Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers


I love Easter. I have so many fond memories of Easter at my grandparent’s, hunting eggs in my grandfather’s small backyard – they were never big or extravagant, but the hunt, the hunt is what I remember.

While I long to recreate these same memories with my children, I also do not like to go overboard or spend lots of money on Easter Baskets. Realizing that I do not remember one single thing that was ever in my own Easter baskets as a kid, I knew I could keep my children’s baskets relatively simple. I also keep them 100% candy-free in order to avoid any unnecessary sugar frenzies. If you take a stroll down the Easter aisle at your local grocery store you will see that candy-free is not the norm – it can actually be tricky to find things that are not candy. That is why I wanted to put this list together.  We CAN make great memories with our families without spending a fortune and candy does not need to be the centerpiece of every holiday in order for it to be enjoyed.

Below you can find ideas for baskets for your newborn all the way to your tweens and teens.

Religious Easter Books

Books make a GREAT filler for Easter Baskets, these below can be for all ages, from small to big.

Secular Easter Books

If you are gifting the basket to someone who is not religious or you want to have a mix of religious and secular books, the list below is more bunnies and eggs focused.

Things to get your Family Outdoors

If you have been a reader of Coastal Bend Mom Collective for any length of time you will know that we are ALL.ABOUT. getting your family outdoors! These fillers are a great idea for your baskets and to get your family to have fun in the sun!

Indoor Activities

While we always want to advocate for people to spend more time outdoors, we know here in the Coastal Bend weather in the springtime can be fickle. In the case you encounter a rainy day these are some fillers that will be fun indoors!

  • Deck of Cards
  • Uno Game
  • Dominos
  • Mini Legos
  • Easter Dvds
  • Pokemon Cards
  • An AeroGarden indoor garden {This would be a bigger item for a bigger budget}
  • Beads and Necklace making stuff
  • Stacking Cups
  • Kid Chess sets
  • Letter Magnets
  • Bath Toys/ Bathtub crayons
  • Matchbox cars
  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • Plastic Action Figures / Dinosaurs / Animals
  • Playdough/ Slime
  • Fort Building Kits

Arts and Crafts

My kids love a chance to do arts and crafts and to make a mess. These are GREAT fillers for any gift but especially for Easter baskets!

Musical Gifts

This one could be controversial, cause you are basically gifting yourself a headache along with this basket. But if your child has a musical interest and you want to encourage that, these small musical gifts would be the perfect Easter basket filler.

  • Harmonica
  • Small Accordion
  • Kids Microphone
  • Music CDs
  • Maracas
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tone Blocks
  • Kazoo
  • Recorder
  • Tickets to See a Musical or Concert

Practical Gifts

It never fails during the holidays no matter how many expensive toys my children are gifted when they get a flashlight or umbrella they go crazy. This is a perfect opportunity to get your kids some things they actually need or would be useful and fill their Easter basket simultaneously.

  • Flashlights
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Blankets
  • Night Lights
  • Kid Cameras
  • Sunglasses
  • Camping Gear
  • Beach Gear
  • Swimwear
  • Bedroom Decorations {pictures, frames, lights, alarms, ect.}
  • Easter-themed crazy straws
  • Piggy Banks

For the Littles

It can be hard when you are trying to put together Easter baskets for a baby, you want them to be special but there are limits on what items you can put in the basket. You can have a lot of fun with non-candy items for the littles!

For Tween and Teen Girls and Boys

Let’s not leave out the older kids. Don’t let your tween or teen trick you into thinking they are too cool for an Easter basket—these are fillers they will actually want.

Easter Whimsy

You may not be buying the whole aisle of Easter candy, but you can fill your basket with a ton of cute Easter-y items that are fun for all ages!

For more Easter ideas take a look at our Guide to Easter in the Coastal Bend below!


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Jennifer is a Coastal Bend Native, born and raised in Ingleside. She began contributing to the Corpus Christi Moms Blog in 2018 and stepped up as the Community Engagement Coordinator in 2019. She is happiest when she is crafting, writing, or doing anything artistic. She loves music, especially ANYTHING from the 90's, and is often seen dancing around the kitchen to Nsync while cooking dinner. She is married to Derik and has two kids, Connor and Keeley (pronounced Key-Lee). Jennifer still feels like a novice when it comes to parenting and enjoys letting other moms know they are not doing life alone. She also admits she watches copious amounts of Netflix, but balances that out by reading to and with her kiddos as much as possible each day.