Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas + $25 Amazon Card Giveaway!


Before I get to the Easter basket ideas, let me just say that Thrifty Family Finds is 1 year old!  Yay!  I know that when I started TFF a year ago, I really had no idea if anyone would even read it and to see where it’s at now, I’m amazed!  I’m so grateful to all you who read my posts and interact with me through TFF.  This past year has included so many special memories for me personally – like the birth of our second, Emma, and subsequently, a little less time for me to devote to blogging.  But you were patient and stuck with me!  Thank you!

To celebrate Thrifty Family Finds’ 1 Year Blogiversary, I’m doing 4 Days of Giveaways!  These giveaways are a few of my favorite things, and I’m so excited to share them!  Starting today (Tuesday), I’ll post a new giveaway that you can enter.   Don’t worry, each giveaway will be open for entrants for four days, so there will be plenty of time to enter each one!

All of the giveaways are now live!  If you didn’t see the other three giveaways, don’t worry, you can still enter by visiting their original posts:

DIY Hair Tie Tutorial + Win A Set Of Hair Ties & An Etsy Gift Card through Sunday night, March 30th.

Win A $50 Gift Card To Dear Olympia Furniture Revivals through Tuesday night, April 1st.

Easy Diaper Cake Tutorial + Win An $80 Honest Company Gift Card through Tuesday night, April 1st.

Now, onto the Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

Back in February, I wrote a post called Candy-Free Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Kids and it was a huge hit.  I’m really trying to cut back on my daughter’s sugar intake, but still wanted to give her a basket of small presents for Valentine’s Day, like my mom did for me as a child.  With Easter coming up, I thought it might be fun to do a Candy-Free Easter Basket post.

Here’s what’s inside my 2.5 year old’s Easter Basket this year:

Easter Book

I chose The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story for Charlotte.  I love the Berenstain Bears books and I wanted to give her a book that wasn’t focused on candy and the Easter bunny.  It was $2.76 shipped, and as a bonus, it came with stickers!

Melissa & Doug Binoculars

Charlotte loves nature, birds and bugs ever since she started watching Rachel and the Treeschoolers episodes (I highly recommend them! – Charlotte is 2.5 and walks around singing about photosynthesis!).  So when I found these Melissa & Doug Bixie Butterfly Binoculars, I thought they’d be perfect for her outdoor exploring.  If these are too girly, don’t worry, they have these Happy Giddy Binoculars that are more neutral in color.



I just happened to find these brand new bunny slippers in the right size on ThredUP a couple months ago and knew they’d be perfect for her Easter Basket, so I snatched them up.  You could do any slippers or even socks!

Bumble Bee Bath Mitt

Charlotte still loves bath time so much, so I found this Bumble Bee Bath Mitt for a little bath time treat!  It goes along with the next item 🙂


Bubble Bath

We love the Honest Company Bubble Bath, but you could use your favorite brand.  Or you could do other bath items, like bath crayons or toys, or a special hooded towel.

Other Candy-Free Ideas:

– Experiences, like a trip to the zoo or children’s museum

– Coloring books, crayons or other art supplies

– Stickers! 🙂

– Toy cars, trucks, airplanes, etc.

Congratulations to Shari D. for winning the $25 Amazon Gift Card!  I’ve sent you an email with details on claiming your prizes!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Want a little helping creating your own Candy-Free Easter Basket?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing!! Great tips and ideas! I think we will also add some more bath things that our three year old is low on already! That way a gift will seem of more value to her than just picking it up at the store!
    Another awesome idea is a no-sew blanket, our daughter loves these and we rotate through them! I put her name in Iron-on letters that are sparkly on them when she gets them as a gift and she prefers them over comforters! I’m thinking a Frozen themed basket and blanket (she’s obsessed!)
    Again, thank you! You have inspired me so very much!

    • Thrifty Family Finds says:

      Awesome ideas, Jenna! Now you’ve got me wishing I’d gone the Frozen route! 🙂

  2. Amy Craig says:

    Headbands and hair bows because she loves wearing them and looks so adorable too!

    • Thrifty Family Finds says:

      I wish Emma would keep headbands on! 🙂

      P.S. Make sure to click on the green “I Commented” button on the Rafflecopter widget so your entry counts! 🙂

  3. This is such a great idea! The slippers are adorable!

    • Thrifty Family Finds says:

      Thanks! I was thrilled when I found the slippers! 🙂

      P.S. Make sure to click on the green “I Commented” button on the Rafflecopter widget so your entry counts! 🙂

  4. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would put in coloring books, crayons, paint and paint brushes (my daughter loves to paint).

    • Thrifty Family Finds says:

      Art supplies are always a favorite at our house, too!

      P.S. Make sure to click on the green “I Commented” button on the Rafflecopter widget so your entry counts! 🙂

  5. Heather Bunte says:

    Great ideas! I ended up purchasing a lego kit on Amazon for the girls to share. I love giving gifts that are things they can actually do vs, a toy that will be lost and uncared about in no time. The legos is something they can do together….. I also will pick up things I find on consignment…. HOWEVER, we are not a candy-free family. Matt has his eye on the three foot chocolate bunny to get the girls down at the store. LOL

  6. I would put dvds, pajamas and art supplies in a candy-free Easter basket.

  7. Love your ideas! I would add the “Jesus Storybook Bible!”

  8. I got Frozen and a bunch of Doc McStuffins art stuff for my daughter, then some things I found at the dollar store like modeling clay.

  9. Tabitha P. says:

    Right now my dd will get coloring books and Frozen.
    You could do other dvds,books,spring jammies,shoes.

  10. This will be my little guy’s first Easter. So far I have just gotten him a small bunny stuffed animal from North American Bear Co through Citrus Lane. I had a $10 off coupon and shipping was free since I added it to my box, so it was only $1.95! I might just try to find him some fun edible finger paint and maybe a book to go in the basket with the stuffed animal.

  11. I would put stickers and crayons with pictures they can color of Jesus and the empty tomb.

  12. Andrea B says:

    I read somewhere (can’t remember where or I’d link it) about hiding puzzle pieces instead of candy in plastic Easter eggs. When the kids think they have found them all, they can attempt the puzzle and see if any eggs/pieces are missing 🙂 It’s not a basket idea but candy-free Easter fun still counts right?!

  13. Cute ideas! My kids always get a new book, a movie and a few other non candy goodies. I’ve done magnifying glasses, sunglasses and flash cards in the past. Easter baskets are such a fun project for me.

  14. Art supplies, play doh and books! Also we always do new pjs

  15. I’d add books for our kindergartner (who LOVES to read), a small pillow for her new book corner and a cute basket to put her new books in. Also some cute bookmarks!

  16. Easter themed jammies!! Or a bunny stuffed animal

  17. I make soft baby toys, like cute stuffed elephants. I would definitely include something handmade in my daughter’s basket! My mom always gave me a cute sheep or stuffed duckie in my Easter basket!

  18. Melissa Pickett says:

    I would buy books and crafts for my daughters basket.

  19. I would put coloring books, crayons, markers,play-doh, hair accessories, jewelry and a stuffed animal

  20. I would put coloring books and crayons in a candy free Easter basket, because I LOVE coloring.

  21. Love all these ideas! Books are my go-to non-candy item. 🙂

  22. Love all these ideas! Books are my go-to non-candy ideas. 🙂

  23. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Good ideas I like the idea of no candy Easter baskets.

  25. I would add chalk shaped as eggs! And stickers!!!

  26. So fun! Great idea!

  27. Melissa L. says:

    I would put coloring books, crayons, and a stuffed animal. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Meg Madigan says:

    What a bunch of great ideas! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!

  29. Meg Madigan says:

    Love all the ideas, can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!

  30. Just found your site – love it!

  31. I would put books and small toys in an Easter basket!

  32. Michelle says:

    Instead of putting candy in the Easter basket I’m going to fill it with a movie, books, a coloring book/ crayons, head bands/bows, baby toys, etc. (:

  33. Brittany tyre says:

    This is such a great opportunity! I feel blessed to have found this website 🙂 Thanks so much!

  34. Michelle J. says:

    My kids would love the Frozen DVD, plus books and dress-up stuff.

  35. geneva l says:

    My sons easter eggs from his egg hunt in the basket

  36. Hallmark has or had a singing bunny that holds an egg with a chick popping out of it singing too. Ace saw it & loved it! We are also going to do a hide & seek egg hunt too. 🙂

  37. I love books or games!!


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