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Sensational seasonal offerings from Sweden
The sensational Swedes have done it again with low cost seasonal goodies. With Easter around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you'll be doing and if you'll be celebrating.
For those that don't go for the chocolate eggs, but do want to get a little festive, consider these low cost alternatives. This cute bunny is roughly 30 cm (at a guess), and a mere $4.99. Super soft and suitable for 0 as no beaded eyes or other choke hazards.
Got an Easter Hat Parade to prepare for but over the whole craft scene? How about this for an Easter Bonnet? It's actually a clown hat, and comes with a red nose - so can make it's way into the dress up box rather than recycling bin. At $3.99 it's less than buying cardboard and glue!
But don't for get the other side of Easter - the chicks! This hand puppet is great for interactive play, eye tracking with babies and is suitable for 0 . At only $2.99 it's the perfect Easter gift.
Maybe you have your own ideas for trinkets? IKEA also has paper eggs in a mass of colours that can be filled with chocolate or other treats. Would also look good in centrepiece displays if you have big family gatherings. Either $3.49 each or you get one free if you by 3 bags of the GODIS candy.
The main Easter themed treats available at IKEA are the bags of vanilla & banana flavoured marshmallow chicks and the milk chocolate eggs with butterscotch flavoured filling and caramel pieces. The chicks are $1.99 and the eggs are $3.99. Both would be the perfect filling for those paper eggs.
While IKEA has been selling blocks of chocolate for a long time, it has now started stocking a block of dark chocolate, of that purer 70% variety, for a lowly $2.29.
Perhaps there's a dairy allergy to be accommodated, or you just don't like chocolate? Never fear, IKEA now has a pick & mix, $2.25 per 100 grams.
While there are many different types of sweets on offer, I thought these would make a good alternative to Easter eggs. The fruit bombs would match the colourful paper eggs.
The Bumling Blueberry or Strawberry are also suitable 'egg' substitutes. All the sweets have their ingredients listed so you can work around allergies.
They also have a Swedish Easter drink, that has a very festive label for $1.99.
Of course, if you don't observe Easter, or at least not the Easter Bunny side of things, you could just enjoy a cheap meal at the cafe or get those fabulously cheap and recyclable batteries and light bulbs. Note that IKEA will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with slightly shorter hours on Easter Monday. Check here for your local stores details.