50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

I really do love Easter. The brunches, powerful sermons, the unbelievably cute Easter dresses, and of course the candy and Easter baskets. My daughter is 16 months old. She doesn’t eat candy and really doesn’t understand the concept of the Easter Bunny bringing and hiding chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and trinkets.

In fact, the entire “Easter Bunny” thing kind of creeps me out. A giant bunny comes into your house, lays eggs, and hides them? What in the world does that have to do with the true meaning of Easter? I digress…

50 Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas

If you peruse the stores, you’ll see a collection of pre-made Easter baskets full of stuffed animals, candy, cheap toys, and giant chocolate bunnies. I’m not dissing on the convenience of these baskets, but I’d rather get presents that are practical and worth investing in. Especially something that doesn’t contain junk or candy that my daughter will choke on or will ultimately end up in the trash. Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to stock up on some spring and summer supplies!

Check out these 50+ candy and junk-free alternatives for Easter baskets:

For Outside:

  • Jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubble machine
  • Water table
  • Kite
  • Roller skates
  • Scooter
  • Tricycle or bicycle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hats – fedoras, anyone?
  • Life jacket or arm floaties
  • Pool toys
  • Sand box or sand toys
  • Pool pass or zoo ticket
  • Inflatable pool
  • Frisbee 
  • Balls – soccer, volley, bouncy, or beach!
  • Ride-on toys

Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

For Inside:

  • Bath crayons or toys
  • Water color paint set
  • Finger puppets
  • Easter-themed movie
  • Rubber stamps or craft kits
  • Summery hair accessories
  • Lego set or building blocks
  • Kids’ folding chairs
  • Teepee or kid-sized tent
  • Move tickets
  • Beads, string, or trinkets (for friendship bracelets) 
  • Tea Set
  • Baby’s First Bible
  • Non-toxic nail polish
  • Play-dough set
  • Magnetic letters or learning games
  • Small dolls or action figures
  • Board games
  • Temporary tattoos or stickers
  • Puzzles

50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas
Essentials:

  • Summer clothes – swimsuits included!
  • Sippy cups or water bottles
  • Piggy bank
  • Hair bows or accessories
  • Swim Diapers or Pull Ups
  • Big kid underwear
  • Books (Easter-themed)
  • Bath foam or bubble bath
  • New plate set
  • Potty chair or toilet seat
  • Toothbrush
  • New pajamas
  • Sunscreen or insect repellent 
  • New shoes or flip flops
  • Fruit snacks, fruit cups, puffs, raisins, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish, yogurt bites, or dried fruit

What other non-candy Easter gifts have you given your little ones?


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Kailee is a natural-minded mom with a passion for writing, experimenting in the kitchen, being outside, and traveling the world. She’s a Content Manager by day and supermom & wife by night to two beautiful little girls and husband of 7 years. She has lived in Cedar Rapids most of her life and digs the big city yet small town feel. You can catch her scoping out local dives & cafes, and biking the Cedar Valley Trail on the weekends. She lives on good coffee, good wine, and good conversation.