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?!

(I continue to update this list! Items in bold are new this year.)

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. Kinetic sand
  19. Small bouncy balls
  20. Lego City set*
  21. Lego Friends set*
  22. Lego Chima set*
  23. Lego minifigures
  24. Lego separator
  25. Handful of Legos from the pick-a-brick wall placed into a plastic egg
  26. Baseball or softball
  27. Sidewalk chalk
  28. Bubbles
  29. Jump rope
  30. Pinwheel
  31. Bucket and shovel
  32. Beach ball
  33. Pool toys
  34. Swim goggles
  35. Beach towel
  36. Bouncy ball
  37. Yo-yo’s
  38. Kite
  39. Hot wheels or Matchbox cars
  40. Train engines
  41. My Little Pony
  42. Littlest Petshop
  43. Mini Barbie
  44. Small stuffed animal
  45. Rubber duckies
  46. Schleich animals
  47. Schleich dinosaurs
  48. Puzzle
  49. Board game
  50. Easter-themed picture book
  51. Next chapter book in a series
  52. Coloring book
  53. Comic book
  54. Shoe charms
  55. Shoe laces
  56. Earrings
  57. Bracelet
  58. Necklace
  59. Headbands
  60. Socks
  61. Lip gloss
  62. Nail polish
  63. Hand sanitizer
  64. Flip Flops
  65. Sunglasses
  66. Sun hat
  67. Silly Bands
  68. Rainbow Loom bands
  69. Beads and buttons for crafting
  70. Googly eyes
  71. Washi tape
  72. Duct tape
  73. Origami paper
  74. Trading cards
  75. Baseball cards
  76. Guitar picks
  77. Sheet music
  78. Seeds
  79. Small flower pots
  80. Gardening gloves
  81. Garden trowel
  82. Binoculars
  83. Magnifying glass
  84. Kaleidoscope
  85. Movie theater gift card
  86. DVD’s
  87. Zoo passes
  88. Children’s museum tickets
  89. Pool passes
  90. Amusement park tickets
  91. Ear buds
  92. Extra iPod charging cords
  93. $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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{ 5 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!)

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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!!

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