Parents might be looking for cheaper alternatives to replace classic Easter treats this year. The rising cost of eggs and chocolate means the spring holiday comes with a bigger price tag.

Cocoa prices also reached new highs at the beginning of 2024. This is due to heavy rainfall and flooding in the Ivory Coast and Ghana.


Here are some alternative ideas instead of chocolate & candy to help fill your Easter basket:

  1. Toys: Small toys or trinkets such as bouncy balls, toy cars, dolls, action figures, or stuffed animals.
  2. Books: Age-appropriate books or activity books related to Easter or the child’s interests.
  3. Art Supplies: Crayons, markers, coloured pencils, sketchbooks, or other art materials for creative activities.
  4. Outdoor Activities: Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, frisbees, or small sports equipment.
  5. Stickers and Temporary Tattoos: Fun stickers or temporary tattoos featuring Easter themes or the child’s favourite characters.
  6. Games and Puzzles: Card games, small board games, or puzzles suitable for the child’s age.
  7. Educational Toys: Building blocks, puzzles, or STEM toys that encourage learning through play.
  8. Craft Kits: DIY craft kits for making jewelry, painting, or other creative projects.
  9. Healthy Snacks: Instead of candy, you can include healthier snack options such as dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, or fruit snacks.
  10. Gift Cards: Depending on the child’s age and interests, you could include gift cards for books, movies, or their favourite stores.
  11. Outdoor Adventure Gear: Binoculars, compasses, or bug-catching kits for outdoor exploration.
  12. Character Themed Items: Items featuring their favourite characters from movies, TV shows, or books, such as stickers, small toys, or accessories.
  13. Seeds or Plants: Small packets of flower or vegetable seeds, or potted plants for gardening enthusiasts.
  14. Socks or Accessories: Fun socks, hair accessories, or jewelry items.
  15. Personalized Items: Personalized items such as a custom mug, keychain, or tote bag with the child’s name or a special message.