It seems we’re in a constant loop of holidays when it comes to kids, and all of them involve candy. Let’s face it, kids have enough energy that we don’t really need to add in a bunch of junk food and sugar to keep them fueled. So this year, we’re looking at different ways to approach the holidays, and what the kids in our lives are getting. We’re not saying that there wont be a Peep or two making an appearance (mostly for me of course), but we’ve come up with a list of great non-candy gift ideas for the smaller family members.
These are just a few ideas we came up with, but you can always add your own. Think about what your child enjoys most and you’ll have a great start for purchasing alternatives to Easter candy. Then decide if you want to include any candy at all.
- Add your child’s favorite fresh fruits. Not only will this choice be something your child will enjoy, it will be considerably healthier than chocolate eggs and jelly beans.
- Cheese sticks are another food items that can be added to your child’s basket rather than candy.
- Packages of nuts or raisins would also be a wonderful replacement. You could also add cheese and cracker packages.
- Boxes of fruit juice might also be something your children would enjoy. Juice is much healthier than candy but will still provide them with something sweet. Just like candy, of course, these should be enjoyed in moderation.
- Remember to consider your child’s age when thinking about alternatives to Easter candy. Very small children may have problems eating certain fruits like raisins or grapes. They may also have difficulties with seeds or nuts.
- Rather than fill plastic eggs with sweets, create an IOU or a coupon for something you know they want, fold and insert into the egg. Options are unlimited–CDs, books, DVDs, games, toys, free time, library visits, a nature walk—anything that is age appropriate and matches your child’s interest.
- Many kids are enthralled with LEGO toys. Purchase a small kit and place one or two pieces in each egg until the entire kit is empty. Place the empty package in their basket and then let them hunt for the pieces as they’re searching for eggs.
- Books – they’re some of our favorite gifts no matter the time of year. Holiday themed, or even just a topic your kid loves. Heck, we’re still in love with coloring books, this is perfect for kids of all ages!
- Movie tickets to the show they want to see that’s still in theaters.
- Gift cards – they don’t have to be huge, but even small amounts add up!