Easter Baskets with No candy ?

United States
April 2, 2009 1:17pm CST
More and more people seem to be moving away from putting candy in their kids Easter baskets. Are you one of them like me? My kids behavior goes bad once they find out there's candy or something sweet to be had. So I figure why encourage it. Plus folks like my aunt who like buying candy at the dollar store, fine the price is great but look where it's made?!?!? No thanks! How about you? Do you not put candy in their baskets? Or just a treat or two?
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
3 Apr 09
My children get candy, but not only candy. I use to put thootpaste and thoothbrusch in the basket, socks, things for the hair. This year they will even get new hairbrusches. The smallest will get some small books. My children doesn't eat much candy but Easter is a season that they do. I think it's good to give other things as well as candy!
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@dfollin (8850)
• United States
3 Apr 09
Wow,great idea!I never thought of toothbrush and toothpaste.
@katsmeow1213 (24665)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I will always put a bit of candy in their baskets, but it's never ALL candy. They always get a chocolate bunny, a handful or two of little chocolates that are usually wrapped in foil, and maybe a couple other small special candies, and that's about it. The majority of their basket is toys or something. This year 3 of the kids will be getting a T shirt, my oldest will get a hat, all of them will get a stuffed toy, and the little 2 will get plates from the Disney Store. The 3 middle ones will also get bubbles!
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• United States
6 Apr 09
Sounds like a nice haul for everyone. I usually buy the big containers of bubbles for their baskets too, usually lasts them thru summer.
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I've had the displeasure of seeing the after effects sweets can have on an eight year old.It's not a pretty site. There was construction paper and crayola everywhere. I still have visions of the carnage when I try to sleep at night. My therapist say's it'll pass with time. If I had kids, I would make sure to limit their access to sweets for sure. I'm not sure what it is about sugar that gets them so juiced. It's darn near cartoonish. Seeing a hyper kid makes me look out falling anvils and stuff. my mom tells me I was prone to sugar rage when I was young. Of course I don't remember any of the stories she seems to have come up with over time. Maybe there's a reason for that. Perhaps I was too buzzed off skittles to know what I was doing at the time. I kind of feel sorry for kids. They know not of what they do. How can we expect them to take responsibility when they can't even spell it? the corporations know that bright colors and silly mascots are the way to get their attention. They also know that continuous begging and crying will cause adults to cave in to the demands of a little one.
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• United States
6 Apr 09
*LOL* Sugar Rage, never heard of that term but ya know that meltdown when they want or know there's sugary items around is the most horrid thing ever.
@benny128 (3624)
2 Apr 09
nah my kids get one egg and thats it he he he what a cruel dad i am, we do easter egg hunts aswell but they are to find decorated boiled eggs not chocolate ones. Then any other choc eggs we get we melt down and make some chocolate crispy cakes for the next few weeks
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@dfollin (8850)
• United States
3 Apr 09
We do Easter egg hunts also,with the plastic eggs.I put in them mostly money,stickers and other small toys and other stuff.We also go to the Easter egg hunt at church.
@dfollin (8850)
• United States
3 Apr 09
My son's are adults,my daughter is too old for a basket also.My grand daughter is 2 and I got her a small bucket because I think her parents got her a basket,hopefully.In the bucket I just put a few toys,hair bands and stickers.I am going to put a little bit of candy and granolla bars that she likes.
@dfollin (8850)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I also want to add that I have found that the kids don't usually eat all that candy.Therefore it's a waste of money.
• United States
6 Apr 09
That's true some kids don't eat all the candy. Trust me though if mine found a couple jelly beans laying around some where they'd be bickering about who found them first! *LOL* Even if they were say months old with fuzz!! Then you can tell I don't buy them candy often... as their behavior goes down hill. I hope your grandaughter likes her basket!
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
7 Apr 09
For the last few years my mom and aunt have done things like a couple packs of gum, fruit roll ups, a single chocolate bunny and some hidden hershies candy. It works out to about 1 hersheys per kid and adult. Then its all gone. Not like the GALLONS of chocolate and candy they used to hide when i was a kid. When i was about 12 we found out i wasnt supposed to have certain things so in my basket rather than chocolate and candies I got earrings and stuffed animals, rubber boots and stuff like that. I've gotten things like that in a basket since and i really like that - as i got older things like the stuffies were replaced with socks and cool panties. My sisters and i (the two who are adults now) do a basket for our parents now too.
• United States
9 Apr 09
That's sweet of you guys to do a basket for your parents. Too bad my mom isn't interested in such things. She's usually a very picky person. And of course our in-laws are diabetic and minimalists so they don't care for too much fuss or treats usually either. YAY for stick in the muds.... But atleast there's something for our kids.
• United States
3 Apr 09
I have a neighbor who doesnt allow her kids to have candy at all. So I am not sure what her plans are for the Easter Bunny. I put candy in my kids baskets. I usually keep a basket or container of somekind in my house all year and I switch out candy with the holidays or seasons and my kids dont really eat alot of candy. My oldest would rather have carrots with dip or pretzels. My middle would eat all the candy if I would allow but we dont. They get it as a treat and on occasion, its not daily. But they know it is here so they dont go crazy over it like alot of other kids do when its around. All the neighbor kids always come over here for candy and you would swear some of them have never had any. I buy candy at the dollar store on occasion as well and I have never had an issue with it.
• United States
6 Apr 09
If I had kids like your oldest I'd be in heaven. I guess maybe that's why my kids obcess over candy because I don't give it to them very often. But ya know they get treats from time to time and if they'd have it their way it would be daily. Eventually after you've seen them toss enough wrappers on the floor right infront of you and walk away.... candy goes BUB BYE!
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
3 Apr 09
We still put a few treats in the baskets. Nothing like the sugar fest that we used to get when we were little though. Mainly we look for little toys and maybe a dvd to put in the basket. We'll also collect the candy and give it back a little at a time so our little boy doesn't try and over-do it in one day.
• United States
6 Apr 09
That's a good idea about putting a lil more in as time goes on so they dont' go overboard in one day. But if mine knew there was more they'd have meltdowns til they got it.
@hotsummer (10070)
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
we don't have this kind of tradition. though some rich people do that. but it is exclusive still for some people. and not commonly done here.
• United States
6 Apr 09
I would imagine traditions would vary by country. Interesting that not too many participate in it there. Thanks for sharing :)
@baileycows (3671)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I don't use candy in my easter baskets, but my oldest child is diabetic so I never have. My other kids have learned not to eat as much either because she cant have it. So needless to say I buy big things to fill it up or it can get really expensive.
• United States
6 Apr 09
That's great of your other kids being considerate of your eldest. No need to punish that child while the other two gorge themselves. That's true lots of little things can add up fast.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
3 Apr 09
my daughter loves peeps so they will be in there. I may add a little chocolate and then the rest are little gifts.
• United States
6 Apr 09
My oldest has requested peeps too. Wich I know are a favorite, but the cheapskate side of me says here's a package of .99 marshmellows they'll last longer *LOL*
• Canada
3 Apr 09
Our kids will get a few easter candies to hunt for (like chocolate eggs, jellybeans) but they also get toys, small items of clothing, like socks, and easter books. I figure you can't go wrong with books. It wouldn't seem like Easter without the candy though.
• United States
6 Apr 09
It most certainly doesn't seem like Easter without any candy.
• United States
3 Apr 09
I do buy some candy but I also get little things here and there so they don't have all candy. I don't see filing the basket up with all candy - it just means more dentist's visits!
• United States
6 Apr 09
exactly making the dentists richer for all those fillings and our poor kids dealing with having to get fillings and caps on their teeth :(
@kareng (7986)
• United States
3 Apr 09
When my girls were growing up, I did put candy and a big Easter bunny in their baskets. Now that my oldest is grown and married, she has a little boy. Guess what? He is allergic to soy, so that rules out chocolate for him! Instead I bought him some other candy that he can eat and a talking book. He gets the best of both worlds this year!
• United States
6 Apr 09
Bummer about the allergies, I'm glad you are still going to make up a lil basket to your grandson. :)
@di1159 (1582)
• United States
2 Apr 09
My kids have outgrown baskets, but I do prepare them for my nieces. I'll usually stick to one or two pieces of "good" candy, and a small stuffed bunny. It's too expensive these days!
• United States
6 Apr 09
You are a good Auntie to do that for your nieces!
@cutepenguin (6460)
• Canada
18 Mar 12
This is our first year with Easter baskets (last year he was too young) and I'm just going to do some little toys and a book. He doesn't need candy and he'll have fun without it. At Hallowe'en he had more fun with the toy cars he received than with the small amount of candy he got. He likes candy but he doesn't really care yet.
• United States
12 Mar 12
I have three children one is type 1 dibeties. I always build him an my other childern baskets with no candy. The one thing i have noticed that it is cheaper to add candy to any hoilday. But i do with I could find mor basket stuffers without candy in it. I have also never found and ready made one with no candy in it. To be honest we do it dollar tree style and i try to focus on arts and crafts the most. The good thing about easter he can eat all the eggs he wants and it wont effect his blood at all. Thea bad news or maybe good news he doesnt like them. I only use candy in case of an low blood which he is so out of it to bad for him he dosent remeber it at all.
@lilybug (21184)
• United States
3 Apr 09
My kids don't get much candy or toys for Easter. They will get a few candies and maybe a movie or something. I was thinking about taking them to an Easter egg hunt this year though. They would get enough candy there.
@Sillychick (3283)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I lean toward putting more toys and less candy in my son's basket. Some jelly beans and a small chocolate bunny are about it for candy. I like to give him things that will last him longer, plus the fact that candy is not good for him. I give him stickers, and some small toys that he can enjoy long after the candy is gone.
@scgodess (105)
• United States
2 Apr 09
i try to limit the candy that i put in my kids easter baskets. I get little toys or summer things to put in their basket. Since the weather's turning nice i try to get them things to encourage them to get outside