No Candy Easter Basket Ideas

I don’t know about you, but when we had “baby’s first Easter”, I was horrified at the amount of chocolate we received on behalf of the BABY! As my kids got older, it only got worse. In the earlier years – when they were toddlers and preschoolers,  I tried to avoid too much candy and too much chocolate and ensure they received some quality little gifts instead. It made for a far less unhealthy Easter Sunday! I thought I would put together a list of these no candy Easter basket ideas and hopefully these will help you too! You will see that they are a mixture of practical Easter gifts (so as not to “spoil them”), durable and educational Easter gifts (so they get something out of if it) and little “party bag” type Easter gifts – gifts to have fun with, “use up” and not to clutter up your house (man, how easily your house gets cluttered!!!).

When it comes to birthdays and Christmas, “they say” give them

  • something to wear
  • something they need
  • something to want
  • something to read

And I think you can apply this to Easter (on a much smaller scale of course). So here.. here we go No Candy Easter Basket Ideas!No Candy Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Avoid too much Chocolate at Easter and take a peak at these wonderful ideas from Carrot bubble wands to squeaky egg shakers. Lots of fun quality ideas.

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No Candy Easter Basket Ideas

no candy easter basket ideas

Crayon Rocks – We have a set of these and they are so WONDERFULLY Tactile and fabulous to do art with. Make super little gifts too. (US readers / UK readers)

chick drinking cup

Chick Trainer Cup (There is a cute Bunny Version too!) US Only

no candy easter bucket ideas

Carrot and Chick Bubbles – US ONLY – but similar “Easter Egg Bubbles” for UK Readers!

alternative Easter gifts

BEST TODDLER TOY WE HAVE HAD. We were given a (similar) set a few years back.. and though simple, my kids delighted at it and have played with it for YEARS. Even now, they won’t let me “pass it on to friends” yet, as they enjoy playing with it in their toy kitchen and at pretend picnics! US readers / UK readers 

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Wonderful Egg Shaker Toys made from wood! Adore the designs that these come in (especially the Ladybird!!) US Readers (4 or 10 pack)UK Readers (four in pack) 

shakers

Shaker Toys for babies and toddlers – what an ADORABLE new baby gift – these are textured, brightly coloured and make 3 different sounds. WONDERFUL US readers US readersUK readers

no candy easter baskets for toddlers

We are GREAT fans of Jellycat Bunnies and confess to own quite a few in our house (at least 6!!!!). I particularly like the “small ones” – they are so cute and perfect for taking everywhere… and come in all colours and designs. US Readers, for UK Readers the MEDIUM bunny is better priced!

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Adorable Easter Bunny Bib! US readers / UK readers (similar)

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Kids Garden Tool Set! This is so cute and simple. Get kids interested in the garden and growing things! US Readers / UK Readers (similar)

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Get a Kids Seed Start Kit to go with it. This Bunny Garden is ADORABLE!! US Readers Only

no candy easter gift ideas

Grow your own Nasturtium in this cute Zinc Watering Can (other flowers available too!) US readers / UK readers

no candy easter ideas

STACKING DUCKS – a great bath toy – lots of ways to play and learn: Pour, stack and float and parents can use it as a rinse cup too! Lovely!! US readers / UK readers

easter books for kids

Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs – a bright and jolly lift the flap book. With simple and delightful illustrations US readers / UK readers

easter books

That’s not my bunny – when my kids were growing up we **adored** the “That’s not my…” series. We had a number of them and this little bunny version is simply PERFECT for Easter. It has many textured pages with a repetitive text that will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. US readers/ UK readers

(Or That is Not My Lamb – US readers/ UK readers)no Candy Easter Basket ideasHatch your own characters – Hatching Eggs – there is a selection of 6 different characters that “hatch over time” (yes, I get the fatal flaw, that bunnies down come from Eggs.. BUT my kids LOVE this sort of toy and it is a great NO CANDY Easter Basket alternative). US readers / UK readers

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Hatching Dinosaur Egg – this is such a fun “experiment” for kids. Love it. US Readers (comes in packs of 12) UK readers (individual)

Here are some ideas of GIFTS YOU CAN MAKE for your Easter Baskets:

  1. Easy Bean Bag Juggling Chooks
  2. Easy Dinosaur Soap Eggs
  3. Easy Stone Ducks Play Set

Breakfast Hamper Gift Idea

We love giving gifts and we love nothing more than giving gifts with a little bit of added thought… and if we can make part of it, then even better!!! This Breakfast Hamper idea came via Netmums, who have a number of hamper ideas to inspire you. I took the “basis” and went from there..

A breakfast hamper would be a great gift for a New Mum (she will need lots of energy), someone who has moved house (give them a good start to their busy unpacking kind of day) or just that Breakfast Foodie.

Breakfast Hamper

What we put in ours:

* Some Lemon Marmalade

* Some Blackberry & Apple Jam (remember to lable these to say what is in them and when you made them to give a rough “eat by” date)

* Some loose tea

* A tea leaf egg (you can get all sorts of fun funky ones)

* Some herbal teas

* Homemade muesli (recipe to follow)

* Home made cheesey biscuits (for that continental breakfast)

* We plan to add some No Mess Soda Bread, wrapped in white baking paper. Just before giving it, then also add a little butter and a note to “eat me quickly, as I am fresh”

* A lovely tea cup

* An egg cup

* A homemade egg cozy!

What would you put into YOUR Breakfast Hamper?

Presents Kids can Make: Cookies & Ornaments

I say “presents kids can make”, these actually make lovely presents that “adults can make” too. The idea is that you get “Christmas Baking”, making any yummy traditional Christams cookie recipe that you love to make. Wrap them nicely, add a little Homemade Ornament as a decoration and you have a wonderful Christmas kids, that either kids can make or you can. Basically, you can be as adventurous or simple with your recipes as you want to be. It is up to you really.

TOP TIP: In Austria, we like to make 6-8 different cookie types and that makes the gift bags really sweet. But I also think they look great with just one type of biscuit. SHOULD you go for more than biscuit – then I suggest that you store each type of biscuit in a separate cookie tin, until you are ready to wrap them and give them. I find that if you have the same biscuits in the same tin/ or gift bag, the flavour mix and each individual sort is no longer as good.

Today, I share with you a simple Viennes Biscuit recipe

Ingredients:

  • 175g unsalted softened butter
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 175g plain flour
  • 40g cornflour

Filling:

Pre heat the oven 180C. Prep 2 baking trays with grease proof paper.

Method:

  1. Mix your butter and icing sugar.
  2. Add the vanilla essence.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour and corn flour
  4. You should have a “quite wet” dough now.
  5. Using 2 teaspoons, make little heaps of dough. I managed to get 34 heaps (= 17 cookies), and think I could have made mine slightly smaller and gone for 36 or 38 even.
  6. Once you have made all your heaps. Pick each up and gently roll it to make a smooth surface. You don’t have to, but your finished cookie will look just that little bit more sophisticated.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-14min – until the edges start turning a golden brown.
  8. Remove. Let cool briefly and then gently transfer them to the cooling rack to fully cool.

Filling:

  1. Melt your chocolate over low heat in a pan, slowly add the single cream.
  2. When it is all fully dissolved, place in the fridge and let it thicken a little (you don’t want it “running away”.
  3. Then with a knife or spoon spread on the bottom of one cookie and stick together with a second. Once all are finished, place in the fridge to let them set fully! 
Want more traditional Christmas recipes? Here are our favourite:

  

Linzer Augen(just delicious and so pretty, especially if you stamp hearts into the middle)

Husaren Krampfen (great for small hands to help form balls and make dips)

Vanilla Kipferl (I always have to make double portions)

Then wrap in a cellophane bag. Add a ribbon and your homemade ornament! If you need Christmas Ornament ideas, look no further and click on the link!

I do love it once they are all packaged up. Looks so festive!

We love these as gifts, as they are made with care and love, they beat Christmas commercialism and get the kids creative and baking! What are your favourite presents that kids can make?

Fancy a movie to go with your cookies this Christmas?

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Simple School Fair Fundraising Ideas: Cocoa in a Cup

Here is a very simple, what clever idea that our PTA (Parent’s Teacher’s Association) came up for our School Christmas Fair: Rudolph Cocoa’s in a cup.

These make fabulous little homemade gifts and great stocking fillers too!!

(Excuse the mediocre-ness of the photo.. I took it at night, on my iphone on a classroom floor!)

Materials: a cup of add milk/water only hot chocolate, 2 tablespoons of mini marshmallows, some round stickers (colour white one red) and googly eyes, glue, piping bags and ribbon

  1. Fill your your piping bag with cocoa
  2. Top with marshmallows
  3. Tie
  4. Decorate

Done.

When ready to use, snip the bottom off, pour into a cup and add hot milk/ water.

Perfect!

Fancy a movie to go with your hot chocolate? Check out these:

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