Easter is about new beginnings. Perhaps swapping out the traditional sugar-laden Easter basket for a more healthful option is a good place to start this holiday. Not all baskets have to be overflowing with candy. Here are a few ideas for filling a basket with goodies that won’t promote tooth decay.
Spring weather provides an opportunity for outdoor play. Think blowing bubbles, punching balloons and even goggles for swimming. Some other ideas include sidewalk chalk in Easter colors or table ping pong paddles with balls. If your child likes toy cars, or plush stuffed animals these are great choices that will not break the bank.
Video Games, Movies, Books or Magazines
Such options not only fit perfectly into a basket but if chosen with your child in mind, can create a big bang on Easter morning.
Gift Cards or Hand Written Promises
Older children may enjoy a gift card to use at their favorite store or online. Another idea might be an I-owe-you promising the download of a song or a new app.
T-Shirts , Themed Baseball Hats or Warm Weather Footwear
Think of an interest your child has and consider purchasing a t-shirt or hat in this theme. I know my daughter would love to wear anything with One Direction stamped on the front, and my sons would be happy with anything in camo print. Flip flops or a new pair of Spring Crocs are a fun idea as well.
Kids love water bottles and can use them to stay hydrated in school and on outings. Choose a bright Easter color and consider personalizing it with their name.
Cosmetics and Grooming Items
Consider purchasing a new electronic toothbrush, a perfume or cologne to make your child feel more grown up or some sugar free gum to encourage a healthy smile. Nail polish for your little princess or a set of safety nail clippers for your son encourage good grooming and can provide mani/pedi time, which is an “activity” you can enjoy together. Bubble bath, rubber ducks or tub crayons never fail to please.
Tatoos, Stickers and Art Supplies
What child doesn’t like an opportunity to decorate? Finger paints, glitter glue or some Easter colored markers along with a coloring book can provide hours of fun. Fill plastic easter eggs with stickers or tattoos for a fun surprise. Consider Ad Libs for the older child.
Display the above items on some Easter grass so that your child will delight in the sight of a basket customized just for them. Wrap in clear cellophane and finish with a pretty ribbon and a card with their name on it. Have a happy and healthy Easter.