Cool Ideas for Easter (that aren’t chocolate)
This ancient pagan celebration has somehow turned into a commercialised chocolate-fest!
The pressure is on parents to make Easter another Christmas but with copious amounts of cheap, nasty chocolate. It’s easy for kids to get caught up the hype.
Okay, so how do you participate in Easter, enjoy some chocolate and not be a party-pooper?
My tips are to go back to basics. Create family traditions based around making Easter treats together (homemade hot cross buns and Easter eggs are really not too hard to do!) You can put a limit on treats or let the grandparents supply the chocolate while you get the kids something else for their Easter basket.
When it comes to chocolate, buy smaller amounts of good quality, fair-trade chocolate and really savour it. Chocolate can be made healthy and allergy friendly and you can really get creative. Check out Changing Habits Organic Chocolate Making Packing. Cyndi has put together everything you need to make your own healthy chocolates.
Here are some more ideas and alternatives for you.
♥ Bamboo Easter Signs
These bamboo signs are hand made in Melbourne and start at just $15.00 You can get a generic one or get it personalised with your kids’ or family name! Check it out here.
♥ Recycled Sari Easter Basket
At just $9.95, this gorgeous Easter basket is made from recycled saris and ethically made in Bangladesh. I want one of these for myself. Just adorable! Get it here (use the code: easterfree50 when you spend over $50 to get free shipping)
♥ Terracotta Bunny Lantern
Perfect for the person in your life who doesn’t want chocolate for Easter but you still don’t want them feeling left out. It makes a gorgeous decoration for the house at Easter as well. Get it online here (use the code: easterfree50 when you spend over $50 to get free shipping)
♥ Organic Crochet Bunny
Beautifully hand-made in Australia using organic cotton, you can get one of these adorable bunnies here.
♥ Wooden Counting Rabbits
This set of eco-friendly counting rabbits with carrots can be used as a puzzle or free play. Totally safe for kids with non-toxic paints and plantation timber.
Get it online here.
♥ Beautiful Beaches Bunni Water Bottle
For those too old (or cool) for toys, this Bunni water bottle is super cute. The bottle has no plastic at all and is heat resistant so you can use if for water or hot drinks! On sale at the moment here.
♥ Oxfam Unwrapped
Gift some chickens or a goat or a myriad of other life saving things to those in need. Check out Oxfam Unwrapped here.
♥ Gingerbread Bunnies!
I am such a fan of Gingerbread Folk’s products. They are handmade in the Blue Mountains and contain no artificial nasties. The bunnies are wrapped individually in compostable packaging and perfect for baskets or for hunting! Get them online here.
♥ Healthy Marshmallows
The very clever Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking has just come out with this yummy, all natural, honey-sweetened marshmallow recipe just in time for Easter. It’s so easy to make and relatively inexpensive too. Try out some different flavourings and have fun! Get the recipe here.
♥ Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
A really fun project to do with the kids is dyed eggs. Using natural ingredients like turmeric and beetroot, Mommypotamus shows you step by step how to do it. Read more here.
♥ Cute Eco Easter Bags!
Super easy, eco-friendly and really, really cute. A great way to share your homemade treats. Find the tutorial here.
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