Easter Basket Alternatives Beyond Candy

Think of Easter baskets, and chocolates and other sweet treats likely come to mind. However many moms are appalled at the amount of candy, cookies, cake given to kids on a regular basis. For those looking for non-sugary options, we’ve listed Easter basket alternatives beyond candy.

Almost every holiday or celebration involves junk food and candy. Valentines Day entails chocolates and candy hearts, Christmas features candy canes, birthdays are usually celebrated with a piñata filled with candy along with cake and treat bags, and of course Halloween is the ultimate with an egregious amount of candy. With Easter coming up, stores are filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps, chocolate eggs, jelly beans. It feels as if Betty Crocker, Nestlé and Hershey have taken over.

When we really look into the ingredients in the “treats” we give our children, it can be eye opening and scary…..GMOs (genetically modified organisms), food dye, artificial flavors, aluminum, high fructose corn syrup and a host of other unnatural things are included. Many of these ingredients disrupt digestion, send blood sugar sky high and well, frankly makes their body sick. We do not need to rely on these companies to provide our precious families with holiday “fun.”

As parents we are the ones in control who make our own traditions with kids, so why not aim to give them healthful and meaningful “treats?” Instead of sitting around eating candy, kids can learn through play instead while making new memories with the family. Surely that is more fun then filling up bellies with “junk.” Below are ideas to place into Easter baskets besides sweet treats.

Non-Candy Items that Fit in Plastic Eggs

  • Dice
  • Buttons
  • Pennies/Dollars
  • Stickers
  • Mini Play-doh
  • Squinkies
  • Gems
  • Beads and string to make a bracelet or necklace
  • Silly Putty – Comes in eggs and is not as messy as Play-doh
  • Oversized Rings or Light Up Rings
  • Mini Cars
  • Mini Dinosaurs or Marine Animals
  • Squishy Mini Balls
  • Erasers

For these items below, children and parents will know all the eggs have been found when kids find the complete set of these items:

  • LEGO sets
  • Mini Puzzle Pieces (put the puzzle together to see if all pieces are present)
  • Dominoes
  • Magnetic Letters/Numbers A-Z and 1-10

Food Alternatives for Easter Baskets

  • Apples, Pears and Other Fruit
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Nail Polish
  • Books
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Bows/ Barrettes/ Headbands
  • Plushes
  • Dolls
  • Card Games
  • Earrings
  • Seed Packets
  • Whimsical Socks
  • Crayons
  • Coloring/Activity Books
  • DVDs
  • Baseball Hats/Sun Hats for the upcoming warmer weather
  • T-shirts of kids’ favorite characters
  • Family Games
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Fingerpaint
  • Paintbrushes/Acrylic Paints
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Dolls
  • Figurines of Favorite Characters
  • Sunglasses
  • Toy Phones
  • Blocks
  • Charm Bracelets/Necklaces
  • New Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • New Placemat/Utensils/Dish/Bowl
  • Moon Dough
  • Scrapbooking Supplies
  • Bath Toys/ Bubble Bath/New Washcloths
  • CDs
  • Musical Instruments such as shakers, flutes, drums, etc.
  • Tea Sets
  • Balls
  • Gift Cards
  • Personalized Towels and Totes
  • Pencils/Markers in a new pencil boxes

Find these items and more at local shops to support the community. Browse these posts for ideas on where to shop:

Locally-Owned Long Island Children’s Clothing Boutiques

8 Independent Toy Stores on Long Island

More Independent Toy Stores on Long Island

Toys in Huntington Village

Book Revue Bookstore in Huntington

Local Resources for Arts & Craft Supplies
AC Moore Arts & Crafts
Where: Locations in Levittown, Carle Place, Hauppauge, and Holbrook
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for details
www.acmoore.com/e-acm.StoreLocator.aspx
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Ace Handicraft
Where: 314 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead, NY
Contact Info: 516-292-1478
acehandicraft.com

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Blick Art Materials
Where: 168 B Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY
Contact Info: 516-248-1555
www.dickblick.com/stores/newyork/carleplace

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Island School and Art Supply
Where: Locations in Medford, Oakdale, St. James and Seaford, NY
Contact Info: Please see website for individual locations’ addresses
www.educationalmaterial.com/html/locations.html

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Where: Locations in Westbury, West Babylon, Holbrook, and Centereach
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for addresses
hosted.where2getit.com/joann/

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Lakeshore Learning Materials
Where: 2079 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Contact Info: (516) 616-9360
www.lakeshorelearning.com/home/home.jsp

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Michaels Craft Store
Where: Locations in Levittown, Westbury, Massapequa, Huntington Station, Oceanside, Manhasset, Commack, and Bay Shore
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for addresses
hosted.where2getit.com/michaels

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Utrecht Art Supplies
Where: 211 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY
Contact Info: 516-741-1805
www.utrechtart.com/stores/detail/14

 

By Melissa Mela

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