Easter-themed decorations are flying off shelves as Brits gear up to celebrate on April 4

Easter is becoming a second Christmas as Britons flock to buy festive decorations to mark the festival.

Sales of bunny-themed ornaments, door wreaths and felt buckets for Easter egg hunts have surged as people seek a way to lift the lockdown gloom and celebrate the coming of spring.

This year, Easter falls on April 4, shortly after lockdown rules are set to relax in England to allow six people or two households to meet outdoors.

Indoor celebrations are still off limits but people have taken to social media to share pictures of their homes and tables decked out in pastel-coloured adornments.

Easter is becoming a second Christmas as Britons flock to buy festive decorations to mark the festival. Pictured: An Easter-themed door wreath on sale through Etsy

Easter is becoming a second Christmas as Britons flock to buy festive decorations to mark the festival. Pictured: An Easter-themed door wreath on sale through Etsy

Easter is becoming a second Christmas as Britons flock to buy festive decorations to mark the festival. Pictured: An Easter-themed door wreath on sale through Etsy

Sales of bunny-themed ornaments, door wreaths and felt buckets for Easter egg hunts have surged as people seek a way to lift the lockdown gloom and celebrate the coming of Spring. Pictured: Bunny-themed napkin rings on sale through Etsy

Sales of bunny-themed ornaments, door wreaths and felt buckets for Easter egg hunts have surged as people seek a way to lift the lockdown gloom and celebrate the coming of Spring. Pictured: Bunny-themed napkin rings on sale through Etsy

Sales of bunny-themed ornaments, door wreaths and felt buckets for Easter egg hunts have surged as people seek a way to lift the lockdown gloom and celebrate the coming of Spring. Pictured: Bunny-themed napkin rings on sale through Etsy

This year, Easter falls on April 4, shortly after lockdown rules are set to relax in England to allow six people or two households to meet outdoors. Pictured: A felt, chick-themed bucket designed for Easter egg hunts on sale at Waitrose

This year, Easter falls on April 4, shortly after lockdown rules are set to relax in England to allow six people or two households to meet outdoors. Pictured: A felt, chick-themed bucket designed for Easter egg hunts on sale at Waitrose

This year, Easter falls on April 4, shortly after lockdown rules are set to relax in England to allow six people or two households to meet outdoors. Pictured: A felt, chick-themed bucket designed for Easter egg hunts on sale at Waitrose

Brits are following in the footsteps of several of our European neighbours who have long revelled in Easter festivities. 

In the Netherlands, homes are adorned with willow branches and tiny wooden eggs, while the dinner table is dressed with spring flowers and candles, with an Easter tree at the centre.

Easter trees are also a feature of celebrations in Sweden, where they are known as paskris. 

The tree has been adopted by some in the UK, who have taken to arranging twigs in vases, while others have bought readymade options.

Brits are following in the footsteps of several of our European neighbours who have long revelled in Easter festivities. Pictured: Decorated trees, known as paskris, in Sweden during Easter [File photo]

Brits are following in the footsteps of several of our European neighbours who have long revelled in Easter festivities. Pictured: Decorated trees, known as paskris, in Sweden during Easter [File photo]

Brits are following in the footsteps of several of our European neighbours who have long revelled in Easter festivities. Pictured: Decorated trees, known as paskris, in Sweden during Easter [File photo]

The Swedish Easter tree has been adopted by some in the UK, who have taken to arranging twigs in vases, while others have bought readymade options. Pictured: A tree on sale at Hobbycraft

The Swedish Easter tree has been adopted by some in the UK, who have taken to arranging twigs in vases, while others have bought readymade options. Pictured: A tree on sale at Hobbycraft

The Swedish Easter tree has been adopted by some in the UK, who have taken to arranging twigs in vases, while others have bought readymade options. Pictured: A tree on sale at Hobbycraft

Casey from\u00A0Shenfield in Essex has decorated her kitchen with an Easter tree, bunting and a wreath. She has shared more Easter-themed decorations on her Instagram account @3boysandahome

Casey from\u00A0Shenfield in Essex has decorated her kitchen with an Easter tree, bunting and a wreath. She has shared more Easter-themed decorations on her Instagram account @3boysandahome

Casey from Shenfield in Essex has decorated her kitchen with an Easter tree, bunting and a wreath. She has shared more Easter-themed decorations on her Instagram account @3boysandahome

Others have simply gotten the artificial Christmas tree down from the loft and kitted it out in Easter garb. 

Casey, from Shenfield in Essex, has decked out her kitchen with an Easter tree in a pot, as well as a wreath and bunting both featuring bunnies.

She started interiors Instagram @3boysandahome to beat the lockdown boredom in March last year and has been sharing shots from her home ever since.

‘There’s been such a huge trend this year with affordable decorations,’ Casey, who found her wreath at Matalan and bunny bunting on Etsy, told MailOnline.

It\'s not just Easter eggs: Other Easter-themed treats are becoming increasingly popular, such as these cookies by Baked by Steph

It\'s not just Easter eggs: Other Easter-themed treats are becoming increasingly popular, such as these cookies by Baked by Steph

It’s not just Easter eggs: Other Easter-themed treats are becoming increasingly popular, such as these cookies by Baked by Steph

Indoor celebrations will still be off limits in the UK come Easter, but people have taken to social media to share pictures of their homes and tables decked out in pastel-coloured adornments (pictured)

Indoor celebrations will still be off limits in the UK come Easter, but people have taken to social media to share pictures of their homes and tables decked out in pastel-coloured adornments (pictured)

Indoor celebrations will still be off limits in the UK come Easter, but people have taken to social media to share pictures of their homes and tables decked out in pastel-coloured adornments (pictured)

Retailers have also noticed an uptick, reporting a rise in demand for indoor decorations including egg-shaped baubles, bunting and crockery featuring rabbits, lambs or chicks. 

The Sunday Times reported that Waitrose has seen double the sales of Easter-themed decorations compared to last year.

Artificial tree sales have risen by a third, and card sales are up by 2,315 per cent.

Online home goods retailer Wayfair has also seen a rise in interest, selling 175 per cent more white artificial Christmas trees this month than in March 2020, the paper reported.

Several ornaments featuring rabbits and chicks have sold out on Wayfair’s website and smaller companies are getting involved too. 

Several ornaments featuring rabbits and chicks have sold out on online home goods retailer Wayfair\'s website (pictured)

Several ornaments featuring rabbits and chicks have sold out on online home goods retailer Wayfair\'s website (pictured)

Several ornaments featuring rabbits and chicks have sold out on online home goods retailer Wayfair’s website (pictured)

Many retailers are selling Easter-themed decorations on e-commerce site Etsy (pictured), where egg-shaped decorations and wreaths can be personalised with the names of children or families

Many retailers are selling Easter-themed decorations on e-commerce site Etsy (pictured), where egg-shaped decorations and wreaths can be personalised with the names of children or families

Many retailers are selling Easter-themed decorations on e-commerce site Etsy (pictured), where egg-shaped decorations and wreaths can be personalised with the names of children or families

Many retailers are selling Easter-themed decorations on e-commerce site Etsy, where egg-shaped decorations and wreaths can be personalised with the names of children or families. 

Dominique from Scotland told MailOnline she had been decorating her home for Easter for a few years and that her children love the experience.

‘For us it’s about creating a fun environment. Some people might think it’s tacky but we enjoy putting up the decorations for Halloween, Christmas and Easter. We often make decorations together and these have become lovely keepsakes to add to our growing collection.’ 

Easter-themed decorations adorn the staircase in the home of Dominique from Scotland, who has been putting up Easter decorations for several years

Easter-themed decorations adorn the staircase in the home of Dominique from Scotland, who has been putting up Easter decorations for several years

Easter-themed decorations adorn the staircase in the home of Dominique from Scotland, who has been putting up Easter decorations for several years

\'We often make decorations together and these have become lovely keepsakes to add to our growing collection\' Dominique said of her Easter displays (pictured)

\'We often make decorations together and these have become lovely keepsakes to add to our growing collection\' Dominique said of her Easter displays (pictured)

‘We often make decorations together and these have become lovely keepsakes to add to our growing collection’ Dominique said of her Easter displays (pictured)

Dominique has also noticed the growing popularity of Easter decorations, saying Easter-themed decorations usually go on sale just before Easter but that hasn’t been the case this year.  

‘This year there is little stock,’ she said. ‘It is nice to see as other people are getting enjoyment out of decorating for different seasons.’

While gift-giving around Easter has tended to be limited to chocolate eggs, many retailers are offering more options, with Marks & Spencer selling chocolate sausage dogs, koalas and Star Wars storm troopers alongside eggs this year.

As with Christmas, retailers have previously come under fire for commercialising a traditionally religious holiday, but some smaller retailers – such as those selling their wares through Etsy – are incorporating Christian-themed items such as decorations bearing a cross and others with Bible verses.

Retailers have reported a rise in demand for indoor decorations including egg-shaped baubles, bunting and crockery featuring rabbits, lambs or chicks. Pictured: Rabbit-shaped Easter bunting on sale at John Lewis

Retailers have reported a rise in demand for indoor decorations including egg-shaped baubles, bunting and crockery featuring rabbits, lambs or chicks. Pictured: Rabbit-shaped Easter bunting on sale at John Lewis

Retailers have reported a rise in demand for indoor decorations including egg-shaped baubles, bunting and crockery featuring rabbits, lambs or chicks. Pictured: Rabbit-shaped Easter bunting on sale at John Lewis

Rabbits are a firm fixture of Easter decorations, along with other springtime animals such as lambs and chicks

Rabbits are a firm fixture of Easter decorations, along with other springtime animals such as lambs and chicks

Rabbits are a firm fixture of Easter decorations, along with other springtime animals such as lambs and chicks

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