By Sharon Parker
Easter is both an ancient festival of spring and nature's awakening, and a deeply religious celebration for Christians, marking the resurrection of Christ.
Everyone enjoys marking the occasion with symbolic and festive objects, as well as traditional foods like eggs and candy. Especially jelly beans and chocolate. ... And Peeps. ... And those almond M&Ms in pastel colors. ...
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Hello! Before we go too far astray on a sugar reverie, let's consider these excellent handmade-in-Minnesota items for gifting and celebrating in all those many ways.
For religious observants, surely the most important symbol of the occasion is the empty cross.
From Metaling Susie, this rustic cross is suitable for men, women, girls or boys.
This small pocket cross is sandblasted on Lake Superior stone by Naturally Unique Rock. It comes in a set of two and is perfect for Easter, confirmation, or other religious milestones.
Gayle Thorsen of Gemnorde suggests that you forget about an Easter bonnet and instead don this delicate necklace-wreath of pink, rose, and cream flowers, with spring green rhinestones. It's made of 80 percent vintage findings and is truly one of a kind.
And let's not forget about the bunnies!
Little Wooden Wonders has a few different bunny toys and puzzles along with baby chick toys. Like this wooden bunny toy car.
While Sock Monkey Angel offers this adorable Peter Rabbit Sock Bunny; sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.
My Little Chickadee offers personalized commemorative Easter ornaments, in both pink and blue color schemes.