Like many parents, I have never been a fan of giving my kids lots of candy in their Easter baskets. Aside from the obvious, my kids just don’t eat it all. Sure, having a basket full of candy is fun for a day or two but then it’s forgotten and some is still around for the next holiday. Really.
Instead I choose to fill their baskets with some small toys, books, and a very small amount of candy. Over the past twelve years of building Easter baskets I have filled them with all kinds of things. Stuffed animals, DVDs, art & craft supplies, action figures, Legos, a baseball glove, even an umbrella.
I love trying to get creative with it. Especially with kids who have birthdays in November and December, I might go a little more overboard than I should. You don’t have to be extravagant with the things in Easter baskets though I try to stay away from dollar store or party favor type items since they just end up in the trash a week later. I try to find inexpensive, fun books and toys that will actually be used.
You are limited only by your own imagination. Do your kids have a hobby? Do they need anything? Do they have a collection? I like to give them a mix of things that they might need such as rain boots or swimming goggles or things that are just for fun like a lawn game or seeds that they can plant themselves.
This isn’t to say that they don’t get any candy at all, because they do, but I try to keep it to a minimum. Having a lot of candy around for me to steal isn’t good for my girlish figure.