From chocolates to tea to toys, we scour the city to bring you the tastiest and prettiest Easter gifts in town
1. Bunnies by Chez Christophe
Chez ChristopheThis year, Chez Christophe offers a lineup of delectable, Canadiana-inspired bunnies inspired by our home and native land's 150th anniversary. The chocolatey crew includes the truffle-stuffed En Guard bunny, chef Rabbitouille, hockey player Roger Canuck and the lumberjack Lucien Le Lapin. Bonus: Two dollars of each Rabbitouille bunny sold as well as five per cent of sales on Good Friday will be donated in support of the BC SPCA.
4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby (in-store only), available now until April 16; En Guard ($24.95), Roger Canuck ($32.95), Lucien Le Lapin ($36.95) & Rabbitouille ($24.95)
2. Mon Paris Chocolates
Mon ParisIn its inaugural year, Burnaby's Mon Paris Patisserie is celebrating Easter with a collection of signature paint-spattered milk chocolate eggs. Chef Elena Krasnova has whipped up a classic milk chocolate egg; a dark chocolate egg filled with caramelized nuts; and a milk chocolate egg filled with even more chocolate, all made with 100 per cent Cacao Barry Chocolate.
4396 Beresford Street or online, Burnaby; $21-24
3. TWG Tea Party Tea
TWG TeaHave high tea with friends and family this Sunday, and, if we might be so bold, do make sure to serve Tea Party Tea. This black blend is mixed with a sweet caramel to produce a flavour that's warm, rich and singular. If you'd like to delight more than one of your senses, bring along the Tea Party Tea-infused candle, which mixes hints of violet with the aroma of raw green tea buds.
1070 West Georgia Street or online; tea ($47); candle ($100)
4. Purdy’s Chocolates
Purdy'sFrom chocolate hopper bunnies to bunny lollipops to petit pastels to tried-and-true foil-wrapped eggs—Purdy’s diverse selection of treats should have something to suit every taste bud. Or maybe just cover all your bases with an "Easter Mini Favourites" box or vintage "Waiting for Spring" tin (pictured) blooming with hand-picked Purdy’s chocolates.
Available at Purdy's locations or online
5. Beta5 Cream Puffs and Chocolates
Beta5's Easter collection is anchored by beautifully crafted dark chocolate eggs in the following flavours: raspberry with cocoa nibs, coconut with passionfruit, and hazelnut with praline.You can also gorge yourself on their peanut butter raindrops, and delicate-yet-delish chocolate clouds. And just in time for spring: Beta5’s tea-infused cream puffs will be available at their spring pop-up location.
413 Industrial Ave (select items available online); Easter collection available now until May 15; pop-up location: 3345 Cambie Street
6. Indigo Easter Books, Toys and Brunch Accessories
IndigoHop your way over to Indigo's special Easter section, pick out a basket for the kids and set them on their journey through a wonderland of "huggable, squeezable, oh-so cuddly" plush playmates (might we suggest Bubby the Multicolour Bunny?) as well as the finest collection of Easter literature—including new titles and old standards like Peter Rabbit. And for the grown-ups, there's holiday-themed brunchware by the basketful.
Available at Indigo-Chapters locations or order online
7. Thomas Haas Chocolates
Amy HoThis fourth-generation patisserie is showing off their latest artful bunny-season offerings, including such new tableaux as "Trio of Chicks," "Duckling in a Chocolate Eggshell," "Hen in Nest," and fresh takes on classics like their "Chocolate Flowerpot." But as ever, the stars of the show are the bunnies, and this year welcomes two new creations to the ranks: Thumper and Buster.
Available in-store only at Thomas Haas' North Vancouver (998 Harbourside Dr) and Kitsilano (2539 W Broadway) locations; minimal selection at Whole Foods & Urban Fare
8. Treats from Thierry
Thierry Cafe adds to springtime celebrations with an exclusive collection of Easter treats. From beautifully crafted eggs to charming farmhouse animals, this year’s lineup of treats includes flavour profiles that range from Tahitian vanilla and creamy caramel to notes of coffee, fruits and florals. Choose from a range of pre-packaged options from $5.50 to $300, or customize a selection of your own for a personal touch.
Easter collection available now through the weekend at Thierry Cafe, 1059 Alberni Street, 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends and holidays