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Fun alternatives to Easter candy in baskets to shop for

Soon the Easter Bunny will be delivering overflowing baskets of candy and colored eggs to children of all ages. While an occasional sweet treat isn’t awful, a deluge of sugar, fat and calories can be detrimental to our youngsters’ health.

Girl with Easter basket

Minimize the effects of this holiday’s overeating and indulgences, and offer healthful splurges to your kids instead. These replacements are sure to bring smiles.


All kids love toys! A special toy can make the holiday fun last long after the ears have been bitten off the chocolate bunny. Choose something suitable for your child’s age and interests.

  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Dolls and action figures
  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • Flash cards and other educational toys
  • Interactive electronic devices
  • Jump rope .
  • Lego blocks or building toys
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Stuffed animals
  • Travel games
  • Video games


Your child’s eyes will light up when she discovers these treats! Create a family memory by putting tickets to a special outing in your child’s basket, like these:

  • Concerts
  • Festivals
  • Local theater productions
  • Movies
  • Seasonal activities like an Easter egg hunt, hayride, or visit to a pumpkin patch
  • Sporting events

Arts and crafts

A masterpiece is waiting to be crafted by your young artist’s skillful hands. Fill the basket with supplies to spark imagination and release creativity.

  • Chalk
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers (washable, of course!)
  • Modeling clay
  • Non-toxic paint – finger paints, watercolors,
  • Pens and pencils
  • Play-Doh


Even little ones like a little primping Make them feel extra-special by giving them pint-sized and kid-friendly versions of grown-up luxuries.

  • Bath-time body paint
  • Bubble bath
  • Scented hand sanitizer
  • Hair accessories – barrettes, headbands, ribbons, scrunchies
  • Sponges, loofahs and poufs
  • Shower gel

Theme baskets

The options are limitless! This gift can truly reflect your child’s unique personality and pursuits, and appeal to his or her individuality. Some ideas include:

  • Favorite cartoon or movie character
  • Cowboy/cowgirl
  • Ice cream parlor
  • Pizza party
  • Pretty princess
  • What I want to be when I grow up

Easter treats don’t have to be calorie-laden and edible. With some thought and planning, Easter baskets can be filled with fun items that engage our kids mentally and physically while fostering their interests. The whole family benefits from the increased activity and memory-making.

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