Holidays with food allergies can be difficult. My daughter's severe peanut and egg allergies mean that we've had to adjust our celebrations and do things a little differently than other people. Here's how we've enjoyed Easter over the years.

Non-edible ideas for Easter egg stuffers

We've never been able to participate in the many community Easter egg hunts that happen at this time of year because the candy inside the plastic eggs is usually not safe.

When my daughters do their Easter egg hunt from the Easter Bunny on Easter morning, there's never candy inside the plastic eggs.  That doesn't mean they don't find fun surprises though!  Here are some of the treats that have been inside the girls' plastic Easter eggs.

Stickers -- These were really a hit when the girls were pre-school age.
Jewelry -- Just fun little trinkets like stick-on earrings or Dollar Store bracelets
Fun socks
Pieces of Lego sets and mini-figures that could be put together once all the eggs were found
Gift cards

Allergy-friendly Easter candy ideas

The Easter Bunny always lets me know ahead of time the candy that he will be putting in Alex and Wendy's Easter baskets so I can make sure the candy is safe for Alex.  So I thought I would share that Easter candy will all of you in case you need some ideas to give the Easter Bunny about what candy is safe for your kids!

  • Easter Dots:  safe for all major food allergies
  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate Eggs:  contain milk and soy
  • Easter Skittles:  safe for all major food allergies
  • Hershey's Candy Coated White Chocolate Flavored Eggs:  contain milk and soy
  • Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow Peeps:  may contain milk
  • Milk Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Peeps:  contain milk and soy
  • Dubble Bubble Egg-shaped Gumballs:  Possible soy cross-contamination
  • Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Princess Bunny:  contain milk and soy
  • Haribo Gummy Bunnies:  safe for all major food allergies
  • Starburst Jellybeans:  safe for all major food allergies

As always, don't take my (or even the Easter Bunny's) word for it in determining that these foods are safe for your or your child's food allergies.  Always read labels for yourself, and have a sweet Easter!

Egg-dying alternatives

How does one celebrate Easter when touching eggs causes one to break out in hives, and eating them causes anaphylaxis?  Well, we've learned and adjusted over the past few years, and here's how we do it.

One of the most fun parts of Easter for families is decorating hard-boiled eggs.  Well, that's out for us, but we still want to buy the egg-dying kit, dip eggs in to make them pretty colors, and then (the best part for my sister and me when we were kids, and now the part that my kids talk about every Easter), dumping the dyes down the drain, watching the sink turn different colors.

In order to enjoy this experience with our kids, we've done different things over the years.  We always buy the egg dying kit, but we buy different kinds of fake eggs to dye.

One year we bought wooden eggs from the craft store.  We've done styrofoam eggs a few times, and we've tried papier-mache eggs. Our most successful faux egg hack has been the plastic eggs they sell at Walmart. They actually take quite well to egg dye.

There are also two bonuses to dying fake eggs.  First, we are able to give them as gifts to grandparents and other relatives as thank-yous for the generous Easter baskets and gifts the girls are given (Seriously, Alex and Wendy are spoiled at Easter almost as much as at Christmas.).  Second, they don't have to be careful when the drop the "eggs" into the egg-dying mugs.  They won't break!

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