Think Outside the Basket: Our Favorite Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers

By Christen Reiner, Macaroni KID Lakewood-Littleton & Macaroni KID Denver Editor and Publisher March 23, 2024

Finding Easter candy to fill your family's baskets is likely a no brainer... there are so many options out there to choose from. If you are like me, you have to work at NOT going overboard with all of the sweet treats.

But zeroing in on the non-candy Easter gifts can be a lot more difficult. One of my kids isn't really into sweets, so I've always tried hard to come up with ideas that are fun and useful for him. Plus, we can all use a bit of variety in our baskets, don't you think?

Here's our list of non-candy Easter basket faves. Hopefully, it makes your Easter shopping a bit easier this year.


  • Craft supplies
  • Books
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Puzzles or puzzle books
  • Bubble bath
  • Magazines
  • LEGO set
  • Baking or cooking supplies
  • Trading cards


  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Summer supplies
  • Bubbles
  • Spray bottles
  • Sports balls
  • Kites
  • Gardening supplies
  • Jump ropes
  • Flip flops
  • Airplanes


  • Magnifying glass
  • Slime
  • Bug catcher
  • Terrarium kit
  • Sea Monkeys
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Science experiment book
  • Binoculars
  • Slinky
  • Stethoscope
  • Geodes
  • Mini animals


  • Event tickets
  • Movie tickets
  • Attraction tickets
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Classes
  • Swim passes
  • Ice cream coupons


  • Hair accessories
  • Clothes 
  • Jewelry
  • Face masks
  • Body Sprays
  • Nail polish
  • Phone chargers
  • Fun pens
  • Journals
  • Favorite beverages
  • Water bottles
  • Gas cards
  • Fast food gift cards
  • Coffee shop gift cards
  • Money

Pro Tip: For even more fun, send your tweens and teens on a scavenger hunt to find their gifts, or even their whole basket!

When it comes to filling your family's Easter baskets, thinking outside of the box can mean even more fun. Happy Easter!