50+ Non-Candy Easter Ideas

by Leighann on April 6, 2014

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

I know you are fretting about what to give your child with type 1 diabetes or food allergies this Easter. Perhaps it’s your first Easter dealing with this medical condition and your anxiety is on high.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this.

Your child with diabetes or food allergies can have just as much fun because candy doesn’t have to be the focus.

(And even before our own child’s diagnosis, candy wasn’t the focus in our family.)

My suggestion is to treat all the kids equally. If one gets a chocolate bunny or Peeps, they all get a chocolate bunny or Peeps. Insulin can be given for the candy (and if your child gets injections, you can easily add the carbs to a meal so that she’s not getting an extra injection). And there are companies that make chocolates free from some of the top allergens.

This list includes many items that are inexpensive and range from $1 to under $5. There are a few items which may be more. Many can be found in the dollar aisle or seasonal/Easter aisle and lots of these come in cute Easter or spring themes.

Some of the items are small enough to fit inside of plastic Easter eggs if you are planning a hunt.

We usually do an Easter scavenger hunt. The Easter Bunny leaves clues and in each location there is one item for each child. The kids work together to find each surprise.

Although these are non-candy options, our kids do receive a chocolate bunny. My child with diabetes gets the same amount of candy as my child without diabetes. They both eat a small chunk of chocolate during the week with meals.

Because what’s Easter without a chocolate bunny?!

50+ Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

  1. Coins
  2. Stickers
  3. Tattoos
  4. Cute pencils
  5. Crayons
  6. Markers
  7. Colored pencils
  8. Paints
  9. Paint brushes and sponge brushes
  10. Small notebook
  11. Journal
  12. Cute erasers
  13. Pencil sharpener
  14. Travel play packs
  15. Slinky
  16. Silly Putty
  17. Play-Doh
  18. Small bouncy balls
  19. Lego City set*
  20. Lego Friends set*
  21. Lego Chima set*
  22. Lego minifigures
  23. Lego separator
  24. Handful of Legos from the pick-a-brick wall placed into a plastic egg
  25. Baseball or softball
  26. Sidewalk chalk
  27. Bubbles
  28. Jump rope
  29. Pinwheel
  30. Bucket and shovel
  31. Beach ball
  32. Pool toys
  33. Swim goggles
  34. Beach towel
  35. Bouncy ball
  36. Kite
  37. Hot wheels or Matchbox cars
  38. Train engines
  39. My Little Pony
  40. Littlest Petshop
  41. Mini Barbie
  42. Small stuffed animal
  43. Rubber duckies
  44. Schleich animals
  45. Schleich dinosaurs
  46. Puzzle
  47. Board game
  48. Easter-themed picture book
  49. Next chapter book in a series
  50. Coloring book
  51. Comic book
  52. Shoe charms
  53. Shoe laces
  54. Earrings
  55. Bracelet
  56. Necklace
  57. Headbands
  58. Socks
  59. Lip gloss
  60. Nail polish
  61. Hand sanitizer
  62. Flip Flops
  63. Sunglasses
  64. Sun hat
  65. Silly Bands
  66. Rainbow Loom bands
  67. Beads and buttons for crafting
  68. Washi tape
  69. Duct tape
  70. Origami paper
  71. Trading cards
  72. Baseball cards
  73. Guitar picks
  74. Sheet music
  75. Seeds
  76. Small flower pots
  77. Gardening gloves
  78. Garden trowel
  79. Binoculars
  80. Magnifying glass
  81. Kaleidoscope
  82. Movie theater gift card
  83. DVD’s
  84. Zoo passes
  85. Children’s museum tickets
  86. Pool passes
  87. Amusement park tickets
  88. Ear buds
  89. Extra iPod charging cords
  90. $5 iTunes gift card

*These small Lego sets are usually under $5 and can be found with the seasonal items or at the checkout. They come in a bag instead of a box.

You Might Also Like…

Kids First, Diabetes Second Book (There’s a chapter called “Less Stress, More Happiness” that talks A LOT about these types of issues.)

The Thrill of the Hunt (excerpt from Kids First, Diabetes Second)

More posts about candy alternatives

More posts about food allergies

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1 Marie Smith April 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

These are great! I’ll tweet/share this on Facebook because I think a lot of parents could use these suggestions. My favorite was Origami paper because my mom used to put that in my Easter Basket.


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