Beyond Easter Candy for Baskets

I know the kids LOVE getting candy, but there are other options! Shop at Michaels and fill their baskets with crafts. Or gather cute socks and accessories from your local dollar store or Five Below. If you really want to go all out, surprise them with a new kitten or bunny.

Here are a some non-candy Easter basket fillers:

For Kids: bubbles, stickers, band aids, hot wheels, hair accessories, coloring books, sidewalk chalk with sparkles, glitter glue, Play Doh, fun socks, ball, bath toys, toothbrush/paste, yo-yos, paints, Lego, doll accessories.


Tweens/Teens: Journal/Diary, special pen, stationary (pens, highlighters, post-its etc), Gift cards, sports gear, nail polish, fun socks, sunglasses, lotion, earrings, money in plastic eggs, books, movies.


Healthier Treats: edible fruit baskets, gum, organic goodies like Annie’s Bunny crackers (Whole Foods) are perfect and come in cheese, vanilla or chocolate, fruit jells, or how about individual packets of baby carrots? You could splurge on a few high quality treats (like chocolates) or make a small communal family basket of goodies that everyone can share but without going over board. Put some special cookie cutters or cookie decorations in their baskets to make your own treats together.

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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