Filling Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow treats and jelly beans is usually a given, but many parents want to cut back on their kids' sugar intake. So how about reducing the amount of candy and supplementing with some creative Easter basket ideas?
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 or a few coins for their piggy banks hidden in a plastic egg.
If you're looking for some new ways to fill those baskets this year, here are some creative Easter basket ideas that go beyond the sugary sweets.
The Great Outdoors
Since Easter coincides to when Spring begins to emerge, a gift that brings the kids outside is ideal--or perhaps a gift that brings the outdoors in.
- Packets of flower seeds. You can even use a flower pot or watering can as the basket!
- Fake fairy dust to sprinkle in the garden, helping the flowers grow (just mix sand and glitter and put it in a cute baggie).
- A handmade spring-themed garland to hang in the child's room; or the materials needed to make one together.
- Palm crosses and other palm crafts to help observe the holiday while keeping kids busy.
Hone a Hobby
Whether your kids already have an activity they're into or you'd like to introduce them to something new, Easter basket goodies that let them try their hand at something is always a good idea.
- Small musical instruments such as a harmonica, recorder, tambourine or maracas. Pair your instrument with a do-it-yourself lesson book.
- Jewelry-making kits to create their own handmade bracelets or necklaces.
- Baseball cards or other collectible cards, such as Pokemon. Or start them on a coin collection.
- Disposable camera--it's never too early to start taking pictures.
- If they have a strong interest in something particular, such as art, fill the basket with acrylic paints, paintbrushes and canvases for your budding artist. Or if baking is their thing, how about cute oven mitts, a bag of flour and a specialty shaped cake pan to get them started?
Who doesn't like to shop when they don't have to use their own money? Gift cards are always a welcome treat.
- A gift card to iTunes, Xbox Live or a similar, online entertainment platform.
- A gift card to their favorite store with a promise for a shopping trip.
All parents want to encourage their kids to read, and including a few interesting books in the Easter basket is a great way to do that.
- Easter books so the kids will learn about the holiday while exercising their reading skills.
- Comic books or the current issue of their favorite magazine.
- Storybooks for younger children, or a collection of novels from a popular series for older kids.
Whether to occupy the kids while you're preparing Easter dinner, or keep them busy during vacation week, place a few items in the Easter basket to keep their little hands moving and their brains working.
- Finger puppets or hand puppets.
- A stuffed animal or baby doll.
- Toy figurines, barbie dolls or action figures.
- Play dough.
- Cookie cutters.
- Coloring books and crayons.
- Journal and pen set.
Just because they are young doesn't mean the kids won't enjoy a bit of a spa experience! Make sure to read labels first to assure the products are age appropriate.
- Homemade lip balm or store-bought lip gloss.
- Bath toys or fancy soap and bubbles.
- Scented lotions and body sprays.
What child doesn't love going back to school wearing something new? Whether for a boy or girl, there's always a little something to put in the basket that will add some fun to their wardrobe.
- Headbands, bows and hair accessories.
- Crazy and colorful socks, whether Easter-themed or covered with novelty images.
- Spring-themed pajamas.
A promise for an exciting day out with the family will thrill any child. Make sure to pick a date ahead of time so the event doesn't go unfulfilled.
- Tickets to a play, a baseball game, a concert or some other event.
- An all-day family pass to an indoor pool to brush up everyone's swimming skills before summer.
- A family bike ride or hike at a nearby park.
- A trip to a charming town for lunch, shopping and ice cream.
Although we are just celebrating Spring, it does mean that summer is around the corner. Get the kids excited with these summertime gifts.
- A kite to fly at the beach or open field.
- Pool toys, goggles and themed beach towel.
- Beach bucket and shovel, sunglasses and flip flops.