I don’t know how it happened, but my oldest child, who is 4, just does not like anything sweet. She doesn’t like juice, won’t eat candy and doesn’t like cake. Birthdays are interesting to say the least.
I’m definitely not complaining, I am happy about the fact that she doesn’t love the sweet stuff. But twice a year, at Halloween and Easter, I find myself scratching my head, wondering what I could substitute candy with.
Her 2-year-old brother meanwhile, will eat anything you put in front of him. Loves ice cream, loves cookies, could drink three juice boxes in a row and has a weak spot for Popsicles.
Yesterday, I jotted down a bunch of gift ideas that I came across while shopping on the internet or at my local dollar store that would make for great basket items for my daughter.
Actually, some could work for my toddler too, except for him, I’ll throw in a couple of pieces of chocolate, too!
Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas:
- Coloring book
- Pocket-size book / Bookmarks
- Play Doh
- Flashlight or reading light (the kind that clip on)
- Finger puppets (IKEA has adorable ones for under $4!)
- Crazy straw
- Sidewalk chalk
- Small instrument like harmonica or kazoo
- DVD (can be found for $5 or less at Target or Walmart)
- Flashcards or card games like Uno, Go Fish, Old Maid, Matching game
- Disposable camera
- Bath toys
- Small stuffed animal
- Kite (I’ve seen some well under $5)
- Hair bows or barrettes
- Mini toy cars like Matchbox (just bought my son one for $1)
- Small bag of snacks they do like: pretzels, crackers etc…
What kinds of things do you like to put in your child’s Easter basket?