Spring holidays to me.
It began with Passover. Growing up, my family hosted the yearly seder and I remember it being one of the coziest gatherings (similar to Thanksgiving) - loud and happy with phenomenal food and both leaves needed to extend the dining room table. We'd read the kid-friendly version of the Passover story and then binge on matzo ball soup and braised brisket and wine. (Yes, wine, even for the kids, because let's face it - Manischewitz is pretty much just glorified grape juice.) Now that I live far from home, the gathering is smaller, but still warm. And delicious. And ever since I moved in with my hub, I've added Easter dinner to my repertoire. Traditions from his childhood include handmade pasta rolled with parmesan and that Italian soup with teeny meatballs and escarole. One year, we even went so far as making deviled eggs. The real beauty (cheesy pasta flats aside) is in combining and celebrating each of our family's customs together - the best of both of our worlds.
Yes, I'm aware. Easter and Passover are not the quintessential gift-giving holidays. Here, look at "gift" loosely. Look at this guide as goods for preparation, or host haul - those kitchen and home touches that will make spring holidays and spring as a whole all the more festive and warm. My picks below are specific to the season for reasons that are both personal and traditional. And if you don't celebrate either of these holidays, simply celebrate spring.
For your deviled eggs, of course! Instead of using regular paprika, a dusting of this earthy spice will give the traditional hors d'oeuvre a smokey, sweet twist. $15
One of the symbolic foods on the Passover seder plate, charoset is a sweet mixture of apples, nuts, cinnamon and red wine. On a surface level, it represents the mortar the Hebrews needed to work with during their enslavement. (I feel it isn't meant to taste as delicious as it does.) This cinnamon, light and sweet with floral notes, is the perfect complement to the apples, and to most any baked good for brunch, dessert or otherwise. $15
Cyprus Flake Salt
Truly one of my favorite favorite favorite seasonings, this delicate salt is super crisp and clean. The flakes are coarse and wonderful for garnishing veggies, meats, chocolate... I could go on. I will have these flakes, most likely, on every holiday guide - they are that special. $15
A perfect handmade wood display for your Easter eggs. This tray works equally as well to hold mini cupcakes, muffins or bite-size appetizers. $48
Ambrosia Maple Pinch Bowls
Perfect for a gathering. These teeny bowls are great for offering nuts, sauce or seasoning (saltwater on Passover) on each end of the table.
Sunflower Table Runner / Napkins / Placemats
No matter the festivity, these handwoven textiles will do. They're springy and bright and the simple yellow stripe on natural linen is versatile enough to fit any dining space, holiday or not. $75 / $65 / $85
Porcelain Enamel Bowls / Plates / Cups
Not many other colors scream spring like this baby blue. The set of 5 mixing bowls is durable for holiday prep, and beautiful enough to serve dishes in! And the matching plates and cups, also sold in sets, are great for apps, sides, sauces... you name it. $145 / $28+ / $40
Blue and White Porcelain Dish / Serving Bowl
Because these blues :) The gorgeous matching dish and bowl are fantastic family-style serving pieces. $140 / $140
Enameled Cast Iron Casserole
A brisket will be happy happy happy braising away in this casserole. No matter your holiday meat, stew or side, this dutch oven will have you covered. $237
Shell Bisque Dinnerware
Shells >> eggs. Eggs >> Easter. Really, this dinnerware works for holidays and everyday dining alike. They're lightweight and simple for casual meals, yet elegant enough for entertaining. And each piece is sold individually, so you can customize your collection based on your traditions. $18+
Black and White Lined Ceramic Cylinder
This tall and sturdy vase makes a stunning centerpiece for a gathering, and a conversation starter too. It's hand built and hand painted, and one of our very first pieces! Fill with blooms or branches and it will make a lovely statement. Read more on the artist here. $150
Drimia Yellow Stripe Pillow
During the Passover meal, it's customary to lean on a pillow to represent freedom and comfort in contrast to the Jews in Egypt who were enslaved. Whether this is the holiday you celebrate, or you simply want a springy accent for the couch, this bright yellow stripe pillow, handwoven in Ethiopia, is a beautiful addition. $98
Find these gifts (and more) within our Spring + Summer collection.