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Easter extravaganza; It's chocs away as we give it some rabbit for Easter gift ideas.

Byline: Julie MacCaskill

BREAK with tradition and get your hands on some cracking Easter gifts.

At this time of year chocolate is the traditional favourite, but who wants to be conventional when there's a wealth of Easter goodies on offer?

Forget about your run-of-the-mill Easter eggs and opt for something a little bit more imaginative - like a rabbit's head-shaped box stuffed with chocolate delights (pounds 6.95, John Lewis).

Can't decide between buying your mum a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers? John Lewis has come up with a crafty combination in the shape of a flower pot made from delicious Belgian chocolate (pounds 9.95).

If the real thing is more to the liking of the lady in your life, Marks & Spencer's glass posy with tulips (pounds 3.99) is blooming marvellous.

For some eggs-tra special gifts, pop into Whittards. Tuck into delicious Easter cookies in a beautiful hand painted box (pounds 4.50).

If you're planning an egg hunt you'll need to get your hands on some nifty garden markers (pounds 2.50). On Easter Sunday, transform breakfast time with some of Whittards' most gorgeous crockery.

Pop your boiled egg into a hand painted egg cup (pounds 3) and pour the perfect cuppa from an Easter inspired teapot (pounds 20).

John Lewis has a range of cups, saucers and egg cups featuring bunnies and chicks (from pounds 7.95).

Big kids, and little ones, too, are likely to fall for the charms of cute and cuddly gifts - and they don't come much fluffier than Whittards' Benjamin Bunny (pounds 15).

Paperchase has some quirky gift ideas, too, with bunny bean toys (pounds 4.75), Easter ink stamps (pounds 1.75) and colourful confetti (pounds 1.75).

Don't forget to post a few Easter cards. Paperchase has all shapes and sizes (from pounds 1.25).

The biggest bunny in town, Peter Rabbit, celebrates his 100th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion Marks & Spencer has jelly lollipops on offer (99p).

Other sweet sensations include a pretty spring bag choc full of treats (pounds 4.99), dinky little chick bag pounds 2.49) and mini chocolate nests (pounds 2.99 for 12).

Finish the day off with a bedtime story for the wee ones, filled with rabbit tales (books from pounds 6.99, John Lewis).
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Date:Mar 30, 2002
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