If you’ve been slacking on Easter prep you may be thinking, “Hey, I guess I can just go buy one of those pre-made Easter baskets.” It’s true, you can, but know that those plastic-wrapped, pre-made baskets are usually packed with chemicals, plastic toys, food coloring, child-labor produced chocolates and more icky stuff. Not a very happy Easter though is it?
In any case, it is too late to order ethical, organic Easter goodies (Easter is Sunday!) but you can still whip up a last-minute Easter basket that’s eco-friendly, organic and healthier than those pre-packaged monstrosities. Below is a step-by-step guide.
1. Get a basket
If you have a leftover Easter basket laying around (who doesn’t?) it can be reused. You can also reuse a beach bucket or other container. Add some freshness to an older basket with a bright bow or ribbon. If you don’t have a basket here are some super quick and painless eco-friendly options…
- Stop by your local thrift store. Hop in, grab a basket and hop out.
- Print out an Easter basket on recycled paper. There are many cute Easter printables around but I REALLY adore Jinjerup’s gift bag options (adorable!).
- If you haven’t yet made the switch to reusable bags; well, you should, but in this case you’re in luck, because you can recycle a paper bag into a sweet Easter basket. See this tutorial or this one.
2. Get some Easter grass & eggs
It’s getting a bit late to order sustainable Easter eggs and grass filling for baskets, but you don’t need to buy new plastic items. You can make some homemade Easter grass, reuse last year’s plastic eggs or make some quick homemade ready-to-fill felt eggs.
3. Tuck in some healthier organic treats
When you’re at the mercy of your local grocery store it can be hard to find healthier, organic and Fair Trade Easter goodies. These kind of specialty items are usually best ordered online, ahead of time because it’s not so sweet to give your child food colors, pesticides and child labor chocolate for Easter. If you didn’t order treats online, your first stop should be a local co-op or natural grocer.
If you don’t have a co-op type store nearby, you’re not dead out of luck though. Thankfully, as organics grow in popularity, you can often find an array of organic and/or healthier holiday treats at your regular grocer. Yesterday I checked out what my basic, local grocer had to offer and found the following good ideas for a last-minute Easter basket.
- CLIF Kids makes a ton of organic treats that kids love such as CLIF Kid Organic ZFruit Ropes in lots of yummy flavors, fun CLIF Kid ZBars in treat-minded flavors like chocolate and iced oatmeal.
- Annie’s Homegrown is also a grocery leader when it comes to healthier kid treats. Annie’s offers great Easter basket ideas like Berry Patch Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Organic Bunny Snack Mix or Bunny Graham Cookie Friends.
- Nature’s Path also has some kid treats at my local grocer like EnviroKidz Organic Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bar and Organic Koala Crispy Rice Bars.
- Every Easter basket needs a little chocolate, and your local grocer should have some decent ethical choices available, such as Endangered Species Otter, Smooth Milk Chocolate, Theo Chocolate Organic Chocolate Bars and Newman’s Own Organics Milk Chocolate Cups.
Other grocery store treat ideas include:
- Manderine oranges
- Panda Licorice Chews
- Organic juice boxes – which aren’t ideal, being in a box, but make a nice treat.
- Organic trail mixes.
- Stretch Island Fruitabu Rolls
- Organic honey sticks.
- Small packs of veggie chips.
- Dried fruit – my son especially loves Just Tomatoes Organic Just Strawberries – which I almost never get him, so these are a super treat for him.
- Organic popcorn.
- You can also find organic hard candy, lollies and other goodies at many stores.
4. Tuck in some non-edible eco-treats
Instead of cheap plastic Easter novelty toys that will only end up in the landfill, why not tuck some fun and more reusable goods into your child’s Easter basket. Hint – look for items your child will have fun with for more than a day.
- Homemade play clay hidden in an Easter egg.
- Cute bandages or stickers in fun spring-minded designs.
- Non-toxic crayons and a pad of recycled drawing paper.
- A deck of cards or small board game.
- Yes To Carrots Color Lip Balm
- A homemade music CD.
- Sidewalk chalk. In fact, if you have a little time, you can even make your own egg-shaped chalk.
- Soy candles. Sounds weird, but my son loves these. If your kid is old enough to be safe around candles, it’s a nice treat.
- A book, comic or magazine you know your child will reread.
- A reusable water bottle – I’ve even seen Klean Kanteens and LifeFactory bottles at my local grocers (check with your co-op if you have one).