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Easter Gift Giving: 6 Alternatives to Candy

(StatePoint) When it comes to Easter, there’s no doubt about it: candy is the go-to gift item for kids. But whether it’s to avoid triggering food allergies or sugar overload or you just want to do something a little different this year, there are many reasons you may be in need of some alternative gift ideas.

With that in mind here are six Easter gift ideas that aren’t candy:

• Great books: You don’t need to forgo the Easter basket entirely. Just fill the basket with books in lieu of sweets. This is an opportunity to foster a love of reading and help build a young reader’s personal library.

• Music maker: Give the gift of music for life with an instrument that’s designed to help someone learn to play for the very first time or dial up their existing skills. For example, the PX-S1000 is a keyboard with a slim profile that provides an authentic grand piano sound and feel. A great gift for budding and expert musicians alike, its Bluetooth audio playback features allows users to connect to their device and play along with their favorite songs.

• A fun outing: Whether it’s spectating a baseball game or enjoying the thrills of an amusement park, the spring season is the perfect time to gift kids and family with an experience they will remember long after they’d have unwrapped their last pieces of candy. Find an activity everybody will love and make a special day of it.

• Fun movie night: If you’re looking for a gift the whole family can enjoy together, a projector to create an at-home theater experience is a good solution. Those from Casio’s SLIM projector series require little to no setup time, and provide projection at maximum brightness in as few as five seconds. Each LampFree model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals, ensuring the family can get set up and begin watching favorite flicks quickly and easily.

• Art kit: For budding creative types, consider an art kit. From Easter egg-decorating -- if you want to stick with the seasonal theme -- to beading to sand art bottles, there is no shortage of arts and crafts kits for children of all ages, that make great gifts.

• Bling: Lots of kids want to look their best, just like you. Help them accessorize with a timepiece. For an option that’s both on-trend and a classic look, consider the Vintage Collection of timepieces from Casio, which are good gifts for both boys and girls and are available in a range of bold metallics, including silver, gold and rose gold. Featuring an LED-lit display face and such functions as a countdown timer and a 1/10th second stopwatch, it’s a great gift for stylish kids who want to be on time.

This Easter, think a bit outside the candy box. There are plenty of fun and creative gift alternatives out there.

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