Non-Candy Preschooler Easter Basket Ideas







Easter will be here before we know it. This is the time of year where holidays seem to roll around one after another. We have birthdays this month as well as Easter and we get quite busy.
I am trying to keep my cavity toothed child (they are fixed now) away from candy this Easter. I know my family will give her some but I do not want to. I have come up with a few replacements for candy that young kids will still enjoy.


1.) Books
My daughter loves to read so I plan to get her a couple books to stick in her basket.





2.) Art/craft items
Most kids love to draw or color and do other crafts. I think supplies like coloring books, markers, or crayons would make great basket stuffers.


3.) Basket itself
I will be getting a review up of an awesome bucket that will make a great Easter basket. Christine loves to play in the sand and water and it will be a good gift.


4.) Small toy/stuffed animal
Stuffed animals and smaller toys always make great gifts. We will probably not so the stuffed animal but a small set of blocks instead.




5.) Clothes
I know some kids think getting clothes is boring but we make it fun. We get Christine a cute dress to wear on Easter and then she gets an outfit or two for Spring in her basket. My mom even hides outfits sometimes. My child loves clothes so she enjoys getting them.

Other ideas for non-candy items are balls, bubbles, stickers, and even accessories like hats or shoes.
What ideas do you have for non-candy Easter basket stuffers? 

56 comments:

  1. When my children were younger we didn't do Easter baskets. We would buy each one a special gift, wrap it up and hide it around the house. They would be given clues (scavenger hunt) to lead them to find their gift. This was much easier for me then to fill baskets with all that "stuff."

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    1. I love this idea! Is it something your family did when you were a kid as well?

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  2. Great ideas- I try to avoid getting the kids a lot of candy on Easter. My mom certainly takes care of that for them. :) My favorite thing to get them is toys for outside- kites, sand buckets, bubbles. Playdoh eggs are also a hit in our house. I guess it's time to start thinking about Easter baskets again. :)

    #homemattersparty

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  3. I like all your ideas, but I have to have SOME candy in there :) It wouldn't be Easter without some Peeps and a chocolate bunny.

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    1. Easter is not Easter without Peeps and a chocolate bunny! My parents will get that for her though.

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  4. I don't have to worry anymore about Easter Baskets--got a few years more till my grand niece is old enough. I agree with Masshole Momm--PEEPS at the very least!!

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  5. All great ideas but I always include a bit of candy. My kids don't usually get to eat candy too often, we're a no candy or soda type of house so it's a treat for them.

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  6. Great ideas!! So many teachers...and parents so dislike the amount of candy being passed around. A book and these other things are worth so much more and can be used for a long time!!

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  7. Like Amanda, I also like to put a little candy in the baskets since they don't get it other than holidays. When they were smaller, we liked to put in small things like Little People figures and sandbox toys.

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  8. My kids and niece all had a really cute plastic Easter egg that I would always stuff with some kind of little sundress or shirt and shorts. They also got their bathing suit, swim shoes, and a book in their Easter baskets. You're going to have to buy them anyway--may as well put it in the basket instead of so much candy! :) Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  9. We don't celebrate Easter but we enjoy all the crafting activities. We also look forward to Easter for Marshmellow peeps and Cadbury eggs.

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  10. Super cute ideas. I am ALL for no candy baskets. My husband does not agree.

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  11. You're lucky about the clothes. My son groans... ;) The teen on the other hand... would LOVE if I hid clothes. :)

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  12. I love the ideas here. Easter is so much more than the candy.

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  13. Bubbles are certainly a favorite at our house. I think I may add some Playdough in addition to the suggestions made here.

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  14. In our house this year, we're doing Pokemon and Shopkins. Plus, some cute clothes, and my daughter will also be getting a bathing suit.
    I wish my son's class would steer clear of the candy for their bunny baskets, but I guess it's the easiest thing to get in bulk for a class of 21.
    We're going to get kids cute pencils and erasers for their bunny baskets at school, and maybe some bubbles.
    I just hope the snow is melted away by April!!!!

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    1. I can't wait for school parties. Some schools here don't even allow candy and are very picky on what parents bring in.

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  15. My folks had given me a bracelet and I loved it. I really think that is the only thing I remember from all the years I received baskets.

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  16. My son collects coins so we always get him a couple for Easter. They're always fun to hide, too

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  17. When my kids were little, every single Easter basket had a book in it. In fact, I just bought a book for my son the other day and hid it for Easter - and he's 19 years old! :-D

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  18. The only candy that we do is an Easter bunny due to it being a tradition. I normally fill it with all kinds of fun stuff for the kids. Bubbles, chalk, coloring books and crayons, etc. Now that my girls are getting older it will be jewelry and older books...

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  19. These are great! somewhere online is a printable you can download and put in eggs. IT has coupons for the kids like "we'll go to a new park" or "ice cream night" It's really cute and free to download. I'm sure its on Pinterest!

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    1. I will have to go look for it. Please let me know if you remember where. I really like that idea

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  20. I love non-candy items in Easter baskets. We've doing bathing suits and flip flops in the past. Thanks for the reminder that Easter is coming soon and I need to order some! :-)

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    1. I like that idea! Christine needs a new bathing suit.

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  21. Walmart has Play-doh cans for less than a dollar. They make great stuffers for Easter baskets or Christmas stockings.

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  22. I love these tips! My son has severe sensitivities to colorings and additives so I am always looking for alternatives for the holidays! Thanks!

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  23. We did the same thing! Easter was so fun - we hid the baskets and enjoyed watching them look for them. There is too much candy being eaten by kids!

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  24. My kids only get candy on holidays, and it is usually spread out until the next holiday. So they look forward to getting it. We also love to give little gifts.

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  25. I love the idea of books in an Easter basket! I've seen so many cute Easter books in the stores lately, I think it might be a new family tradition for us! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Glad you like it! We love to read in our house. I think we need to purge some books haha

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  26. In our house it's tradition to get bathing suits, and then when you're older underwear! We also get books and those straws that flavor milk as a special treat. They get the chocolate from everyone else!

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  27. Aw these are so sweet, and great ideas! As a kid I always loved chocolate easter eggs, and even as an adult LOL. But I'm glad you're not doing the candy this year...I've had so much tooth work done, I only wish my parents kept it away from me when I was younger :)

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  28. This is great! I only give my little guy very little candy. These are all wonderful ideas!

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  29. I miss the Little Critter books! My boys are older now and wouldn't want to walk down memory lane with Mommy to read these, but you reminded me that I have to get on the baskets for the boys! Now what to fill it with!

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  30. These are great ideas to stuff Easter baskets. The whole idea of having a Easter basket isn't something I grew up with. We would occasionally dye eggs, but mostly we made cookies. In particular we made resurrection cookies. I did enjoy easter egg hunts, instead of all the eggs being filled with candy, some had bracelets, rings, or little toys which were fun. I like your ideas especially the craft items. :)

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    1. I had never heard of resurrection cookies until recently.

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  31. Perfect perfect ideas! We get so much candy from the church Easter egg hunt that I don't even want to do anything for my kids. I do like dying Easter eggs and putting one in their baskets in the morning though. It is a lot of fun to do that and eat it for breakfast.

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  32. These are great ideas! We don't do Easter baskets, but I like the idea of the books or some craft items that will last them a lot longer than just the day. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  33. I don't do Easter but I like the idea of doing "just because" things for the kids and these are great alternatives for candy.

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  34. Fantastic ideas! I don't usually do a basket for my kids, because the grandparents do and I'm always trying to limit the candy intake! I wish the people that give my kids candy would take them for the day, LOL! This would be a fun way to still do something

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    1. Christine has been really hyper lately and I have been trying to pawn her off but no takers hehe

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  35. When I was a kid my parents gave us a big Easter basket full of candy. They would hide it around the house and made a game of finding it. Someone always found theirs in the oven. When my children were born, we decided to focus more on the actual meaning of the day and not make it so much about candy and gifts. Your ideas are things I would have used with my kids when they were young.

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    1. This is what I am trying to do as well. I want to be sure my daughter knows what and why we are even celebrating.

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  36. Lots of wonderful ideas to fill that basket!!! Thank you!

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  37. If your family celebrates Easter for religious reasons, I think it would be appropriate to put in a gift that is religious in nature. A picture of Jesus would be an example of something to remind them of why they're celebrating Easter in the first place.
    I also like the idea of books, clothes, and toys, since those will last longer than candy. Heck, a bottle of soap for blowing bubbles is awesome for a nice spring day!

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  38. I don't celebrate Easter but I think it's a nice idea not to give the kids a lot of candy.

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  39. Eek - Easter WILL be here before I know it! I haven't even thought about it yet...But I ABSOLUTELY agree with less candy! Something longer lasting is way better. :)

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  40. Why does it seem like from Halloween to Easter we never get a break from candy anymore? These are all really great suggestions.

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  41. Thank you for these suggestions. I really don't like giving my children a lot of candy for the holidays and I find that your ideas are definitely good alternatives...and ones that kids would also enjoy.

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  42. I too go candy free on the Easter baskets. My children are older but thank you for sharing.

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  43. Love this idea. We also participate in a food free easter egg hunt, so these are some great ideas for goodies for the kids.

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  44. My girls are all teens so I am putting in makeup and nail polish. Mainly items that I know they will use.

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