Easter Ideas

5 Unique Indie Websites for the Best Easter Eggs

The Top Indies for Unique Easter Eggs & Choc Treats.

With Easter 2016 just around the corner we wanted to share a few of our favourite chocolate-making independents. Purveyors of the finest Easter eggs and a lot more chocolatey goodness.

While we can’t resist a few alternative Easter gifts, they’re always made that little bit more special if they’re joined by an Easter egg or two.

So with this in mind we’ve rounded up 5 great companies that bring their unique sense of humour, love of quality ingredients and artisan chocolate-making skills to a delightful collection of Easter eggs and chocolate treats.

So without further ado, let’s see the Easter eggs and chocolate goodies!

1. Creighton’s Chocolaterie

easter chocolate - creighton's chocolaterie

Creighton’s Chocolaterie is mother and daughter team, Lucy and Andrea Huntington. The pair started their company in 2010 with the just learned knowledge of an Italian confectioner, a marble slab and a handful of moustache-shaped chocolate moulds.

Named after Great Granny Creighton, they opened their first chocolaterie in the small town of Leighton Buzzard in Spring 2011. Aiming to put fun & individuality back into chocolate the company has flourished. Maintaining their handmade, artisan approach, the product range has grown. The first moustache-shaped lollies has been joined by quirky lollipops, edible gifts & fine boxed chocolates. Believing chocolate should never be boring Creighton’s Chocolaterie has some amazing Easter eggs, designed with humour, fun and tasty chocolate.


2. Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates

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Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates started life as the brainchild of Mary Ann O’Brien. Having recovered from a debilitating illness in the early 1990’s, Mary Ann discovered her true passion for all things chocolate. First Mary Ann honed her chocolate-making skills among world class chefs and chocolatiers in South Africa and Europe. From there she launched her own business, starting in her Kildare kitchen in 1992. With little more than two saucepans, a wooden spoon and her then toddler, Lily, Mary Ann began to create high quality chocolate recipes for friends and family. Soon a company was born (named after Mary Ann’s daughter Lily) with an aim to add Irish chocolate to the world map. Since then Lily O’Brien’s has grown to become one of Ireland’s best-loved chocolatiers.


3. James Chocolates

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James Hutchins (founder of James Chocolates) began making chocolate by hand in 1995. Working in a Bristol delicatessen, he became fascinated by the exotic ingredients and different flavour combinations that lined the shelves. With a background in science, James began experimenting in his kitchen; channeling his new-found foodie knowledge and enthusiasm into his love of great chocolate. 20 years on, James is still at the heart of the business, providing the vision and creativity of all chocolate development. With a sense of fun and love of distinctive flavour combinations James Chocolates is a great place to seek out unique Easter Egg-themed finds, such as the fabulous fried egg lolly.


4. Chocolate Company

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The Chocolate Company specialise in “cooking” with chocolate. Creating endless flavour recipes that are unique and different to their chocolate contemporaries. Aiming to avoid anything artificial, flavours come from real fruits, nuts and spices. Already over 10 years old the Chocolate Company started from a small kitchen shop in Aachen, Germany where they made delicious hot chocolate. Their simple, homemade recipe made more special with their unique flavour combinations. Soon the Chocolate Company turned their homemade hot chocolate into the ‘Hotchocspoon’, a chunky piece of delicious chocolate you stir into your hot milk. The design was adored by a huge number of people and the Chocolate Company grew and grew.


5. Choc on Choc

best websites for easter eggs - choc on choc

The Choc on Choc story started 10 years ago in a small barn in the village of Rode near Bath. Father and daughter team Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton used a rubber mould shaped as noughts and crosses to create delicious chocolate treats for friends and family. Soon that initial gift idea became a business plan and Choc on Choc was born. Today this true British brand create a unique range of handmade chocolate. Superb, high quality chocolates crafted from the finest Belgian chocolate. Look out for unique Easter designs including words, bunnies and egg-shaped chocolates.

& don’t forget your Easter Cards too! 

Easter cards are a quick and simple way to reach out to your friends and family over the holiday weekend. We love this delightful ‘Easter Bunny’ Bubbles card from Kali Stileman. The unique blank bubble means you can add any message you want.

don't forget easter cards to go with your easter eggs - easter bunny greeting card

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 21/03/16
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5 of the Best Webshops for Easter Cards and Gifts

Discover the Best Webshops for Easter Cards and Gifts.

With the Easter weekend approaching fast we want to help guide you to the very best greetings card and gift collections, and so without further ado, here are out top five must-see webshops for your Easter cards and Spring / Easter-themed gifts.

Pennychoo Easter Card

1. Pennychoo

For those unique individuals seeking an alternative Easter it’s time to explore the world of Pennychoo. Skip the bunnies and chocolate eggs and rejoice in the vintage-inspired greetings cards of Pennychoo. The Pennychoo webshop has a gorgeous selection of cards with spring florals themes. The elegant card designs stand out from the crowd with illustrations inspired by folk art, art deco and retro themes.

Visit the Pennychoo webshop.


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2. Caroline Gardner

Offering a wonderful selection of Easter cards and gifts with gorgeous spring themes the Caroline Gardner webshop is a must-see for your Easter shopping. Amongst the collection are these super cute Easter ‘Egg Hunt’ gift bags; hand them out to the kids and you have the perfect way for children to collect chocolate eggs on your very own Easter Egg Hunt. Explore the collection further and you’ll find gorgeous matching cards that make pretty perfect invites to your Easter fun and games.

Explore Easter at Caroline Gardner.


Easter Wishes Card from Card Crush

3. Card Crush

The Card Crush webshop is an online emporium bursting with greetings cards for all occasions and their Easter collection should not be missed. Easter is a great time to relax and catch up with friends and family, so why not share some love in a thoughtful Easter card. We love this Holy Mackerel design from Card Crush, the bright colours and cute polymer clay characters are sure to add some happiness and cheer to any Easter holiday.

Visit the Card Crush website.


The Black Rabbit Spring Chickens Mugs

4. The Black Rabbit

If you’re looking for a unique Easter cards and gifts for your friends and family it’s essential that you take a look at The Black Rabbit. Their collection of fun, whimsical gifts has some great gift ideas for the Easter holidays. We love these spring chicken mugs, the ideal size for filling with chocolate eggs! Delve a little deeper into The Black Rabbit website and you’ll also find bright, woollen tea and egg cosies in Buzzy Bee designs, perfect for an Easter breakfast to remember.

Explore The Black Rabbit.


Five Dollar Shake Handmade Easter Card

5. Five Dollar Shake

For a touch of luxury this Easter you must see the Five Dollar Shake webshop. Well-known for their stunning, high quality greetings cards their Easter collection is no exception. The wonderful selection of exquisite cards feature opulent Spring illustrations; Easter eggs, trees and traditional crosses. Each card is decorated by hand with glitter, bows, and floral crystals; adding sparkle and shimmer that will last through the Easter weekend and beyond.

See the Five Dollar Shake Easter collection.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 16/03/16
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Quick & Easy Ways to Celebrate Easter in Style

Add a Little Fun to Easter with Caroline Gardner Goodies.

Are you looking for some cards and gifts to brighten your Easter holidays?

Following Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, Easter is the first spring holiday that the whole family can enjoy together. Combining bank holidays, school holidays and a greater chance of sunshine, it’s the perfect holiday to celebrate with some fun and fabulous Easter treats.

But where do you find amazing card and gifts that will add a little style to this spring holiday?

For us here at Piccadilly Lane HQ there’s no better place to turn than the fab Caroline Gardner. For Easter 2015, the team at this industry-leading independent have created a wonderful selection of stylish designs.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer …

easter 2015 pick - hen and chick easter card caroline gardner


The ‘Hen and Chick’ Easter card is a cool, stylish way to wish your favourite friends and family a ‘Happy Easter’. Priced £2.50 this card is a great choice for hens and chicks of any age.

easter 2015 - say so i'm no quitter easter card caroline gardner

While the “I Would Give Up Chocolate” greeting card is the perfect pick for chocolate fans. £2.50.

easter card pack caroline gardner

Ideal for little Easter revellers is this super cute ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ card pack. At £4.95 for a pack of 10 notecards, it’s a great way to invite friends and family to your Easter events or thank them for a delicious Easter Egg gift.

easter 2015 - egg hunt gift bag caroline gardner

No Easter celebration would be complete without an Egg Hunt and this gift bag is the perfect way to round up some chocolate delights. At £2.95 it’s also a handy way to deliver Easter Eggs to the special people in your life.

say so egg cups caroline gardner

Our last pick is the ideal way to add a little style to your Easter breakfast. Treat yourself to some bright design and cool typography with these ‘Say So’ Egg cups. £12.00 for a set of two cups presented in a co-ordinated ‘How Do You Like Your Eggs’ gift box.

To find out more about any of these delightful designs please visit the Caroline Gardner showcase right here in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 13:16 26/03/15
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