10 Non-Candy Gifts for Your Easter Basket

10 Non-Candy Gifts for Your Easter Basket

Latest news is that the Easter Bunny is fighting through the snow with plans to arrive on time. If you haven’t started planning your baskets yet, don’t fret, there’s still a little bit of time and we’re here to give you some ideas on what you can ask your bunny to pack inside!

Between health concerns and allergies, I’ve noticed more people on Facebook looking for more non-candy alternatives for Easter baskets. Here are 10 ideas to help shift the focus from candy to fun! You pick and choose a few of these ideas to help dilute the candy load or create baskets around these themes. From small baskets to large ones, there are plenty of ideas that don’t involve sugar.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Games, Games and Games!

10 non-candy ideas for your Easter basket!

We regularly feature games of all shapes and sizes here. They are an awesome inclusion for an Easter basket because they provide hours of entertainment long after the Easter bunny has hopped away. There are card games, dice games and party games that come in portable packaging. There are plenty of ideas and you can read more about Bunny Bunny Moose Moose or find other bunny-themed games!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Blind Bags

Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

There are a multitude of blind bags available in all kinds of different themes. Surprise your child with a blind bag relating to their favorite TV show or iconic character. You can get ones like Lego, Disney, Pixar, Marvel, My Little Pony, Paw Patrol, Slither.io, and more. There are even ones available for older kids! Hatchimals are great if you’re looking to stick with an egg theme in the basket!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Toy Cars

Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

The Easter bunny has been delivering toy cars for years so why stop now? Boys and girls alike can play with these. We love this one with The Simpson’s family vehicle!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas


Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

Last July we shared what we felt would be holiday trends to watch. One of the categories happened to be squishable toys. Before the holidays hit, we did a TV segment on the local NBC affiliate and shared some of the hot holiday toys. Sure enough… squishable toys were among the list. Whether using them as stress relievers (they’ve pretty much pushed out fidget spinners) or as part of imaginary play, these are a modern day toy in Nerf-ish form. They are available from several companies in a variety of themes. We recommend the food ones since the goal is to replace candy in the basket!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Art Supplies

Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

Coloring books, markers, crayons, colored pencils, glitter pens and more. There are SO MANY ideas that can add volume to an Easter basket while inspiring creativity beyond the basket! Art supplies are also an excellent boredom buster for rainy days, when school is out or when kids are home sick from school.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Outdoor Toys

Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

Along with Easter we can look forward to warmer weather and getting the kids some fresh air. Pack a couple items in the Easter basket to get them excited about putting down the electronics and playing outside. From sidewalk chalk to a Frisbee, there are plenty of affordable outdoor toy options available.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Plush Toys

10 non-candy ideas for your Easter basket!

I have fond memories of the stuffed animals that I received when I was a kid. I am pretty sure somewhere around here I still have a bunny that was in one of my Easter baskets all those years ago. You can find all kinds of plush toys that fit whatever theme you are working on and who knows, your child may save it until they’re adults. I’m pretty sure my girls will hold on to at least one that we’ve given them, maybe even a FlipaZoo!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas


Reduce the candy the Easter bunny delivers with these 10 non-candy ideas for Easter baskets. - SahmReviews.com

You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg, but if you’re looking for a different idea, consider a necklace or bracelet. Both boys and girls like them, simply find one that is a theme that interests them. Of course, it would make sense to celebrate the season with a cross necklace.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Gift Cards

10 non-candy ideas for your Easter basket!

Who knew that something as simple as a basic gift card could give such joy to a young child. Perhaps it’s the idea that they get to purchase something on their own, who knows. Don’t go overboard on this though. A $5 gift card for the donut shop or fast food chain will be enough to put a smile on their face.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Silly Putty

Trying to limit the amount of candy delivered by the Easter bunny? Check out these 10 non-candy ideas to fill Easter baskets! - SahmReviews.com

This last one is in a category of its own! Silly Putty is an absolute classic and surprisingly is still a hit after all these years! Remember flattening it out and peeling it off the comics page? Our daughter uses it as a stress reliever instead of slime. And it’s perfect for an Easter basket because it comes in it’s own themed package… an egg!

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

If you want to be creative with your non-candy Easter baskets, don’t wait until the last minute to put them together. You won’t have to worry about anything spoiling or melting so you can prepare it in advance and you’ll have plenty of time to focus on creating memories coloring Easter eggs or having a family game night. You can always add any last minute goodies the night before if you choose!

Trying to limit the amount of candy delivered by the Easter bunny? Check out these 10 non-candy ideas to fill Easter baskets! - SahmReviews.com


About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

31 comments on «10 Non-Candy Gifts for Your Easter Basket»

  1. Excellent ideas! Trust me, the last thing my 19-month-old twins need is candy! HA!

  2. wendy says:

    These are great ideas! We used to love the silly putty and arts and crafts when we were kids. I got my kids a lot of outdoor toys too to encourage them to get outside more.

    1. Nicole says:

      When I was a kid, in addition to Silly Putty, we used to receive these packs of goo in a tube and a straw. You would put a little goo on the straw then blow it into a bubble. But I don’t think they make that stuff any more. LOL

  3. Neely Moldovan says:

    We got books, bubbles, and tons of outdoor toys! Love the non candy ideas!

    1. Nicole says:

      Oooh. Bubbles. That’s a GREAT idea too. I didn’t even think of that one… and they’re so affordable as a bonus!

  4. Peter says:

    What great alternative easter ideas. J and I are so over the chocolate treats. Easter will be a whole lite quieter this year.

  5. Heather says:

    My son has been watching YouTube kids and was asking about a blind bag. Now I know what it is!

    1. Nicole says:

      Our girls love opening different ones which I have to agree is fun. They even created their own YouTube channel. You can check out their page to see the different varieties available. https://www.youtube.com/blindbagbabble

  6. I got the kids hatchimals this year! Was not sure what they were but looked appropriate enough 🙂

  7. Nellwyn says:

    I think art supplies are just a great gift idea for any season! You can also never go wrong with gift cards.

  8. Rosey says:

    Silly Scents would be fun t put in the baskets. I do a combo of both non and candy items for my kids. My grandbaby isn’t allowed to have candy though (she’s 4) so I love having all of these great ideas. It’s about time to get those baskets started!

  9. brianne says:

    I love these ideas for Easter baskets! Hatchimals are still #1 on my childrens lists!

  10. Maggie says:

    Silly Putty is a classic!! And I used to love getting art supplies. Great ideas!

  11. Caroline Lennek says:

    Art supplies go a long way toward inspiring youngsters…great Easter basket idea!

  12. Angela yang says:

    Art supplies is a great alternative since both my daughters love to draw!

  13. t p murphy says:

    Thanks for the great ideas, my granddaughter will really like a blind bag or tow or three, tons of options

  14. Mia E. says:

    Good ideas for non candy gifts. I always figure that my grandkids get enough candy and treats so look for alternative ideas.

  15. Deb R. says:

    I always do bubbles, sidewalk chalk, small puzzles.

  16. Mary Gardner says:

    These are all great idea. I tend to put things like the art supplies and books and cd’s for non candy items but now also add the blind bags because our kids really love them!

  17. Josh Christian says:

    This is great! The kids get waaaaay too much candy for this holiday!

  18. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Also, board games don’t mess with your blood sugar if you’re diabetic. Just saying. 😉

  19. LINDA H says:

    Its all well and good cutting down on the candy for kids but for me I need my sugar! These are some great toys that will take their minds off of not getting anything sweet in their basket.

  20. Lily Kwan says:

    These gift ideas look very fun. Thanks for sharing!

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