The Best Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers


Looking for non-candy Easter Basket fillers for young kids this year? We’ve put together a full list of the best Easter gift ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and really kids of all ages! 

With Easter just around the corner, I’m getting ready for the Easter bunny to visit by two-year old son for the first time he’ll really know what’s going on. After all the Easter egg hunts, little parties, and gifts for other people (like grandparents), your child has probably had their fill of sweet treats and chocolate bunnies. 

So I began looking for a few Easter gifts to fill his first Easter basket that were not candy. Here’s the best options we found that aren’t sweets or junky toys that will get thrown away. 

easter basket in the grass

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Ditch the Candy

Getting away from candy on Easter can be hard since it’s literally everywhere. And also so easy to fill your child’s Easter basket with. But there’s tons of fun things to replace the candy with that children will love. 

Art and Craft Supplies

kids doing easter crafts

One of my favorite things to give toddlers in their Easter baskets is art supplies! They get excited knowing they’ll get to color, paint, or make crafts, and it’s something that will actually be used. Here’s some favorites for creative play for toddlers, preschoolers, and all little kids.

My son is sure to use his art supplies at some point, so he loves receiving them as gifts. You can also check the dollar store for art and craft supplies, including coloring books and stickers! 

Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys are a great way to replace candy items. And Easter usually means that nicer weather is right around the the corner! Your little ones will have a great time playing outside with these little toys.

Outdoor toys are a fun way to get them a toy without adding my toys inside your house! Young kids have so much fun playing outside that they’re sure to use these! 

two kids with easter baskets

Things They Actually Need

Another great idea for Easter baskets is to get them something they actually need but may still be excited about- think clothes, accessories, or things they use daily. A way to get them excited about it is to get something with their favorite items or characters on them. For example, my son will get excited about anything with trucks, vehicles, or Elmo on it. 

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sun Hat 
  • Summer Shoes
  • T-Shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Blankets
  • Slippers
  • Pajamas 
  • Cups
  • Hair Accessories

These items may not be as exciting as toys or chocolate eggs, but your child will likely use them more. And it’s the perfect way to use things you were going to have to buy anyways. 

Small Toys and Games 

toy truck next to easter eggs

Toys and games are some of the best non-candy Easter basket ideas in your child’s opinion. But as a mom with a house full of toys, I don’t think a bunch of toys is the best thing to fill baskets. Just choose things that are small that your child will love and actually play with. 

Toys can be wonderful things and great small gifts that kids love, but I just don’t need anymore toys in my house. If you want to add toys or game to kids’ Easter baskets, I like to pick one of these as the perfect addition to the other items. 

colorful easter eggs

Happy Easter Sunday! 

Remember, don’t stress too much about Easter baskets. Young children get excited about anything you give them. And they really love just spending time and playing with the whole family! 

Check Out Our Easter Egg Fillers

If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt for a toddler or young child and have to fill your own eggs, we also have a full list of small fillers for plastic eggs. Plastic Easter eggs filled with tiny gifts or snacks are also a great addition to Easter baskets! 

Easter Craft Idea

Looking for a fun Easter craft to do with toddlers, preschoolers, or young kids this Easter? This is a great option to keep them engaged after all the Easter baskets, egg hunts, and treats! 

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