Easter Basket Ideas That Don’t Involve Candy
Even in a pandemic year, we still have Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day candy leftover. Which means, now that Easter is rolling around, I don’t really want to fill another basket with candy. Especially since my kiddo has already had issues with cavities. Even though he is only 5 1/2 years old.
Therefore, I always look for Easter basket goodies that don’t involve sweets.
If you are looking for Easter basket ideas for a range of ages, look no further! I’ve got you covered with lots of non-candy related ideas. But with Easter being just two weeks away, it’s time to get those baskets in order!
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Oral Care Items
We love Grin Natural in our house! In fact, when we got our last shipment, my son was so excited he actually went to brush his teeth for a second time before bed!
The 1-2-3 Grin Kid’s Oral Care Set would be a great Easter basket item. It comes with a kid’s toothbrush in the color of your choice, a kid’s toothpaste in your choice of flavor – with or without fluoride, a set of kid’s flossers, and a brushing chart with stickers! This is great for kids motivated by rewards. We told ours that once he completes his chart he gets to pick out a new toy.
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Electric toothbrushes are a great Easter basket item as well. Not only do they promote oral health, but also autonomous brushing, as many have timers built in to ensure kids brush long enough. So many come in themed characters or fun shapes these days too. Making them a bit more exciting that a standard toothbrush.
I don’t know about you, but my kid LOVES bath bombs. He much prefers bath bombs to bubbles and often steals my fancier more expensive bombs. Even when I’ve bought him his own.
Nectar Bath Treats makes the most amazing bath treats, including bath bombs in fun shapes and sizes, along with handmade soaps, body butters, and other specialty items. They have some fun Easter themed bath treats right now as well!
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Small craft kits are also a great item to include in an Easter basket. There are several different themed kits you can get to help your kids tap into their creativity. Whether it is paper mache, beading, embroidery, or some other handcraft, there is a kit to match every child’s interests!
Yes it’s a little messy, but kinetic sand can be fun for adults too! Kinetic sand comes in a variety of colors and sizes in terms of packs. You can go big with a larger kit and create your own in-home sand box/sensory bin. Or get a smaller bag or two to take to Grandma and Grandpa’s house or to just pull out from time to time.
What kid doesn’t love slime, amiright? I mean, I don’t really. But my son sure seems to like it!
Just like the kinetic sand, slime kits come in all sorts of different colors and sizes these days! From rainbow to metallic, there is a slime for every child. Including slime mix-ins!
Grab a pack or two to add to your kiddo’s Easter basket.
Your child may have outgrown Play-Doh by now, but for littles, it’s always a hit. As with slime and kinetic sand, as you know, Play-Doh kits come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and themes. These days you can get Play-Doh cash registers, construction sites, baking sets, pizza making kits, and more!
You can just add a few small Play-Dohs to a basket to help round it out. Or go with a kit as a bigger ticket basket item.
Yes, Silly Putty is still a thing! And given that they are egg-shaped, they are perfect for Easter Baskets!
For bigger kids, something like Aaron’s Thinking Putty may be a better fit. My boss gave each of my coworkers and me one a few years ago, and they are great for people who may think with their hands. Think students on Zoom classes, who may focus better when their hands are occupied.
I don’t know about you, but last spring we used A LOT of sidewalk chalk! Since there wasn’t much to do when everything first shut down, going outside to draw on the driveway was always an option.
And like many of the items I mentioned previously, sidewalk chalk doesn’t just come in a standard set anymore. There are lots of fun options, including chalk shaped like Easter eggs, unicorn horns, ice cream cones, and more!
Sidewalk chalk is a great Easter basket addition to signal that Spring is here! You can even get chalk paint now, for a slightly different effect.
Card games are an easy addition too because of their size. And classic card games such as Uno, Skip-Bo, and Go Fish are great for all ages! It is even something the whole family can do together.
We love to play Uno and Go Fish in our house.
Books are always a good choice in my mind, and there are so many great Easter stories showcasing some of your child’s favorite characters!
We always add a book to our son’s Easter basket. Because again, it’s something we can do together, and also fosters a love a reading.
Here are some great Easter stories, along with a springtime favorite of ours.
Movies Featuring Bunnies
Along with books, adding a child’s favorite DVD can be a great addition to their Easter basket. Especially one that features the Easter bunny, or rabbits in general.
I know many of us have streaming services and may not use DVDs as much these days, but they are still fun for kids to receive as gifts.
Headphones became a bit of a necessity for kids over the last year, with many of them completing school virtually. A fun set of character-themed headphones is a great idea for littler kids who may still be going to school online. Or even for road trips or flights coming up this spring or summer!
For bigger kids, wireless earbuds can be a great Easter basket addition. You may even score some additional points with your pre-teen or teenager depending on the brand and how much you want to spend!
Legos are another item that seem to be fun for all ages. And they come in a wide range of sizes, themes, and price points these days.
A small one item building set can help round out an Easter basket. Or again, a larger set could serve as a bigger ticket basket item.
You can get favorite characters in Lego sets now too! Including Marvel superheroes, Trolls, Star Wars, Disney characters, and more.
L.O.L Surprise Dolls/Poopsie
To be honest, I am a boy mom. So this is not my wheelhouse. But a couple of years ago, I drew my little cousin’s name for Christmas. At 7 years old she was really into L.O.L Surprise Dolls and Poopsie.
These come in small egg or ball shaped packages, making them easy Easter basket items for little girls.
This is what my son and his 5-6 year old buddies are into these days. Beyblades and Bakugan. Both come in small packages, making them easy additions. However, for Beyblades, you’ll likely need a stadium too if you don’t already have one.
If you don’t have a stadium, you can get an inexpensive one along with a couple of Beyblades for racing. Or you can buy a set that includes all-in-one.
Art Supplies/Coloring Books/Activity Kits
Lots of options in this category to help build your basket. Think about your child’s interests and needs. Do they like to color? Paint? Do you need an easy road trip activity? Or something they can do at home?
Get creative and help foster their creativity by adding some art supplies, like crayons, finger paint, or paint markers to their Easter basket!
Dinosaur Eggs or Hatchimals
My son got a set of these Dig ‘Em Up Dinosaur Eggs for Christmas and he had so much fun excavating their fossils! It’s messy. But a fun activity for kids who are interested in science. They have different sets you can dig up too, if your kid isn’t into dinos, such as gems and sea creatures!
Plus they are egg shaped, making them Easter themed in my book.
Hatchimals are fun for kids as well. They get to crack them open to see what is inside! You can even get a carton of them that look like eggs!
Additional Ideas for Older Kids
Older kids may be a bit harder to build baskets for as they may not think any of these other things are cool anymore. There are a few ideas for older kids scattered in the other categories, such as earbuds, Aaron’s Thinking Putty, or card games. However, here are a few other miscellaneous options for older kids.
I hope you found these non-candy related Easter basket ideas helpful! Feel free to pin this post to refer back to next year, and share with your friends who may be looking for ideas for their kiddos as well!