Exploding Box

For the record, this gift doesn't actually explode. Instead, it blooms like a flower, revealing hidden treasures. Like all the gifts on this list, it can be customised to fit any occasion with colour and content. Choose red and black for Valentine's Day, green and gold for Christmas or pink and white for Mother's Day. It can be filled with photos, quotes, special messages from loved ones and even music lyrics or poems. Check out Instructables to find out how to make your own.

Candle Making

Not only does this make a delightful gift for any occasion, it is also fun to make. Personalise this gift by changing the colours, adding special scents or even a few items like flowers. You can also vary this gift with the jar you use. Think old mason jars, tea cups or styled glasses. See Candle Deli for a tutorial on how to make your own soy candle as well as other tips and tricks.

Customised Candles

If making a candle seems like too much work, why not customise an already made candle? This blog shows how to personalise a pillar candle using only a heating tool, candle, paper, wax paper and tissue paper. You can use photos, printed designs or even drawings to add to your candle gifting piece.

Quilling

Quilling is a fun craft that involves rolling paper into shapes to form a 3D artwork. The process is quite easy. Simply draw your pattern of choice on a board, then roll coloured paper strips into shapes and attach to the board. The end result is quite stunning. The Spruce Crafts will make you a quilling pro in no time.

Etched Glass

Glass etching is a fun way to make endless creative gifts for the people you love. With this technique, you can create custom glasses, mirrors or anything made from glass. Simply paint a design on a piece of glass using etching fluid, allow to dry, wash and you're done. Etching fluid is available at select PNA stores. Practically Functional has a helpful etching blog.

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Engraved Wood

All this DIY gift entails is a piece of wood, a soldering iron and a design. Simply draw your design on a piece of wood, heat up a soldering iron and then burn in the design with the iron. We suggest practicing on another piece of wood before starting. Once you're done soldering, erase any traces of the original design drawing, and your gift is done.

Bath Goodies

Most of us love a relaxing bath, filled with essential oils and minerals that leave us feeling refreshed and gorgeous. So bath time goodies always make an appreciated gift. Make your own bath salts, bath bombs or even bath oil. Pair this trio with the aforementioned candles for an extra special gift.

Hot Chocolate Jars

This gift is really easy, yet spectacular. All you have to do is fill a jar with hot chocolate mix, either homemade or bought, chocolate pieces and marshmallows. That's it. Try using flavoured chocolate, such as peppermint, for a gourmet hot chocolate. To add a little something extra, include a small bottle of liqueur or cookies on the side. The Loopy Whisk has recipes as well as nifty decorating ideas.

Cookie Kit

We love cookies, baking and the luscious smells wafting through the house. So this makes an awesome gift for all cookie lovers. Fill a jar with a cookie mix, add some chocolate chips, attach a recipe and you're good to go. Sally's Baking Addiction has a few delicious cookie mix recipes as well as a printable recipe card.

Personalised Mugs

Coffee and tea lovers will adore having their very own unique mug. Purchase a plain mug and draw patterns, write names and colour in designs with a Sharpie Marker. Then bake the mug to make the design permanent. You can include names, special dates, puns, jokes or even a few drawings. Check out this DIY guide from Like Mother Like Daughter.

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Chocolate Bark

We love chocolate bark because it's easy to craft and oh so yummy. It is also very easy to make it your own. Start with a base of melted chocolate, either white, milk, dark or caramel chocolate. Then top the chocolate with an assortment of ingredients like nuts, sweets, dried fruit, cookies and sprinkles. Crazy for Crust has six recipes to spark your ideas.

Edible Bouquet

Edible bouquets are show stopper gifts that are relatively easy to make. All you need is a jar and some edibles on kebab sticks to make a fantastic arrangement. Edibles can include fruit, sweets, cookies, cake pops or cupcakes. Fill the jar with oasis floral foam, Styrofoam, maize meal or flour to hold the sticks in place, then arrange the edibles and finish with an elegant bow. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration.

Gift Boxes

After going through all that effort making the perfect gift for your loved ones, you probably want to present it beautifully too. Getting the right sized gift box or bag can be difficult and cost a pretty penny. But you can make these yourself too. The Spruce Crafts has 15 astounding DIY gift bag ideas or make one of the origami, printable or foldable gift boxes from Gathering Beauty.

Ribbons

Perfect your gift with an alluring eye catching bow! These can be tied with fabric ribbon, plastic ribbon or even yarn and twine. Add a flower sprig, cinnamon quill or some art and craft pieces for the pièce de résistance. The knot has a handy guide explaining how to tie four magnificent bows.

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Geldhof Chocolatiers

Okay I am definitely drooling, someone please send help! Geldhof is chocolate heaven for sure, and we are certain you'll love what they have for you in store this Easter. With an unrivalled array to choose from and decadent taste, Geldhof Chocolatiers continually strive to bring their customers a step closer to cocoa paradise. To check out what Easter selections they have for you, visit their website for prices and more information.

Details: 011 784 5403 | Shop BC13 Banking Mall, Sandton City, Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Geldhof Chocolatiers

LINDT Chocolate Boutique - Sandton City

They say eating chocolate is like a hug from the inside, and we completely agree. You probably already know that at Lindt they have top quality stuff, so this Easter you can rely on them to give you the best. There's no better Easter than one spent in the company of the Lindt Gold Bunny – for over 60 years the Master Swiss Chocolatiers have crafted more than chocolate, they've created magic with this delicious Easter must-have.

Side note: They have something fun in stores for you too! This Easter you can get a chance to partake in their Gold Bunny Huntt.

Details: Shop L76,83 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Beyers Chocolate Factory Shop

Beyers Chocolate Factory Shop website makes me drool like a puppy. They are a proudly South African company inspired by local ingredients, but they have travelled far and wide to discover international chocolate trends and bring them to you. So, if you're wondering where to stock up some of that good-good, make sure to visit them! Another amazing thing about their website is that they give you delectable Beyers chocolate recipes to make the most amazing treats you can imagine.

Details: Shop 13, Sunview Centre, 8 N Reef Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg.

Beyers Chocolates Factory Shop

The Chocolate Factory Outlet

Because we know there are some of us who wait until last-minute-dot-com to get ready for some Easter chocolate hunting fun for the kids, do not fear when The Chocolate Factory Outlet is near with all that you need. Get your treats at unbelievable prices at the outlet shop, or  simply shop online and get your package couriered to your door.

Details: 074 7896 3786 | North Rand Rd, Beyers Park, Boksburg, Johannesburg.

Godiva Chocolatier South Africa Pty Ltd

With nothing but the best in chocolates, Godiva brings your tastebuds delicious, decadent and mouthwatering chocolates and truffles. Treat yourself with amazing chocolate this Easter season, and make sure you make a quick stop here. Trust us, they're that good. Check them out!

Details: 011 783 2300320, Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park, Sandton, 2196.

Edible Bouquets

The name says it all. They have an array of amazing treats for you this Easter and all-year round, giving you loads of options to work with. And this Easter it's no different, as they are making sure they are giving everything under one place. Check out their website and see for yourself.

Details: 087 550 3137 | 072 938 0432 | [email protected]

Edible Bouquets

Woolworths

The minute you walk into any Woolworths store you are welcomed by chocolate decorations and delectable Easter treats, perfect for Easter egg hunting and all the egg-citing family fun this season brings. So, grab your car keys, wallet and shopping carts, and let's load up !

Date:  0860 022 002 Woolworths Melrose Arch, 3, Melrose Boulevard, Birnam, Johannesburg (of course, you can check out any Woolworths store near you).

Sugar-free chocolates

Just when you thought we forgot about you non-sugar takers, here's something for you. We do not want to exclude anyone this Easter and we do not want it to be difficult for you to get your sugar-free chocolate treats. Now that we're done ranting, please click here to find all your sugar-free Easter treats!

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