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.
Games, Games and Games!
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 even find games that have a bunny theme!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!