Our Favorite Easter Basket Ideas That Don't Involve Candy

Updated: March 3, 2021
Do your kids look forward to opening their Easter baskets each year, but it leaves you dreading the sugar rush that comes along with it? Try these Easter basket ideas and alternatives to candy this year.
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Switch things up this Easter, and offer your kids a personalized basket with assorted goodies inside that aren't candy. While Easter candy is great, try building your kids a basket this year that contains an egg-stra personalized assortment of goodies including activities, books, and more fun that will make them forget all about chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps!

You can even get creative with what you use for your basket. Fill an umbrella, a sand pail, or new rainboots for an extra special Easter surprise.

More: Top 10 Easter Activities for Families

Our Favorite Easter Basket Ideas and Themes Without Candy

We love a good theme, and these categorized Easter basket filler ideas will give you somewhere to start. Take your children’s age and interests into consideration when building the best basket for them. Your kids might still be bouncing around from excitement, but this year you won’t have to worry about the sugar crash that comes later!

Outdoor Activity Easter Basket Fillers

Little Kids Fubbles No Spill Bubble Tumbler Mini 3 Pack Party Favor Set, Includes 2oz of bubble solution and a wand per bottle (assorted colors)
Little Kids Fubbles No Spill Bubble Tumbler
Product Price
$15.99

These mini no-spill bubbles are perfect for adding to an Easter basket.

Jofan 18 Pack Easter Sidewalk Chalk Set with Easter Eggs Bunny Chicken for Kids Boys Girls Toddlers Easter Basket Stuffers Gifts Fillers Party Favors
Jofan 18 Pack Easter Sidewalk Chalk Set
Product Price
$16.99

This 18 pack of sidewalk chalk in Easter shapes will make a great outdoor. activity.

Sackorange 4 Pack Jump Rope with Wood Handles for Kids - Skipping Rope Great for Children and Students Outdoor Fun Activity, Party Favor , Recreation and fitness Keeping Fit
Sackorange 4 Pack Jump Rope with Wood Handles for Kids
Product Price
$10.99

This four pack of adorable jump ropes are cheery and fun.

EVERICH TOY Paddle Toss and Catch Ball Set-Upgraded Version 8inch Paddle Catch Games Toy for Kids/Adults(2 Rackets,2Balls,1 Bag)
Everich Toy Paddle Toss and Catch Ball Set
Product Price
$14.99

A fun outdoor game for kids or adults!

Auney Water Toy for Kids, 6-Pack Water Blaster Set Water Guns Outdoor Swimming Beach Party Pool Toys for Kids and Adults
Auney Water Toy for Kids, 6-Pack Water Blaster Set Water Guns
Product Price
$14.99

With summer just around the corner, a classic squirt gun fight will be a hit!

Click N Play 18Piece Beach Sand Toy Set, Bucket, Shovels, Rakes, Watering Can, Molds
Click N Play 18Piece Beach Sand Toy Set
Product Price
$17.36

A day at the beach, playing in the sandbox or just digging in the dirt, new sand toys are a great Easter basket addition.

Toy Rocket Launcher for kids – Shoots Up to 100 Feet – 8 Colorful Foam Rockets and Sturdy Launcher Stand With Foot Launch Pad - Fun Outdoor Toy for Kids - Gift Toys for Boys and Girls Age 3+ Years Old
Toy Rocket Launcher for Kids
Product Price
$19.99

Give it a good stomp and watch these rockets launch into the sky!

Nature Activity Easter Basket Fillers

Advanced Play Fairy Garden Kit Kids Gardening Set Indoor Outdoor Play Activity Gardening Tool Set Toys Kids Toddlers Girls Boys Ages 3
Advanced Play Fairy Garden Kit Kids Gardening Set
Product Price
$24.87

How fun would an enchanted Fairy Garden be? Imaginative play is sure to explode with this fun activity.

Paint & Plant Sunflower Growing Kit - Grow Autumn Beauty, Teddy Bear, Oxeye Sun Flowers : Includes Everything Needed to Paint and Grow - Great STEM Gift for Children
Paint & Plant Sunflower Growing Kit
Product Price
$24.99

From the decorating to the planting, this is a fun beginning gardening kit for little ones interested in flowers and how they grow.

Nature Gift Store Live Butterfly Kit: Shipped with 5 Painted Lady Caterpillars Now- Pop Up Cage
Nature Gift Store Live Butterfly Kit
Product Price
$24.90

What an exciting and engaging science activity this could be! Start with tiny caterpillars and watch them transform. Kids can enjoy releasing their butterflies into the garden.

Kids Gardening Tools - includes Sturdy Tote Bag, Watering Can, Gloves, Shovels, Garden Stakes, and a Delightful Children's Book"How to" Garden Tale - Kids Garden Tool set for toddler age on up.
Kid Gardening Tools
Product Price
$21.99

Every up-and-coming gardener needs their own set of tools, this would make a great Easter basket addition.

2-Pack Make A Wind Chime Kits - Arts & Crafts Construct & Paint Wind Powered Musical Chime DIY Gift for Kids, Boys & Girls
2-Pack Make A Wind Chime Kits
Product Price
$18.99

This windchime activity kit will let your little one get creative, and enjoy the melodic tinkling when they are placed outside in the yard.

Beetle & Bee Build A Bird Bungalow, Backyard Birdhouse Kit, DIY Arts & Crafts House Gardening for Kids & Teens, Boys & Girls
Beetle & Bee Build A Bird Bungalow
Product Price
$13.84

Another great craft that can then be added to the outdoors. Let your kids decorate their own birdhouse.

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, CrazyFire Outside Hanging Bird Feeder, Metal Waterproof Wild Bird Feeder w/4 Feeding Ports and Drainage Holes for Outdoors Garden Yard Decoration (Green)
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Product Price
$35.99

For little ones interested in nature, a bird feeder is a great way to attract feathered friends.

Art Activity Easter Basket Fillers

FunzBo Arts and Crafts Supplies for Kids - Craft Art Supply Kit for Toddlers Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 - All in One D.I.Y. Crafting Collage Arts Set for Kids (X-Large)
FunzBo Arts and Crafts Supplies for Kids
Product Price
$13.98

If you have a little one who loves to get creative, have the Easter Bunny bring some art supplies, like this assorted pack of pom-poms, feathers, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and so much more.

ArtCreativity Assorted Easter Stickers for Kids - 100 Sheets with Over 1000 Stickers - Assorted Vibrant Colors and Designs - Cute Surprise Toys, Egg Hunt Supplies, Party Favors for Boys and Girls
ArtCreativity Assorted Easter Stickers for Kids
Product Price
$13.97

Stickers are a hit for kids of all ages, these Easter ones would go great in an art-themed basket.

Easter Coloring Book For Kids: 30 Cute and Fun Images, Ages 4-8, 8.5 x 11 Inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Easter Coloring Book
Product Price
$5.99

Perfect for ages 4-8, enjoy 30 pages of Easter-themed coloring.

Crayola 64ct Ultra Clean Washable Crayons, 2 Pack Bulk Crayon Set, Gift for Kids
Crayola Crayons
Product Price
$15.99

Pair a new coloring book with some crayons for your kiddos to get right to work.

Watercolor Cake Set, 36 Watercolor Paint Set and 12 Paint Brushes. This Watercolors Set are Great for Children/Kids. The Perfect Brushes and Water Color pan Set.
Watercolor Cake Set
Product Price
$11.45

For your creative ones who love a good art project, a new set of watercolors is perfect for making their own paintings. Parents will love that they’re non-toxic and totally washable.

Paper Flower Template Kit - Make Your Own Paper Flowers - Paper Flowers Decoration - Make Unlimited Flowers - DIY - Rose
Paper Flower Template Kit
Product Price
$19.99

If you have a little one who loves DIY projects, this kit for making paper flowers is a creative Easter gift. Full instructions and templates are included. Pretty sure your kids will be giving the grown-ups tutorials because these flowers are awesome!

VICOVI 1000+pcs Pony Beads Kit for Bracelet Jewelry Making, Hair Beads, Include 23 Colors Rainbow Beads(9mm), 260 Letter Beads, 50 Color Beads, 24 Heart & Heart Beads and Rolls Elastic String.
VICOVI 1000+pcs Pony Beads Kit
Product Price
$10.99

Beading is back in style! Get your older kids and tweens ready to go with this all-inclusive kit.

Indoor Toys and Games Easter Basket Fillers

Amy&Benton 120PCS Carnival Prizes for Kids Birthday Party Favors Prizes Box Toy Assortment for Classroom
Amy&Benton 120PCS Carnival Prizes
Product Price
$16.99

If you’re headed on an Easter egg hunt, skip the jelly beans and instead fill plastic eggs with tiny trinkets like you would find at a carnival. Toys that are too big for eggs still make great basket stuffers.

Jellycat Bashful Grey Bunny Stuffed Animal, Small, 7 inches
Jellycat Stuffed Bunny
Product Price
$15.99

Stuffed animals make great basket fillers, a nice and cuddly bunny would be a great Easter addition.

Cra-Z-Art Travel Magna Doodle - Colors Vary, brown/a, 11 x 11 x 0.175 (14525)
Cra-Z-Art Travel Magna Doodle
Product Price
$11.99

A messy free way to enjoy some creativity and art.

Magna-Qubix 85-Piece Set, The Original Magnetic Building Blocks for Creative Open-Ended Play, Educational Toys for Children Ages 3 Years +
Magna-Qubix 85-Piece Set
Product Price
$69.99

Magna Tiles are a fan favorite for kids of all ages, these mini magna-quibix are a smaller version, but still the same amount of fun!

Rubik's Cube 3 x 3 Puzzle Game for Kids Ages 8 and Up
Rubik's Cube 3 x 3 Puzzle Game
Product Price
$9.89

A classic mind twister, a Rubix cube would fit nicely into a game themed Easter basket.

TENZI Dice Party Game - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 4 Sets of 10 Colored Dice with Storage Tube - Colors May Vary
TENZI Dice Party Game
Product Price
$14.95

A dice party game for kids who love a little friendly competition.

Regal Games Classic Card Games Including Old Maid, Go Fish, Slapjack, Crazy 8's, War, Silly Monster Memory Match (All 6 Games)
Regal Games Classic Card Games
Product Price
$15.99

Kids and grown-ups can participate in these six classic card games. Keep as a set of spread throughout a couple of different Easter baskets. Enjoy War, Go Fish, Old Maid, Slap Jack, Crazy 8s, and Monster Memory Match.

Pampering Easter Basket Fillers

Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce (60 Tablets) by Toys & Child
Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce
Product Price
$8.74

A super fun way to make bath time exciting for little ones. Change the color of the water safely with these Crayola Bath Dropz.

Airdom Dinosaur Bath Bombs for Kids - Set of 12 Egg Bubble Fizzies - Surprise Dino Toy Inside - Gentle and Kids Safe Spa Bath Fizz Balls Kit - Ideal Birthday Christmas or Easter Gifts for Boys & Girls
Airdom Dinosaur Bath Bombs for Kids
Product Price
$28.99

Bath bombs are another fun way to spice up bath time. Try these Dinosaur Bath Bombs for a special Easter surprise.

Townley Girl Frozen Non-Toxic 18 Piece Peel Off Nail Polish Set
Townley Girl Frozen Non-Toxic 18 Piece Peel Off Nail Polish Set
Product Price
$12.99

If you have little girls who like experimenting with nail polish, this Frozen-themed kit of non-toxic peel-off polish is sure to be an Easter basket hit.

New Hair Chalk Comb Temporary Bright Hair Color Dye for Girls Kids, Washable Hair Chalk for Girls Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 New Year Birthday Party Cosplay DIY Children's Day, Halloween, Christmas,6 Colors
New Hair Chalk Comb Temporary Bright Hair Color Dye
Product Price
$9.99

If you have kids that want to experiment with hair color, hair chalk is a great non-permanent way to play!

Sleep Mask for Kids Sleeping Pack - 4 Pcs Cute Funny Soft Eye Shade Unicorn Sleeping Plush Blindfolds Covers Bed Masks and 2 Sleeping Bonnets for Women Girls Boys Children Toddler Travel Nap Night
Sleep Mask for Kids Sleeping Pack
Product Price
$13.99

These adorable sleep masks would be the perfect addition to a pampering-themed Easter basket.

Crocs unisex child Classic Flip Flop, Pink Lemonade, 2 Little Kid US
Crocs Kids' Classic Flip Flop
Product Price
$19.63

A new pair of cushy cozy flip flops will help your kids welcome in spring and summer.

Lip Smacker Original Flavors Party Pack Lip Glosses, 8 Count
Lip Smacker Original Flavors
Product Price
$9.47

Lipsmakers are back! This set has eight flavors, the perfect size to stuff inside of a Easter egg.

Sensory Easter Basket Fillers

AKEYWAVE [3 PCS] Push pop Bubble Sensory Fidget Toy,Squeeze Sensory Toy ,Silicone Stress Reliever Toy,Autism Special Needs Stress Reliever,for Family,Kids,Students,and Friends
AKEYWAVE [3 PCS] Push pop Bubble Sensory Fidget Toy
Product Price
$11.99

Great for keeping little fingers busy, this fidget toy is quiet, reusable, soft, and surprisingly fun!

24 Pack Mini can Slime, Butter Slime, Macaroon Colors Cake Donut and Fruit Slime, Stretchy and Non-Sticky, Stress Relief Toy for Girl and Boys
24 Pack Mini can Slime
Product Price
$19.99

If you’re a household that embraces slime, then this 24 pack of mini slimes is for you! Give as an Easter gift, or split into multiple baskets for unlimited fun.

JA-RU Big Spring Rainbow Ring Magic Set (1 Unit) Neon Rainbow Colors Stress Toy Slinkey Original Toys for Kids Girls and Boys Springs Great Party Favor. Plus 1 Bouncy Ball 1702-1B
JA-RU Big Spring Rainbow Ring Magic Slinky
Product Price
$4.99

An original stress relieving toy, put this colorful slinky in your child’s sensory-themed Easter basket for some nostalgia and happy memories.

EDUCATION THROUGH PLAY 4.5Inch Large Rainbow Stringy Ball Silicone Bouncing Fluffy Jugging Ball,Monkey Stress Ball (1 Piece Large, Rainbow)
Koosh Ball
Product Price
$11.79

My favorite sensory toy, the stretchy, stringy, squishy joy that comes with a koosh ball is unbeatable. This would make a great addition to a sensory basket. Amazon has a ton of options, we’ve linked a classic here.

Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors (1 Piece)
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler
Product Price
$6.99

For some visual stimulation, these Liquid Motion Bubblers are mesmerizing for kids of all ages.

6 Pack Pop Tube Sensory Toys,Stretch Tube for Kids Decompression, Pre-Kindergarten Finger Toys.(6 colors)
6 Pack Pop Tube Sensory Toys
Product Price
$8.99

These fidget pop tubes are like popping bubble wrap. The fun sound accompanies the activity of stretching and pulling which helps to strengthen hand muscles. It’s also a great way to get the extra fidgets and wiggles out for little kids.

MarvelBeads 50,000 Water Beads [Non-Toxic] Fully Certified, Rainbow Mix for Kids Sensory Play and Spa Refill BPA & Phthalate Free (Over Half Pound)
MarvelBeads 50,000 Water Beads [Non-Toxic]
Product Price
$7.99

This can be a messy one, but water beads are an ultimate sensory activity! Just add water, watch them grow and expand, and your kids will dive right into the squishy, sensory goodness.