A great Easter basket is made up of thoughtfully selected goodies. Candy, spring themed items, and something to make the recipient smile are always a must. And remember, everyone loves a nice Easter basket, so why not give them to adult family members and friends as well? It is a good, budget-friendly way to show your friends and family that you care. Here are some ideas on where to locally purchase Easter basket fillings.
(Photo Credit: Taza Chocolate)

(Photo Credit: Taza Chocolate)


Taza Chocolate Factory Shop
561 Windsor St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-0804
www.tazachocolate.com

The Taza Chocolate Factory Shop is the perfect place to pick up candy for any Easter basket. Taza is a fine chocolatier specializing in organic, fair trade offerings. The company imports certified fair trade cocoa and manufactures its delectable chocolates right in Somerville! The shop offers factory tours and has an on-site gift shop featuring all sorts of delicious treats. Try the sea salt and almond bars or chocolate covered hazelnuts – yum!

(Photo Credit: Follain)

(Photo Credit: Follain)


Follain
53 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 284-7078
www.shopfollain.com

Now, a good Easter basket always has a few elements besides candy – like handmade soaps, lip balms or decadent body care products (depending on the recipient, of course). Follain carries many items that will make great Easter basket additions. The shop’s Hurraw Sun Protectant Lip Balm is a great gift to bring that will sure to be used as spring heats up. And who wouldn’t love a mango butter soap bar?

(Photo Credit: Newbury Comics)

(Photo Credit: Newbury Comics)


Newbury Comics
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4 S. Market Building
Boston, MA
(617) 248-9992
www.newburycomics.com

Newbury Comics also has great, wallet friendly, non-candy gifts. Throw in a pair of sunglasses or a witty t-shirt from the recipient’s favorite movie. Newbury Comics is an especially good place to find Easter basket goodies for hard-to-shop-for boys. The store provides a great selection of Boston sports paraphernalia, music, and pop culture-inspired toys and gadgets. Still stumped on what to get him? Why not give a modest gift certificate so he can pick out the DVD he has been dying for?

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(Photo Credit: Hidden Sweets)

(Photo Credit: Hidden Sweets)


Hidden Sweets
The Atrium Shopping Center
25 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 497-2600
www.harvardsquare.com

Nothing lines an amazing Easter basket like some traditional, old fashioned candy. So where can Bostonians nostalgically buy jelly beans, chocolates, and gummy bears by weight in cellophane bags? Hidden Sweets! Stock up on all the family favorites at this Harvard Square staple. Stepping in the shop is like stepping back in time, so is the perfect place to pick up the Easter favorites from your childhood and share them with your little ones.

(Photo Credit: Shake The Tree)

(Photo Credit: Shake The Tree)


Shake the Tree
67 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-0484

www.shakethetreeboston.com

Shake the Tree is a great boutique in the North End with perfect Easter basket goodies for the whole family. For adults they have candles, jewelry, perfumes, soaps, books, kitchen accessories, and small home decor items. For the kids, there is a great section of the shop dedicated to toys and stuffed animals and is great for young children and toddlers. Not into the whole Easter basket thing? They also have an excellent selection of unique cards which is a great alternative.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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