I don't know about you, but between Halloween, Christmas, and Mardi Gras my family gets their share of sweets and then some! By the time Easter rolls around, I am over. it. So the Easter Bunny typically fills my children's Easter baskets with (mostly) useful items as opposed to sweets.To inspire you to do the same, I've compiled a list of non-candy alternatives!
We love the Little Blue Truck series and the Springtime edition is super cute and Easter Love Letters from God is a great book to help explain & celebrate Easter with your littles. Of course, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a year-round classic.
Easter is a great time to get the kids all the things you would normally buy them for summer. Like swimsuits – You can't go wrong with a new swimsuit! And don't forget sunglasses, which are the perfect swimsuit accessory!
Beach Towels are always a good choice, I love the personalized ones from Monogram Junkie!
Pool/Beach accessories such as beach balls, rafts, floaties, and this super cool glitter sunscreen!
Water Toys – perfect for encouraging outdoor play!
Crayons and sidewalk chalk are ALWAYS staples in our baskets.
Coloring books – we can never have too many of these in our house!
Water mat/Water Wow Coloring Books – My kids love the aqua mat and the Melissa and Doug water wow books are perfect for traveling! No mess!
For Babies and Small Children
Teething toys – ZukaBaby has a cute Bunny teether and I love this carrot one from Amazon!
Small toys – I love, love this Bunny & Carrot pull toy and these HABA Shakin Eggs are so much fun!
Hats, whether a baseball cap or a floppy sun hat, these are great for the Easter basket and will get so much use during festivals and the summer!
Bubbles – enough said! Who doesn't love playing pop the bubble?!
For Teens and Tweens
Jewelry – perfect for tweens/teens who have outgrown the toys and coloring books!
Gift cards – iTunes, Amazon, Target, Xbox, AMC, local trampoline parks, & gaming centers – just to name a few!
Movies – Although DVDs are becoming a bit outdated, we still use them in the car on long trips.
Headphones/Earbuds/Phone Chargers – because, like socks, they ALWAYS disappear.
Cash – because my kids like to save for college…or for Fortnite skins….HA!
PJs – I can't ever get enough of cute PJs for my kids – bonus points if they are matching!
Fun Socks – Target's Dollar Spot & the dollar stores usually have some fun socks for girls and boys
Now don't get me wrong, the Easter Bunny isn't a TOTAL scrooge!
My kids will find one or two treats in their baskets to indulge in on Easter morning, usually jelly beans and/or robin eggs because those are the Easter Bunny's favorite! 😉
What are some of your favorite non-candy things to place in the Easter baskets?
Noele is native New Orleanian, whose husband somehow convinced her to move to Metairie, where they currently reside with their four children, Kaitlyn (13), Aidan (10), Abigail (7) & Wyatt (16 months), two dogs, and tortoise. She works full time as a Paralegal at a small, personal injury law firm. When she's not working or carpooling her kids around the city and trying to manage the family calendar, you can find her enjoying a glass of wine while cooking for friends and family. Greek Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and the beach are her happy places. She is a self-proclaimed hot-mess mama who also enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the GNO area.