As a child, Easter was always a fun and exciting holiday. Dying eggs with my family and waking up to them being hidden around the house, with candy and toys. As an adult, a lot of the best parts of Easter didn’t exactly fit in with my green lifestyle, but I still wanted to share them with my son.
Luckily, there are a lot of great alternative available now.
1. Dyeable Ceramic Eggs – One of the biggest parts of my Easter growing up was dying eggs. My mother and I would get a dozen eggs each year and dye them with those Easter kits. Then the Easter Bunny would hide the eggs, I would find them, and we would make deviled eggs with them. Now that my husband and I are Vegan, we don’t purchase eggs, but found ourselves disappointed that we would be unable to continue the tradition for our son. Luckily, Egg Nots have come to our rescue with dyable ceramic eggs. Perfect for households who abstain from eggs for allergy or ethical reasons, these eggs look and feel like the real thing. They are more expensive then actual eggs ($15.95 USD per dozen) but last much longer. You can even purchase hangers to hang them up. Don’t forget the Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit
For those still wanting eggs to hide candy in, try Eco Friendly Easter Eggs made from 100% renewable content (affiliate).
2. Candy – Feel free to skip over this one if you’re not a candy loving household, but my list just didn’t feel complete without mentioning this traditional Easter basket staple. Remember those chick shaped marshmallows covered in sugar? Sweet & Sara has a vegan version! A sweet little sugar covered chick and bunny. I also have my eye on this vegan chocolate marshmallow bunny as well. Sjaak’s also has us covered with Easter chocolate. With delights ranging from bunnies to peanut butter melk chocolate eggs, there’s sure to be something that will be a hit.
3. Books – Books are one of the few things I don’t mind having a lot of. They’re both educational and fun, plus there’s a book for everything! For babies to age 4, try Baby Loves Spring!by Karen Katz (affiliate link) or Biscuit’s Pet & Play Easter (affiliate link). For older children try When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes (affiliate) or Home for a Bunny (Little Golden Book) (Affiliate). For children reading chapter books, Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny (Affiliate link) may be a hit.
4. Stuffed Animal – Baby animals have long been a symbol of the changing seasons, so why not continue that with a stuffed animal? Younger children 0-3 may like an Apple Park Organic Patterned Bunny(affiliate) or an Under The Nile Scrappy Cat (affiliate) which is made from left over clothing production with organic, fair trade cotton. Older children may prefer this Bears For Humanitty Organic Brown Teddy Bear (affiliate), plus for each bear purchased, another teddy bear is sent to a child in need!
5. Tail Blanket – Kids (and adults) love these things? They are super cute blankets in the shapes of tails. Flamingo Baby Organics has a great selection of organic blankets for young babies, and https://www.etsy.com/shop/CustomCrochetables has a wide variety of tail blankets for all ages including mermaid tails, killer whales and sharks.
6. Easter Basket – No basket is complete without of course, the basket! Alaffia has some beautiful hand woven African baskets . Plus, purchasing from Alaffia provides support for their empowerment projects which include several Education-Based Projects, Maternal Health, FGM Eradication, Eyeglasses and Reforestation. Available on their website, or alternatively I have also seen these at my local Whole Foods.
There’s still time to order, but Easter is early this year, so make sure to do it quickly.
What will be in your little one’s basket?