When did Easter become a gift-giving bonanza? Experts predict Americans will spend an estimated $17.2 billion dollars on the spring holiday this year.
That's a lot of chocolate eggs.
Perhaps you're looking for some last minute ideas to fill those Easter baskets? Stores are stocked with goodies that the Easter Bunny can bring on Easter morning. Some items might already be reduced in price to help move the merchandise.
Kids love finding chocolate bunnies and jelly beans in their baskets. But as parents you might be trying to avoid overloading on sweets. Check out the following list of treats that are short on sugar but not on fun. You'll find unique ideas, popular items, and even some oldies-but-goodies from your childhood. And most are priced under $10!
- Balls (Wiffle balls make great gifts for toddler ball players. You can purchase them by the bag.)
- Rocket balloon kit
All Things Nature
- Kid-friendly garden tools (shovels, gloves, watering cans)
- Starter seeds (Giant sunflowers are especially kid friendly — easy to grow and reach impressive heights of up to 14 feet.)
- Build-your-own bird feeder and bird house kits
- Binoculars for the budding bird enthusiast
- Butterfly garden
- Bug box
Sand, Surf, and Summer Fun
- Swimming goggles
- Beach ball
- Beach towel and beach bag
- Pool dive toys
- Pail, shovel, and sand toys
- Paddle ball set
Indoor Treasures and Accessories
- Coloring and activity books
- Sticker collections and pads
- Wall decals
- Decorate-your-own piggy banks
- Indoor crafts (Visit your local craft store for spring-themed ideas.)
- Board and card games
Get creative when stuffing those Easter baskets. Be sure to leave room for the obligatory chocolate bunny as well as the eggs your little ones will be hunting on Easter morning.