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Sugar-Free Easter basket ideas (no crafty skills necessary)

by Lindsay Cuomo

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Needing inspiration to fill those baskets once again? Here are some simple, sugar-free ideas for all ages!


Between the hunts and desserts galore, your household is probably overloaded with sweets. Here are some easy, candy-free inspirations to fill your tike’s basket.

  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Books
  • Stampers and stickers
  • Bath toys
  • Board games
  • Puzzles and other educational toys
  • Outdoor toys like pails, shovels and kites
  • Sippy cups
  • A new stuffed lovey
  • Rain boots
  • Wearable fun like bunny ears and other themed dress-up accessories

School-aged kids

If your household is like mine, your kids probably have more stuff than they need. Instead, consider filling their baskets with experiences.

  • Gift cards to their favorite dessert shop or restaurant mean they get to cover the tab on your family’s next trip!
  • Family memberships to local attractions are a great way to fill upcoming summer days, not to mention are a great way to save some money. Pair the membership with some gear they might need while at the venue and you are set for fun.
  • Fill their basket with recipes and cooking supplies so they can play master chef and make something for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Craft kits
  • Games, LEGOs & puzzles


Teens are forming strong opinions. And while that may make them harder to please, you can use that insight to draw inspiration from their interests. For example:

  • Fill a foot bath with spa accessories like plush slippers, eye masks, lotion and polishes, along with a date for an at-home DIY spa day.
  • Got a sports enthusiast? Tip a hat over and fill it with fanfare like ballpark snacks, new fan gear and tickets to a game.
  • Music lovers are sure to smile when they find their baskets filled with some new headphones or earbuds, an iTunes gift card and tickets to an upcoming concert. (MONEY SAVING TIP: Communities around the metro will be hosting an array of FREE outdoor concerts in the coming weeks.)
  • For gamers, load up on high-tech gifts such as a new pair of headphones, controller skins or grips, LED light strips and charging cords.

For even more at-home Easter fun ideas, check out these handy resources

About the Author – Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.

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