These eight gifts – all available in Miami – are meant to elevate your next Easter basket from ordinary to over-the-top. Or, given individually, they’ll add a luxurious touch to anyone’s day, any time of year.
1. Chocolate Easter Eggs
What: Easter Chocolate Mini Eggs Pick and Mix. Iconic Italian chocolatier Venchi sells a variety of chocolate Easter eggs, from minis to full size, in flavors like coffee, mimosa, dark chocolate and double-layer cremino, to name a few.
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Where: Venchi at La Centrale – Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre.
How much: Varies on weight.
2. Macarons not Marshmallows
What: For a luxe alternative to Peeps, stop by Bal Harbour Shops’ Ladurée for a box of 12 macarons. Choose from more than 10 flavors, including rose petal, orange blossom, pistachio and lemon.
Where: Ladurée at Bal Harbour Shops.
How much: Starting at $33.60.
3. A Spring-Fresh Candle
What: Roses candle by Diptyque. Like a tender, freshly picked bouquet, it pays homage to the queen of flowers and emits a spring scent into the air.
Where: Diptyque at Brickell City Centre.
How much: $65 for 6.5-oz size.
4. His-and-Her Scents
What: For him, the Colonia Pura cologne radiates a sensual masculinity, combined with a fresh energy and modern lightness. For her, Peonia Nobile is a refined interpretation of the peony flower, which unveils its sublime elegance through accents of black pepper and red raspberry.
Where: Acqua di Parma at The Shops at Brickell City Centre.
How much: $110-$194.
5. An Italian Easter Cake
What: Colomba is the Italian Easter counterpart to the Christmastime panettone and pandoro and celebrates the start of spring. The rich and fluffy cake is made with high-quality flour, eggs, sugar, butter and natural yeast that takes at least 30 hours to rise. After curing, the dough is baked into the classic dove shape and finally topped with pearl sugar and almonds
Where: La Centrale – Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre carries 10 varieties of Colomba.
How much: $12-$36.
6. A Perfect Coffee Table Book
What: Mr. Chow: 50 Years celebrates 50 years of fine food and great company; this sumptuously illustrated book takes readers on a fabulous journey through the Chow Dynasty.
How much: $50.
7. A Funky Beach Blanket
What: Bananas Beach Sheet brings island character straight to the sand with a lively print that inspires tropical adventure day after day.
Where: Island Company.
How much: $65.
8. An Actual Basket
What: Turquoise Leather Rectangular Basket is a modern and upscale twist on the classic Easter basket with woven leather. After Easter, this piece can easily transition into a stunning home décor piece.
Where: Nest Casa at Brickell City Centre.
How much: $381-$946.