It seems like the holidays have become a parade of candy. From chocolates at Valentine’s Day to Candy Canes at Christmas, there’s a sweet treat for every season. There’s no reason that all of your Easter basket goodies have to be calorie filled, cavity inducing sugar bombs. We’ve got 25 ideas for Easter basket goodies of the non-candy variety. Links shared within this post may be affiliate links, meaning that we earn a small commission when you purchase through these links. No extra cost to you, just a little something to help us keep the lights on.
As a kid, I remember getting those pre-packaged, themed Easter baskets that you could pick up at Kmart or Walmart. I never remember being disappointed. There was always a little candy, but there were lots of little cheap toys too. I also remember that being the only Easter basket I got. My kids have it so good and they don’t even know. They get Easter baskets from us, three different grandma/great-grandmas and one from their aunt. Their Easter basket goodies overflow.
Scoring no less than 5 Easter baskets means my kids get far more candy than they need. Despite my repeated requests that their baskets not be filled with chocolate and other sugar filled treats, they always are. Grandparents… you just can’t stop them. So, as a counter measure, we leave our baskets at home virtually sweet treat free. We allow for one small candy treat in each basket and all other Easter basket goodies are small things the kids will like – but they aren’t candy!
Things of the “Electronic” Nature
DVDs – Hit up the $5 bin at Walmart and score a classic or grab your kiddo’s favorite new release, like Wonder. Movies have become a staple in our Easter baskets.
iTunes/Amazon Gift Cards – I don’t know of many kids who wouldn’t love to have their own money to spend on apps or music, even the young ones!
Tablet Accessories – If your kiddo is lucky enough to have an iPod, Kindle or other tablet type device, headphones, covers, etc always make great stuffers.
Play-doh/Clay – Kids love it, parents hate it. That makes it prefect for inclusion on our list of Easter basket goodies! You can get a case of colors from Amazon for less than $8.
Tape/Glue – If your kid loves crafts at all, you know how excited they get about glue (if you have a girl, especially glitter glue) and I have yet to meet a child who’s not obsessed with tape.
Construction Paper/Scrapbook Paper – Cheap and you can pick up a variety of single sheets that are suited to your kiddo’s personality, or grab a whole pack!
Pens/Pencils – My kids love getting fun colored pens and cool pencils boasting cool designs.
Notebooks/Note Pads – We go through paper around here like there is no tomorrow. I’ve taken to buying the kids their own notebooks and notepads so they will stop stealing mine.
Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons – Always a hit, bundles of colored pencils, markers and crayons are easy to find and coordinates nicely with some of the other crafty type Easter basket goodies.
Post-it Notes – You can get such cool Post-it Notes now! I just picked up some shaped like mustaches for my girl. She loves to write notes on them and stick them all over the place.
Stickers – The same with stickers… she loves to use them in her craft projects and to decorate the notebooks I buy for her.
Fun Socks – Do not buy white socks to put in your kid’s Easter basket. They will not be pleased! Find some fun, bright socks and tuck a few pair in.
Hair Accessories – Clearly, this is intended for the girls. Headbands, pony tail holders, bows… whatever your girl likes. Make them or buy them. If you don’t know what JoJo Bows are, count yourself as one of the lucky few.
Hand Sanitizer – My kids love the small hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works.
Bath Bombs – Bath bombs are a great way to get them in the tub and let them have a little fun. There are SO MANY bath bombs out there, so make sure to look around before settling on a set.
Chapstick/Lip Gloss – I hoard lip products. So do my kids. This is perfect for them.
T-Shirts – Same as the sock, don’t go buying a boring t-shirt! Find something fun and unique that your kids will love.
Pajamas – Tis the season to make the Winter/Spring wardrobe change over. Getting new PJs is always fun.
Books – Even if your kiddo isn’t reading yet, books make great gifts. It can be a book for you to read at story time or if they’re older, get one like Wonder for independent reading.
Jump Rope – Your kid doesn’t know how? Great! Now you’ve got an Easter basket goodie and something to do together outside.
Balls (Soccer, Basketball, Football, etc) – You can never have enough sports balls around, especially if you have a boy.
Frisbee – Something cheap and fun, especially if you have a four-legged friend willing to play along!
Yard Games (Croquet, Lawn Darts, Etc) – Younger kids might not follow the rules, but they’ll have fun trying. These are also great for helping get the adults in the family outside too!
Sidewalk Chalk – Every kid loves to deface a driveway now and again. There is even some now that has glitter!
Water Gun – Easy, (mostly) clean fun. They’re cheap – like super cheap – and tons of fun.
I hope this gives you some great ideas for things you can use to beef up those Easter baskets without filling them with candy! If you must, toss in a piece or two to satisfy your need to keep dentists in business, but it is completely possible to give an awesome Easter basket full of goodies – and not a single piece of candy!