Candy-less Easter Baskets- The Ultimate List

easter basket with eggs on brown background

Candy-less Easter Baskets: The Ultimate List with basket of eggs

Spring is already upon us, and another sugar-filled holiday is around the corner. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about what the Easter Bunny will be bringing to your house this year. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Easter will still be here before we know it. And trust me, your kids will not forget about a holiday!

A few weeks ago, I found myself in the seasonal section of Target, pacing the isles. Everywhere I looked, there were sweets packaged in pastel colors and Easter eggs. I love jelly beans and chocolate bunnies just as much as the next person, but I’m sick of candy being a necessity every single holiday! I started wracking my brain on ways to completely ditch the sugar and put together a fun basket for my young kiddos.

If you’re ready to swap the candy for fun items that won’t have them on a sugar high at 8AM, use this list to help guide you on the right track!

Here are 50 Non-Candy Basket Ideas to get you started:

  1. Playdoh, Putty, or Slime – or make your own!
  2. Small Lego kits
  3. Spring books
  4. Stickers
  5. Sunglasses
  6. A wallet or piggybank with “Bunny Money”
  7. Sidewalk Chalk
  8. Puzzles
  9. Coloring books and Crayons
  10. Bubble bath
  11. Bath toys
  12. Fashion jewelry
  13. Lip balm
  14. Toothbrush
  15. Nail polish
  16. Bouncy balls
  17. Fun socks
  18. Watch
  19. Bathrobe
  20. Water toys
  21. Glow sticks
  22. Surprise eggs/Mash ‘Ems
  23. Play Foam
  24. Yo-yo
  25. Flower/fruit seeds
  27. Board/card game
  28. Rubber Stamps
  29. Barbie/baby clothes
  30. Movie Tickets (to be used later)
  31. Bubbles
  32. Hot Wheels
  33. Polly Pocket
  34. Bath Bombs
  35. Water balloons
  36. Pajamas
  37. Soccer ball/baseball/basketball
  38. Slinky
  39. Stuffed Animal
  40. Headband/hair accessories
  41. Hat
  42. Swimsuit
  43. Sandals
  44. Water bottle
  45. Action Figure
  46. Goldfish/animal crackers
  47. Character bandaids
  48. Popcorn
  49. Baking apron
  50. Umbrella

Another great idea is an experience gift for your kiddo! You can find some ideas for that type of gift here.

child holding easter basket with flowersPro Tip: The Easter basket doesn’t need to be an actual basket; use something practical! Hunt down something fun and useful to hold their goodies in! You might consider rain boots, a pool towel, fun throw blanket, beach pail, camping chair, dump truck, or doll stroller. The options are endless, so just piggyback off your child’s interests!


I hope this gives you some great ideas to create your child’s candy-free basket this year. Enjoy the longer-lasting gifts that your child will love from the Easter Bunny!

What non-candy items do you use in your Easter baskets? Share with us below!

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