{Almost} Candy-Free Easter Baskets

Last week my post, How Do You Do Easter?, sparked a lively discussion in the comment section.

I got a lot of great suggestions for candy-free Easter basket fillers, and I set to work making a list. I’ve already told the kids not to expect baskets full of candy so as to manage their expectations.

My son’s response was, “Can we at least have a chocolate bunny?

Okay, well, I’m not so heartless as to strip every last vestige of candy from the celebration, so I compromised on the bunny. In fact, I was already planning to pick up organic chocolate bunnies at my local whole food market, so I’m glad to know that is the thing that matters the most.

But beyond that, our Easter baskets this year will be pretty much candy free. Okay, there IS a package of Big League Chew for my son; I know, gross, but all the kids on the baseball team have it…

This is what I have so far:

Easter basket loot

I did most of my shopping at the Dollar Spot in Target. It’s easier to find things there for my girls than it is for my son, but I managed to find a few things for him too. They are each getting bubble tubes and paint-your-own garden stones. My son is getting water balls. The girls are getting Burt’s Bees lipgloss, notepads, water bottles, sidewalk chalk and gardening gloves. Oh, and I’d like to pick up some play-doh too.

In addition to the el cheapo stuff, I am including a new bathing suit and new pajamas for each child. I still have to get pajamas for the girls. Then I’ll fill a few of those plastic eggs with money and call it a day.

Now to keep my kids from seeing this post…