It's like clockwork. As soon as one holiday passes (or even before it's over), the stores start stocking their shelves with merchandise for the next one, and holiday-themed candy always covers much of that real estate.
I like Marshmallow Peeps as much as the next gal, but when Easter approaches I find myself looking for non-candy Easter basket ideas.
Making something by hand certainly is an option. One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda Soule of Soulemama.com, has a tradition of sewing her four children new pajamas in time for the Easter bunny to deliver them each year. Cute!
Easter basket gifts don't have to be big. Kids will enjoy digging through the fake grass for treasures, even if those presents are just press-on tattoos hidden in a plastic egg or a few coins for their piggy banks.
Here are some Easter basket ideas that go beyond candy. Be sure to add your own suggestions below, so we can help each other create clever Easter baskets for our kids year after year.
- Packets of flower seeds
- Temporary tattoos (compare prices)
- Fake fairy dust to sprinkle in the garden, helping the flowers grow (just mix sand and glitter and put it in a cute baggie)
- Hot cross buns
- Marzipan treats, such as marzipan bunnies, chicks and carrots (OK, that one is technically still candy, but marzipan goodies are an Easter tradition and they might introduce your child to a new flavor--almond!)
- Small musical instruments such as a harmonica or maracas
- Coloring books and crayons
- Handmade bracelets or necklaces
- Baseball cards
- Homemade lip balm or store-bought lip gloss
- Handmade spring-themed garland to hang in the child's room
- Palm crosses and other palm crafts
- Plastic eggs filled with coins for the child's piggy bank
- A stuffed animal
- Tickets to see a play, go to a baseball game, or attend some other event
- An all-day family pass to an indoor pool to brush up everyone's swimming skills before summer
- Finger puppets
- A gift card to iTunes
- Easter books
- Small toys, such as yo-yos or jump ropes
A few readers e-mailed in their suggestions:
- Carley gives "coins and the occasional dollar bill"
- Amy gives bouncy balls
- And Mariah said she and her husband organize an egg scavenger hunt that ends at a basket of craft and art supplies and "a few bits of real yummy dark chocolate" on Easter morning. "You can't cut the sweets out all together!" she said.
Thank you for all the great suggestions. Please continue adding your ideas using the reader-response link below.
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