Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate and I let Caterpillar have it (almost definitely too often) but if you’re fortunate enough, like we are, to have several loving friends and relatives who want to spoil your little ones this Easter time you might find yourself with eggs still in the fridge at Christmas. Or worse, you’ll sneak quite a lot of it yourself (guilty!). So I’ve compiled a list of a few alternative Easter gifts that are good for your pocket and your waistline:
Caterpillar loves getting arty – anything where he can get messy with paint, glue or glitter brings a grin to his face and it’s a nice creative outlet for parents too. Unfortunately, I’m not very arty myself and appreciate a little guidence. Craft packs, like these ones from Wilkos, give you inspiration, instructions and at £1-£4 are about the same price as an Easter Egg.
When I had Caterpillar I was shocked to discover just how many magazines and comics are available for children – the range is huge and includes almost every TV character you can think of. Most include stickers and many include art supplies too (we especially love the Mr Maker magazine). With something to suit any child’s taste these are a great little gift.
Pixar have single-handedly saved my sanity during the last three years and I’m not even ashamed to admit it. With The Good Dinosaur due for DVD release just in time for Easter you’ll win lots of brownie points with both the kids and the parents who get to enjoy a little peace.
Caterpillar and I share a love of books and they will always be a great present in my book (ha!). Children’s books can be really expensive but they don’t have to be. I’m a big fan of both The Works and The Book People for some amazing bargains.
Pound shop haul
Children don’t care where their toys come from so why not grab a handful of cute toys and art supplies from your local pound shop, package them up in a bright box, and the children will think it’s Christmas instead of Easter.
Hope you find these suggestions helpful. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below. Happy Easter!