Easter is a wonderful time a year. The weather is finally starting to warm up, birds are starting to chirp. You get to enjoy a nice big meal and see family and friends. It also gives a major opportunity for people to give your kids tons of candy. Between the Easter Egg hunts, Easter baskets, and chocolate bunnies we usually end the day with a bag full of candy (only half of it ends up being stuff we’ll eat) and a handful of cheesy dollar store do dads. A month later the candy bag is barely touched and the dollar store items are slowly dwindling down. Unfortunately, these little plastic items (probably filled with toxins) are always the things my three year old tries hardest to hold onto.. and when one goes missing.. he knows!
Instead of pilling up your grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. with junk, there are a few alternatives that are actually useful AND will be greatly appreciated by parents! These are the candy alternatives that I suggested for my little guy over that chocolate bunny:
- iTunes gift cards: You can easily get $5 or $10 gift cards, giving kids the opportunity to purchase that app they’ve had on their wish list.
- Crayons, coloring books, number or letter workbooks: These are perfect for my three year old or younger school age children.
- Flash cards: There are so many varieties.. letters, words, pictures.
- Sand toys: With summer right around the corner, most of last year’s shovels & pails are broken. This gets you beach ready OR sandbox ready.
- Bubbles: Who doesn’t love bubbles?
- Summer clothes: Most stores offer discounts and will even email you the coupon for easy access from your smart phone! Places like Carters and Children’s Place have pretty significant sales happening too.
- Money: Take the money you’d spend on candy and give them the cash.. even if its only a couple bucks.
- A toothbrush and toothpaste: Believe it or not my grandmother is known for giving toothbrushes at Easter and the kids love it.
- Books: This is a great way to add to your children’s library and possibly pick up a new favorite (I’m pretty much over The Giving Tree & Green Eggs and Ham).
Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying absolutely NO candy at all. However, if you are planning on candy, don’t go overboard and make sure it’s a candy they will actually eat!
What are some candy alternatives you give for Easter?