When I think back to Easter growing up all I can picture are Easter egg hunts that left me crying because my sister found more eggs then me, gorging on jelly beans and stale peeps, and eating the ears off of a hollow milk chocolate bunny from my favorite home town candy shop. My parents spoiled us with candy and treats, always leaving my sister and I with a week long sugar high as we ate our way through everything. It was amazing and Easter is still once of my favorite holidays!!
Now planning my son’s first Easter (okay second but he was only 4 months old last year) I started to wonder what I would put in his basket. Jelly beans and candy? Probably not so much. He only has 8 teeth and though I don’t mind him enjoying sugar here and there he certainly doesn’t need to be introduced to peeps yet!
Being the cheap-o that I am I set out to the Dollar Tree of all places to hunt for toys and gifts to stuff inside his basket. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money since he is still too young to really “get” Easter and most things we buy him end up lost or broken anyway.
The Dollar Tree was like a gold mine! They had way more Easter basket goodies then I expected and most things were not candy items at all! Here is what I got for our 16 month old son!
Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas
- Plastic Eggs. I left some of these empty since my son loves to open and close just about anything and I filled some with Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies! A perfect low sugar snack that fits with the Easter theme!
- Bubbles! What kid doesn’t love bubbles?! They had big bottles, little bottles in a multi-pack, and all different shapes and colors.
- Books: The Dollar Tree had a great selection of books for little ones. I opted for two, a Lamb and Chick board book.
- Play-dough: L is obsessed with play-dough right now and loves smooshing and throwing it all around. It gets gross pretty quickly so finding it so cheap at the Dollar Tree was amazing!
- Mickey Mouse Watercolor Paints: This is a total risk. Paint for a one year old?! I plan to strip him down and strap him in his high chair and hope he really loves it!
- Stuffed Animal: They had tons of small stuffed animals… bunnies, ducks, dogs, and more!
I got everything including his basket and the fake green grass in the bottom for about ten bucks! I’m also planning to get him a small chocolate bunny to munch on as a treat but no judgment here if you go with a totally candy free Easter basket! I just love watching the joy on his face when he gets a little treat! Plus, I can steal a few bites 🙂
What did you put in your little one’s basket this year?