Healthier Easter Baskets for Every Age

Registered Dietician

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Egg hunts, candy-filled eggs and smiles fill our spring weekend mornings, but before the fun begins, Easter baskets need to be filled. While chocolate, marshmallow treats and jelly beans are part of the fun, but it’s a good idea to add some healthy alternatives that don’t end in a sugar crash.
Here are a few ways to incorporate healthier choices for children based on different age groups:


It’s exciting to watch the little ones unravel their baskets in excitement. Toddlers are learning the environment around them and the smallest gifts can excite them the most. Educational gifts, arts and crafts and toys will get their brains working and keep them occupied at the family gathering all day. Fill their baskets with these attention-grabbing gifts:
  • Bubbles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Interactive books
  • Counting toys
  • Flash cards
  • Sippy cup
  • Stickers
  • Books
  • Hats
  • Headbands/bows
  • Bunny ears
  • Baby doll
  • Toy cars
  • Movie
  • Spring clothing

School-Aged Kids

Kids this age will be searching for the candy. While that can still be part of your Easter, there are other gifts to include to make it a memorable such as:
  • Games
  • Journals, pen/markers
  • Coloring books
  • Music gift card
  • Harmonica
  • Book
  • Movies
  • Nerf football
  • Playing cards
  • Healthy snacks like trail mix
  • Jump rope
  • Side walk chalk
  • Trip to a museum
  • Cute outfit
  • Sunglasses


As kids get older, it may seem harder to excite them on holiday mornings. They may not be sprinting for hidden eggs anymore, but they still will appreciate a thoughtful basket. Try making a scavenger hunt leading to their baskets to make the morning one to remember. They will be even happier once they find their baskets filled with gifts like these:
  • Journal
  • iTunes gift card
  • Books
  • Sudoku
  • Movies
  • Yoga mat
  • Candle
  • Essential oils
  • Water bottle
  • Tickets to a show/concert/sporting event
  • Tennis shoes
  • Hairbrush
  • New workout clothes
  • Motivational coloring books
  • Motivation signs
  • Headphones
No matter the age, there are many ideas that will fill up the best Easter baskets ever!
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