Easter Basket Ideas with Less Sugar

Updated on March 31, 2018
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Lockridge enjoys reading and writing about new (and sometimes old) craft and decoration ideas.

Actually eating the dyed eggs is one way to cut down on the amount of sugar your child may consume on Easter.
Actually eating the dyed eggs is one way to cut down on the amount of sugar your child may consume on Easter.

In the United States, a holiday equates big sales for candy companies. And while I’m not normally one to say that sugary snacks are bad all the time, I realize that it is important to provide options for celebrating the holidays. That’s why for my kids we’ve always tried to provide alternate options to all the candies synonymous to Easter.

Small toys can fit in both regular and oversized plastic eggs.
Small toys can fit in both regular and oversized plastic eggs.

Filling Plastic Easter Eggs

Everyone loves to fill plastic Easter Eggs and hide them around the house or yard. Okay, so everyone doesn’t really love to do that, but everyone loves watching the kids run around in a fury looking for the eggs, and walking past that one egg repeatedly.

But you don’t have to fill plastic eggs with chocolate snacks. Think outside the plastic packaging and into the box.

For my son’s first Easter, we of course put jellybeans in the eggs, but we also added handfuls of boxed cereals. Although boxed cereals still contain sugar, the amount of sugar per serving is significantly less. Consider adding round cereals such as Cheerios or Fruit Loops, or any other sweetened cereal that you know your child already likes. Chex Cereal also fits well too, and there are a lot of fun flavors!

Don’t forget salty options either. Everyone loves Goldfish crackers, and you can actually fit a lot of those little fishies in a plastic egg!

Other non-candy options include small tidbits such as dried fruits, nuts, granola, trail mix or popcorn.

Don’t stop at just adding edible things to plastic eggs. While you can add small toys to regular-sized plastic eggs, consider purchasing the larger sized eggs for larger (yet still small) toys.

Here is a list of things you can put inside larger plastic eggs:

  • Toy soldiers
  • Plastic animals
  • Matchbox toys
  • LEGO pieces or Minifigures
  • Lip balm
  • Watch
  • Cookie cutters
  • Hair accessories
  • Bouncy balls
  • Key chains
  • Gift cards
  • Dollar bills/coins
  • Movie tickets
  • Nail polish
  • Jewelry

Not all plastic eggs need to be filled with candy.
Not all plastic eggs need to be filled with candy.

Alternative to the Easter Basket

Now that my kids are older, we’ve forgone the traditional Easter basket (or plastic bucket) for something a little more usable. We actually wrap items for our kids in a t-shirt.

Other non-candy things wrapped up inside their package include small gifts such as books or movies. Yes, we still include candy, but the candy isn’t the focus of their gift anymore.

Growing up I had a cool aunt that would always send me treats throughout the year. The cool thing about those treats was that they were frequently personalized with my name on them. One year it was a rubber stamp with my name on it, another year it was a small plush bear wearing a t-shirt with my name on it. Another year it was a regular-sized t-shirt with our family last name on it. The point was, she didn’t just throw random things into a box for me; she sought out things to show that she was really thinking about ME, and not just a girl about my age. So what can you do to personalize a basket for your child?

Here is a quick list of items you can add to a basket that aren’t food related:

  • Card games
  • Small toy figures
  • Small plush animals
  • Pens/pencil/marker sets
  • Novelty toothbrushes
  • Hairbrush
  • Journal/diary
  • Sewing kit
  • Balls
  • Puzzles
  • Flip-flops
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

In the end, it’s most important to select things that will be important to your child (and things that you won’t feel guilty about giving them later). Don’t select items just to fill up a basket, select things you know your child will love and enjoy!

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      • kiddiecreations profile image

        Nicole Kiddie Granath 3 weeks ago

        Good hub! I like the idea of putting cereal or salty snacks into Easter eggs too, instead of sugary snacks. Annie's has some great lower-sugar snacks as well. That's a brand we really like in our family. I hadn't heard of wrapping items in a t-shirt instead for when the kids are older; I'll have to remember that for when my kids get older!

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        Deborah Minter 3 weeks ago from U.S, California

        Great article! I like to give children things that are fun, but don't include putting terrible ingredients in their small bodies.

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