Local blogger and mom offers alternatives to candy-filled Easter baskets

Local blogger and mom offers alternatives to candy-filled Easter baskets

When it comes to Easter baskets for kids, I stay away from ALL candy filled baskets. My kids love chocolate and candy and they are only young for so long, but I like to spoil them with more practical gifts. My kids also get extremely hyper on sugar. Even when I do give them candy, it is a couple pieces at a time and the rest stored for the following day.

Not only do I like to think practical for Easter gifts, but for the baskets as well. If you don’t have a basket, you can use tote bags and fill their goodies inside.

You can visit my shop Living with Amanda and I can help you personalize your canvas tote bags for Easter. My kids love bags with their names on them. They use them for snacks when we go out, for their library books or for their clothes when they go to grandma’s house (even though my mom always has everything they need). They are also great for Easter Egg hunts!


I get my son the cutest bow ties and suspenders for his basket. My son is going to look so handsome and he’s going to be happy that he was given accessories as well as his sisters. The girls love bows and headbands.You could even find bunny headbands. 

Bunny tags

Another great addition to your child’s Easter basket or Easter place setting is personalized bunny tags. You can find some places that do this on my blog. Each tag is personalized with calligraphy and laser engraved on birch wood. You can then secure the tag to your Easter basket. You can also take it up a notch and have a fun craft at home. I chose to have the kids paint their bunnies. It was a lot of fun and let them be creative. The tags can also be used to identify your child’s snack basket or toiletry items.


A practical gift in the baskets this year are boots and shoes. Kids are constantly growing and they always need shoes. My girls love shoes and my son loves boots because ever since the Peppa Pig days, he loves muddy puddles. With the spring and summer months ahead, I wanted them to have adorable shoes to match their new outfits. 


I also put items that spark their creativity like handmade crayons, blocks and play dough. I love sensory play for my kids. Sensory kits are a great tool to help hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and much more. There are endless ways kids can get creative with these. They are ideal for taking along with you wherever you may need a quiet activity or to occupy your kiddo in a creative way. 


My kids know what their cups look like and they like to have items that they call their own. You can even find personalized tumblers with your child’s name. They usually come with a straw and lid and are very durable.


My kids love to match. Another cute addition to their baskets were bunny-themed onesies. All kiddos need matching shirts, even adults!

I had so much fun putting this together for the kids. The ideas are endless, but I definitely recommend adding items that are both cute and useful throughout the year. 

Amanda Piscitelli is a mom of three from Wallingford, a business owner and blogger of Livingwithamanda.com where she talks about motherhood, lifestyle and home decor. Instagram.com/livingwithamanda .


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