Sugar-Free Easter Gift Ideas
Easter Gifts 101
Chocolate and candy is a traditional Easter gift, but a basket full of sweet stuff might not be ideal. Easter treats don’t have to be just about chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks — an Easter hunt can be just as thrilling for kids when they stumble upon new toys, or even money. If you’re looking for ways to cut back on sugar this Easter, here are a few sugar-free gift ideas for their Easter basket.
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Sidewalk chalk is perfect for imaginative, energetic kids. They can create giant murals, hopscotch squares, doodles and drawings — you name it! It will get them outside, keep them occupied, and let their imaginations run wild. The best part? Rain will take care of the cleanup for you.
Some of the simplest toys are the best toys, which might be why jump ropes have lasted for generations. You could buy a short rope for solo jumping, or a long rope so friends can join in and play too! This is a great form of exercise, and it’s also lots of fun.
Colouring books are great for all ages — from preschool on up. They’re perfect for a rainy day, a quiet afternoon, and to keep kids busy on trips or outings. Though colouring is simple, it has many benefits: it helps children develop hand-eye coordination, it helps teach focus and concentration, it stimulates creativity and self-expression, and it can even be therapeutic (to name a few). You might want to borrow a page!
No matter how old you are, bubbles are always fun. For little ones, it might be best to stick to smaller bottles of bubbles with smaller wands, but big kids can have fun with big wands in different shapes, and bubble toys like cameras that shoot suds.
If your child is a patient problem solver, a puzzle might be perfect for them. Similar to colouring, puzzles also have advantages: among other benefits, they can help children develop fine motor skills, memory, and patience.
Some games never get old. Classics like Monopoly, Sorry, and Clue will never go out of style, and learning how to play these games is almost a rite of passage. There are hundreds of games on the market today for kids of all ages and stages, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your child.
Basketballs, Footballs, etc.
Summer is around the corner, which means endless sunny days to play outside. If you’ve got a budding athlete on your hands, toss a ball in their Easter basket. Bonus: it’s a gift they can’t outgrow, and so as long as it’s treated right, it could be around for the next few summers.
Hair & Makeup Accessories
Hair and makeup accessories are great for girls of all ages. Hair elastics, a good brush, clips, and headbands are practical and fun (not to mention, easy to lose so it’s always good to have some on hand). Older girls might love lip gloss, nail polish, and palettes of eye shadow and blush.
Toy Cars and Trucks
These toys are timeless. Whether it’s a big digger for the sandbox, or a handful of miniature cars for racing, toy cars and trucks are classic favourites that have been a staple in toy boxes for generations.
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This one’s another classic. Rubber balls are perfect for spring and summer — send the kids outside, and let the fun begin. They’re simple and small, but there’s something thrilling about a perfectly bouncy ball.
Yo-yos can be a bit tricky to get a hang of, but they’re a lot of fun. Once they’ve mastered the up-and-down movement, it’s time to move on to tricks. Who knows — your kid could make it to the World Yo-Yo Contest.
Crayons, Pencil Crayons, Markers and Paint
Whether kids collect their favourite characters or simply like to scrapbook, stickers are a staple. Toss a few fun types in their basket — like scratch n’ sniff, textured stickers, or 3D stickers — along with a few sheets of classic shapes and their favourite cartoon characters.
A good book can foster a child’s imagination and turn him or her on to a lifelong passion for reading. From simple picture books for early readers to bigger novels for tweens and teens, there’s a book out there for everyone.
Create a theme basket
Does your child have a hobby? Create a themed Easter basket that’s bursting with all their favourite things. If they’re into reading or writing, toss in a journal, some bookmarks, and new pencils and pens. If they love sports, some trading cards, a team shirt, or tickets to a game might hit the mark. It’s one way to create a memorable Easter hunt!
Who doesn’t love finding money? For little ones, toss some change into plastic eggs for their piggy banks. Older kids might appreciate a dollar or two tucked into a page of a book, or packed with another gift. Have fun getting creative with ways to hide the cash— just remember where you hide it!
If you’ve ever flown a kite, you know what a thrill it is to run with the wind. Simple, diamond-shaped kites are great for beginners, but there are a number of different shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that’s just right for their Easter basket.
With summer around the corner, it’s important to protect your kids peepers. Sunglasses are a practical gift, but they’re also an accessory that allows them to express their style. Plus, sunglasses tend to break or go missing — it’s best to have a pair on backup.
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