Well, almost – we do live in New England after all. So just relax and, for goodness sake, don’t plant anything yet. Maybe buy plants for your porch that you have to take in every night if you must. Or do what I do – visit local nurseries for inspiration and my version of color therapy – Hillcrest Gardens in Needham has a sweet greenhouse where you pretend it’s not nasty outside.

Easter is almost here, too, and I have several favorite shops: Just Next Door and Greentail Table in Newton and Gift Garden in Milton – okay, so it’s happens to be next to The Plate which is my favorite place to pick up treats when visiting my parents. They have the most gorgeous coconut cakes, and everything else is delicious, too (yes, I have tried almost everything on the menu. You’re welcome). It’s also above The Fruit Center Marketplace which has a small but mighty floral department. another favorite is Volante Farms where they have a great selection of adorable candy in addition to their wonderful local produce, meat and dairy items. Order ahead from Lyndell’s in Somerville for gorgeous custom cakes and sweet cupcakes.

So here are some of my finds – please note the matzo and seaweed (!) that I included in my gift packages to my daughters. While we don’t observe Passover, we have been to our share of Seders hosted by family or friends and the two holidays do overlap this year. Great hostess gift ideas at Just Next Door, Greentail Table and Gift Garden.Need inspiration for non-candy items for the kiddos? Try theses headphones from BuddyPhones great sound quality and sized to fit the little ones. These volume-limiting kids headphones are waterproof and wireless and come in cute designs. Unicorns! Thanks Deb for the photos!

photo by D Grubs http://www.dgrubs.com/
Photo credit D. Grubs
photo by D grubs http://www.dgrubs.com/
Photo credit D. Grubs

More non-candy ideas? Books, art supplies – anything from our favorite Crayola crayons to these cool Copic markers, a family puzzle or game.

Another fave is the charming Wellesley Books for a great selection of gifts for all ages, and, of course, books.

From Wellesley Books

Top 10 Children’s Picture Books of 2018

Disclaimer: I received Buddy Phones only to facilitate in this review and promptly gave them to someone with small children. All opinion are, and always will be, my own.

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