30 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids of All Ages


Easter is around the corner. Which means spring is almost here. Ahhh, to see the flowers blooming and hear the birds chirping once again. Finally, being able to ditch those winter drabs. Who could resist everything that Easter brings?


I still remember the fun-filled Easter baskets of my youth. Every year community Easter egg hunts and egg dyeing were always the day before. The next morning, the Easter Bunny had visited and brought the best Easter basket. The Easter Bunny always brought candy, nostalgic toys and games (e.g. skip-it, jacks, paddle & ball, troll dolls, whirly gigs, play-doh, marbles, kite, slinky, and chalk just to name a few). We would then head to church in our Easter best, which in the ’90s meant silky flowered dresses with white patent leather Mary Jane’s, frilly socks, and big hair bows. After church, it was imperative to take multiple snapshots in your Easter “fit” before changing. Lastly, the delicious holiday dinner late in the afternoon.

It was never over-the-top.
It was filled with excitement.
And it was so much fun.

I hope to recreate the same sense of excitement and fun for my boys as they grow up. Creating memories that will last a life time can be challenging from year-to-year. But that’s the joy of being a mom! I’ve compiled a list of some great non-candy Easter basket ideas that can be used for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids.

1. New books
2. Sidewalk chalk
3. Markers and crayons
4. Bathing suit or swim trunks
5. Pajamas
6. Puzzles
7. Bubbles
8. Silly putty
9. Gift cards or money
10. Movie tickets
11. DVD movies
12. Superheros
13. Barbies
14. Sand toys
15. Legos
16. New sippy cups or water bottles
17. Cologne or perfume
18. Hair accessories
19. Frisbee
20. Sunglasses
21. Colorful socks
22. Board game
23. Jump rope
24. Pool toys (googles, squirting guns, etc.)
25. Admission passes (zoo, museum, amusement park, etc.)
26. Rubik’s cube
27. Finger paints
28. Nail polish
29. CDs or iTunes gift card
30. Kite

Hopefully, this list will help the Easter Bunny create a basket filled with love and fun!

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Leslie came to Columbus 2 yrs ago via San Antonio, TX. A Kentucky native that bleeds neither red (Louisville Cardinals) nor blue (Kentucky Wildcats). She is a SAHM, homeschooler and Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) by weekend. Leslie and her husband have two boys, ages 6 and 2, and they love discovering new Columbus parks and restaurants! She proudly embraces the title of "boy mom", even when that means knowing more than she would care to know about dinosaurs. Her everyday wardrobe consists of mainly Nike Dri-Fit and sneakers. Leslie lives for her Burt's Bees lip balm and a good ole top knot bun. You can always find pull-ups, wipes, hand sanitizer, and Welch's fruit snacks in her designer handbag. She loves her family, fashion, interior design, working out, being a soccer mom, renovating the families 1962 ranch with her husband, and making a difference in her patients' lives. She recently became an advocate and volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It is her hope to bring awareness and help raise funds, for a cause that is near and dear to her heart. She is also the owner and founder of The Penmanship Lab.