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non candy ideas for easter baskets

post #1 of 81
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I know this is kind of early, but I am trying to get this nipped in the bud early this year. Last year DD received 12 large chocolate easter bunnies for easter plus other assorted candies. I am putting my foot down this year and setting up the 1 bunny limit. 1 chocolate bunny and 1 other small candy (jelly beans, etc) per grandparent. Even with this limit she will still receive at least 6 bunnies, so I am not denying her god-given right to easter chocolate. I am looking for some non-candy ideas to give to the grandparents to fill her easter baskets. She'll be 3 the week before easter.
Thanks!
post #2 of 81
Excellent question! I like giving dd special candy treats but it is also fun to do other things: the dollar store is sooo excellent for this. I have a set of balls/jacks for her... a little box of new crayons... stickers... tiny stuffed animals... little toy cars... card games (i've seen many really small ones lately)... jump rope...

I love Easter baskets
post #3 of 81
We don't celebrate easter, but I recently saw in a store:

sidewalk chalk in the shape of eggs (which I thought was super cute)
bunny ear headbands
stuffed bunnies and chicks
"peeps" that were stuff toys not candy (so same look, but no sugar)
coloring books
flowers
crafts
how about tickets to a local arboretum or garden (very "springy")
seeds/bulbs to plant
little pots and potting soil
maybe a whole "flower pot" themed basket where the basket is a flower pot and is full of gardening things (ooh I like that idea I just came up with and think I might steal it hehe)
post #4 of 81
LOVE the gardening stuff idea from the PP. Sidewalk chalk, too.

I'm going to get DS some paints, paintbrushes, a smock and paper. To go along with it I'll get him the book Mouse Paint, which talks about mixing colors.
post #5 of 81
Thread Starter 
I should add that we have tons and tons of the following:
art supplies
sidewalk chalk
stuffed animals
stickers
playdough
So I'd like to stay away from that kind of stuff too.
post #6 of 81
Bubbles are always a must for an Easter basket in our home. I also try to do a jump rope or some kind of outside toy like a ball or frisbee(sp?). Last year we also got some food treats that weren't candy. My dd loves Cheetos but she doesn't gets to eat them very often so I got a little bag of those for her basket. Crayons and a coloring book are fun too. I think last year we also did a card game. Oh, bubble bath is a fun one too.
post #7 of 81
I'm doing sand toys this year. Scoops, bucket, molds, etc...
post #8 of 81
I'm planning a no candy rule for as long as I can pull it off with DD. I plan on just putting small toys in her basket this year. A small notepad and crayons, a stuffed bunny, plastic eggs with finger puppets inside, etc. My parents always gave me one gift for Easter, too, so maybe suggest that? I want to get DD a push tricycle for hers.
post #9 of 81
i always got a disney dvd in my easter basket, and easter socks and tights, a stuffed easter animal, like a lamb or a bunny, sometimes headbands or barrettes, plastic jewelry.
another cool idea would be bath tablets that change the colour of the water. they always remind me of the colour tablets for easter eggs
post #10 of 81
Sorry to crash the thread, but I'm interested in ideas too. This LO will be born any day now (EDD was a few days ago). I'd like to do an Easter basket for her... probably more for the sake of memories and pics more than anything. Obviously she can't eat the chocolate bunnies and candy yet (although I may pick some up and allow DH and I to indulge), but what could I put in a basket for a newborn? It's her first holiday so I don't want to just ignore it...
post #11 of 81
Mal85, for my second dd I did a couple of onesies and some booties shaped like ducks. She also got a chocolate bunny that mommy enjoyed. I think we also put a stuffed bunny, teething toy and a hat with bunny ears.
Congrats on your LO!:
post #12 of 81
My 3 year old is getting new underwear, hair clips, crayons, a rubber duck for the tub, sidewalk chalk, a book, and some sugar free lollipops, that I glued "petals" onto to look like flowers.

I do similar stuff for stocking stuffers. She'd rather have the "stuff" than candy anyway.
post #13 of 81
I am doing chalk, a small toy, crayons, finger paints, and doll clothes for my dd this year along with the candy.
post #14 of 81
My DD got a couple cans of Black Olives in her Easter basket last year (not quite 2yo!) and couldn't have been happier

She also got hair bows/elastics, chalk, coloring book and a sand pail and shovel. And plenty of jelly beans! But really, she was only really cared about the olives.
post #15 of 81
hair bows, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, butterfly net, bug keeper, sandels, pail & shovel, other outdoor toys...

We typically do a BIG outdoor toy for the kiddos at Easter because both my kids have winter birthdays (I've never quite understood "Merry Christmas! Here is a bike you can't ride for 4 months!!" deal) my dad got James a bike for his birthday so we won't be getting that...I don't know for either kid now!!
post #16 of 81
DS hates chocolate. Besides some of the ideas listed above, we are giving him a Max and Ruby book (because they are bunnies!).
post #17 of 81
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Originally Posted by Mal85 View Post
Sorry to crash the thread, but I'm interested in ideas too. This LO will be born any day now (EDD was a few days ago). I'd like to do an Easter basket for her... probably more for the sake of memories and pics more than anything. Obviously she can't eat the chocolate bunnies and candy yet (although I may pick some up and allow DH and I to indulge), but what could I put in a basket for a newborn? It's her first holiday so I don't want to just ignore it...
11"x11" Playsilks in springy colors, DS had one of these as an infant and it was the first toy he loved, so light and easy to grab and wave and chew on.
post #18 of 81
My kids get juice boxes in their Easter baskets every year, and think they're a rare treat. I never ever ever buy them, although my mom sometimes does...
post #19 of 81
We always do gardening stuff, it makes sense because we usually start our veggie garden about the same time as Easter, and it's supposed to be a celebration of spring. Usually it's seeds/bulbs, new hand shovel, gloves, watering bottle. We also buy new outside toys, since we usually get rid of the ones from the previous summer during our city's big trash clean-up. So frisbees, plastic balls, sand toys, bubbles, etc. Sam is really into birds this year, so we MIGHT change things up and get him a bird feeder, new binoculars and a pocket guide instead of the gardening stuff.
post #20 of 81
Fruit. My grandmother always gave us a ridiculous amount of candy at Easter, and nothing mom said would stop her. We knew it was coming, so mom didn't think putting herself it the bad guy position was going to help....but she didn't want to add to the problem.

So, starting when I was about 8 or so, mom stopped giving us candy. Instead, we got a basket each, full of exotic fruit. Admittedly, those fruits aren't as exotic now, because they're much more widely available - but it was awesome waking up to a basket, all for me, that contained a coconut, a pineapple, a couple of kiwis, a mango, a papaya, some miniature bananas, etc.

Now, my mom gives each of our families a big basket of fruit for the kids each year. They love getting their strawberries and mangoes and pineapple, and look forward to it every year.
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