Can you have an Easter basket without candy?? The answer is a simple yes.
But, but, but…Easter is about having chocolate bunnies and Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs!
Actually, it’s not. It’s really about a very important man and the miracle of his resurrection.
It’s no sin to enjoy chocolate. It’s no sin to have an Easter basket filled with candy, either. But is that really the tradition I want for my kids? That what they look forward to each Easter morning is the candy-induced sugar high and ensuing coma? Not really. I already know how my kids act, feel and become after they’ve eaten a bunch of junk. And that’s not how I want to celebrate my Easter (or the few days after).
So, if I’m not filling baskets with candy confections, what will I fill them with? Glad you asked.
Here are my top 10 candy-free ideas to fill an Easter basket:
1. A new cup. It’s become a tradition that every year I get each of our kids a new cup to drink out of. They each use the same cup pretty much every day, all year long. Makes my life easier, and then there’s never arguing over whose cup is whose. I usually find some cute ones at Target.
2. A journal, notebook or nice pad of paper. All our kids like drawing or doodling or writing or using paper to make paper airplanes. There’s always a use for paper!
3. A set of markers or crayons. To go with all that paper!
4. A flashlight. Seriously, what kid doesn’t like a flashlight? Around our house, the kids do flashlight tag outside in the dark. And being armed with new flashlights (with batteries!) is an awesome score.
5. A pack of seeds. Spring is all about new growth. Give your kid an area of the yard or a small pot and let him or her go to town!
6. A swimsuit. I’ve done this many times before, but only if the kids actually need a swimsuit. If you’re gonna buy one anyway, throw it in the basket! !
7. A kite. I like gifts that my kids can use outside. I just picked up some kites at Target that were $1.99 each. They’ll probably be broken within the day, but at least it’ll provide hours of fun!
8. A cheap bucket and shovel. Usually the dollar section at Target starts to carry these around now. I use the bucket as the “basket” and kill two birds with one stone!
9. Chalk. Another great outdoor activity!
10. An age-appropriate book. Books are a great filler, and provide a good activity for the kids to do after they’ve eaten their Easter dinner!
Some other non-candy items are:
Small toys (jump rope, yo-yo, etc.)
Hit up the dollar store and find tons of stuff, too!
So will my kids’ Easter baskets be completely devoid of all candy? Probably not. They’ll probably each get a pack of gum since that’s a favorite of theirs. And I’ll probably pick them up each one treat from Whole Foods–something that is corn syrup/food dye free.
How about you? What non-candy ideas do you use in your kids baskets? Or do you let them go all-out this time of year?