100+ Non-Candy Easter Ideas

by Leighann on March 1, 2016

Summary: Here are over 100 non-candy Easter basket ideas for kids with type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, or food allergies. Or just for parents who don’t want to load their kids up with candy and sugar!

100 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?!

(I continue to update this list! The list is now has surpassed 100 items, so I’ve divided them up by category.)

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

New Ideas

  • Blind bags
  • Thomas Mini blind bags
  • Minecraft Mini blind boxes
  • Tsum-Tsum blind bags
  • K’nex Super Mario mystery bags
  • Super hero action figures
  • Uno game
  • D&D dice

Small Items

  • Coins
  • Stickers
  • Tattoos

Toys and Games

  • Travel play packs
  • Slinky
  • Silly Putty
  • Play-Doh
  • Kinetic sand
  • Small bouncy balls
  • Hot wheels or Matchbox cars
  • Train engines
  • My Little Pony
  • Littlest Petshop
  • Mini Barbie
  • Small stuffed animal
  • Rubber duckies
  • Schleich animals
  • Schleich dinosaurs
  • Puzzle
  • Board game
  • Silly Bands
  • Pokeman Cards
  • Trading cards
  • Baseball cards


  • Lego City set*
  • Lego Friends set*
  • Lego Chima set*
  • Lego minifigures
  • Lego separator
  • Handful of Legos from the pick-a-brick wall placed into a plastic egg

*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.


  • Easter-themed picture book
  • Next chapter book in a series
  • Comic book

Coloring, Drawing, and Painting

  • Cute pencils
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes and sponge brushes
  • Small notebook
  • Journal
  • Cute erasers
  • Pencil sharpener


  • Rainbow Loom bands
  • Beads and buttons for crafting
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Duct tape
  • Origami paper
  • Finger knitting book
  • Yarn and knitting needles

Outdoor Activities

  • Baseball or softball
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Jump rope
  • Pinwheel
  • Bucket and shovel
  • Beach ball
  • Pool toys
  • Swim goggles
  • Beach towel
  • Bouncy ball
  • Yo-yo’s
  • Kite
  • Seeds
  • Small flower pots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying glass
  • Kaleidoscope


  • Guitar picks
  • Sheet music
  • Harmonica


  • Shoe charms
  • Shoe laces
  • Earrings
  • Bracelet
  • Necklace
  • Headbands
  • Socks
  • Lip gloss
  • Nail polish
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flip Flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Experiences and Entertainment

  • Movie theater gift card
  • DVD’s
  • Zoo passes
  • Children’s museum tickets
  • Pool passes
  • Amusement park tickets


  • Ear buds
  • Extra iPod charging cords
  • $5 iTunes gift card

You Might Also Like…

50+ Non-Candy Easter Ideas

Counting Jelly Beans For Easter

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 Easter and holidays


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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.


2 Linda Bacigalupi March 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

YES! YES! Thank you for this post. You calmed this Nonna’s Easter anxiety with a great post. Easter Egg hunts should be fun and your approach to making it a level playing field for all the children is “spot on” . Diabetes is not new to my family (husband & son with T1D) but now my 4 1/2 granddaughter was just diagnosed. Easter will be as fun as it always has been, including a small chocolate bunny and maybe a few Peeps. I saw SF Peeps available on the net but haven’t checked out the ingredients. Have a great day.


3 Leighann March 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

I also call my grandmother Nonna 🙂

Look at the carb counts for the Peeps both regular and sugar-free. I think the carbs are about the same. Some of the sugar-free candies have sugar alcohols which can be hard on tummies of little ones. We usually buy the regular Peeps.

Enjoy your Easter!


4 Karen March 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Great list. Back when I was a child with diabetes, it was sugar-free chocolate and sugar-free jelly beans, which were gross and not stomach friendly in the least. 🙁 I’m glad things are different today. (And maybe that’s why I still get an Easter basket – but with REAL chocolate now!!)


5 shannon March 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

we used to do a scavenger hunt too! the easter bunny would hide plastic eggs all over and before my kid would read, there would be a drawing of where the next egg was located. then when they began to read we would put a single letter in each egg so they would needto find them all then arrange them into the word that showed where the basket was located. so much fun!!


6 Teresa July 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

I like all these ideas! Giving candies is an old trend but why not try these, right? Thanks for the suggestions.


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