40 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

These creative ideas will not only help you avoid the annual sugar rush (and crash), but will provide fun that keeps on giving well beyond the holiday.

Easter is just around the corner, and so is the sugar surplus that goes with it. Unfortunately, baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and endless jelly beans aren’t always the healthiest options.

If you want to avoid a sugar surplus this Easter, try substituting sugar with plenty of non-candy treats in your kids’ Easter baskets. These creative ideas will not only help you avoid the annual sugar rush (and crash), but will provide experiences that keep on giving well beyond the holiday.

40 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

  1. Bubbles
  2. Books
  3. Play dough
  4. Fun Easter sunglasses
  5. Stuffed Animals
  6. Portable Umbrella
  7. Gardening Tools and Seeds
  8. Sidewalk Chalk
  9. Stickers
  10. Temporary tattoos
  11. Art supplies (crayons, markers, paints)
  12. Hair bows and accessories
  13. Puzzles
  14. Legos
  15. Playing cards (or educational ones like our Wild Cards)
  16. Matchbox cars
  17. Tickets to a movie, sporting event, etc.
  18. Magazine (or magazine subscription)
  19. Gift cards
  20. DVDs or CDs
  21. Jewelry
  22. Money (great for stuffing inside hollow Easter eggs)
  23. Bath toys
  24. Flashlight
  25. Activity or coloring books
  26. A membership to a zoo, museum, or local attractions
  27. Nail polish
  28. Jump rope
  29. Healthy treats such as snack sized bags of crackers or granola bars
  30. Beach toys
  31. Board games
  32. Clothes/socks
  33. Doll
  34. Magnifying glass
  35. Lip gloss/Chapstick™
  36. Slinky™
  37. Squirt guns
  38. Easter-themed rubber stamps and ink pad
  39. Stationary and a book of postage stamps
  40. Toothbrush and toothpaste

Combine the above ideas with a few pieces of candy or healthy treats if you can’t get away with zero sweets in the baskets.

Go For Themes

Another great idea for Easter baskets is to create them around an activity or theme. Try making a garden-themed basket and fill it with child-size garden gloves, seeds, small garden tools, a watering can, and other garden-related items. This encourages your little ones to help out in the garden, which can become a teaching moment.

Or how about a camping themed basket filled with flashlights, binoculars, camping gear such as silverware/dishware, guide books, and whistles. Other themed ideas kids might like are a sports basket, movie night basket, baking/cooking basket, or sewing/knitting basket —  the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget the grown-ups on your list this Easter. How about a coffee, tea, or wine-themed basket? Or create an Easter basket for the pets, filled with treats, toys, a new leash, and blankets.

These baskets may be just as much fun to fill as they are to empty!

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Natalie LaVolpe

Natalie LaVolpe is a freelance writer and former special education teacher. She is dedicated to healthy living through body and mind. She currently resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband, children, and dog.

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Karen wheeler

Toothbrushes and small summer shirts work great for the baskets also


A dvd or cd , or fill a baseball hat instead of a basket, makes a nice surprise too.

Juli W

Great list! Here are a few others we used to encourage active and outdoor play for family fun: kites, balls of all sorts, bats for baseball, baseball bases, orange cones, soccer nets, frisbee, accessories for your child’s bike, croquet set, etc.

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