When my older boys were little, we would lose our minds over their Easter baskets. I kind of hate to think about how much money we wasted on candy that ended up just going in the trash. The funny thing is that neither of them are that crazy about candy in the first place, so in the end, it would either get thrown away or I would end up eating it. I'm not crazy about either scenario.
I think their favorite Easter basket ever was a few years ago when I was practically on my deathbed with food poisoning and my husband had to do the Easter shopping. He bought the premade Easter baskets, the ones he bought had a little candy but one had a kickball and the other had a soccer ball. They played with that kick ball forever and loved it. My stepsons are 14 and 16, so they are pretty much out of the Easter basket stage - a few years ago I did iTunes gift cards in their baskets, last year we gave them money in an Easter card which was very popular. This year we are giving them money in a plastic egg with some Reese's eggs.
I also wanted to share my son's Easter basket - I do plan to put a little bit of candy in it (Easter isn't Easter without a chocolate bunny, right?), but I didn't want candy to be the primary focus. Also...I probably wouldn't have just gone out and bought this much stuff for an Easter basket - his birthday was in early March, a lot of this stuff I bought for that, but when people started telling me everything they were getting him for his birthday, I knew he would have a ton of stuff so I held some of our gifts back. His favorite gift that we did get him for his birthday was this United States of America puzzle found here, we play with that thing every dang day, and he doesn't realize it but he is learning which makes me happy.
The basket as it is right now:
And the contents:
A 2-pack of baseball PJs from Target
Spiderman shirt (Target) and baseball shirt (Kohl's)
Fishing game from Target, for whatever reason he is obsessed with the idea of fishing right now
Bath egg from Dollar Tree
Baseball cards for my baseball obsessed child, $1 from Dollar Tree
And, for whatever reason, he is obsessed with chapstick and goes crazy for my EOS lip balm...but I don't like having 3 year old gnaw marks in it so I never let him use mine. I figured this was perfect to put in his basket since it's egg shaped.
Like I said, I do plan to put SOME candy in over the weekend, I just didn't get a chance to do it this week yet. Probably a chocolate bunny and a couple of suckers, maybe a couple of the applesauce pouches too. I'm also going to put some spare change in a couple of plastic eggs and put in there, he is still little enough to get excited about pennies :)
I also mentioned to the grandparents that we don't need a ton of candy - they were both totally fine with that and not offended in the least that I suggested that. My mom got him the movie Frozen instead of candy, which I think is a great option (and...I really want to see this movie, ha!).
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Happy Easter!