Non Food Easter/Spring baskets

Posted on: March 22, 2012

We celebrate Easter in our house.  Like many parents, I think candy is ok in very small doses.  I am not a fan of filling up a giant basket of junk that sends my kids spinning like tops for hours afterwards.  We chose pretty woven baskets to be reused every year.  I happened to pick these up at Michael’s.   We leave our baskets and our eggs out every year to be hidden, and in the morning the hunt for them.  This way we re-use the same things every year, and it’s more of a fun game than about the candy.

As of the first of the year, we are also not eating eggs any more on our plant-based diet.  We had some decorative eggs that we use every year that will be hidden, and this year we will hide non-toxtic painted wooden eggs that can be re-used each year.  There are a lot of choices now to be able to avoid buying more junky plastic each year, and we like that they can play with them year-round.  Here are the eggs I like that I found on Etsy sold by applenamos:

Wooden Easter Eggs

If you’re still a fan of the plastic eggs, why not try something new?  These eggs are made from corn, are biodegradable and compostable.  These options may seem a bit pricey, but if you never have to buy them again it may actually save money over time.  At least you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in your little one’s mouths.

Eco Eggs

All that being said, I am still realistic.  My kids want to get fun Easter things.

This year I decided to put new bath towels as their bigger gift from the Bunny.  They were in need of new towels, so why not make it a gift?  My kids will be getting new bath towels and matching wash cloths Kohl’s, Target and Cost Plus World Market all have cute kid towels that you can find for girls and boys.  I also chose some small toys, stickers and books to fill their baskets.  We feel like our kids have WAY too much stuff as it is so we try to keep it pretty simple.

Miss G’s basket (just turned 4) contains a panda bath towel & wash cloth (Kohl’s), a new Pinkalicious book, a Hello Kitty pencil, a Hello Kitty hair bow (attached to wash cloth panda’s ear),  Pinkalicious matching game, stacking crayons and duck necklace bubbles (both found in Target dollar bin), Max & Ruby stickers  (not shown but also from Target dollar bin),  and a Hello Kitty utensil set.

And Miss A’s basket (just turned 2) has an elephant towel & matching wash cloth (from Kohl’s, Hello Kitty hair barrette, stacking crayons, Max & Ruby stickers and duck bubbles (again, Target dollar bin) and a fun Easter book.

Try your local Dollar store too for fun, non-food spring gifts.  I also saw some great ideas for egg stuffers if you want snacks in them like homemade mini muffins, bite size granola, small fruit bars (LaraBar makes healthy ones with no additives!)  organic gummies and even dried fruits.  That way your kids won’t be overloaded with unhealthy candy.   I hope that this spurs some healthy ideas for spring baskets.  Happy Spring everyone!

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