Chocolate can absolutely overwhelm the Easter season. It’s everywhere – advertisements, school, kindy, shop displays and even hippity-hopping around shopping centres.
But a lot of parents are resisting the urge to over-indulge during this season and are trying to pass that on to their children. This can be for a host of reasons. There may be concerns about allergies, a hesitance to overload on sugar or simply looking for something a little more meaningful than a chocolate rabbit. That being said, it can be hard to face allowing your kids to miss out on the magic. But there are solutions to be found.
If you’re looking for Easter gift ideas that aren’t chocolate, then you’re looking for something meaningful that will last long after that bunny has hopped off into the distance.
Here are some great ideas to round out your Easter basket.
The written word is a powerful thing, and all the more so when it’s shared with our kids. Purchasing age appropriate, exciting and engaging books for kids can be a great Easter gift that’s NOT chocolate. This is a gift that will just keep on giving as your children devour the written word instead of empty calories.
Reading together is a great way to bond with children of any age. Consider a series of books for an older reader, a ‘touch and feel’ book for little ones and some great picture books for the in-betweens.
Stores will also be stocked with super cute Easter outfits! But, this time of year also heralds a change in season, so now would be a great time to stock up on some essentials.
Allow your kids to get involved by asking them to help you with your selections. Let their individuality shine through their clothing choices! (Within reason. Spiderman costumes at formal functions are somewhat looked down upon.) Pyjamas are a popular option and you can generally pick them up pretty cheap.
Easter is about new life and renewal. Work with the kids to clean out their toy cupboards (more on that later) and talk to them about the kinds of things they’d really like to have. Work together to find solutions to their toy dreams. Kids could perform chores around the house to work up some money (matched by you) to go towards that special gift that they’ll find on Easter morning.
Well-chosen toys are Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate that will far outlast anything that a chocolate factory could produce. They can be educational or inspiring or just plain fun!
Art and Crafts
Spend time with your children on Easter morning putting together some wonderful arts and crafts that encapsulate the joy and delight that comes with any special occasion. You could pass these gifts on to happy relatives or display them around the home to remind yourselves of a morning well spent.
Package up some biscuits and little marshmallows or small lollies for a cookie decoration activity. Not only do the kids get to have fun, you also get to avoid the mass amount of chocolate being smeared on your walls and couch. Be prepared for a bit of a sugar high though.
The Act of Giving
Remember the idea about toys? Take unwanted items to charity, get involved in supporting charities that give back or volunteer time at a soup kitchen or meal service. This promotes the twin ideas of charity and sacrifice that Easter is supposed to be all about.
The Gift of Time
There is no better gift to give our kids than time. Take a picnic or be a tourist in your own city. Make cubby houses at home, let the kids help cook a pancake breakfast, put on music and dance. Just enjoy your time together. They’re only little for so long – make the most of these precious hours together.
Just like clothing, Easter is the perfect time to upgrade other usual items. Make a gift basket with water bottles, themed bowls and cups, colouring books, hats and even jigsaw puzzles. The possibilities are endless.
This is fast becoming a popular choice for grandparents, aunties and uncles. The Easter Bunny often brings more than enough chocolate and candy eggs so a small cash donation instead allows kids to buy whatever hot new toy is on the market. Within reason of course! You might also enjoy: Ways to teach kids to save money.
Easter Gifts That Aren’t Chocolate
There is life outside of the chocolate aisle! If you’ve got any other great ideas for non-chocolate based Easter gifts then feel free to share in the comments.
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