20 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids and Keep the Candy for Yourself

easter basketsAh yes, Easter. The day that bright colored baskets are filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps and jelly beans ending with kids with tons of sugar in their systems going insane. I’m lucky though because my kids aren’t too huge on candy. I can’t believe it either, but it’s actually a good thing. If Easter baskets are given for the year, it’s kind of hard to figure out what to put in them besides candy. To avoid the crazy sugar rush insanities, I’ve found 20 non-candy ideas that would be perfect for any kid’s basket. Plus I can buy more chocolate to hide for myself. Nestle Crunch and Kit Kats are my favs.

  1. Two dollar bills – kids love money and two dollar bills are unique and cool.
  2. Gift certificates – purchase a small amount gift certificate to your local ice cream shop or restaurant that kids can order for themselves.
  3. Stickers – the ones that are in a roll and tear of easy are the best.
  4. Coloring books & crayons – spring time coloring books are perfect.
  5. Play doh – the kind that comes in the tiny tubs that you would put in party bags.
  6. Chapstick or Nail Polish – great for girls who love to be pretty. Find nail polish that are in bright pinks, yellows and greens. Make sure it’s age appropriate.
  7. Socks – little bunny and chick socks are cute. Kids would adore them.
  8. Pencil toppers – kids can have a little pizazz on their pencils.
  9. Matchbox cars – perfect for little boys that love cars.
  10. Flower seeds and pots – for the little gardener. Find easy to grow indoor plants that do not require a lot of care.
  11. Healthy snacks – this could be trail mix, raisins, craisins or other snacks.
  12. Disposable camera – kids can take pictures throughout Easter day
  13. Photo album – develop the pictures from the camera and have the kids pick their favorite pictures to put in the album.
  14. Stuffed animals – an Easter basket has at least one stuffed animal.
  15. DVD – put a DVD of your kid’s favorite movie that they can’t get enough of.
  16. Puzzles or small games – puzzles of favorite characters or board games.
  17. Theme basket – for the sports kids, crafty kid, or anything that your kid is into at the moment. You can find things related to each other and make a complete Easter basket with those items.
  18. Coupons – you can make coupons for the older kids to give them a free chore day, pick out a movie for movie nightor have a friend over for the day. The ideas are endless to create these coupons.
  19. Glow sticks – pull glow sticks inside of plastic eggs and tape them shut. These would create some night time, glow in the dark fun.
  20. Bubbles – these will create a few hours of fun.


What’s your favorite Easter candy?


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