If you have an allergy or food-sensitive kiddo in your family, the holidays — especially ones that are known for yummy treats and candy — can be tricky. You may get some panicked calls or texts from grandparents or relatives asking what to do about Easter baskets and the egg hunt.
Never you fear, mama! Send them this kiddo-approved, allergy-friendly list of Easter treats and basket ideas that will make those little bunnies very happy!
Free2B Sun Cups + Minis :: Nut-free, soy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, corn-free, and vegan.
Black Forest Organic Fruity Chews :: Gluten-free and organic.
Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans :: Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free.
Yum Earth Organic Lollipops :: Gluten-free, organic, non-GMO, dairy-free, and vegan.
Yum Earth Gummy Bears :: Gluten-free, non-GMO, nut-free, and made with organic ingredients.
Divvies :: Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and vegan baked treats and snacks.
UnReal :: Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan chocolate gems.
No Whey! Foods :: Milk-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan Easter chocolates.
EnjoyLife Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips :: Non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan baking chips.*
*If you have a grandma or Gigi who MUST bake cookies for the kiddos, share this brand of allergy-friendly chocolate chips with her. They come in regular morsel, mini chips, and mega chunks. They also carry several other products like granola bars and packaged cookies that are great to have on hand for a holiday get-together when you are not sure if the treats provided will be allergy-friendly.
Now that we have gotten through the yummy stuff, let’s talk about the fun fillers! If you are not a candy fan at all, or if you want to avoid having to look through labels completely, you can always opt for candy-free Easter baskets.
I have a lot of fun with this every spring as the weather is warming up and my kids need to replenish their backyard toy supplies. Here is a list of some fun fillers your little bunnies will love. You can find most of these at your local dollar store or Target dollar spot.
- Kid gardening tools and seeds
- Bug-catching kit
- Sidewalk chalk
- Modeling clay
- Hula hoops
- Jump ropes
- Art supplies
- LEGO® set
Mama pro tip: If your little one cannot do sweets or candy at all, take a tip from my awesome mother-in-law. She purchases a LEGO set for each of my kiddos and puts a few pieces in each plastic egg. Once the hunt is done, the kids get to put their sets together. She uses a single color of plastic egg for each kiddo so my kids know which eggs are theirs. You can also number the eggs too. Check out this link to get more info and suggestions on this fun candy-free egg hunt idea!
(Check out these non-food prizes Emily Y found at the Houston Street Toy Co.)
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