Brighton's best alternative Easter gift options
Whatever your personal belief system, who doesn’t love chocolate, bunnies and a four-day weekend? The weather’s great, spring is in the air, and we’re all looking forward to cracking into our delicious, creamy, chocolatey Easter eggs.
But wouldn’t it be nice to get something a little different this year? If the idea of picking up the same old Cadbury egg from Tesco doesn’t quite get you in the Easter mood, here are seven places you can go to get high-quality chocolate and support small businesses in Brighton.
Audrey's is a gorgeous award-winning chocolate shop in Hove, actually. Great for those of us who live in Hove and can’t be bothered to go to the centre of town for our sugar fix. Open on the bank holiday Friday and Saturday for those last-minute Easter gift purchases that actually look thoughtful instead of desperate.
Montezumas is without a doubt an institution, and Sussex-based no less! For Easter, they have a wide variety of seasonal packages for all budgets, ranging from mini-egg packets to luxury gift baskets. The egg containing peanut butter mini-eggs is definitely on my list, in case anyone was looking to get me a late birthday present…
Would you believe it the chocolate fro Rainbow Organic is from a factory powered by 100% renewable energy – the perfect choice for the environmentally conscious person in your life, whether that’s you, your sibling or your aunt who insists on always wearing hemp. Try the spring chocolate box, for a luxurious Easter gift that will make you feel like you’re changing the world while stuffing your face.
Who could forget these guys?! With its witchy décor and unforgettable window displays, Choccywoccydoodah is arguably the most fun chocolate shop to walk around, with a big focus on fantasy and creativity. Not only that but it was founded by two awesome women! Look out for the impressive selection of chocolate dogs.
This North Laine favourite is for everyone who loves organic and fair trade foods. Pick up your chocolate alongside your artisan spelt bread and vegan brownies for 100% Brighton authenticity. For bonus points, pick up raw chocolate in bulk and make your own egg from scratch.
Believe it or not, some people just don't like or eat chocolate. The non-chocoholic in your life deserves love this Easter too. Get the Easter Egg box with its four special tea blends. Be warned – it is pretty much impossible to buy a gift here without picking up three things for yourself as well.
Another chocolate alternative - this time, for the person who does have a sweet tooth, but not for chocolate - or perhaps you just want something a little different. The Easter fudge selection (including a hot cross bun fudge – yum!) comes hand-wrapped with your choice of customised wrapping for that extra personal touch.
Written by Ciara.