Easter's on its way. Here's how to make yours ...hippity hoppin'

Published April 1, 2007

The chocolate bunny may rule the Easter basket. But when it comes to the cuddle factor, nothing beats the real thing. Instead of filling your kiddies' baskets with sugary sweets, consider an addition to the family. Contact the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to learn about proper care and to help determine whether your family should adopt a bunny. Call (813) 876-7138. Pictured: rabbit courtesy of Pet Supermarket, $24.99

Easter. It comes to greet us when there's only a tickle of spring in the air and blossoms are on the verge or freshly bloomed. It's a time of possibilities. The holiday also marks the time for honored family traditions, celebrating and gift-giving. With a sunny outlook forecast for this year's holiday on April 8, it's never been a better time to put a bit of a twist on some favorite Easter pastimes.

There's something about spring that brings out a woman's girlie side. And Easter baskets need not be just for kids. Your girlie-girls will thank you for a handmade goddess basket full of diva stuff. Pictured: flowered basket, $9; emery board, pumice stone, back massager and Diva Sleeping night mask, each $1 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Ditch the tried-and-true floral bouquet and surprise family and friends with an Edible Arrangement. The tasty displays come in a variety of fruits - all available chocolate dipped. Let's face it. They're a lot more fun to look at and taste better than daisies. Visit edible arrangements.com to order online or find a location in the Tampa Bay area. Pictured: Hearts and Berries bouquet, $58.