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Easter Facts: The Easter season lasts for fifty days. However, many people only recognise the period from Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, to Easter Sunday, the day of his resurrection.

Unlike many other Christian celebrations, Easter never falls on a specific date. The season of Easter is determined by the cycle of the moon and begins on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon.

The Easter that many children enjoy, with the Bunny and the chocolate eggs finds it's roots in German literature from the early 1600s. It is there that the myth of a rabbit carrying a basket full of coloured eggs for children that have been well behaved, is first mentioned.

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Ten Reasons Easter Presents are better than Chocolate Eggs

Chocolate eggs will always be numero uno when it comes to Easter presents, but you can quickly get to the stage where you'll explode if you see another egg, let alone try to eat one.

The good news is that there is another option, with a great selection of alternative Easter presents coming out every season. If you're ready to leave egg city this April, DotComGiftShop have an excellent selection of alternative Easter gifts to choose from.

And here are ten good reasons why you might like to consider something a bit different this year.

1. Let's face it, chocolate is not the healthiest thing to eat, especially if you're eating a lot of it. 

2. The worst thing that can happen when you're on a diet is for someone to present you with a whole load of chocolate. It can be enough to break your resolve, especially since you'll feel you're being ungrateful if you don't eat it. Alternative Easter presents are perfect for someone who's trying to lose some weight. 

3. Too much sugar can drive kids crazy. If you're giving gifts to children then you might want to keep the sweets to a minimum rather than end up with hyperactive monsters. 

4. Presents that keep the kids occupied for at least some of the Easter holidays have got to be considered a godsend. Chocolate eggs do not accomplish this task and provide them with so much sugar, you'll have your hands full trying to entertain them for a good few hours longer.

5. Easter egg packaging is becoming more environmentally friendly, but there is still a lot of it. Avoid giving the gift of a bagful of rubbish alongside by picking a present that has more environmentally friendly packaging.

6. Easter eggs are not good value for money. They come in pretty, hollow shapes with specially designed boxes, but they cost much more than the same weight of chocolate bought as a normal bar. You get much more bang for your buck with one of our stylish Easter gifts.

7. If you don't know what kind of chocolate someone likes then you can avoid giving them something they'll never eat by choosing a completely different sort of present instead. Some people don't really like chocolate at all. They rarely or never eat it, so they won't appreciate being given a giant chocolate Easter egg. 

8. There's only so much chocolate you can eat before you get sick of it. 

9. A carefully seleced present is much more personal than an egg. It shows that you have really thought about what to get, and it will probably last longer too. 

10. Everyone expects to be given chocolate, so receiving something completely different (like a truly unique Easter gift) will be a lovely surprise.