I'm sure I stood in the Easter aisle of the store for way longer than anyone else. Images and lists flitted through my mind as I took inventory of each child; their likes, dislikes, preferences and allergies. Here's what it looked like.
Hmm. For the oldest daughter -- who is now a vegan -- there goes everything with meat. No problem. We'll have a meatless lasagna so she can eat the meal. For her basket, however, I'm stuck. No real eggs, obviously. Hard to find candy that isn't made with eggs, butter or milk (that's just about every piece of chocolate). Of course she likes to stick with organic and non-GMO products. Out of the rows and rows of goodies, those don't exist. I could buy a bottle of filtered water.
For the youngest daughter things are tougher. She has allergies to all fish, undercooked egg whites and egg yolks, tree nuts and blueberries. I'm glad ham is on the menu instead of seafood. She won't touch any fruit other than apples and oranges, nor will she eat peanuts even though she can. She won't eat jelly beans, 'just in case.' Colored eggs are looking okay as long as they've been cooked to death. Also, tap water is looking like an option.
For the oldest son I have the same problems. He's also allergic to fish and tree nuts, can eat over-easy eggs (but never has), can eat blueberries, (but doesn't like them) but can't have coconut. Like the sibling before him, the cute hollow bunnies with the candy eyes are gone forever. Since he doesn't eat much at any meal anyway I'm glad air is, for the most part, allergy-free. We won't go into his environmental allergies today, but I will be making sure he's taken his meds. He doesn't drink much water anyway.
The youngest son has allergies to tree nuts and possibly peanuts so that eliminates a lot of choices. He had problems with undercooked eggs at one point but apparently not anymore, but why take that chance. He also has braces so technically he's not to have gum or anything chewy, crunchy, nougaty, or sugary. Looks like a glass of water with ice (don't chew the ice!). Yum.