What does the Easter Bunny bring to your children? Santa Claus pretty much universally brings toys, but Easter Bunny gifts tend to be somewhat more varied. In some homes he may bring chocolates or other candy, in other homes toys, in still others the Easter Bunny may simply hide colored eggs around the house. There doesn’t seem to be much of a consensus on what the Easter Bunny should bring. The good news is that you can have the Easter Bunny bring anything that you want to your kids. Maybe you don’t have any ideas this year, or maybe you want to try something different. Here are a few ideas for stuffing Easter Baskets with something new this year.
- Skip the chocolate bunnies. And the Cadbury eggs, the jellybeans, and the marshmallow peeps. Try loading the baskets up with fruit instead. Substitute the bunnies for bananas, the chocolates for cherries, the jellybeans for berries, and the marshmallows for mangoes. You could throw in some other sweet but healthy treats as well: cereal bars, oatmeal cookies, or cartons of yogurt are good options. You could still include a chocolate bunny or some jelly beans if you want to, but there’s no need to supply a whole basket of sweets. Fruit provides just as much of a sweet treat, with much less damage to your child’s teeth.
- Fill a basket with books. Any teacher will tell you how important it is for kids of all ages to read, read, read. If your children’s toy boxes are still overflowing from Christmas and their bookshelves are looking a little bare, have the Easter Bunny bring them the gift of literature this spring. You can make it fun: Buy comic books that your child is interested in, or look for coloring books or sticker books with a story for young children. For older children, try surprising them with a series they’ve been wanting; Harry Potter is still a favorite, as is The Hunger Games, the 39 Clues books, or the Percy Jackson series. Add in a diary or journal, and your child can hone their writing skills along with their reading skills.
- Themed baskets. Instead of treats or bunny themed toys, try making a basket that fits your child’s specific interests. Is he a soccer player? Is she a ballet dancer? Do you have a budding artist or musician in the house? Fill their basket with things that relate to their particular interest, preferably things that they can use. So if your child is interested in art, fill his basket with sketch pads and pencils, paint brushes and watercolors, modeling clay and pastel crayons.
One thing that you should not do is buy a pet, like a rabbit or a fluffy yellow chick, on impulse. This is something that happens every year, and it’s nearly always a bad idea. There’s nothing wrong with getting a pet, but buying one on impulse because it’s cute and fluffy and matches a holiday theme rarely ends well for the animal. Remember that sweet, fuzzy chicks grow into full-size chickens! Skip the bunnies and chickens and go with something that requires a little less commitment, unless you’ve already been preparing yourself and your kids for the realities of pet ownership.