If you saw my most recent Instagram post then you know that we typically don't put candy in our kids' Easter baskets. Gasp! I know, I know. In that post I admitted to sticking some jelly beans in a couple of eggs but those are mostly for me. The kids may get a couple but the vast majority of them will be returned to the bag and forgotten.
So why don't we include candy in Easter baskets? The simple answer is that I don't want to be the one dealing with the sugar rush. The longer answer is that it just wasn't something that I grew up with either. My brother and I were never big candy eaters so when Easter came along our baskets would be filled with a new bathing suit and beach towel instead of chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs. I'm from coastal North Carolina, so Easter (or just after Easter) usually marks the start of beach season. A new towel and swimsuit was fun, but also practical. Now that I have my own kids and I am responsible for the contents of those baskets (and their sugar-induced behavior), my husband and I have made a conscious decision to stick with the non-candy theme and it works for us.
While we don't typically do the same beach theme my parents did, we do opt for more practical items that can be used throughout the year. Items like a new toothbrush, sidewalk chalk, handmade toys, paint brushes, games, learning aids and teaching tools. As we have begun gearing up for the holiday, I have been stocking up on ideas and pinning away over on Pinterest. I admit, I don't have all of my items purchased just yet but I know what I'm going to buy and that's half the battle, right?
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