Healthy Candy-Free Easter Basket
It’s time to break out the cute bunnies and Easter eggs! But what about candy? Chances are, you’re here to get some great Easter basket ideas that don’t involve candy. What can you put in an Easter basket besides candy? A lot of things!
I’ve got a ton of great non-candy Easter basket ideas for all ages, even adults! Because there’s never a wrong time to give someone in your life a little gift. I love to give all the adults in my life flowers if I know they like them, or something small that means a lot. So don’t be afraid to shake things up this Easter and try some non-candy gifts!
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Try a Themed Easter Basket!
You can have even more fun with designing a basket by giving it a theme! Plus, it gives you a lot more wiggle room with coming up with non-candy Easter basket ideas. If you have a child that’s really into one particular thing, use that as inspiration.
It can be something like horses, or sports, or even books! Kids are almost always into something, so they’re pretty easy to buy for. Teenagers, not so much. Try to keep the concept super simple and include things you know for sure they would love.
At that age, it helps to simply ask your teenager what they’re into, or what they would want in an Easter basket. It can be as simple as buying that top you saw them eyeing at the mall, or a new book they can’t stop talking about. Little cues like that can make a huge difference!
Check out the ideas I have below for all ages, including adults. It could be a great way to get to know your neighbors, or tell someone in your life that you care! Easter baskets don’t always have to apply to children. I’m in my mid-20’s and I still exchange baskets with my family every year.
For Babies: Baby Shark Basket
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go look up “baby shark” on YouTube (sorry not sorry!). This song is so dang popular, it seems to have beaten the Barney song by a long shot. I know plenty of babies and small children that absolutely love singing and acting out this song!
Seriously, the first time I heard this song was at an elementary school’s trunk-or-treat last Halloween. When the DJ put the song on, literally every kid ran up to the booth and tore. It. Up! Watching a three-foot tall mosh pit of kids jumping and singing was something I never knew I needed.
I just typed “baby shark” into Amazon’s search bar and I got so many good results! But there are some basics that I think shouldn’t be missed. There should be a stuffed shark, a book, and some bath toys for sure.
For Kids: Sensory/Activity/Education Basket
The ideal non-candy Easter basket for kids should include something that both teaches and entertains them, in my opinion. It’s best to catch them while they’re still interested in learning, so make sure that you give a child a basket that teaches them something new.
My mom loves to give my youngest cousins an Easter basket every year filled with activity books and educational books on topics she knows they’re curious about. It’s always entertaining watching them hunker down and read the books before they’ve even finished opening the basket!
A sensory basket is another great idea for children with special needs. You can include things like a water bead set, a pack of fidget toys, or silly putty. I absolutely love to play with water beads! They make me feel calm after just a few minutes of mindless playing.
For Teens: Hobby-Related Basket
If you have a teen with a hobby, boom! There’s your healthy Easter basket theme. Provided it’s not video games. This is a great way to show your teen that you support them in a unique way. Not only do you support what they do, you support that they are not small children anymore and therefore should not get silly Easter gifts.
This can easily be a sports-themed basket, dance-themed basket, anything at all! But because I’m a ballet dancer I’m going to use that as an example. I would have loved to get a ballet-themed Easter basket that had things like ballet slippers, tights, a leotard, and even some physical therapy equipment, like a theraband or foam roller.
Try to look at this basket as you helping your teen succeed. They have enough stress to deal with, so why not support them and help them out in a unique way? Who knows, it may give them the morale to work a little harder!
For Adults: Date Night In Basket
This idea works great for just about any couple (or single) person in your life! If you know someone who just had a baby, this kind of basket with a volunteer babysitter for the night would be a lifesaver. Or if you know someone who’s single and proud, you can give them a self-care Easter basket. I’ve got some great suggestions for a self-care gift basket if you want to learn more.
Come up with an easy dinner idea that they can make at home, gather and measure the ingredients, put it all nice and neat in the basket, and you’re done! Don’t forget a good bottle of wine to go with it. Or even some ingredients for a nice dessert.
Depending on your budget, you could go with steaks or fish. But if you need to stick to a budget and can’t go without a fridge for too long, you can never go wrong with pasta! You can go as extra or minimal as you like with this, such as homemade pasta or sauce.
Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers
If none of these theme ideas seem appealing to you, no worries! We don’t always have the time or money to do something like that. That’s why I’ve also got a comprehensive list of filler items that go great in any kind of Easter basket.
I’ve got the topic organized by age, but you can pick from anything on this list. Make it unique to that person! I know I would love to get something like silly putty or hair ties in an Easter basket.
Healthy Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers for Babies
- Easter plush toy
- Bamboo chew ring
- Board books
- Toy cars
- Baby dolls
- Blow-Up ball
- Easter dresses
- Sippy Cups
- Silicone Place Mat
Healthy Easter Basket Ideas for Kids
- Jump rope
- Activity books
- Coloring books
- Educational books
- Silly putty
- Sidewalk chalk
- Hair Ties
- Animal Figurines
- Easter plushies
- Bouncy balls
Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Teenagers
- Phone case
- Stylish water bottle
- Gift cards to clothing stores
- Nail polish (chemical-free!)
- Chemical-free hair shampoo
- Makeup (Here are my favorite chemical-free makeup brands!)
- iTunes gift card
- Fabric hair ties
- Easter eggs full of money
- Movie tickets
Non-Candy Easter Gifts for Adults
- Candles (Chemical-Free!)
- Handmade soap
- Decorative bowls
- Indoor herb garden
- Hanging plant
- A bottle of wine
- Bath bombs
- Adult coloring books
- Essential oils
- Weighted blanket
- Relaxing tea
- Lotion (DIY lotion is best!)
- Movie tickets
- Specialty class tickets (like a paint and wine class)
- Personal development book
If You Do Decide to Add Candy
Despite this being a health and wellness blog, I’m not against putting candy in Easter baskets! A treat every now and then is fine, but if you do decide to include candy, make sure the candy is organic. I know that sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but let me explain.
Candy is not only full of sugar, but also full of nasty chemicals that have been linked to behavioral disorders. Mainly the dyes used in regular candy are the culprits (source). Plus, organic candy doesn’t have any caffeine!
The ingredients in organic candy are also more natural than synthetic candy. Which means that you can still enjoy a sweet treat without pumping your body full of chemicals you shouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. But what organic candy options are out there?
Take a Look Online and In-Store
There’s a surprising amount of organic candy that you can find both online and in-store! Amazon has the widest array of organic candy, though. However, I’ve seen photos of Target carrying its own section of organic candy, so we’re getting there!
You can easily find organic substitutes for M&M’s, Swedish fish, lollipops, Starburst, and just about any kind of chocolate. I know that chocolate bunnies are pretty big for Easter, so I highly recommend you give the chocolate bunny below a chance. And you can’t forget some organic caramel Easter eggs!
And if you’re still not on the chocolate boat but still want to include some healthy food in your Easter basket, just about anything from Annie’s passes the test! They have everything from crackers to fruit snacks, all organic and made with the best ingredients. Plus, everything is made in the shape of a bunny!
Final Thoughts on Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
No matter how you decide to make an Easter basket for someone, these non-candy Easter basket ideas will make the holiday a little healthier for you and your family. These Easter basket stuffers that I listed are meant to simply get the creative juices flowing.
You can do a themed basket based on the age of the person, or you can raid the clearance bin at Target and see what happens. No judgement here! The clearance bin at Target can be a gold mine, anyway. But I’m glad you decided to do non-candy Easter gifts, because they will mean more without compromising your family’s health.
And if you do decide to include candy, more power to you! All I ask is that you consider giving organic candy a try. Yes, candy is a treat that can be bad in large quantities, but doing a better version of candy on occasion is totally fine and won’t affect your health. It’s okay to live a little where necessary!
What are you planning to put in your Easter basket(s) this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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