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17 Items To Put In A Easter Basket Besides Candy

Easter is right around the corner and whether you celebrate for religious reasons or not, it's the perfect time think about making it a special day for your kids. Whether your kiddos are older or are just beginning to grasp the concept of the Easter Bunny, finding items to put in your child's Easter basket besides candy can seem like an arduous task. It's a task well worth the effort though, since Easter baskets are one of the most anticipated traditions for most kids. I remember the Easter baskets my mom put together for my brothers and I to this day— filled with handpicked goodies for us personally. And best of all, there was hardly any candy to be found.

With the abundance of Easter themed candy — peeps, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs, to name a few — many moms are making it their mission to avoid all of that excess sugar, and the subsequent sugar highs that follow.

Although buying gigantic bags of candy and tossing treats into the basket is convenient and easy on your wallet, it may not be best for your child's health. By putting a little extra thought into your baskets this year, can not only save your child a trip to the dentist, but ensure that Easter baskets are a tradition your child will look forward to for years to come.

1. Books

Books are the gift that keeps on giving and one that can offer much more than a sugar high. Stories like Little Bitty Friends are sweet and perfect for littles. There are enough Easter-themed kids books to go around, and most of them are small enough to leave room for other goodies too.  

2. Customized Crayons

What child doesn't love coloring? This Easter, Crayola is offering customizable boxes of crayons for you to design for (or with) your child. You can choose from three different sizes, eight-count ($5), 64-count ($13), or a custom art case ($50). You can upload your child's photo or some of their favorite artwork onto the box to make it that much more personal.  

3. Dried Fruit Or Nuts

Dried fruit is still sweet, but without all of the added sugar. Your secret is safe with me.

4. DIY Felt Veggies

Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

How cute would it be to fill an Easter basket with something handmade that your child can use for months (or years) to come? These DIY felt veggies from A Beautiful Mess are perfect if you have an itch to create.

5. DIY Nail Polish Marbled Easter Eggs

Courtesy of Hello Glow

Go for a fun twist on the traditional dyed eggs (especially the plastic, candy filled kind) with this tutorial for DIY nail polish marbled eggs from Hello Glow

6. Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk is just messy enough for kids to love it, and safe enough for parents to feel great about giving it to their kids.

7. DIY Twist Tie Bunny Ears

Courtesy of The House That Lars Built

These DIY bunny ears from The House That Lars Built are super simple to make and probably the cutest twist on the traditional bunny ears ever.

8. Cheddar Bunnies

Annie's Cheddar Bunnies are organic and contain zero artificial flavors— a snack you can feel good about your child eating.

9. Clementines

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Clementines are inexpensive, packed with Vitamin C, and just as sweet as any candy you can buy.

10. Easter Egg Terrariums

Courtesy of The House That Lars Built

These DIY terrarium Easter eggs from The House That Lars Built are a great way to teach kids how to care for their own plants (since these require almost no care, it's a great starting point.)

11. Stickers

Remember when Lisa Frank was all that? Well, it turns out that kids still love stickers just as much as when we were young.

12. Bubbles

Bubbles provide hours of fun and messes that kids can't get enough of.

13. Spring Flowers

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If I was a child (and still to this day, actually) getting live flowers would make my day. Pick up something in season, like lilies or tulips, and put a few in each basket.

14. Play-Doh

Put something in your child's Easter basket to help stretch their imagination. Plus, Play-Doh possesses magic qualities that keep kids interested for hours. Double win.

15. Homemade Fruit Leather

Courtesy of Hello Glow

If you're looking for a healthier alternative to jelly beans and other candy, try making your own fruit leather with this recipe from Hello Glow.

16. Small Stuffed Bunnies

Stuffed bunnies are everywhere this time of year, pick up a few to put in your kiddo's baskets for a gift that won't be gone in 20 minutes.

17. Carrots

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They are the Easter Bunny's favorite snack, after all.