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Best Non-Candy Easter Gifts for a Healthy Basket

The best non-candy Easter gifts for a healthy basket can be so much fun. It’s a chance to get creative and give your children more than junk food. There are a lot of things you can put in an Easter basket. The problem is that so many of the non-candy options are also junk – plastic that will end up in a landfill. They are toys that will break easily or never be played with again and tossed.

How about the idea of a non-candy gift on a holiday that is also useful? Many items you use regularly have a fancier or more fun version. When my kids were young, they loved getting fun toothbrushes in their baskets. I typically would buy boring toothbrushes but on the holidays they would get a fun character toothbrush that they didn’t normally get. There are also fun gift items that are not necessarily useful but they are still made of natural materials (like these fun break your own geodes).

What can I give for Easter instead of candy?

Every year I try to come up with new and fun ideas for Easter baskets that are age appropriate. The things a toddler would love are much different than a teenager. Easter baskets are still a lot of fun when they are low in sugar and full of useful and fun items. Although some of these items do crossover into other age groups! Here is a good list to get you started on brainstorming ideas for your children (or young adults).

No Candy Easter Basket for Toddlers

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Girls & Boys Age 5-10

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Tweens & Teens

No Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Young Adults

What Can I put Inside Easter Eggs Besides Candy?

If your family has an egg hunt tradition, you can dye real eggs with homemade food dye and hide them. This avoids the need to fill plastic eggs with candy or junk. If you do use plastic Easter eggs, you can still fill them with non-candy gifts that come in handy. Here are some ideas:

  • Money
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Fun band-aids
  • Seeds for planting a garden

Holidays can be a time when so much junk food comes into your life. You can still have fun traditions and enjoy the day without those things. Making homemade treats that are healthier can become part of your family traditions. There are many simple and healthy recipes you can try to find the ones your family likes the most. Try these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins or this Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread.

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