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It seems like Christmas is only just over when suddenly Easter eggs go on display in the shops! The kids have hardly got over the chocolate onslaught from Christmas and then you doscover that Creme Eggs are in the shops!
For this reason I always try to cut down on the number of chocolate eggs arriving in my home, especially as Easter is usually 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. I just shudder to think of the effect on their teeth for a start....
These ideas would also be brilliant for children who cannot eat chocolate for any reason such as allergies and intolerences.
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!!
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.
All fans of the ever hungry iconic rabbit will love this huggably soft toy which is ideal for cuddling!
Get crafty with the Easter Giant Bag of Craft with it's selection of Easter themed colours, these vibrant pipe cleaners, sequins, googly eyes, pom poms, card sheets and glitter glue bottles, will be easy to add to any of your Easter creations and decorations using the bottle of PVA glue included.
You can stick them onto your Easter bonnet, garlands, drawings, paintings or create your own handmade cards and so much more.
£6 from The Works
Little (or big) LEGO fans will have hours of fun with this limited edition LEGO® Carrot House of the Easter Bunny. Recommended for 8 years and above, this could just become your favourite Easter decoration!
£30 at Amazon
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 perfect 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!
Many kids find fidget toys very calming, so this Cute Bunny Fidget Toy Bag would be a super Easter gift for anyone who enjoyed the stress relieving qualities of this type of toy.
Better still this one can be carried around and doubles as a handbag too! £6.99 at Amazon.
If you've always wanted to teach your kids to knit, this Knit Your Own Easter Egg Cosies kit is the perfect Easter craft to keep the kids entertained.
Once made, they will be perfect for keeping your eggs warm and cosy on Easter morning or for a fun decoration on the eggs around your Easter egg hunt.
Miffy, the iconic rabbit from the ever-popular books by Dick Bruna is loved by children just as much as when the books were originally published. This Miffy Red with Blue Hat is made from super soft 100% cotton and is handmade.
Perfect for a fan of Miffy or anyone who loves rabbits!
Part of the popular LEGO Brickheadz series comes this special LEGO Brickheadz Easter Sheep Set, where you can build your own sheep which stands with a flower and two Easter eggs.
£20 at Amazon.
Make your Easter breakfast a whole bunch more fun with these Easter Toast Stamps, which let you stamp an egg design, or the words Happy Easter into your toast!
They are just £1.50 from The Works.
Stacking toys are a very good way to help young children to develop hand eye coordination. Bettter still this beautiful Personalised Wooden Bunny Stacker Toy would be fantastic for Easter, and would be an item that would be treasured.
You can find it at My 1st Years for £23 with the option to personalise it.
If you are looking for a gift for an Easter basket, the LEGO Creator Easter Bunny Polybag Set would certainly fit the bill. It is the perfect small, chocolate-free Easter treat for little ones.
They would be a lovely gift to put in Easter crackers too (yes, that is a thing).
£7.99 at Amazon.
With four Easter themed designs featuring your favourite, instantly recognisable characters, this ceramic painting art set is the perfect afternoon activity for Peppa Pig fans!
The Peppa Pig Easter Paint Your Own Ceramic Decorations is fun for kids and adults alike.
£4.00 at The Works
Have an Easter cuppa - or any other drink - in this adorable Happy Easter Mug which which could become your own Easter tradition!
Get Crafty this Easter with the Easter Fun Scratch Art Book as you scratch away to reveal bouncing bunnies and chirpy chicks to create rainbow arts and crafts.
Plus you can get colouring with some colouring pictures that are included in this hardback book too. £5 at The Works.
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.
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.
This year's annual Squishmallows Easter special edition is the Official Kellytoy Easter Squishy Plush which is a cute bunny design, holding an Easter egg.
£123 at Amazon
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