by Brigid Quirke
Easter is just around the corner, which means one very important thing—chocolate for breakfast! No one wants to be staring down the empty supermarket shelves on Easter eve, so this year, we’re ordering our Easter eggs online to avoid disappointment. Whether you’re buying Easter gifts for your friends and family or stocking up on sweet treats for yourself (we’re not judging), we’ve done the hard work to figure out everything you need to know about ordering Easter eggs online in 2021. Cut-off posting dates, delivery costs, and the best places to buy—we’ve got you covered!
This year, we’re looking forward to celebrating Easter at the beginning of April. Good Friday and Easter Monday are both bank holidays, so many of us will be enjoying a four day weekend—score!
|2 April (bank holiday)||Good Friday|
|3 April||Holy Saturday|
|4 April||Easter Sunday|
|5 April (bank holiday)||Easter Monday|
Royal Mail doesn’t deliver or collect on Easter bank holidays, so to get your eggs delivered by Easter weekend, you’ll want them to arrive by Thursday, 1 April. If you’re sending Easter gifts to your friends and family, you’ll want to get ‘em to the Post Office by Monday, 29 March, to make sure they arrive on time. Of course, if you’re looking to buy online and have your treats delivered directly to their doorstep, you’ll want to stick with the recommended posting dates on the website you’re buying from.
Thornton’s is a veritable treasure trove for Easter treats. Giant eggs, family hampers, personalised chocolates; if you’re looking for top quality sweets, this is your go-to. You’ll want to allow at least a week for your Thorntons order to be shipped, but named day delivery is also available for £5.95. This is a great option if you want to make sure it arrives when your (very lucky) loved ones are home, or to guarantee delivery before Easter Sunday.
You don’t have to brave the supermarket queues to bag a bargain on Cadbury Easter eggs this year. Buy online at Cadbury Gifts Direct, and you’ll have them delivered within two working days. Featuring family favourites like Creme eggs, Easter-themed Freddos and the much-loved Mini Eggs, this is a great option if you’re looking for Easter gifts for the whole family. Next day delivery is available for £6.50 if you place your order by 6pm, too.
If you’ve really left things ‘til the last minute, Amazon is your go-to for Easter treats delivered ASAP. With an impressive range of chocolates to choose from—think Lindt bunnies, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and Ferrero Rocher eggs—you’re bound to find something to suit your sweet tooth. Be sure to browse by ‘free UK delivery by Amazon’ for fast, free shipping. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, now’s the time to sign up for a free trial to bag your Easter goodies for less!
Holland & Barrett may not be your first thought for an Easter haul, but this health store has an impressive range of ‘free from’ Easter goodies—think vegan favourites like Montezumas and NOMO. Delivery is free on orders over £25, too! Need vegan Easter eggs, quick? Holland & Barrett also offers next day delivery for £3.99 (it’s free for orders over £60), or next day Click and Collect for £1.99.
Three words: Percy. Pig. Chocolate. This year, M&S is accepting pre-orders for Easter eggs, hampers and gifts, with deliveries available from 17 March. Alongside Britain’s fave pig, you’ll find novelty eggs to suit all ages! We’d recommend getting in early on these pre-orders—if previous years are anything to go by, the most popular eggs will sell out before Easter weekend. You’ve got the option of next day or named day delivery for £4.99, too.
Opt to order your supermarket Easter eggs online and skip the stress of the busy aisles. This year, Tesco has a great range of £3 Kinder, Galaxy and Cadbury eggs. Tesco has a minimum spend of £40 for home delivery, so you might want to combine your Easter haul with your regular shop. Choose a delivery slot that suits you, or opt for Click & Collect—the minimum spend is only £25, and the delivery charge starts at £1.50.
Waitrose is one of the only supermarkets offering free home delivery, so it's a good shout for those wanting to order Easter treats online. There’s a minimum spend of £40, so take the opportunity to stock up on hot cross buns and other traditional Easter foods, too! (link to Ben’s piece) Browse Tony’s Chocolonely, Green & Blacks and Quality Street sweets, and book a delivery slot online to make sure they arrive by Easter.
The (online) shelves at Sainsbury’s are well stocked with Easter eggs to suit any budget! The minimum spend for Sainsbury’s home delivery is only £25, which is handy if you need to pick up a few other groceries. Book your delivery slot ASAP to make sure the Easter bunny isn’t late this year! From luxury Cocoa & Co eggs to cheap and cheerful own-brand options, Sainsbury’s is crowd pleaser for online Easter treats.