Easter is such a fun time of year. But like so many holidays, it can also be packed with sugar, especially for children. When you have a community Easter egg hunt with candy-filled eggs followed by a lunch at grandma’s with tons of sugary desserts, the last thing you want to give your kids is more sugar. Unfortunately, store aisles are filled with tons of different candies to stuff into your kids’ Easter baskets, and there can be a lot of pressure to pack your kid’s Easter baskets with sugar. If you’re committed to creating a candy-free Easter basket that your kids will love, here are some tips and tricks.
Be Flexible About the Term “Basket”
You only need so many wicker baskets in your home. If you buy a new wicker basket for your kids every Easter, you’ll find yourself inundated with wicker baskets by the time your kids are grown. Instead, consider either reusing the same basket year after year or—even better—being flexible with what an Easter basket looks like. Making the container your kids’ stuff comes in part of the present is a great way to get more bang for your buck. For example, oneYouTuberr filled rainboots for her kids one year and umbrellas the following year. Other options would be a little chair for younger kids, an upside-down sun hat, or a laundry hamper for their room.
Buy Stuff They Already Need
Easter baskets can get expensive, especially if you’re filling a larger basket. One way to combat the expense of Easter baskets is to buy stuff for your kid’s Easter basket that you were already going to have to buy them. Easter is a Spring holiday, so one fun way to do this is to buy some of the stuff you needed to buy your kids for summer a little early. For example, you could put their new bathing suit, flip-flops, or sunglasses in the Easter basket. These are items you are likely already going to buy them for the year that you can buy a little early to stuff their basket with.
Buy Something Cheap for the Day
We all know that shopping the dollar store can be a waste of money if you buy junk toys for your kid that they’re only going to use once. However, shopping the dollar store can be a great idea if you do it intentionally. For example, dollar stores often have cheap, easy crafts that kids can do independently, or easy coloring books. If you have a long car ride on Easter or are meeting family out and need your kids to sit through a meal, a cheap, quiet activity that they can enjoy during those times is a great use of Easter basket space. Kids get excited about “new” stuff the same way adults do, so this can make the small toy you’re giving them for the car ride or dinner with the family seem extra special—and, therefore, extra entertaining.
Buy One Special Toy
Once your kid’s Easter basket has been mostly filled with summer necessities and one or two cheap toys to entertain them with for the day, you can fill a large chunk of space with one special toy you know your kid will love. This is the thing you think they’ll see and get super excited about when they get their Easter basket. The truth is, one awesome toy is more likely to excite your kids than a ton of cheap toys they’re likely to toss away after using once. Focusing on one special gift can make it more fun for you to shop for Easter as well.
Fill in the Gaps
Your Easter basket is almost full! Now it’s time to fill in the gaps in your basket. This is where a lot of parents turn to candy. For your candy-free Easter basket, you can instead use things like keychains or cord snaps, which your kids may be excited to bring on the school bus with them. Other options to fill in the gaps in your kid’s Easter basket could be school supplies they’re low on, like pens, pencils, Erasers, and highlighters, as well as small items like hair ties and socks that kids are somehow always running low on.
With some careful planning, it’s easy to put together a full, vibrant Easter basket that your kids will love. Surrounding one toy that they’ll love with practical items in fun colors or shades can give them a basket that’s both useful and exciting to open. When they have a couple of toys that they’re excited about or a new book to read, they won’t even miss the candy that you decided to leave out of their basket this year.