Marshmallow Peeps and jelly beans are yummy treats, but many parents want to cut back on the sugar and combine the candy with some creative Easter basket ideas.
If you're looking for non-candy Easter basket filler, making something by hand certainly is an option. Blogger 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! If your sewing skills are not up to par, you can always buy spring themed p.j.'s or a cute wardrobe accessory.
Easter basket gifts don't have to be big or extravagant. 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.
If you're looking for some new ways to fill those baskets this year, here are some creative Easter basket ideas that go beyond candy.
- Packets of flower seeds. You can even use a flower pot or watering can as the basket!
- Temporary tattoos.
- Fake fairy dust to sprinkle in the garden, helping the flowers grow (just mix sand and glitter and put it in a cute baggie).
- Storybooks for younger children, or a collection of novels from a popular series for older kids.
- 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, recorder, tambourine or maracas. Pair your instrument with a do-it-yourself lesson book.
- Coloring books and crayons.
- Handmade bracelets or necklaces (or the craft items needed to make the jewelry themselves).
- Baseball cards (or other collectible cards, such as Pokemon).
- 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 or baby doll.
- Tickets to see a play, go to a baseball game, see a concert 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 or hand puppets.
- A gift card to iTunes, Xbox Live or a similar, online entertainment platform.
- A gift card to their favorite store.
- Easter books.
- Comic books or the current issue of their favorite magazine.
- Toy figurines, barbie dolls or action figures.
- Journal and pen set.
- Play dough.
- Cookie cutters.
- Disposable camera.
- Headbands, bows and hair accessories (temporary, funky-colored dyes are a fun idea, too!)
- Bath toys or fancy soap and bubbles.
- A kite (spring is a great season for flying them!).
- Summer fun items to remind them that the days of fun in the sun aren't too far away - think pool toys, glow sticks and flip-flops.
Another option is to create a themed Easter basket based on your child's interests. For instance, a basket filled with acrylic paints, paintbrushes and canvases for your budding artist or one filled with oven mitts, a bag of flour and a specialty shaped cake pan for the child who enjoys baking.