Candy, candy, candy … CANDY. Sometimes it feels like my kids are eating a non-stop stream of candy. It started with Halloween, and then celebrating “the holidays” in December, which rolled over into chocolate Valentine’s Day treats. Throw in birthday party celebrations, grandparent visits, and we’ve got a steady candy flow.
In come the Peeps…
Now, I am not one of those parents that can nix Easter candy altogether, but below are a few practical Easter basket ideas that your kids are still guaranteed to love.
15 Playfully Practical Easter Basket Ideas
- Comfy Socks. My kids love the fuzzy kind. A perfect fit for an Easter egg!
- Character Sippy Cups. We’ve always loved the Thermous FUNtainers for our kids. If you throw a couple of ice cubes into them, they keep a drink cold on a hot summer day. The straw separates from the lid for easy cleaning and you can buy individual replacements if needed. The thermos is also dishwasher-friendly which is a nice change from the plastic options. I highly recommend these. Check out some of the different characters available here. If you’re looking for something more standard, check out their colorful classic collection for kids.
- Fruit Snacks. Reduce the amount of candy by offering fruit snacks. We like to use Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. The bunny shape distracts the kiddos away from the fact that, well that this is not candy.
- UV Sunglasses for Summer. We love these adorable flip-up UV sunglasses from Melissa & Doug. The styles are just too cute.
- Bubbles & Chalk. These are just a given for summer fun. Check out these cute bubble options, so sweet. We are a big fan of standard Crayola Sidewalk Chalk, but be sure to check out these different egg shaped chalks, too!
- Moon Dough. Have you tried this, yet? It has been all the rage lately. Moon dough seems like the perfect play material to have on hand for rainy April days!
- Disney Tsum Tsums. If you’ve got a little Disney fan at your house, be sure to check out this post over at Peanut Blossom. She recommends Tsum Tsums because of their size, they fit perfectly within an Easter egg. This a financially practical option; these cute collections are only five-dollars a pop.
- Band Aids. My daughter received Band Aids as a gift once and went crazy because they were “hers.” Don’t underestimate the power of character Band Aids.
- Hair Accessories. Bows, headbands, barrettes, ponytail holders … you name it. If it is a colorful hair accessory, throw it in the basket!
- Coloring Books. A classic addition to any Easter basket. If you have an older child, check out these awesome Doodle Books. We also love these triangle crayons. Check out the truck case and princess case, too.
- EOS Lip Balm. The shape of this product makes it easy for kids to use. If you’re feeling crafty, check out this “EOS Candy Wrapper” printable over at Simple As That.
- Art Supplies. Not sure what to buy? Check out this list of The Best 25 Art Supplies for Kids from The Artful Parent.
- Books, Books, Books. You can get an adorable Easter title, but think forward instead. Will you be gardening this spring? Find a children’s book about gardening or planting flower seeds. Or check out Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime list for inspiration.
- Games. Look for small games that will fit in you child’s basket. I highly recommend the dice game Tenzi and the classic card game UNO. If you’ve got little ones, also check out this colorful Classic Card Game Set.
- Mom & Me Date. Or a Dad & me adventure! Throw in a gift card to your child’s favorite restaurant and add a little invite to a one-on-one date.
What would you add to this list? Let’s chat in the comments or “hop” on over on Facebook and start a conversation there.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”