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Easter baskets can make us think of plastic grass – that gets everywhere – and the smell of sugar in the way of jelly beans. If you’re looking for healthier options for your favorite little one’s basket for the coming holiday, we’ve put together a few ideas for you.

As always, ensure that the gifts you choose are age appropriate. If you have questions about how to make sure your toys and gifts are safe – feel free to reach out to us and talk to one of our Family Care team members. We want to ensure you and your most loved ones have a safe and happy holiday.

  • Looking to make memories? What about a craft kit? You can make a craft, some memories, and maybe even something new for the front of the refrigerator.
  • If you’re looking for a double win, think about a water bottle as part of an Easter basket. Not only is it an excellent gift, but you get the benefit of better health when they drink more water! For tips on how to get more water into your (or your tiniest friends’) daily routine, check out Water and Healthier Drinks from the CDC. 
  • Fresh air and exercise are great ways to start out the spring. Think about adding sidewalk chalk or a jump rope into an Easter gift. They’ll get outside and you’ll get the peace of mind that they’re moving more.
  • Board games and puzzles are the perfect way to add some more excitement to family fun night or those days where we wait out the April showers that promise us May flowers.
  • Think about a stuffed animal as an addition to your other gifts. Pair it with an age appropriate book and you have an instant reading buddy to go along with a new story!
  • Do you want to get the little ones more involved in the kitchen? If so, kid-sized cooking utensils can be a great way to encourage your sous chef to get into nutrition. If they help make it, they’re likely more apt to eat it!
  • The gift of comfort is always in style. Think about something like: fun themed socks, a soft hooded bathrobe, plush blanket, or a fancy lip balm.
  • What about the gift of choice? Give them a gift card to their favorite place, or an online retailer they can choose their own items from!
  • What if you made the basket part of the gift? Think about a new bag, a cool reusable container, or a lunch box they can use over and over again!
  • If you need to fill out their basket a bit more think about something like stickers, a water gun, or some bubbles.
  • Want to give something edible, but still stay healthy? Add options like dry fruit, granola bars, crackers, chips or some nut butters.

As always, remember that the best gift we can give each other is taking care of ourselves. If you or your little ones need an appointment – schedule online today and give the gift of good health.

Healthy doesn’t have to mean bland or boring. Have a Happy Healthy Easter from all of us here at NorthShore.

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