How to Build a Healthier Easter Basket

Easter arrives on Sunday, March 27th this year and millions of children will embark upon the traditional confection-driven coma the holiday has purported for many decades. From solid milk chocolate Easter bunnies to sugary jelly beans and Peeps, Easter is one of the top holidays for candy. If you want to avoid that ultimate sugar crash or subsequent Sunday evening of tummy trouble, there are alternatives that are just as (and even more) attractive.

Design a customized Easter basket this year that will delight children or adults alike filled with toys, tech gadgets, crafts and yes…snacks.

Personalize It

Any Easter basket will shine with a fresh box of crayons. This year, add a special touch by personalizing a Crayola box with your child's name and photo. Crayola My Way, the brand's recently launched customized Crayon box offering lets you choose from three different box options and several themes, including an Easter-themed box. You can opt for the classic colors or choose your own. Yes, you can even get an entire box of blue crayons if blue is your child's favorite color. 

Your new box of crayons won’t be complete without an Easter-themed coloring book. Travel and color your way through Peter’s big Easter adventure on A Big Easter Adventure (Peter Cottontail) Big Coloring Book. The book comes with a special die-cut carrying handle making it easy to transport, along with 50 stickers and 48 pages for your child’s imagination to explore.

If this is your baby's first Easter celebration, complete your Easter basket's bunny theme with these incredibly adorable Trumpette Hippity Hop socks. For infants ages 0-12 months, these feather socks come with an embroidered plush bunny rattle attachment guaranteed to keep the little one cozy and happy.

Toys Instead of Candy

Perfect for any child (or grown up), Play-Doh promotes creativity, motor skills and a fabulous sense of fun. Appropriate for children ages 3 and up, the Play- Doh Town Playset Ice Cream Truck and Pizza Motorcycle PlaySets open a world of transformative activity and excitement. Sets come with a few select cans of non-toxic Play Doh and plastic accessories--ideal for opening the creative minds and hearts of any child.

For the child who loves the Disney movie, Frozen, consider adding the Disney Frozen Little Kingdom Frozen Friendship Collection to your child's Easter basket. The set comes with six dolls and an array of snap on clothing and costumes to set the scene. Ideal toy for children over the age of 3, this play set includes the leading cast of characters including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven, and Marshmallow.

Looking for a delightful toy idea for any boy or girl? The Littlest Pet Shop City Rides Sloth and Lhasa Apso Scooter is an adorable little car with two characters from the beloved Littlest Pet Shop play set and world. The toy comes with the signature Littlest Pet Shop accessories and sticker sheet, which can be easily integrated into your current Littlest Pet Shop play set world.

The The FurReal Friends Luvimals Sweet Singin' Kitty Pet might be the best furry companion your child will every own! Animatronics create movement as the FurReal Friends Sweet Singin' Kitty serenades your child to sleep. Gently press the kitty's back to make her come to life and she will sing and purr (almost like a real cat) to the delight of your child. The LR44 battery is included so playtime can start immediately.

Kids love new technology so give them what they want with these fun Minion Mania Walkie Talkies. The Minion Walkie Talkies comes equipped with the push button/talk feature and batteries are included--so you can start playing immediately. Sold in a set of two handheld devices that can be used up to nearly 100 feet. A great toy for children age 36 months and up, these lightweight walkie talkies will provide hours of fun and a Minion-themed design for your child's Easter basket.

Toys for the Big Boys and Girls

While the kids play with their walkie talkies, wow that adult in your life with a Health-o-meter nuyu Water Resistant Activity Tracker/Sleep Monitor with Bluetooth 4.0 Technology. This activity tracker uses Bluetooth technology, which keeps you focused on your goals by tracking steps, calories, distance and even your sleep. The tracker can be worn on your wrist or can be clipped to a garment, making this activity tracker easy to transition from activity to activity. The Health-o-meter nuyu comes equipped with a long lasting battery so you don’t have to remove the tracker to charge it, plus it is water resistant so you can track water activity.

For teens or young adults (or even that special lady in your life), add the iDecoz Selfie Mirror to Easter fun. Never take a bad selfie again once you add this re-stickable mirror to the back of your phone case. Ideal fit for all phone cases and covers, this silver plated, faux diamond encrusted mirror becomes a wonderful accessory with a purpose--making sure you look awesome. Use the mirror to check your makeup or hair, but also to ensure you and your pals take the perfect selfie.

Partner the selfie mirror with some feminine, cute pedicure Dip Into Pretty "Make My Heart Flutter" Toe Separators. The white diamond design makes these pedicure necessities just a little cuter and slightly more fun. Use the eight separators any time you paint your toenails--one size fits all. Each toe separator displays a blooming white flower so as your polish dries, you still look delightful while avoiding the dreaded pedicure smudging. Toe separator comes with a convenient carrying bag so you can keep your separators together and never have to displace one.

Healthy Snacks for All

Replace processed candy with a treat like Welch's Fruit Snacks. These fun little fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice but still pack a sweet punch. Chewy but soft and easy for children to eat, Welch’s Fruit Snacks are a great Easter basket stuffer. The Welch's Fruit Snacks Easter themed box and pouch have custom Easter-themed graphics with fun shapes which include a Chick, Egg, Flower and Bunny. Each pack is made with real Fruit, is fat-free, gluten-free, and contains no preservatives. Welch's Fruit Snacks feature fruit as the first ingredient, so they taste delicious.

For a little added crunch, surprise your child (or adult) with a delectable bag of Viki's Granola. This granola delivers a wholesome crunch, while injecting the right amount of sweetness thanks to a touch of organic honey. Gluten free, non GMO verified; Viki's 12 oz. bag of granola is the perfect treat to meet anyone's sweet tooth. Eat from the bag or sprinkle on yogurt or oatmeal, Viki's makes Easter just a little sweeter (and maybe a little healthier).

If you are looking for an organic treat or if your child has food allergies, consider Go Organically Fruit Medley Fruit Snacks. Ideal for children who cannot consume artificial dyes or colors, these organic snacks are sweet but natural. GMO and gluten free, these little fruit-bombs pack 100% worth of vitamin C and are great sources of vitamin E and A.

Enhance your healthy breakfast this Easter morning with Bauli Custard Mini Croissants. These bite sized, flaky croissants contain Bauli’s signature creamy custard surprise in the middle of each tasty treat. Each bag contains six mini croissants and is a fabulous off-set from the traditional sugar or chocolate laden, heavy Easter confection.


- Written by Gina Ragusa

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