Every year at about this time, I start panicking about what to put in my kids’ Easter baskets. I’ve shared before that growing up, my parents didn’t do Easter baskets, but it was a tradition that I easily adopted when we had our own kids. It’s definitely not the focus of our celebration, but it’s a fun cultural tradition that I can easily get behind. I mean, let’s be honest. Any tradition that includes chocolate is a tradition I can get behind!
Of course, my real-food, anti-sugar stance rather put a damper on things in recent years. Don’t get me wrong, we eat plenty of sugar around here — way more than we need, I’m sure. But I try to keep the sweet treats to a minimum and fill the Easter baskets with primarily non-edible goodies.
I’m always on the look out for fun non-candy Easter basket ideas, and several brands have sent me products to review for just that purpose. I was not paid for this post, but some of these products were provided to me so I can write a candid review, and I often use affiliate links when linking to products for purchase. Hopefully this list will be helpful as you shop to fill your Easter baskets!
Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers
Fans can help Minka paint in her studio, and when she’s tired, can put her in her hammock where she really closes her eyes to nap! She never lounges for long, though – MINKA MARK can hang upside-down on her monkey bars, swing in her swing set, and fans can help feed MINKA MARK when she’s hungry for a banana snack.
My daughter is obsessed with this Littlest Pet Shop playset. She’s a huge fan of Littelest Pet Shop anything, but she’s really been having a blast playing with this.
The girls squabbled over who would get this precious FurReal kitty. My older daughter finally won out. In her words, “Finally, a cat I’m not allergic to!” When you stroke the kitty on her back, she jumps around and meows. It truly is a great gift for the child who can’t have a real pet. At 11, my daughter still loves her stuffed friends although they don’t get nearly as much attention as they used to. I was pleased to see her enjoying this.
The soft NERF foam and lightweight design makes it easy for soccer fans to kick, dribble and control the ball. The N-SPORTS Soccer Ball’s size allows NERF fans to do freestyle tricks and shots, both indoors and out.
In a house with boys, you can never have too many balls. We have a huge bin of them in the garage. My son and his friends have been having fun kicking around this Nerf soccer ball, but they’re far too cool to allow me to post their pictures on my blog.
Made to go mobile, this one-handed N-STRIKE MEGA blaster features an integrated internal clip so you can reload fast and send the MEGA whistler darts screaming through the air. The MEGA MAGNUS Blaster fires MEGA darts up to 85 feet!
Perhaps the biggest surprise was how my 11-year-old daughter took to this Nerf blaster. In fact, my 14-year-old son actually left his video games and started playing it with her. It was truly surreal. These two never play together anymore, but they were having a blast with this latest Nerf N-Strike toy.
Once again proving that she’s a study in contrasts, my daughter loves her Sacred Stones bracelet from Joseph Nogucci almost as much as she loves the nerf blaster. Ha! I really did want to hold these back for their Easter baskets, but I couldn’t resist getting a photo of her for this post. Caroline is modeling both bracelets in this picture, but she did share one with her little sis.
One of my newest affiliate partners is One Kings Lane. I could spend HOURS on their site! In addition to tons of home decor products, they have a large selection of educational toys by Melissa and Doug. I’m such a huge fan of Melissa and Doug brand toys. They really do a great job at coming up with toys that are constructive and fun all at the same time. You can’t go wrong with ANY of the toys on this page. I chose to feature this tea set because I think it’s just precious. Every little girl needs a tea set.
Or how about this Happy Giddy Bug House? My kids LOVE catching bugs in the summertime, and these buggy bug houses are just too sweet.
But seriously, how can you go wrong with this stuffed duck that “quacks contentedly” when you push on his belly? I mean. Every Easter basket needs on of those, don’t you think?
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What do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets?