Here is is, just 3 days before Easter, and guess what?
.... I still haven't bought a single thing for my kids Easter baskets. My kids are always on spring break the weeks before Easter, so getting to the store solo is pretty near impossible. Not to mention - my kids have been home for two weeks. My patience has already been stretched to it's breaking point and I don't think that joining the ranks of other ill prepared Easter shoppers would help things one single bit.
Thank the Gods for Amazon Prime!
Between my 3 boys holidays end up turning our house into a legit candy shop. Besides the treats they get from me and my husband (err the Easter bunny) they seem to rack up candy by the buckets from school, community events and other family members.
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not a total Mr. McGregor. **I can't be sure, but I'm assuming that he is Easter's version of the Grinch, what with wanting to bake bunnies into pies and all.**
I do get my kids some candy and other treats on holidays. I always make sure they have the obligatory chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs as well as a few other treats in their basket. But, I do try to make sure that the bulk of their Easter loot is not candy.
Over the years I’ve compiled a HUGE list of candy free basket fillers that’s my boys love. I have 3 boys, whose ages range from 3 to 14 so there is definitely something in this list for everyone 🙂
So that you can enjoy the thrill of completing your Easter shopping in your bathrobe, I’ve added these items to THIS list on Amazon so shopping is a breeze. Not to mention you can save yourself from passing those Cadbury mini eggs in the Target isle (you’re welcome).
At the time I compiled this list, all of the items were available with free 2-day shipping. So not only does it save you from going out in public - it also ensures that your kids Easter goodies will arrive in time when you inevitably procrastinate until the last minute, in true lazy mom fashion.
Don't have Amazon Prime? No worries, you can sign up HERE for a free, 30-Day Trial and then cancel when you are done shopping.
Besides the Amazon list I posted above, here are a few other super easy, no candy basket fillers:
- Passes to local attractions - Most of these can be purchased and printed online so you still don't have to leave the house. Some that we have given in the past include: Season passes to the local amusement park, movie theater gift cards, Zoo or Aquarium passes, Summer passes to our city pool.
- Lottery Scratchers - I'm pretty sure that it might be illegal to give these to kids under 18, so proceed at your own risk. But these are SO much fun and who knows, you might just win big! Unfortunately, you will have to put on pants to purchase these.
- Gift Certificates to lessons or classes that your kids have been wanting to try. i.e. Swim, music or dance.
- Printable "gift certificates" for extra privileges around the house. My kids go crazy for these! I add in things like, stay up an hour late, pick supper, add one item to the grocery list, get out of one chore etc. You can do a quick Pinterest search and find TONS of these free and ready to print.