Non-Candy Easter Baskets

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It's hard to avoid the chocolate Easter bunnies, marshmallow peeps, robin eggs, and jelly beans on Easter, especially with Easter being so heavily marketed. But don't forget, the Easter bunny also likes to deliver non-candy items to your children too! Here are some ideas to create a fun and not-so-sugary Easter basket for your little bunnies.

 

 


Fill the plastic Easter eggs with small toys:

  • Money
  • Rocks/gems/geodes
  • Bouncy balls
  • Balloons
  • Mini bubbles
  • Rainbow loom bands
  • Perler® beads
  • Erasers in fun shapes
  • Flavored lip balm
  • LEGO® pieces (buy a small set and separate them into individual eggs)
  • Tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Puzzle pieces (buy a small one and separate the pieces into individual eggs)

 

Go for a summer theme:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops/slippers
  • Bubbles
  • Beach balls
  • Water balloon kit
  • Squirt guns
  • Jump rope
  • Bug catcher kits
  • Kite 

 

Boy-Theme:

  • Trading cards: Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, football, baseball, basketball, etc.
  • Action figures: TMNT, superheroes, GI Joe, Star Wars, etc.
  • Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars
  • Poppers

 

Girl-Theme:

  • Nail polish/nail accessories
  • Hair bows/barrettes/headbands
  • Makeup (play or real, depending on the age)
  • Jewelry (play or real, depending on the age)
  • Polly Pockets
  • Strawberry Shortcake

 

Arts & Crafts Theme:

  • Duck® Brand Duct Tape or Washi Tapi
  • Play Dough/Clay
  • Craft Supplies (googly eyes, popsicle sticks, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, glitter glue)
  • Foam stickers
  • Stamp Set
  • Paint supplies
  • Mini canvases
  • Art supplies (markers, crayons, colored pencils)

 

Books/Music/Movie Theme:

  • Books
  • CDs or MP3s
  • DVDs
  • Bookmarks
  • Reading light
  • Journal
  • Fancy Pen
  • Headphones
  • Movie Tickets
  • Popcorn
  • Video Games

 

Cooking/Baking Theme:

  • Apron & Chef's Hat
  • Kid's Cookbook
  • Cooking utencils
  • Baking mixes
  • Decorating items (sprinkles, non-pareils, icings)
  • Recipe Journal

 

Other Themes:

  • Sports
  • Favorite Movie (Cars, Frozen, etc)
  • Superhero
  • Fairies
  • Transformers
  • Favorite Character (Sponge Bob, Strawberry Shortcake, Dora, etc)

 

Other Ideas:

  • Special coupons to redeem (stay up light night, pick dinner, playdate, new toy, etc)
  • iTunes gift card
  • Stuffed animals
  • Plant growing starter kits
  • Mini puzzles
  • Silly string
  • Card games (Uno, Phase 10, Skip Bo, Spoons)
  • Fun socks
  • Yo-yo
  • Silly Putty/Noise putty
  • Silly, twisty straws
  • Grow capsules or creatures
  • Hidden pictures and word search
  • Glow sticks
  • Mini flashlights
  • Bath accessories (body sponges, bombs, bubbles, body paint)
  • Finger Lights
  • Wind-up toys

 

For more ideas head to the Dollar Store, Target's dollar bins, Party City, or any craft or toy store. Happy Easter!

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