50 Easter Basket Ideas Without Candy

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I am kind of picky when it comes to what I let my kids eat. There are exceptions. Birthday parties are a huge overload of sugar and caffeine in our family, something we all look forward to every year. Even with Halloween, I only let them keep a handful of candy. The rest we donate to the local dentist's office in exchange for toothbrushes, toothpaste, and stickers (yay!).

easter basket ideas without candy

50 Easter Basket Ideas Without Candy

Things I've put in Easter baskets instead of a ton of candy:

  • stickers
  • sugar-free gum
  • hair bows
  • trail mix
  • money (change in an egg is fun!)
  • play dough (make your own!)
  • baby doll accessories
  • Barbie clothes
  • pens/pencils/crayons
  • coloring books/art supplies
  • makeup (lip gloss, nail polish)
  • bracelets, rings
  • coupons for getting out of chores
  • mini scrapbooks
  • puzzles
  • flash cards
  • magic trick play sets
  • bubbles
  • stamps
  • chalk
  • grow-dinos (capsules that you put in water and watch grow)
  • erasers
  • sun glasses
  • bouncy balls
  • balls and jacks
  • mini travel games (checkers, chess, etc)
  • magnets
  • snow globe (weird? yes.)
  • cars (construction trucks were a hit)
  • mini figurines – dinos, army men, etc
  • trail mix, healthy snacks
  • food and cooking utensils for their play kitchen
  • mini flashlights
  • keychains
  • bead necklaces
  • finger paints
  • yo-yos
  • DVDs
  • bubble bath
  • bath paints
  • yarn (my kids love to knit using these things)
  • fancy duck tape (Hello Kitty, zebra, etc)
  • sports balls – basketball, baseball, football
  • jump rope and other outside play toys
  • personalized water bottle
  • shoes (if they needed them at the time)
  • socks, undies
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss

Many of these will not fit inside the little Easter eggs so we create little tickets and each ticket matches a prize. They come to the prize table after the egg hunt and cash in their tickets for the prizes they match up with. It's super fun, and is a great way to avoid sugary treats.

Some of the ideas above may sound boring but it's all in presentation. If you present these items to them in a bland fashion, your kids are going to look at you like “what the heck?”. If you dress it all up a bit – create the prize table and put streamers and a pretty tablecloth on it – put balloons and ribbons throughout the house for the Easter egg hunt, and make sure the socks and undies you get them are awesome, they'll love it!

What do you like to add to your kid's Easter basket?

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  1. AWESOME!! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about how candy was bad for your teeth. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  2. I do the same. We don’t put a whole bunch of candy in the baskets. We usually buy them a toy and add some jelly beans and suckers. Maybe one chocolate, but that’s it!

  3. I have used many of these ideas since bub is allergic to chocolate and the rest just sits and gets stale! At Halloween we do the same with the candy we get freebies but also money and the candy goes to the troops!

  4. We dont go over board with candy either since thats what they use their “money” to buy but we put things like fruit roll ups, and granola bars in there a long with some little summer toys like bubbles, chalk ect.

  5. love all the ideas I have a new grandson so I got kinda out of the Easter Basket filling its been awhile since I filled them for my sons but now I get to start over…

  6. You’ve got some great suggestions here. As much as I love Easter candy, it’s best to show some restraint where the kids are concerned.

  7. I have quite a few of the things on this list going in my kids baskets this year. I’m going to put an Easter theme snack cake, mini caburry eggs, goldfish, and gummy treats (not sure what they’re actually called). We have way to much candy left over from Valentines and Mardi Gras I don’t want to add anymore to our stash. I’m not going to have a rewards table or anything like that.. as we’re not doing eggs this year (going to be at a Hotel for Easter) but each of their baskets will have a toy that suits them in it too so they’ll be excited about that. Last year we did Angry Birds themed baskets and they all had an Angry Bird and an Angry Bird shirt. They loved it!

  8. Nice. Thanks for posting that. I’ll return back to find out more and tell my coworkers about your site.

  9. Thx for this!I love the idea of the tickets in the eggs!Then they can exchange for what they want!I will probably give in&put some candy in my sons basket,but honestly,all the candy from those little eggs usually sits in a bowl on top of my refrigerator til I deem it too old&dump it,lol! Great ideas!!

  10. Love your ideas! Here on the East Coast, we are just going into warmer weather so I’ve put a bathing suit and swimming goggles/snorkel in the basket a few times.

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