20 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids That Aren’t Candy
If your child is anything like mine, they have been talking about Easter egg hunting all year, practicing hiding eggs and collecting them in a basket over and over. They are thrilled when they discover the hidden eggs as if they found the most amazing treasure. Now it is finally time, Easter is here and all that practice is about to pay off!
The Easter baskets we create for our kids usually mimic what we grew up with. Whether you wake up Easter morning to your basket already filled or have an empty basket and are eager to get out to the backyard to fill it up – Easter egg hunting is exciting and can be catered to what is most exciting for your child.
So be creative and have some fun! You don’t have to fill up your kid’s basket with sugar – here are our favorite non-candy things to include.
Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
- Umbrellas – these can be hidden closed or open. Hanging from a tree branch, perhaps?
- Rain boots next to the baskets
- Stuffed bunnies; with names monogramed on the ears
- Games; cardboard
- Skip-Its/jump rope
- Books; Easter related or just fun
- Silly straws
- Drink cups/thermos
- Gel clings for the windows
- Coloring books
- Lace/trace cards
- Goldfish crackers/Popped Popcorn bags
- Carrots and hummus/ranch
- Bunny Pajamas
Basket Ideas for Teens & Tweens
Older kids and teens can still Easter Egg hunt too! Change things up this year by hiding more teen approved items or changing the hunt to a flash light egg hunt and seek hidden treasures at night. Some items your older child or teen my appreciate:
- Starbucks gift cards
- Dollar bills
- iTunes card
- Fun Easter shirts
- DVD of their favorite movie
- Flashlights (flashlight egg hunt), glow sticks
- Nail polish
- Fidget Spinners
Where to Find Great Items in Huntsville
If you want to find some awesome basket goodies that won’t be like everyone else’s, why not shop local? We love to find cool trinkets at the gift shops at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Burritt On the Mountain, Lowe Mill, Earlyworks Museum, Huntsville Museum of Art, The Toy Place Downtown, and the Space & Rocket Center! You’ll find unique items there to stuff your basket.
If there is less candy in the house, you are also less likely to steal some of the candy while your child naps, win-win. This year think about adding more non-candy treats to your Easter Egg Hunt!
This post was initially published in March 2018 and has been updated with new info for the current year.
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Rachel Brown is a foodie by heart and Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator by trade. A mother of two young children, she is always searching for fun and exciting things to eat and create as a family. Rachel moved here from Nashville, TN in 2016 and is enjoying exploring Huntsville and all the exciting things happening here. You can follow her exciting Huntsville foodie finds on her Instagram @RocketCityDietitian or on FaceBook as Rocket City Dietitian.
DIY PlayDough with Essential Oils is a great Easter Basket filler too.
That’s a great idea!