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It seems like Christmas is only just over when suddenly Easter eggs go on display in the shops!
I always want to cut down on the number of chocolate eggs arriving in my home, especially as Easter is very close to both my kids birthdays, my birthday and St. Valentine's Day.
Our house isn't a chocolate-free zone at Easter, but I do try and find some ways of reducing the amount of chocolate that my chldren receive.
Think of the effect on their teeth for a start!
So, here are some alternative Easter gift suggestions which are relatively healthy and non-calorific - think eggs, think chicks, think rabbits, think bouncing and energy!!
These ideas would also be brilliant for children who cannot eat chocolate for any reason such as allergies and intolerences.
Nothing says Easter like Peter Rabbit! This Peter Rabbit™ from M&S's Beatrix Potter range is suitable from birth and a cuddly Easter treat for everybody. Huggably soft and ideal for cuddling!
Someone's hungry and looking for a snack! Help our furry applique friend find her crunchy carrot in this stripy long sleeved t-shirt. This Organic Breton Rabbit Applique T-Shirt is made from super soft 100% organic cotton.
These have been an absolute classic children's toy for decades, suitable for any of little your chicks over 6 months old. Tomy's Hide and Squeak Eggs are erfect for someone who is too young for a chocolate Easter egg.
You crack them open the eggs to reveal brightly coloured chicks, press down on the chicks and they'll cheep for you and they double up as a fun shape sorting game too. Cheep cheep!
Paw Patrol is the hugely popular Nick Jr and Milkshake TV animated series, where dogs train to carry out daring rescues!
For Easter they have a special DVD Paw Patrol: Easter Egg Hunt with 7 new episodes of Paw Patrol on it. Perfect for all fans of Adventure Bay's finest.
More for Paw Patrol fans: 10 Cute Paw Patrol Gifts Your Kids Will Adore
Have an Easter cuppa - or any other drink - in this adorable Happy Easter Mug which which could become your own Easter tradition!
This cute Knit your own Bunnies kit is from The Crafty Kit Company.
You could give the kit as a present to a creative older child, or knit the bunny yourself as a gift. Everything is supplied, including thread, yarn, fabric and stuffing.
Bounce off those excess chocolate calories with this old-fashioned Space Hopper. Well, it is sort of egg shaped!
This '70s-tastic version is a replica of the one the kid down the road had but would never let you have a go on. Now you can fight over it with the kids.
These adorable baby socks by Soggs are packaged in an egg box and come in a choice of designs - stars, stripes, bright colours or even rockstar socks!
Sizes start at newborn, so again perfect for a baby who is too young for chocolate.
A gift of chickens will not only provide a household in one of the world's hardest places with a nutritious diet of eggs and the chicken manure can even be used to fertilize the vegetable garden.
It also gives them some extra money by selling surplus eggs and reared chicks.This can be used to pay for their child's education, essential healthcare and other basic needs.
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