I have one very fond memory of Easter when I was little. My brother and I were looking for hidden eggs around the house and could not, for the life of us, find the last one. My mom put a bounty on the egg and told us she would give 3 pennies to the person who finally found it. That was like striking gold for a little kid. We continued to hunt and hunt until said egg was finally found. You know who found it? That’s right…me.
That Easter apparently made such an impact on me, because later during an original song writing session (which my brother and I often did for our amusement), I wrote an epic song about it. To this day, my brother can STILL sing it word for word. Maybe I missed my calling as a song writer.
I mention that story because Easter is a mere 11 days away. Typically this means more candy, more toys, more junk. Welcome to America. The land of commercialism. But Easter doesn’t necessarily have to equate with candy. I mean, I got so excited about 3 measly pennies, wrote a song about it and still remember those Easter events 3 decades later.
In past years, I really have limited how much candy has gone into my kids Easter baskets. This year, I am eliminating it all together! Heck, we still have Halloween candy left! Fortunately, there are other items to fill your kiddos baskets with, not centered around junk foods. (Edited: I caved and bought them each Theo’s Peanut Butter Cups. They had me at hello.)
Check out my list of fun alternatives!
Non-Food Egg Stuffers
- Love notes. My kids LOVE getting little notes in their eggs. Words of affirmation like “you’re the best dancer” or “you make mommy and daddy proud” make them feel special.
- Money. Give them 3 pennies. They might write a song about it.
- Easter Bunny and Chick Stickers
- Ema James Hair Bows
- Flashing Bunny Rings. Aren’t these cute?!
“Better” Candy Choices – Although these are not all “perfect” choices, they are better than conventional candy full of food dyes, GMOs and fillers. If you are going to give candy this year, go for these brands instead.
- Trail mix
- YumEarth Lollipops
- Yummy Earth Gummy Bears
- Yum Earth Jelly Beans
- Equal Exchange Chocolate Bar with Almonds
- Equal Exchange Very Dark Chocolate Bar
- Equal Exchange Milk Chocolate Bar
- Enjoy Life chocolate chunks
- Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
- Theo Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Equal Exchange Chocolate Easter Eggs and Jelly Beans
- Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
- Annie’s Bunny Graham Snacks
- Easter Bunny Legos. What kid doesn’t love Legos?
- Jack and Jill Bunny Toothbrush set. Totally adorbs and earth friendly. The toothpaste even gets a “0” rating on the EWG website.
- Pink Rabbit Training Chopsticks. My kids LOVE using chopsticks and this makes it super simple.
- Easter egg stampers
- Garden Tool Set. Don’t forget the gardening gloves and organic seeds.
- Purple Bunny Pillow Pet
- Scratch off lottery tickets
- Princess Sticker Earrings
- Fun socks
- Pokemon cards
- Craft items
Finally, If you are looking for Easter egg dying alternatives check out these enviro-friendly alternatives.
Happy Easter and until next time, keep it real.
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