Worried about a basketful of sugar hopping into your house this weekend? The Easter bunny is no Santa Claus, but that hasn’t stopped him from carving out a niche for himself as a distributor of sweet treats–chocolate eggs, jelly beans, Peeps and so on.
Even if your child doesn’t suffer from allergies or food sensitivities, there are many reasons why you might want that rabbit to scale back on the chocolate and candy. Luckily, we found lots of unsweetened treats to surprise them with on Easter morning! Here are some fun basket stuffers that will hit that sweet spot without inducing a sugar high.
1. A Cuddly Toy
Soft stuffies like this squeaky little lamb are perfect for toddlers and small tots. Bunnies, chicks, ducks and lambs are all popular choices. Choose your child’s favourite and they’ll be snuggling with their plush buddy long after Easter’s over.
2. Pencil Crayons or Sidewalk Chalk
It’s the perfect time to replace last summer’s broken and crumbling sidewalk chalk with a fresh batch for spring. If it’s still too cold, a box of pencil crayons with plenty of pastel hues is a welcome addition to any basket. BONUS: You can keep them busy colouring if your Easter plans include a car trip to the grandparents.
3. Bunny Ears
What’s cuter than your funny bunny in their own pair of fluffy rabbit ears? For kids who love to play dress-up, this accessory will be a surefire hit at the local egg hunt. To really get them into the Easter spirit, add a fuzzy cottontail.
4. A Classic Book
Every kid should have The Tale Of Peter Rabbit in their library. Board books are good for toddlers, grade-school kids will appreciate chapter books like Charlotte’s Web, and picture books like The Runaway Bunny are classics the whole family can enjoy.
5. Socks or Slippers
Was there ever a better time to gift bunny slippers to your little one? Keep cozy on cool spring nights and warm their tootsies with a gift that’s both fun and practical.
6. A Fun Toothbrush
If you really want to balance out the damage done by Easter candy (and win points with your child’s dentist), a fresh and fun toothbrush like this Paw Patrol Electric Spinbrush can breathe new life into their nightly bedtime routine.
Still scrambling to find some budget-friendly basket filler? These are just a few of the adorable trinkets you can find to surprise your kids on Easter morning. See what’s for sale in your local VarageSale community!