101 Useful Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

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A few years ago, for Nicholas’s first Easter, I decided to invest in some good quality Easter baskets for the kids. Rather than buying a junky little one each year, I ordered the kids beautiful matching baskets from Pottery Barn. It was a splurge for sure, but I knew it was something they’d have for years.

I had a choice between the small size and the large size and because I was sick of stuffing goodies into a tiny basket I went for the big ones. The only problem? I now felt like I had to fill those very large baskets!

Like I mentioned at Chrismas time, this year I’m on a mission to be really thoughtful about the gifts I buy for everyone. When it comes to my kids and toys, we’ve been choosing things they will actually play with for a while–not just junk to fill up the house. And ya know what? Easter is NOT the new Christmas. It’s a a deeply religious holiday and while it’s fun to get baskets for the kids, I don’t want them to think Easter is about chocolate and presents.

So, I try to fill the baskets with things they need and with things they want. In the weeks leading up to Easter I buy things the kids need and save it for the Easter basket. And I always look for some fun and unique toys to stick in there too and I’ve careful to avoid the junk that will end up in the trash within a week. Here are some of my favorite useful Easter basket ideas for kids!


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Here are 101 Useful Easter basket ideas for kids of all ages! (Gifts for older kids are at the end of the list.)

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  1. chocolate
  2. unique candy
  3. unique fruit (like a starfruit or dragon fruit!)
  4. old school Jiffy Pop
  5. fruit snacks
  6. fruit pouches
  7. pudding pouches
  8. mini boxes of cereal
  9. magic milk straws
  10. juice boxes
  11. gum
  12. astronaut ice cream
  13. play doh
  14. bath crayons
  15. stickers
  16. frisbee
  17. jump rope
  18. magic grow capsules
  19. sidewalk chalk
  20. scented markers
  21. Mad Libs
  22. set of watercolor paints
  23. paint palette
  24. puzzles
  25. Rubick’s cube
  26. pipe cleaners
  27. wiki stix
  28. disposable camera
  29. fun shoelaces
  30. glow sticks
  31. paper airplane kit
  32. socks
  33. sun hat
  34. sunglasses
  35. flip flops
  36. beach towel
  37. beach pail
  38. shovel
  39. sun screen
  40. squirt bottle (for beach/pool/outdoor fun)
  41. seeds to grow a garden
  42. watering can
  43. kite
  44. fishing pole
  45. umbrella
  46. fun band aids (bacon band aids, mustache band aids)
  47. gummy vitamins
  48. Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Game
  49. tooth brush
  50. toothpaste
  51. kids mouthwash
  52. dental floss
  53. fun soap
  54. bubble bath
  55. colored bath drops
  56. bath toys
  57. bath crayons
  58. nightlight
  59. body pouf/loofah
  60. pajamas
  61. slippers
  62. new underwear
  63. reusable water bottle
  64. new sippy cup/bottle
  65. magnifying glass
  66. hand sanitizer
  67. bubbles
  68. DVDs
  69. nail polish
  70. nail polish remover pads
  71. hair ties
  72. hair bows
  73. books
  74. bookmark
  75. pens/pencils
  76. pencil case
  77. dollar coins
  78. lip gloss
  79. solid perfume/travel perfume
  80. chap stick
  81. mini shampoo
  82. mini conditioner
  83. ear buds/earphones
  84. face cleansing/makeup remover cloths
  85. pore cleansing strips
  86. oil absorbing sheets (for freshening up makeup)
  87. hand lotion
  88. post it notes
  89. adult coloring book
  90. Sudoku/word search/crossword puzzle book
  91. favorite magazine
  92. scratch off lottery tickets
  93. portable cell phone charger
  94. selfie stick
  95. rubber twisty ties
  96. solar powered flash light
  97. waterproof cell phone bag
  98. laptop light
  99. binoculars
  100. gift cards
  101. travel mug/cup

What else do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets?

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  • Reply Julie

    Wonderful list. My kids are big (14, 20, and 22), but we still do baskets. I’m always looking for new ideas. Thank you!

    3-16-16 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Sheri

    This is a fantastic list. I will save this:-)

    3-16-16 at 9:02 am
  • Reply JoJo Tabares

    Wow! That’s a lot! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing it.

    3-16-16 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Christina @There's Just One Mommy

    So many great ideas!

    Mine would love gum — why didn’t I think of that one before? And hand sanitizer We go through that fast here.

    3-16-16 at 9:51 am
    • Reply Krista

      us too and my kindergartener LOVES having her own bottle of it!

      3-16-16 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Mine both LOVE gum too!

      3-16-16 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    This is a GREAT idea! I err on the side of underboard than overboard but looove all of these ideas that are not candies! I will definitely be referring to this list!

    3-16-16 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Shann Eva

    Tons of great ideas! I definitely am cutting back on the candy this year, so it’s great to have all of these alternatives. Thanks for the list!

    3-16-16 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Wow! Great list. I will totally have to use some of these.

    3-17-16 at 12:42 pm
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