Peeps, chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs. There has to be more to an Easter Basket than sugar, right? With the size of baskets these days (that's another post, for another time) non-sugar goodies are a must for Easter. While I don't want Easter to turn into another Christmas-like gift giving holiday, I am always searching for gift ideas to pass on to the Easter Bunny. Here are 25 non-candy Easter basket ideas for kids of all ages:
For Little Kids (0-8 years or so)
- Stuffed Animals
- Coloring Books and Crayons - there are awesome Easter Bunny & Religious coloring books out there this time of year.
- Legos - I love the 'Friends' line that is out for girls now. The usual cars and trucks and airplanes are still out there for the boys.
- Small Play Characters - like Little People & Polly Pockets.
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Bubble Bath
- Gardening tools - kid sized shovels, hoes and rakes in cute patterns start showing up in stores like Target just in time for Easter.
For Bigger Kids (9+)
- Art Supplies
- Magazines - Buy the current issue of a favorite magazine and add a note saying that a year's subscription is on its way.
- Gift Cards - itunes & Amazon are great for music and book lovers. Your local bookstore or Barnes & Noble is also fun.
- Movie Gift cards - Going to the theater is always a fun activity on a rainy Saturday.
- Journals - There are so many pretty journals on the market these days. There's still time to order a personalized one from a site like Minted if you want to splurge.
- Note Cards - Target has some really cute ones for not a lot of money. Or get personalized notes from somewhere like American Stationery - one of my favorite places to order from - good prices and service.
- Books - always a good gift - especially to get the little ones in the habit of reading.
- Toothpaste and brushes
- School supplies - school's been in session for a while and those glue sticks and pencils probably don't have much life left in them!
- Paints (watercolors, finger) & paper.
- Socks - fun & useful.
- Board games
- Clothes - spring is coming and everyone needs a new pair of shorts to kick off the season.
- Beach towels and toys - one of my favorites and summer comes early here and beach toys tend to last only a season or two. I love the personalized beach towels at Pottery Barn Kids. They aren't super thrifty purchases but they last for years.
On that note, filling Easter baskets can get expensive so I check the dollar store & Target's dollar spot for things like coloring books, school supplies, beach toys, sidewalk chalk & bubbles. We do a little bit of candy - and fill in with these extra little goodies.