isn't any ordinary Easter egg, this is a pink Percy Pig" egg but I refuse to be sucked into any Easter specific marketing ploy.. smile

I buy a small toy and hide about 30 mini eggs (from Aldi) round the house for them to find. They get about 10 teeny eggs each and enjoy looking for them.
They usually get 4 eggs each from family, but are only allowed one at a time, and only every few days, so they make them last, and they share them with DH and I we steal some
They also go to church - DD gave a reading at today's service attended by the whole school and quite a few parents and it was lovely grin surprise as we didn't know she was doing it until we got there.

SanityClause Tue 26-Mar-13 21:15:41

DD1 will be skiing over Easter lucky cow so the Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs in her helmet.

pascha the answer is this year only. Ds is 3 and nursery has told him the Easter bunny will be delivering Easter eggs if he's good angry now he's expecting a big hoohah and if he doesn't get it, he'll think he'd been naughty sad

Luckily I ordered his birthday present from the playmobil website the other day and they are kindly sending me a free egg with a toy in ( and 2 other free gifts grin) so the Easter bunny can bring that and a few other bits.

Oh and by bits I mean chocolate not other toys!

daisydoodoo Tue 26-Mar-13 21:26:39

Eggs only here too! I do a hunt with assorted eggs roughly the size of creme eggs, aero lambs, lindt mini bunnies, caramel bunnies.

Relatives buy them single chocolate eggs. So all dc end up with 4 large eggs and 5 or 6 mini ones from the hunt.

Ds 1 & 2 have been dropping hints about ps3 games but they will be sorely disappointed.

TheChaoGoesMu Tue 26-Mar-13 21:28:12



Yfronts Tue 26-Mar-13 21:34:18

Grandparents get an egg for each of mine and we might buy a couple of small packets of wrapped tiny eggs for a hunt. Great fun.

scrivette Tue 26-Mar-13 21:37:09

DS is too young for eggs (so I will have to eat all his) but has a new outfit to wear on Easter Day.

I always used to get a new outfit at Easter, I think it's an Easter tradition to have new clothes and that's why the Easter bonnet tradition started. (Any excuse for new clothes).

LiseYates Tue 26-Mar-13 21:40:47

Mine get a chocolate egg each off us, and then chocolate eggs off the grandparents and a couple of aunts and uncles too.
I ration them out so they don't just dive straight in and scoff the entire lot, although I was reading an article in the paper somewhere today that maybe it's a better idea not to ration them, and let them self regulate their intake so they get a sense of self control when they've had too much.
So maybe I'll just leave all 777,000 (or something like that) Easter eggs they usually get in the middle of the floor and tell them to help themselves.
They'll either eat some and then stop when they've had enough yeah, right or fall face first on the carpet in a sugar chocolate coma.
I know which my money's on..... [grin--

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 21:42:08

I am being very generous this year.

I have bought my children an Easter egg each; they cost €2 each in Tesco. Ok I have eaten dd's but that was an emergency and I will replace it

My mum will buy each of us a creme egg (parents and children) and serve them in egg cups for dessert on Sunday.

Presents at Easter is just wronger than a wrong thing in Wrongsville and very expensive

SamuelAndOscarsMummy Tue 26-Mar-13 21:46:43

My little boy is too young for loads of chocolate (18 months) he will have a tiny bit and we are taking him out for the day somewhere, not too sure where yet but nothing extravagant! More about family time & both me and his daddy being off work rather than it being Easter.

I may get them toys instead of chocolate when they are older (2nd little man is due in June) but not iPads and other stupid stuff that is meant for teenagers and adults IMO.

FrankWippery Tue 26-Mar-13 21:47:09

I'll eat yours then Chaos, I'd wrapped them all up spesh for you. Can I ask though, did you mean to spell it rediculous, or was that to wind up the pedants up? wink it worked

edwardsmum11 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:50:07

Got my son three pounds of egg (in money not weight), in laws got him an egg and two shirts and he got a small one from church last year so might this yr. He had two small eggs last yr and finished eating them on new years day so might last all year this year.

MurkyMinotaur Tue 26-Mar-13 21:52:20

As a child, my parents disliked buying chocolate for us because they worried about our teeth, so we were given a small toy for the same price as a chocolate egg. I always enjoyed that.

As Christians, we celebrated Easter on purpose. We came from a slightly different perspective, I guess, because we looked for a way to celebrate something we valued. If I wasn't a Christian...I'd still have a chocolate egg though. Yum.

Our kids get a present from us at Easter instead of an egg, not usually that much, around £10 - £15 each.

When they were younger it was toys, now it tends to be books. It started because DS's birthday is only a week before Christmas, but it means we have to do this for DD who's three years younger too. They get around half a dozen eggs each from other people so they're happy. smile

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 26-Mar-13 21:59:09

I'll be starting DS off with a breakfast of - creme egg in an egg cup, served with hot chocolate and a pain au Chocolat, and following that a lunch of Lindt Rabbit Fricassee in a nutella gravy. For tea he'll probably have something light - marshmallows in a chocolate fondue.

It's what Jesus would have wanted.

Pascha Tue 26-Mar-13 21:59:17

Oh bum. He starts preschool in September so no hope for me then sad.

Don't forgot Cadburys Finger soldiers to dip in the Creme egg

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 26-Mar-13 22:14:29

I'll add them to my shopping list Hotcross..... I was delighted to see a version of Hot Cross buns made with real Belgian chocolate in M&S. You know, incase there isn't enough chocolate to consume over the weekend. Perhaps Pizza Hut will switch cheese for a choc filling in their stuffed crusts for the holiday too.

Cadburys fingers crossed!

thekidsrule, yup, sadly they do. Overindulged and showered with stuff.

I stand alone proudly with one creme egg between four!

Frank, it was to circumvent putting friffing lihgt-hearted in the title.

I am a veteran of DC wininy-uppery, LeBof, allus tell them about 10% more eggs are to be found than there actaull are. Gives better quality WineTime.


We always got toys at easter, my and my sister both xmas birthdays too so wonder if that has something to do with it?
I have gotten small summery (wishful thinking...) toys for DSs that I would have gotten anyway, only now I don't have to get them chocolate too mean mummy

Anonymousy Tue 26-Mar-13 22:25:53


My mum is getting both boys sandals for our holiday. Thats gotta be even worse than toys! But fuck it, they're babies, they don't care wink

FrankWippery Tue 26-Mar-13 22:27:02

Good good Chaos, just checking.

SirBoobAlot Tue 26-Mar-13 22:33:35

DS is getting some mini eggs... And an Easter present. Saw something he's been asking after for ages reduced dramatically in the sale, but still cost too much to be a 'just because' present. So it's in my wardrobe and he's getting it for Easter. If his birthday was before November, I'd wait until then, but I can't wait that long seems unfair to ask him to wait eight months.

midastouch Tue 26-Mar-13 22:44:46

I have brought my DD who is nearly one a soft easter bunny that she grabs everytime we go shopping. As DS will have easter eggs and i think shes too young for them so i thought id get her something. But other than that no toys!

Lilicat1013 Tue 26-Mar-13 22:49:52

I do Easter presents as neither child has chocolate (the younger one is a baby and the older one doesn't like chocolate or sweets).

They both have a little gift box and my three year old has a Matchbox toy plane and two Wow toys pocket pals figures in his and the baby has two Mickey Mouse rattles.

Only a couple of pound spent on each and my older son will be very excited, the little one wont care, I only buy for him because I have brought for his brother. I would feel mean otherwise.

At least it stops people telling my how horrible I am for not buying my older son an Easter egg. No one believes a three year old doesn't like chocolate or sweets, they assume that I just don't allow him to have it.

KansasCityOctopus Tue 26-Mar-13 23:00:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pollypandemonium Tue 26-Mar-13 23:04:03

Easter is about crafts and chocolate. Not money and presents. And laying eggs out at dawn in the garden before they wake up.

CleanHankie Tue 26-Mar-13 23:06:05

I'm another Christmas birthday person who was given presents at Easter. MY parents thought it mean that my sister (early Dec birthday) and I had to wait a whole year to get 2 lots of presents in one go, hence a gift at easter. We're talking £30 max though.

DD2 happens to be a Christmas baby so yes, I am continuing the tradition of gifts, although it tends to be clothes. This year it's pj's and Disney tops. We also have small token gifts (Books) for nieces/nephews and Godsons.

Chocolate will be given by all and sundry and will be placed on the top shelf of the cupboard. Right behind the last remaining Chocolate Santa hmm

HesterShaw Tue 26-Mar-13 23:08:16

Easter presents?


Aren't Easter eggs enough?

Also, does anyone actually send "Easter cards"?

greencolorpack Tue 26-Mar-13 23:11:49

I made the mistake of listening to the adverts earlier... I'm supposed to buy someone a laptop because its Easter.

I honestly want to sit down with these marketing executives and ask them, "WHY??? what part of Jesus dying on the cross for me linked in with buying someone a laptop?"

In the adverts they seem so sure of themselves, and I have always struggled with Easter traditions maybe I have been getting it wrong,,, all those Easters when I haven't bought up laptops for m'loved ones.... shame

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 26-Mar-13 23:14:41

Easter is a huge holiday in Switzerland (probably spending all the Lindt profits) - bigger than Christmas to some. There are always 4 days holiday for most folks compared to 1 day at Christmas.

When i first experienced it I was overwhelmed by the amount if Easter decor, egg dying/marbling/airbrushing kits, chocolate rabbits, Easter trees, chicken statues and sheep shape cakes around.

Now I think it's great.

Trazzletoes Tue 26-Mar-13 23:16:17

Didn't really used to get chocolate eggs. My DM would buy us an item of clothing each. She does it for the DCs now.

I don't have a problem with it. It's usually just a t-shirt or something. I think DD. is getting a couple of sleep suits because she needs them.

KurriKurri Tue 26-Mar-13 23:32:01

In my family it is traditional to give an egg that is the same size as the recipient. Bad enough when the kids were young, but now they are grown up, I sometimes struggle. Imagine my relief when I managed to snap up the last six foot, fourteen stone egg in Thorntons.

DS will be chuffed as hell.

mathanxiety Wed 27-Mar-13 01:58:35

The DCs are getting mini eggs unless I eat them all before the big day (distinct possibility). If that happens they will have to be happy with nail polish and hair things. I posted a chocolate bunny to DS (in university and unable to get home) as he isn't interested in nail polish and would interpret hair things as a comment on how his hair is prematurely thinning.

We always got new clothes for Easter when I was growing up. DS totally uninterested in that though. We did get Easter eggs but not loads. One from parents and one from each grandmother. I was brought up in catholic Ireland and we spent a lot of time in church coming up to Easter. Even did the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday voluntarily. I grew out of that bit!

Now DS gets an egg and some other chocolate bits and pieces. He is a bit peeved this year as we are going to stay with friends so he is worried it won't be the same as at home. Two days a year he is allowed chocolate for breakfast - Xmas day and Easter Sunday.

I did an Easter egg hunt in Budapest one year. We had friends over for lunch. It was unseasonably hot and all the chocolate melted. Never bothered again.

I do have some lovely painted eggs from Bulgaria and Hungary that I hang from some branches in a vase.

No presents here although I'm glad DS hasn't seen the ad about the laptop for Easter!

PurplePidjin Wed 27-Mar-13 03:28:32

Ds is 4mo

Dp is super healthy and doesn't like chocolate

I can't have anything with caffeine in because it gives ds gripe <quiet sob>

Somy mum bought us a microwave on the sainsburys points instead as ours is kaput.

Rock n rooooooooooooll hmm

Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:39:56

Will no-one think of the bunnies?

[wrings hands]

Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:45:43

Actually, fuck it. Present-buying is ace.
I was brought up in a religious household (easter bunny? Meh!) and Easter was a time for celebration, so we did get presents.
Nowt big, just a fiver's worth or so.

Now I live abroad where no-one has a clue about Easter, so I'm quids in with my DC. No eggs, no presents, no explanation required.


Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:48:00

[misses point of thread]

GreenLeafTea Wed 27-Mar-13 03:56:26

My mum told me that last year my sil was staying with her for Easter. My sil woke up early and covered one armchair in the living room with presents for one of her daughters and the other armchair with presents for the other daughter. Chocolate eggs, toys, clothes, she must have spent hundreds. And sil is one of those people who are always complaining they are broke.

noviceoftheday Wed 27-Mar-13 06:18:37

Dc1 is 4 and doesn't like chocolate. Dc2 is almost 2 and i haven't introduced chocolate. They had more toys than Hamleys at Christmas so we put some away and they will get them on Easter Sunday. We are doing an Easter egg hunt at home and that's what they will find. Easter is a time of celebration so we have been making decorations, crafty things (bonnets, bunnies and ears), biscuits and cards with the dcs, same as at Christmas!

vvviola Wed 27-Mar-13 06:43:58

We're going to be travelling on Easter Sunday so I think the Easter Bunny will come on Good Friday instead. my entire staunchly catholic family are shuddering I'd imagine!

I've bought DD1 a big kinder egg, my parents left a small buttons egg and sent a pack of mini chocolate eggs. The Easter bunny will take all of them (plus maybe a few more) and via DH do a treasure map and hide them about the house. The major excitement will be the map & hunt.

DD2 is only 18 months so doesn't get it all and also has a dairy allergy, so she is getting a soft toy instead. I may try to get a small dairy freeegg for me to eat her so that DD1 thinks she's part of the whole thing.

It's very hard being a chocoholic who can't eat chocolate at Easter. Maybe I should try to convince DH to buy me an Easter present, never mind the kids!

We will buy the dcs an egg each but dn will get a book and my dsis will buy each of mine a book.

mathanxiety Wed 27-Mar-13 16:33:29

One year in the early 70s a family friend who was a member of the Communist Party of Ireland gave us a big box of Red October chocolates as a souvenir of her visit to the CCCP. Dad thought getting commie chocolates for Easter was highly ironic and I wondered why the lettering on the box was all backwards and upside down confused but of course we demolished them (I wouldn't eat dark chocolate back then)..

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