50 Fun and Unique Easter Basket Ideas (That Aren't Candy)

50 Fun and Unique Easter Basket Ideas (That Aren’t Candy)

One of my favorite things to do is to pick out gifts for people. I love trying to figure out what they will like and I love the challenge of locating at least one item that is new to them. We actually don’t do the Easter Bunny story around here since we keep Easter Christ-centered. It is, after all, the holiest time in the Christian faith. But we still do baskets out of tradition and to celebrate the gift God gave to us at Easter. The easiest thing to put into an Easter basket is candy and candy is everywhere right now. Bunny shaped sour candy, cross shaped chocolate, peeps, marshmallow eggs – you can find just about anything. I do put some candy into my kiddos’ baskets, but I try to keep it at a minimum (just like their Christmas stockings).

Check out these ideas for some fun, unique, and even a few traditional Easter basket ideas.

  1. Books (can be Easter or spring themed, or not!)
  2. Baseball, softball, tennis balls, etc.
  3. Kid-friendly nail polish like Piggy Paint
  4. Novelty Socks
  5. Play Dough and Play Dough tools
  6. Fun t-shirts. Walmart and Target always have a ton cheaply priced tees.
  7. Hair bows and ribbons
  8. Hot Wheels
  9. Hexbug Nanos. We LOVE Hexbugs in my family.
  10. Card games
  11. Bath crayons
  12. Sidewalk chalk
  13. Flower or vegetable seeds – kids love gardening and watching things they plant grow.
  14. Jump rope
  15. Jacks – old school fun.
  16. Stationary – get them writing letters!
  17. Wind-up toys (my son is crazy for these)
  18. Key chains
  19. Lanyards
  20. Fun pencils like Treesmart Pencils made with recycled newspaper. My kids LOVE these. I especially like how you can still see the printing on the graphite pencils.
  21. Stickers
  22. Disposable camera
  23. Flashlight, nightlight, or Mini Dream Light
  24. Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and they do not have to be expensive)
  25. $5 gift card to their favorite ice cream parlor or bakery
  26. Slinky
  27. Small Lego kits
  28. Glow-in-the-dark stars for walls and ceilings
  29. Lip gloss or Chapstick
  30. Rubix Cube
  31. Mechanical pencils
  32. Silly straws
  33. Kids sunglasses
  34. Funky bandaids
  35. DVDs (Veggie Tales, Disney, or whatever your child loves).
  36. Pencil erasers
  37. Pez – another old school favorite
  38. My Little Pony
  39. Lego minifigures
  40. Jerky (I am not a fan, but my kiddos love it)
  41. Bubbles
  42. USB Flash drives for your older tech savvy kids
  43. Small water guns
  44. Kid’s watch
  45. Fun toothbrushes
  46. Children’s Bible
  47. Nesting dolls
  48. Pinwheels
  49. Marbles
  50. and of course… Easter eggs!

What are your favorite Easter basket ideas?

About Janice

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  1. Thanks so much for the suggestions. I always have too much candy.

  2. Michelle Mattioda says

    been looking for a post like this, those are awesome ideas!

  3. chrissy c says

    I LOVE this……thanks so much! I usually throw the candy my kids get away so it’s nice to have other ideas 🙂

  4. Laura Wilson says

    Thanks for the ideas, my daughter is 3 so really doesn’t need candy!

  5. Sweta Sonulkar says

    My son made easter crafts with egg

  6. Jennifer Daniell says

    Good ideas, we like to do puzzles, jump ropes, side walk chalk etc things that are fun to play outside, and dvds if there is a special one coming out around that time. (Wreck It Ralph last year). Also hair bows. This year she’s getting a couple Kawaii Crush dolls that I scored on clearance at Wal Mart and two Disney Infinity characters (Anna and Elsa most likely.)

  7. Awesome idea! Gonna to make special one for easter

  8. alena svetelska says

    what great idea,,love the bath cranyons

  9. Debra Wagner says

    Wow, I love all those ideas!! How creative you are.

  10. Love you ideas for the gift baskets, my kids do not really eat the candy anyways. My oldest son if special needs and he does not need to get any more hyper then what he is already. Thanks for the great ideas.

  11. Mommy Pamela says

    I never thought about putting sports balls in a Easter basket. Like you said tennis balls and baseballs, that’s a great idea. Once again you posted fabulous ideas for the holidays. I love your blog.

  12. I really need this ideas ♡

  13. Great ideas – my kids get ONE candy item in their Easter baskets, I always allow them to pick it (usually a favorite) and that’s all, the rest are little gifts, like a pair of flip flops for my girls, and LEGO minifigures for my son.

  14. Lots of good ideas!! Thanks Janice!! 🙂

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