I've heard from a few friends that they have been thinking about what to put into their little one's Easter basket—candy or no candy? Chocolate? Just gifts? I thought I'd share a look at our basket for this year (which is hidden on the top shelf in a closet!) in case it helps anyone with the process next week.
In short, I try to not make the basket all about candy, but I do include a few special treats to help make it fun. One thing not shown is a little chocolate bunny that Mom-mom is bringing from the chocolate shop in my hometown. L got one last year and it sat around in the cabinet for a few months before it was tossed, but I have a feeling she'll be much more into it this year.
Here's what's in the basket:
One package of Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks because they are still L's favorite.
3 all-natural fruit leathers from Trader Joe's.
1 box of organic raisins (that will likely wind up in my bag and be eaten as an on-the-go snack).
1 Berenstein Bears book (we have my collection from when I was a kid and we're slowing filling in the ones we're missing).
A package of seeds for her to help us plant.
A pretty bracelet (which, full disclosure, I bought as prop for a photo shoot and decided to keep).
A ruffly dress that we've been saving her for her grow into.
A few plastic eggs with nickels and dimes for her piggy bank.
There is enough here to make the morning special without focusing it on candy. We're heading to a friend's house for Easter dinner and there is talk of doing an Easter egg hunt, but I hope that we can put stickers or other little non-candy items inside the eggs. I'll have to see what our friends want to do!
And now a few things that caught my eye this week:
A Rainbow of Healthy Homemade Gummy Snacks made with every kind of fruit and veggie imaginable.
Toddler Lunches in an ice cube tray (assuming your kiddo is old enough not to just pick the whole thing up and dump it out...)
Crunchy Roasted Green Peas, which sound really yummy and great for older toddlers.
This Chia Seed Refrigerator Jam sounds really yummy and super simple.
Ideas for Cool Non-Candy Easter Basket Gifts that might help inspire you to think outside the chocolate bunny.