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Easter Basket Alternatives to Candy: 6 Kinds of Treats That Fill Baskets with Fun

Help the Easter bunny deliver a basket you’ll feel good about and your kids will love.

When Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, his baskets don’t have to be jammed with the fake grass, sugar and saturated fats they’re traditionally known for. Load them with fun instead! Of course, you don’t have to say no to candy altogether; a sprinkling of chocolate and jelly bean fillers is sweet treat enough. Mix and match it up from the following ideas — your kids will love how the Easter bunny knows how to have fun!

Child playing with bubbles outside

Get Outside!

If healthy Easter baskets are what you’re after, go all in and get your kids moving, too. Fill baskets with all kinds of reasons to get outside and be active.

  • Frisbees
  • Balls of all sorts
  • Jump ropes
  • Kites
  • Swim goggles and toys
  • Squirt guns
  • Bubbles

Child drawing with chalk on pavement outside

Let Creativity Loose

Nourish your kids’ creative side with treats that feed the artist in them.

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons and markers (bath versions are fun, too)
  • Gel pens
  • Finger paints
  • Play-Doh
  • Mini Etch-a-Sketch
  • Silly putty

Family playing a board game together

Have Fun Together

Instead of filling them with sugar, fill their time with fun activities they can do on their own or with others. Build relationships and memories that last and mean more than jelly beans and chocolate bunnies ever could.

  • Cooking items, such as cookbooks, cookie cutters, kid-sized utensils and an apron
  • Flash cards
  • Board and card games
  • Books
  • Gardening starters, such as seeds, pots, soil and small tools
  • Movies
  • Tickets to events

Mother and daughter painting their toenails on the couch

Let Them Feel Pampered

Who doesn’t love a little pampering? Whether it’s a fun indulgence or an unexpected privilege, little treats can bring big smiles.

  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss
  • Hair accessories
  • Bubble bath
  • Toothbrushes
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Fun Band-Aids
  • Crazy socks
  • Flip flops
  • Coupons for more screen time, later curfew, kid’s choice for dinner, or no chores

Teen writing in a journal while sitting in bed

For Teens

Teens don’t have to be tricky! Fill their baskets with gifts they can use and love.

  • Journal/diary
  • Colorful hair extension clip-ins/hair chalk
  • Baseball hat
  • Book light
  • Bookmark
  • Bath bomb
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lotion
  • Headphone splitter
  • Phone grip
  • Fun socks (think tacos and slices of pizza!)

Mother and young adults looking at framed picture

For Young Adults

You’re never too old for an Easter basket! These items are perfect for the young adults in your family.

  • Magazine based on their interests
  • Personalized notebook/stationary
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shaving kit
  • Portable USB charger
  • Bath bomb
  • Candle
  • Picture frame
  • Gift card for their favorite restaurant or store
  • Gas card
  • Phone case
  • Personalized tumbler
  • Bluetooth speaker

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