With all this depressing news about how fat we're all getting, maybe it's wise to focus on Easter's non-chocolate retail opportunities. Here are some cheep and cheerful ideas.
_ Times staff
Can't be bothered with dyeing eggs? Then try pretty napkins instead. Party express beverage napkins, $2.79 for 16. Lynn's Hallmark.
Slip a little chick ornament in your favorite bunny's basket. It'll last a lot longer than the marshmallow variety. Chick, $3. Pier One Imports.
You won't even miss the chocolate eggs when you whip up a festive batch of fat-free Jell-O beans. Well, maybe. Jell-O Jigglers Bean Mold, $3.99, Target, or on the Web: www.kraftfoods.com/jello/index.jhtml.
Add zip to your bunny hop with pink socks adorned with hatchling chicks. K. Bell women's socks, $3.99, Stein Mart.
Unzip this fabric egg and out pop three little stuffed pals _ a chick, a bunny and a lamb. So sweet, without the calories. It's even washable. Egg house, $15. Pier One Imports.
Lure the Easter Bunny to your hutch with a festive sidewalk drawing. Egg-shaped sidewalk chalk, $2.99 for 6. Stein Mart.
If you love bubble lights the way we love bubble lights, you'll be glad to know they're not just for Christmas anymore. Night light by Roman Lights, $7.75 at Lynn's Hallmark.