Sometimes I cringe at the thought of buying Easter baskets. We’ve slowly moved away from the baskets over flowing with chocolate bunnies and sugary candy. Instead of sugar and more sugar I like filling the basket with items that are creativity or spark imagination.
It may seem a bit tricky to come up with ideas that don’t involve candy since that is all you see in the stores. Most pre-made baskets that are easily attainable and a quick go-to have a cheap toy and some candy. I realized one day I was going to pay $20 for a squirt gun and a few small bags of candy. The rest of the basket was just packaging.
It’s just not worth it in my opinion. Plus, making our own baskets is more personal and we can include gifts that the kids will actually enjoy more. I have more control as to what goes in to the baskets.
Plus, a few years ago I realized that my son would get extremely hyper when he would have anything with red food dye in it. So we’ve tried to stay away from that as much as possible. It seems I’m not alone in cutting the red food die out of my child’s diet for this reason.
My Favorite Creative Easter Basket Ideas
Packets of flower or plant seeds
Easter means Spring so including flower, plant, vegetable or even fruit seeds could be a good thing. Once Spring hits, children can plant the seeds and learn about gardening. Gardening is something I believe every child should learn.
Kids always love to get toys but you can always put in fun but educational toys. We like to buy different science or discovery kits for the kids. Making volcanos or doing experiments is always fun and can be very educational.
Books can be a good gift for any occasion. Maybe your child has a favorite author or a favorite genre they enjoy reading.
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Other Random Ideas
- Healthy Snacks
- Flip Flops
- Gift Cards (iTunes, Xbox, etc)
- Play dough
- Lip Gloss
- Watercolor Paints
- A Journal (like this Believe Journal & Doodle Diary or Prayer Journal for Boys)
- Toy Cars
- Coloring Books
- Playing Cards
- Anything they wanted for Christmas but didn’t get
- Gaming Accessories
- Stickers, Markers
- Movies & CD’s
- Board Games, Handheld Games, etc
- Craft Accessories, kits, etc
- Makeup, lip gloss, etc
So there are some fun Easter basket gifts that kids will enjoy. You can throw some candy in there if you wish but you don’t have to.
Do you have any other items you like to put in your Easter baskets?