101+ Best Non-Candy Ideas for Easter Baskets

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Easter is a beautiful time to celebrate the promise of new life after winter’s chill and cold. We like to give Easter gifts that are useful and unique, not just a chocolate bunny. If that’s what you need, here’s a huge list of non-candy ideas for Easter baskets for kids and teens.

6 kids with Easter Baskets. non candy ideas for easter baskets.

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Bluey stuffed animal on a store shelf.

Gifts for little kids (age 2-5)

We’ve found a lot of fun toys for our little ones at the local dollar store! Giant plastic dinosaur or zoo animal figures, bubbles, coloring books, art supplies, balls, and play-doh are just a few things that you can grab to easily create gift baskets for small children. 

Felt Easter baskets. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Here’s a list of gift ideas for little ones:

1. Stuffed animals

2. Mini squishmallows

Seal squiishmallow with blue scarf.
Mini squish mallow

3. Hot Wheels cars, trucks, airplanes, etc.

4. Action figures

5. Dolls

6. Blocks / Duplos

Blocks and Duplos are a popular option for the littler ones, but our older kids will often sit and build alongside their siblings. I’ve even watch adults jump in to create challenges and games with blocks, Duplos, or Lego!

Cars Lego Duplo set in box.

7. Wooden puzzles or giant floor puzzles

8. Coloring books and supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils)

9. Bubbles or bubble machine

10. Playdoh and tools to work it

11. Sidewalk chalk / window chalk

Boy with a bubble gun. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Great ideas for teens and older kids

Older kids and teens can be hard to buy for, especially if you’re looking for something other than sugary treats. Our youngest daughter has compiled a list of favorite gifts that she and her siblings have enjoyed. We’re certain you’ll find just the right kid-approved gift in her list.

Here’s some unique Easter basket ideas that big kids and teens will nearly always enjoy.

Our daughter with an iPod and headphones.
MP3 players and headphones are always welcome gifts for teens

For teen boys (girls will also appreciate most of these)

  1. Glow sticks or water balloons
  2. Video games 
  3. Gift cards to favorite stores
  4. Subscriptions to music or video streaming 
  5. Headphones or earbuds
  6. Water bottle and stickers to personalize it
  7. Movie tickets
  8. Personalized phone case or PopSocket
  9. Gas money (if they are driving)
  10. Gift cards to fast food or coffee places
  11. Fidget toys
  12. Phone holder or extra chargers
  13. Swiss army knife or multitool
  14. Multicolor string lights for their room
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For teen girls

1. Bath bombs or other specialty bath items

2. Nail stickers, nail polish or manicure tools

4. Room decor

Games for the whole family

Games can be one of the best Easter basket fillers. From classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble to newer games like Settlers of Catan or Exploding Kittens, you can find a game for every age and interest.

Hive and Carcasonne board games.

Drop one or two small games into an individual basket, or add one big game to the family Easter basket.

1. Phase 10

2. Uno (or any one of the themed variations)

3. MonopolyDeal

4. Dominos or Mexican Train Dominos

5. Tenzi

6. Castle Panic

7. Pandemic

8. Hive

9. Apples to Apples

10. Risk

Craft supplies

Craft kits. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Our kids love to craft and create, so we regularly run out of basic art supplies. Easter is often the perfect time to refresh and restock our art and craft supplies by adding them to our kids’ baskets. 

For young children, including Easter-themed craft kits is a great idea. Older kids and teens tend to be ready for more advanced art supplies like sketching pencils, watercolors and so on. 

Art Basket Items for Young Children:

  1. Crayons, markers, colored pencils
  2. Feathers, pipecleaners, pompoms and other crafts
  3. Cardstock, construction paper, scrapbook paper
  4. Stickers and sticker books
  5. Glitter, glue, scissors
  6. Sidewalk chalk
  7. Craft kits
Sidewalk chalk drawings. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Art Basket Items for Older Children / Teens:

  1. High-quality art supplies like pencils, sketchbooks, calligraphy, acrylics or oil pastels.
  2. Instructional books
  3. Colored pens or gel pens for writing
  4. Watercolors
  5. Coloring posters or mural paper
  6. Sun print kit or flower press kit

Outdoor activities

Boy with a bubble gun. non candy ideas for easter baskets.

Spring is the time to get back outside and run off some energy after months of winter cold and wet. Frequently we include warm-weather sports gear or outdoor activities as an Easter basket gift to encourage our kids to go out and play. Another mom friend loves to include rainy day gear like galoshes and umbrellas.

Our youngest daughter wrote a post reviewing the best active play toys that our kids have received and enjoyed. She offers great perspective if you’re needing expert guidance!

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Here’s some of our favorite non-candy ideas for Easter baskets to include for outdoor play.

1. Jump rope

2. Bubble wand or bubble gun

3. Badminton set 

4. Croquet set or bocce set

Easter bubble guns, sidewalk chalk and bubble wands. non candy ideas for easter baskets

5. Wiffle ball set

6. Soccer ball, basketball, football, playground ball- include an air pump!

7. 8. Frisbee or disc golf discs

9. Kite

10. Sticky catch ball set

11. Water balloons or water guns

12. Nerf guns

Beach toys and swim gear

Easter basket items for summer play.

When we lived in Southern California, beach days were year-round. New swimming stuff or beach gear makes great Easter basket stuffers, especially in areas where summer vacation starts in May. You could even add on some swimming lessons or a local pool pass. 

Here’s more ideas to get you started.

1. Sandcastle tools

2. Water wings and inflatable rings 

3. Dive toys

4. Swim goggles or snorkel sets

5. Flip-flops or sandals

6. Beach towels

7. Sunglasses

8. Sunhat

9. Boogie boards or pool noodles

10. Ocean creatures/ Seashell identification guide

Butterfly on a piece of wood.

Sensory play and fidgets

Sensory play activities are getting more recognition as a great stress reliever for people of all ages. Young kids will find lots of ways to engage in imaginative play with these ideas, while older kids and teens will appreciate them as a fun way to relieve anxiety or help with focus.

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1. Kinetic Sand

2. Silly putty or Aaron’s thinking putty

3. Rubik’s cube or finger puzzles

4. High quality fidget spinners

5. Play-doh and play-doh tools

6. Bubble poppers

7. Squeeze balls 

8. Magnetic balls

9. Stretchy creatures

10. Wikki Stiks

Gardening tools and nature exploration

Girl carrying child sized rake, shovel and broom. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Spring is a great time of year to start a garden. A set of child-sized gardening tools makes a great addition to any Easter basket. 

Gardening encourages kids to learn about responsibility, patience, and the environment. It also provides a fun and engaging way to explore the outdoors. 

Felt Easter basket with flower seeds. non candy ideas for easter baskets

If gardening isn’t your thing, or you don’t have space to garden, there’s still lots of fun to be had exploring nature in the springtime. Add some tools to to help your children observe and enjoy the new life springing up everywhere.

Felt Easter basket with chick and garden gloves. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Non-candy Easter basket ideas for garden and nature

  1. Child-sized gardening tools  
  2. Garden gloves
  3. Seeds, mini pots, young plants
  4. Butterfly kit
  5. Ladybug kit
  6. Binoculars
  7. Bird or bug identification guide
  8. Bug observation kit
  9. Solar powered science kit
  10. Magnifying glass
  11. Rock or plant identification guide
White bench in garden with Easter basket and garden tools. non candy ideas for easter baskets

Road trip or air travel essentials

For many years, we spent Easter Sunday with family, which often required a long drive. If you’re making a trip soon, road trip activities (or airplane activities) make a great Easter basket idea.

Road trip / air travel gift ideas

  1. Coloring books, activity books, word searches, mad libs
  2. Travel games
  3. Reusable water bottle
  4. Comfy headphones
  5. Mini Lego sets
  6. Magnetic play sets
  7. Action figures or small toys
  8. Neck pillow or mini blanket

Books for kids and teens of all ages

We nearly always include books for birthdays and holidays. So our kids are excited when they get a good book. Books don’t have to be expensive, either— Goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift stores regularly carry quality, gently-used books.

For younger children, classic books such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Goodnight Moon,” or “Where the Wild Things Are” can be great options. Board books for toddlers and babies are a smart choice because they can stand up to rougher use.

Girl holding garden shovel. non candy ideas for easter baskets

We’ve curated a couple of lists of books for older children and teens if you need some fiction recommendations. Or you can choose books based on their interests or hobbies.

For example, if they enjoy sports, consider books about famous athletes or sports history. If they’re interested in science or technology, look for books about inventions and discoveries. Books are ideal non-candy ideas for Easter baskets!

Seasonal book options

We have a few favorite Easter books that we’ve owned and loved. Here’s a short list:

1. The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s a classic for a reason. This sweet book about a stuffed bunny who becomes real is precious, and kids love the concept that their toys can come to life.

2. What Is Easter? Board book. We love this book for its colorful illustrations and rhyming text. It simply explains to children what the Christian Easter holiday is about. 

3. The Very First Easter. This gorgeously illustrated book retells the resurrection story from the Bible. Note that it’s best for older children, as the illustrations and text contain complex vocabulary and concepts that may be scary for little ones.

4. Biscuit’s Pet & Play Easter: A Touch & Feel Book: An Easter And Springtime Book For Kids. Even older kids will enjoy this touch and feel book with Biscuit, the cute puppy who explores all the springtime and Easter finds!

Bible or Devotional books

If your family celebrates Easter as a religious holiday, it’s a great time to give your child Christian books or resources. We’ve often used Easter as a time to gift our children with new Bibles or devotionals and learning resources. 

Here’s three of our favorite children’s Bible picks:

  1. Read-N-Grow Picture Bible: Adventure from Creation to Revelation in 1,872 Realistic Pictures / Jimmy Swaggart Ministries Hardcover (out-of-print, but you may be able to find one on Amazon or at a used book seller)
  2. ESV Seek and Find Bible Hardcover. Also available in faux leather for a more traditional look.
  3. The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories Hardcover. A favorite with little ones.

There are plenty of great devotional books for kids and teens available. Here’s two that we have especially appreciated:

  1. Our Daily Bread for Kids: 365 Meaningful Moments with God (A Daily Devotional with Bite-Size Devotions for Children Ages 6-10) 
  2. The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New Hardcover

New clothes and hair items

Girl in white easter dress and pink easter hat. non candy ideas for easter baskets

When we had little girls, it was so much fun to get them a new dress and hat for Easter/ spring family photos! New clothes or hair accessories can be perfect for a child’s Easter basket. Here’s a few ideas for younger children, as well as some for teens (who probably prefer to choose their own clothing).

  1. Dress / dress shirt and pants
  2. Hair bows / hair chalk or other novelty hair items
  3. Hat / ball cap 
  4. Hoodie
  5. Fun socks
  6. Gift card to favorite clothing store / Amazon

Family Easter Basket

For many years, we’ve given a themed whole family Easter basket to our kids, rather than individual baskets. Quite often the gifts centered around upcoming activities, or homeschooling themes that we were going to be learning about. That’s where many of our non-candy ideas for Easter baskets came from.

We didn’t want to just give our kids a lot of junky toys or tons of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. So early on we decided that most of the time our gifts for holidays would be something that the family could share, or individual items in a different color for each child. It’s a great way to keep the holiday focus on family time and connection, rather than gifts.

Butterfly garden kit with butterflies.

Plenty of ideas for the Easter Bunny

With so many ideas, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect Easter Basket stuffers for your toddler, kid or teen! We’ve curated some special gift posts about specific interests if you need even more ideas. Don’t miss our list of gift ideas for dragon-lovers, or for dinosaur enthusiasts, or our men’s cowboy gift ideas!

Girl holding plastic Easter eggs. non candy ideas for easter baskets

These non-candy ideas for Easter baskets will make your Easter morning memorable without too many sweets. We hope you’ll have a beautiful Easter with your family!

©️ Copyright Jennifer D. Warren 2023.

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I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.