20+ Clever Easter Basket Ideas for Kids! – Fun ideas (besides candy!) for kids’ Easter baskets, plus some of our favorite allergy-friendly Easter treats!
We’ve adopted a few Easter traditions over the years that we really look forward to:
1. We do our family egg hunt the Saturday before Easter (the day before). A friend mentioned this family tradition right before Sophie was born, and I’ve loved it ever since. They do all the Easter bunny stuff before Easter Sunday and reserve Easter Sunday for the more reverent celebration and observance.
2. We dye eggs. I never hide the dyed eggs (I’m too afraid of the dye bleeding or the smell after not finding one…), but we love decorating them with white crayons and then a dye kit from the store, or painting them.
3. We fill Easter baskets. The kids typically “open” (go through) their Easter baskets, then we empty them and go on an egg hunt. Michael loves hiding the eggs. My specialty is the baskets.
To me, Easter baskets are kind of an extension of stocking stuffers (my favorite part of holiday shopping). We don’t spend a ton of money, I don’t do tchotchkes, and I try to have everything in the basket be usable or consumable.
Here are a few fun Easter basket ideas for kids to try this year…
This is decidedy the “big” thing for the Easter baskets. (It’s a purchase I need to make anyway as they grow each year, but it’s fun to put it in their baskets!).
Some families do a nice Easter dress or Easter outfit, but since we live in the desert, we’ve started doing swimsuits. Swim season starts in April-May here in the desert, and my kids have spring break and start swim lessons back up this month, so it’s perfect timing!
I ordered Milo two pairs of trunks (these and these) during a BOGO sale last week, and ordered this darling strawberry suit for Sophie (after also looking at this cute ruffle-front one, this ruffle cap sleeve one and this pastel gingham).
Similarly, anyone who needs a new pair of sandals to get through the warm months (i.e. 9-10 months of the year), gets an update around now too.
- These are Milo’s FAVORITE footwear. 2-3 pairs get him through a year with nearly daily wear. I can hardly ever talk him into anything else!
- Ruffled ankle strap sandals and rainbow huaraches are Sophie’s new favorites. (I’d totally wear them!)
If you’re not quite ready for swim suits and sandals, accessories are another fun thing to refresh this time of year.
I’ve got a TON of fun ideas in my stocking stuffer posts, but a few things that are great this time of year:
- A jump rope or cat’s cradle jump rope
- Play dough (this is our favorite)
- Washable water colors
- Bubble bath, bath bombs, or bath foam (my kids got some from a friend for Christmas and LOVE it!)
- Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars
- Cookie cutters or a child-sized apron (love this minimal white & blue or this pink set)
- Bubbles (like these no-spill ones) or sidewalk chalk
- A book (we LOVE this one and this one)
- A velcro catch set (we’ve been using this non-stop!)
- A box of cute bandaids
- A retro set of jacks or a fun card game (our current favorite)
- Spring nail stickers or nail polish.
A Few Treats
We tuck a few pieces in each Easter egg, or put a few individual things in their baskets. We’ve still got candy leftover from Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day (oops!), but we’ve found a few brands who are doing great things with allergy friendly and dye free candies. I typically get these at Target (brands linked) or Sprouts:
- Wholesome & Surf Sweets – They make a great Swedish Fish & Starburst knock-offs, peach rings, gummies, and lollipops that all taste delicious.
- YumEarth – They do gummy things really well, from fruit snacks to gummy worms and gummy bears. They also offer jelly beans and a few other options.
- Black Forest – Another good gummy option. They have fruit snacks, gummy worms, gummy bears, and some sour options which can be fun.
- Ocho – Not every flavor is GFDF, and they do use shared equipment (so if you have an allergy rather than an intolerance, I’d steer clear) but we LOVE their coconut ochos. They taste incredible and it’s SO nice to have a chocolate something once in a while!
- Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almonds – Another chocolate favorite. They are gluten & dairy free, and my kids love them.
What are some of YOUR favorite Easter basket ideas for kids? I love hearing what other families do for this holiday!