Happy (almost) Easter! There’s something nostalgic about this time of year… the egg hunts, the dressy clothes, the ham dinner, and the epic basket of Easter goodies! Now, I’m all for including some type of treat in the Easter basket (peanut butter eggs in mine, please!) It’s part of a moderate approach to treats that we all benefit from. But Easter baskets can be pretty big, and stuffing them FULL of candy isn’t something I plan to do. If you’re in the same boat, and looking for non-food Easter basket ideas, then this post is for you!
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I ended up with a really big list (98 ideas!), so I had to break it down. There are 3 main categories: Stuff for younger kids (babies and toddlers), general fun stuff that could be applicable for a big range of ages, and stuff for the older kids. The “general” section is pretty big so I broke it into sub-categories. I hope you’ll find some ideas that you really love!
New bottle or sippy cup
Diapers rolled up to look cute, or a first pair of “big kid” underwear
Cute onesie or outfit
Soft balls or sensory balls
Small age-appropriate toy (These soft blocks are a hit)
Feeding stuff – toddler cutlery, new plate/bowl, baby spoons
Woobie or luvie
(Some things may not be applicable to the younger kids. Use your discretion)
Headbands or hair bows
Bathing suit (don’t laugh, my mom used to do this for us all the time!)
Fun or silly socks
Sidewalk chalk (THIS one is even shaped like Easter eggs!)
Colored pencils, markers, glitter pens
Paint set with brushes
Magnadoodle (This one is small enough to fit in a basket)
Dry Erase board and marker
Erasers or pencil toppers
Games to play themselves (Like a matching game)
Games to play with the family (Some ideas below!)
Playing Cards, or card games like Uno
Play set (like a tool box, doctor kit, play food)
Small thing they like and collect, like GI Joes, Barbie, etc
Doll, or doll clothes
Stress ball or squishy ball
Stuffed animal (not just for babies!)
New bed sheets in their favorite character
Room decorations: poster, glowing stars or decals, etc
Silly straws, or a cup with their favorite character
Washcloth toys that expand in water (I wish I could remember what they’re called. They’re super cool!)
Sports stuff: baseball glove, shin guards, etc
Kite (this was always a favorite when I was a kid)
Sand toys, like a pail and shovel
Inflatable pool (can get cheap ones at dollar stores)
Skatch game (Basically catch, using velcro mits)
Inflatable beach ball
Various balls: bouncy balls, sports balls (football, soccer, baseball, etc), foam balls
Books with sound/buttons
Books for various ages
Mad-Libs (I always LOVED these!)
(Plus coloring books, which was under “arts and crafts”)
I hope this list helped you get some awesome non-food Easter Basket ideas for this coming weekend. I’m posting it early enough that if you order something online, it should get here in time to play Easter Bunny. Enjoy the holiday, eat some delightful food (and a peanut butter egg or two), and HAVE FUN!
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