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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
  • Books


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, claw clips, 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, Bluetooth speaker, a Spotify subscription 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 artists and crafters, fill up their baskets with new pencils or markers, colorful embroidery patterns and how-to books.
  • Foodies would love a gift card to their favorite restaurant or someplace new to try, cookbooks and kitchen gadgets. Add in some nostalgia with recipe cards of family heirloom recipes.

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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