You don’t have to fill an Easter basket with just candy. Other options could include: books, art supplies, hair accessories, socks, small toys or even a new toothbrush. And for extra fun, hide your child’s Easter basket somewhere around the house to find Sunday morning.

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  1. I’ve been replacing candy with little toys and accessories for the past 2-3 years. We have one bread basket filled with mostly chocolate for any one who comes over. I’ve always hidden my daughter’s basket somewhere. She’s 14 now. When she was real little I put animal crackers and some fruit in it.

    Sall    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  2. Very cute! I agree with the less candy idea. A little variety of wants & needs in a basket is just as fun for kids!

    Also, where did you get that pail? I bought one for my son’s first Easter from PBK back in 2007 and now I have a daughter who is 2. Every year I hunt for another pail in the “girl” colors (my son’s name is embossed on his) and have had no luck. So, just curious where that one came from! I’ve been searching for 2 years!! Thanks. :)

    Amanda    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  3. I love your blog. So many fantastic ideas!

    I am planning a spy party for my son in June . . . do you have any cool ideas? It seems like a really fun theme.

    Melanie    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  4. Cute idea! I bought the same Trader Joe eggs for our baskets. I limit the candy in ours and add movies and gift cards to Starbucks or TCBY.

    Pam @ diy Design Fanatic    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  5. Yes, the less candy the better!!! I put plastic rings, stickers and tattoos in the eegs. I love the pail too!! I just grabbed some from Target. I love your blog!

    Anna    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  6. This bucket is from Target.

    sara    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  7. So cute, guys! I bought those same exact buckets at Target for all my boys this year!! :]

    Kara's Party Ideas    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  8. We’re putting more toys than candy in our kids’ Easter baskets too. I’m creating a treasure hunt with clues that will lead them to their baskets, and of course each clue will be inside an Easter egg. :)

    r8chel    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  9. We hide our Easter baskets on Saturday, so that we don’t take away from the more religious observances on Easter Sunday. We usually have an outing on Saturday, and then when we get home there is a note on the door with clues so that the kids can find their baskets. I’m definitely going to add a toothbrush this year…never thought of that.

    Jandy    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  10. Jandy–That’s a great idea! We’ve had egg hunts on Saturday for that reason, but I never thought of giving my kids their baskets on Saturday as well. Thanks for the tip.

    Brittany    Friday, April 22, 2011
  11. We’re not fans of the candy overload over here, either… we also like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, a new bathing suit and summer sandals, a kite. This year my 1.5 yo is getting rain gear (boots, coat umbrella), side he’s constantly swagging around in his sister’s rain boots…

    Cecilia    Sunday, April 24, 2011
  12. This is a great idea; I wish I had caught it earlier! My kids are still on a sugar rush! LL

    Loralee Lewis    Saturday, April 30, 2011

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