Easter Basket Alternatives We LOVE!

If you’re looking to skip candy-filled Easter baskets this year, don’t miss these creative edible and non-edible alternatives.

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1. Non-Candy Easter Basket Alternatives

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Mix up your Easter baskets this year with Pop Sugar’s nine healthier alternatives. Ideas include a mix of less-processed treats like paleo dark chocolate nut clusters and fresh items like spring flowers, carrots, health magazines, and fitness clothing.

2. Greatist’s Healthier Edible and Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas

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This post from Greatist is filled with ideas on making your own chocolate-covered fruit, fruit snacks, peanut-butter eggs, and more! They also have a fantastic list of non-edible treats like sidewalk chalk, jump rope, fitness gear, lip balm, and gift cards.

3. Free Printable Easter Coloring Pages

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Encourage the artist within by adding a few of these Easter coloring pages from She Knows to your kiddo’s basket. The best part? They’re free!

4. Baskets for Adults

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Another practical and fun idea from She Knows: Branch out from the traditional basket. One reader idea is to buy a pasta pot and fill it with organic onions, herbs, tomatoes, green peppers, and a variety of healthy pastas.

5. 14 Easter Treats That Aren’t Candy

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We love this slideshow from Red Tricycle that offers 14 non-food ideas to fill your baskets. Options include play-dough, a felted Easter bunny, bunny hair clips, books, and a LEGO Easter bunny. For more great ideas, check out their slideshow!

6. Themed Baskets

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Design Loves Detail created gorgeous themed baskets for the gardening mom, boys, and girls. For the “mom” basket, they used a terra-cotta planter and filled it with a kneeling pad, gardening gloves, watering can, shears, flip-flops, seeds, and twine.

7. 9 Natural Easter Basket Treats

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Look for natural toys like a cotton bunny rattle, an organic cotton carrot, maple egg shake rattle, soy crayon rocks, beeswax rocks, a wand, bunny car, or play silks to make forts. These can all be used as interactive, fun activities. Our friends at Mighty Nest offer some fantastic ideas!

8. Homemade Chocolate Treats

Instead of buying chocolate this year, how about making some homemade chocolate treats? Find great recipes in our “The Healing Powers of Dark Chocolate” article.

9. Top 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Treats

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Family Education touts 10 Easter basket fillers including homemade granola, DVDs, new crayons, toothbrushes, and disposable cameras.

10. For the Non-Easter Basket-ers

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Not one for making Easter baskets, but still enjoy celebrating some of the traditional aspects of the holiday? Try this natural dye kit from Eco-Kids from our friends at Mighty Nest. (Image via from Mighty Nest)

11. 11 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Using Dye

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Forget the dye altogether with these creative decoration alternatives from Red Tricyle. Some of our favorites: Paper Flower Eggs, Egg Man Craft, Pressed Flower Eggs, Tissue Paper Eggs, Twine Eggs and Tie-Dyed Eggs.

Tell Us: What are your favorite Easter traditions?

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