10 Non-Toy Ideas for Your Easter Baskets

Looking for Easter gift ideas that are practical and will keep their attention?

By Helen Partlow, publisher of Macaroni Kid Greater Port Jefferson, N.Y. March 31, 2021

Toys and candy seem to be the go-to gifts to put into Easter baskets and eggs. While those can be fun, it also can be fun to think outside of the box!

Read on for 10 ideas on non-toy items to include in your child's Easter basket or to give as an Easter or spring gift!

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1. Outdoor activities

Spring is a great time to get back outside! Gifts such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and kites help encourage kids to put down the tablets and head outside.

2. Nature and science activities

Your budding scientist might enjoy a magnifying glass to get an even better look at that ladybug, a butterfly kit to learn about all the different phases up close and personal, or even a microscope or telescope!

3. Spring fun

With spring comes rain. Unleash your inner Peppa Pig and let them jump in those muddy puddles with a new raincoat, rain boots, and umbrella.

4. Tickets

With local attractions opening up, it's a great time to plan ahead and purchase tickets to something like a baseball game, movie, amusement park, aquarium, or waterpark! You can feel good about giving a great gift and supporting an industry that has suffered so much in the last year. Check out these great deals we found:

Please check ShareASale or CertifiKID for location-specific links that would be appropriate to include here for your edition. Ideas: 

Note: To find Nuclear Circus and Monster Trucks in ShareASale, go to 'Deals/Coupons' (on far right of page) and copy the tracking link there, then continue as you normally do. 

4. Summer needs

Summer is right around the corner! Gift a brand new bathing suit, towel, or sunglasses for the season ahead.

5. Craft supplies

Kids can never have enough craft supplies! Stickers, crayons, coloring books, paints, glue, tape, and craft kits ... if your kids are anything like mine, craft stuff can keep them entertained and happy for hours. Encourage that! When they're done? Turn all those pieces of art into a keepsake!

Turn Artwork & Mementos into Keepsake Albums

6. Clothes

Socks and underwear certainly aren't top of the gift list, but how about pajamas or a new T-shirt with a favorite character or show? Short-sleeve weather is upon us and you know those bean sprouts are going to need new clothes anyway this summer!

7. Gardening

We're all spending more time at home these days, so this might be a great year for a garden! Get the kids excited about helping with gifts of gardening supplies, pots, seeds, and of course, their own gardening gloves.

9. Classes

I love to encourage my kids to try new things they're interested in, but I'm not always the best teacher. So give your kids a gift of classes! Whether it's art classes, music lessons, a cooking class, or coding classes, you're sure to find one they'll love. Check out these deals we found:

Inspire Creativity with Virtual Live & On-Demand Art Classes

CodaKid's Roblox or Minecraft Coding Bundle

Tiny Chefs Virtual Kids Cooking Classes & Annual Membership

10. Books

Need I say more? There can NEVER be enough books!

Whatever you decide to get your child this year, something a little out of the box might be just what the Easter Bunny ordered!

Helen Partlow is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Greater Port Jefferson, N.Y.