Easter Basket Alternatives
Most of my childhood, Easter baskets consisted of a whole lot of chocolate and usually a small, fairly inexpensive toy. Now that my son is old enough to hunt eggs and appreciate receiving a gift from the Easter bunny, I have started to think of alternatives to treats loaded with sugar and toys that will likely get lost or broken within minutes.
Alternatives to Traditional Easter Candy:
- Consider making your own candy! I recently started making my own gummy candy using this gelatin and fruit juice recipe and this whole fruit recipe(they both use fruit for sweetener and do not have any preservatives or other additives).
- Organic kids snacks such as Annie’s Bunny Crackers or Barbara’s Snackimals.
- Fruit(dried fruit works well in Easter eggs, but fresh fruit can be used as well).
- A puzzle – can be given as a gift in the Easter basket or pieces can be hidden in eggs.
- Card Games
- A homemade coupon book(can include coupons for a favorite dessert, a special day out with mom, a trip to the zoo, or anything else you can think of!).
- Child sized gardening tools and seed packets
- Outdoor toys such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or sand accessories.
- Lip balms and lotions(small sizes will fit well in Easter eggs).
- Hair accessories
- Gift certificates to favorite places(museums, zoo, restaurant, etc.)
Alternatives to Easter Grass:
- Clothing item such as like a tutu or new shirt.
- Shredded coloring sheets or old paintings.
- Wheat Grass(full grown wheat grass can usually be purchased at natural food stores, baskets can be lined with parchment paper before transferring the wheat grass).
Ideas for Themed Baskets:
- Easter themed- include books, CDs, or items to represent what Easter means in your family.
- Gardening basket- Gloves, shovel, seeds, planter, water can, etc.
- Favorite book- Consider TheVery Hungry Caterpillar as an example, you would include a stuffed caterpillar, all play foods he eats, maybe even a set to grow your own butterfly!
- Outdoor adventures- bug net and cage, magnifying glass, shovel, collection bag, etc.
- Scavenger hunt- put clues in eggs to lead them to one big prize, or fill their basket with items that represent clues and have them guess what the gift is before giving it to them.
- Baking- cookie cutters, pasta tools, dry mixes for recipes, or whatever your little baker is into!
Whatever fills your basket and your day, I hope you have a great Easter!
Mandy lives in the beautiful Northwest with her husband, son, and dog. She enjoys baking, crocheting, volunteering, water skiing, and being a stay-at-home mom. Her current projects include being the VP of an indoor park, serving as the the Secretary of her local La Leche League, starting a charter school in her area, and(of course) writing articles for Natural Parenting Group. The most important thing in her life is her family and her ability to live life the way she wants to.