Toys and candy seem to be the go-to gifts to put into Easter baskets and eggs. While those can be fun, it also can be fun to think outside of the box!
Read on for 10 ideas on non-toy items to include in your child's Easter basket or to give as an Easter or spring gift!
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1. Outdoor activities
Spring is a great time to get back outside! Gifts such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and kites help encourage kids to put down the tablets and head outside.
2. Nature and science activities
Your budding scientist might enjoy a magnifying glass to get an even better look at that ladybug, a butterfly kit to learn about all the different phases up close and personal, or even a microscope or telescope!
3. Spring fun
With spring comes rain. Unleash your inner Peppa Pig and let them jump in those muddy puddles with a new raincoat, rain boots, and umbrella.
With local attractions opening up, it's a great time to plan ahead and purchase tickets to something like a baseball game, movie, amusement park, aquarium, or waterpark! You can feel good about giving a great gift and supporting an industry that has suffered so much in the last year. Check out these great deals we found:
4. Summer needs
Summer is right around the corner! Gift a brand new bathing suit, towel, or sunglasses for the season ahead.
5. Craft supplies
Kids can never have enough craft supplies! Stickers, crayons, coloring books, paints, glue, tape, and craft kits ... if your kids are anything like mine, craft stuff can keep them entertained and happy for hours. Encourage that! When they're done? Turn all those pieces of art into a keepsake!
Socks and underwear certainly aren't top of the gift list, but how about pajamas or a new T-shirt with a favorite character or show? Short-sleeve weather is upon us and you know those bean sprouts are going to need new clothes anyway this summer!
We're all spending more time at home these days, so this might be a great year for a garden! Get the kids excited about helping with gifts of gardening supplies, pots, seeds, and of course, their own gardening gloves.
I love to encourage my kids to try new things they're interested in, but I'm not always the best teacher. So give your kids a gift of classes! Whether it's art classes, music lessons, a cooking class, or coding classes, you're sure to find one they'll love.
Need I say more? There can NEVER be enough books!
Whatever you decide to get your child this year, something a little out of the box might be just what the Easter Bunny ordered!
Helen Partlow is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Greater Port Jefferson, N.Y.