Mar 30

Think outside the egg – new & different ideas for Easter baskets

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While I welcome the celebration of Easter, I’m not so keen on what it usually means – more candy.  I’m not against my kids having the occasional treat but we’re still working on things my kids got in their Christmas stockings and from Valentine’s Day.  There may even be some Halloween candy mixed in there.  So while I will uphold the tradition of a bit of chocolate, I wanted to get something for my kids’ Easter baskets that they would enjoy but that doesn’t involve the usual chocolate overload.
I recently purchased some bags of rainbow Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish crackers for each child when they were sale.  There are many varieties that you could choose from, including many sweet varieties.  To be honest, my kids like the savory Cheddar flavor the best, so I got them each a bag.  An alternative would be to get the variety pack of assorted flavors – it’s more filling in the baskets and my kids absolutely love individual packages of anything.
Similar, and something I considered, are snack chips, like Doritos or Cheetos.  Again you could get the variety of pack of whatever brand your kids like the best and divide them up between your kids.  I will probably use this idea next year when my youngest is older and able to eat more variety safely.
I’ve done this for a few years now and they always goes over well – tee shirts.  While it’s not always warm enough at the time to wear these short sleeve shirts, it’s a nice reminder that warm weather is coming soon.  They’re sure to get used and enjoyed during the hot summer months.  I picked up shirts on sale this year during one of my many orders from The Children’s Place but I’ve also gotten some cute shirts from Walmart for under $10 each.  One year I got zip-up hoodie sweatshirts on sale from Disney Store online a size bigger.  They got to use them a bit that spring, as we tend to not really warm up until later May here, and then they had them for the next fall and winter.

I know, bubbles aren’t really original but I do have some tips here.  I like the long tubes – they just seem more fun than the traditional bottles.  My local supermarket has them for 99 cents each so I’ll be picking some up.  Tip – pick up bigger bottles of bubble solution at your local dollar or discount store for refills too.  This eliminates or at least shortens the tears when somebody inevitably spills their bubbles.  I also find that I can usually get some big bottles on clearance after Easter to keep the refills going all summer.  Of course, you could probably just make your own, but I’m a slacker – I’m proud of myself for thinking ahead to have refills!

There’s also movies.  If you plan ahead a bit, you can pick up some great ones as they are released and take advantage of the deals you find from various deal bloggers.  You could REALLY plan ahead and pick up movies on Black Friday but that’s far too forward thinking for me.  Usually, there’s some sort of awesome release coming out on DVD between Christmas and Easter that the kids would love to see.  It’s also perfect timing because if you’re on break at this time, then they have something to do!  An alternative idea is to have a home-made coupon for “a movie with Mom” or giving older kids movie tickets.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for either this year or next.  The good news is that if you haven’t yet bought what you need, all of my links above lead to Amazon, and most of the items can be shipped via Prime within 2 days.  If you don’t already have Prime, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial so you can purchase what you need and get it in time.

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  1. 10
    Sonal Shah

    These are some really great ideas! I never even thought about doing anything different then the generic eggs & baskets! You are so creative! Thank you for sharing!

  2. 9
    Rebecca Swenor

    These are awesome ideas for the Easter baskets indeed. I have put some of these in my kids baskets when they were little. They don’t need a whole bunch of candy. I used to put books also and of course coloring books with crayons. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 8
    Liz Mays

    I’m a big fan of bubbles and that kind of thing in Easter baskets too. You have great suggestions!

  4. 7
    Erin P

    I go for mostly non candy gifts and hard boiled eggs. I am actually putting a few of these in my kiddos basket. 😉

  5. 6
    Erin @ Making Memories

    I love the non-candy ideas. Thanks for the help =o)

  6. 5

    These are really great ideas to try and keep candy to a minimum and out of the Easter baskets. I especially love the bubbles!

  7. 4
    Patty H

    Such great ideas. My son was never a big candy person. I always got him videos, bubbles, games etc for Easter or holidays. Thanks for the great post.

  8. 3
    Linda Kinsman

    I know my girls would be all about those Goldfish and the Night at the Museum movie! Great ideas.

  9. 2
    Travel Blogger

    those are so cute, great ideas, thanks for the suggestions

  10. 1

    I am a big fan of non-candy gifts in my kids Easter Baskets! I love the idea of a shirt or movie, I haven’t seen that before! I will definitely be adding that to my god-daughters basket this year!

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