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ALTERNATIVES TO CHOCOLATE THIS EASTER

BJ is enthusiastic about any celebration and Easter is no different. Many children relish the idea of waking up to a chocolate egg hunt but BJ doesn’t eat chocolate (shocking I know!) but he does like participating in the celebrations. Finding alternatives to the traditional hunt have been a challenge over the years and I wrote a post full of ideas last year which you can check out here. That post is still relevant but I thought I’d add on from there with new things I’ve found this year.

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BJ at the Cadbury Big Crack event last year. Ironic for a non-chocolate eater but he loved being a part of the action.

As for BJ, he is now older and loves any gift so this year he will most likely get a book and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts for Easter. For those with younger children here are some ideas.

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS

Although I’ve found these in Australian stores I hope it will help others around the world with ideas to find locally. Where I could find the same product online I have shared the link.

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Hatching eggs are a great alternative to chocolate. There are dinosaur, chicken, fairy eggs and more. When put in water the egg breaks down leaving a character surprise. Our US friends can find some hatching eggs here.

Pictured in the middle is an Easter pack with a few chocolate eggs with the feature being cars with lights and sound.

EASTER BOOKS

Easter books
Easter books

We love buying books as a gift. There are a plenty of Easter themed books. I’ve chosen the pictured books as some of them are textured which may work well for a child with a visual impairment or even a younger child. There are more book suggestions in my Easter blog post from last year here. Our US friends can find these books here and here. 

EASTER THEMED CLOTHING 

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Target has gone all out this year with a range of Easter themed clothing for babies through to tweens. Long sleeve shirts with bunnies and chicks can be found in the clothing section.

Easter alternatives to chocolate

Easter alternatives to chocolate

New PJ’s are something kids need at the start of the season so this is a practical and fun gift.

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Target also has a range of cute and warm slippers with an Easter theme.

EASTER LIGHT UP FUN

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

At $10 these bunny night lights are cute and an affordable alternative to chocolate. Available at Target and Myer. I can’t find anything close to these online but I have found some colour changing bunnies for our US friends here.

Easter egg light
Easter egg lights

These LED Easter Egg lights will be lighting up our dining table for our family lunch at Easter.  I found these at Kmart for $6.

Easter alternatives to chocolate

Easter alternatives to chocolate

Woolworths has this larger rabbit LED light available for $25.

DINOSAUR PROJECTOR EGG

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I found these Dinosaur projector eggs in store at Mr & Mrs Jones. I think they are expensive at $36 but maybe other stores stock them at a cheaper price. It is hard to find good Easter alternatives to chocolate for boys. They are cheaper on Amazon here for our US friends.

CRACKLE BAFF

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Geli Bath doesn’t really tie in particularly with Easter but sometimes a gift a person will enjoy is more important than it being Easter themed. This is new to the Geli Bath range and I thought it would be good for those that enjoy a bath and find noise fun. Possibly a good gift for a child with a visual impairment.

HEAT WHEAT BAG

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Target has these bunny heat wheat packs. Cute and practical. They also come in other designs.

SINGING AND DANCING EASTER TOYS

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

A singing and dancing bunny or chicken will probably drive many parents to distraction but will no doubt be popular with lots of kids. $18 at Target.

LIP GLOSS

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

I think these little pots of bunny lip gloss are pretty cute as a small gift for Easter. I found these at Target.

WIND UP TOYS

If you are looking for a token gift or something in the Easter theme to go with another gift, Target has a range of items under $10 including wind up chickens and eggs.

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

RABBIT PENS

These rabbit pens are available at Target and Myer for $5.95.

Easter alternatives to chocolate

Wind up walking eggs might give some kids a giggle.

BUBBLES

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I found these Easter themed bubble wands at our local dollar store. At $2.50 a wand they are a reasonably priced gift and nearly everyone likes bubbles. I still do!

COOKING

Easter alternatives to chocolate.
Easter alternatives to chocolate.

Easter cookie cutter sets are available at Coles for under $10 and could be used for cooking or for play doh imaginative play. Coles also have silicone bunny baking pans. Our US  friends can find similar sets here

DVDS

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I found these Easter themed dvds at Kmart. I have more suggestions for DVDs in my Easter blog post from last year which you can read here.

MONEY BOX

Easter alternatives to chocolate.
Easter alternatives to chocolate.

Bunny, chicken and owl money boxes are available at Woolworths for $10.

SYLVANIAN FAMILIES

Collage Bunnys

Sylvanian Families come in a range of animals but the bunny family would make a great gift for Easter. The large packs are in the $20 range but there are single bunnies with a piece of furniture for around $10. I found these at Toys and Tales but Target, Kmart and Big W stock these too. Our US friends can check out Sylvanian Families here.

MEMORY GAME FOR OUR US FRIENDS

I love the look of this rabbit memory game which I found on Amazon here. It looks like lots of fun.

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TOMY HIDE N SQUEAK GAME

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BJ had this Tomy Hide n Squeak egg game when he was younger. The fact that it is still around in toy stores and online says that it has stood the test of time. For our US friends you can buy it online here.

VILLEROY & BOCH

Easter alternatives to chocolate
Easter alternatives to chocolate

Villeroy & Boch have a beautiful range of trinket boxes, porcelain egg cups and more. These range from $26 upwards but are a gorgeous keepsake for a child.

NUT FREE CHOCOLATE EGGS

nut free eggs
Nut free eggs.

Woolworths have a range of nut free chocolate eggs with a varying themes from Peppa Pig, Thomas, Paw Patrol, Batman and Bratz.

TEEN GIRLS AND BEYOND

Peter Alexander and Bras and Things stores both have Easter themed Pyjamas and accessories. Really cute stuff.

ADAPTED EASTER EGG HUNT

Adapted Easter Egg hunt for wheelchair users.
Adapted Easter Egg hunt for wheelchair users.

Last year I shared lots of gift ideas and an adapted Easter egg hunt for wheelchair and walking frame users. You can read all about it here.

This is not a sponsored post but does contain affiliate links. I simply know how hard it can be to find alternatives and love sharing tips that may help.

I’d love to hear your ideas for alternatives. How do you make Easter special at your house?

 




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