5 Great Candy-Free Easter Ideas for This Year's Basket

Yesterday, I found some ants in my kitchen. Where did they come from? Who knows. I did know that they were headed to the bag of sticky, melted Easter candy from LAST YEAR!

Needless to say, my kids do not need candy in this year's baskets. So I rounded up some goodies that I know they would enjoy. See what tops the list of basket filler at the Knerl house this year!

1. Water Blasters 

The weather is warming up -- fast! That means the boys will be asking to get into the water hose on the side of the house and douse each other. I would rather they skip using my hose, so this Adventure Force Super Storm, was a good pick! It features a water blast of up to 38 feet and is great for my older boys to spend some time outdoors. (It won't quite fit in any basket I know of, but it will be there Easter morning!)

2. Automobiles

My toddler is obsessed with cars, trucks, planes, and boats. These cute molded plastic vehicles from American Plastic has smiling faces and are easy for little hands to hold. They come in all kinds of colors, too!

3. Farm animals

We already showed you how to create a candy-free basket using the realistic toys from Schleich. I am expanding on this idea to include more accessories and animals for the older kids, too!

4. Books

Yes! This is the favorite on my list. We can't have enough good books at our house, and it is something my boys get so excited about. This year, I ordered a few titles from my local Usborne and book consultant. I was really happy to see that they were exactly what I was looking for. I chose the first of the Gateway series (The Four Fingered Man), The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, Words of Wisdom pull-out poster book (Literary Edition), and the Chess book! I was excited that I could get something that fit each of my children's interests and personalities!

5. Star Wars: Rogue One Gear

Finally, I have one son who is a collector. He draws comics, codes, and loves to amass everything and anything Star Wars!  When we received a viewing kit from the folks at Disney to celebrate the Rogue One home release, I knew that these two items were going into my teen's Easter basket!

If you haven't seen Rogue One yet, check out our coverage. (It includes a fun interview with Alan Tudyk!) And you can find these fun toys where Star Wars collectibles and gear are sold.

Looking for FREE ideas for the basket? Check out these Rogue One activities and printables. They are perfect for printing out and stuffing into the basket, or into a card.

Download Rogue One Two Activities

I think my kids are going to be pretty excited come Easter morning. Since the holiday is probably the most important one to us and our Christian faith, I don't think there is anything too awesome to put into the baskets. We are so blessed and grateful to live in a place and time where we can live out our faith and have amazing gifts for our kids.

Which one of these do you get most excited about? Better yet, what candy-free ideas are you using for your baskets this year?

*Samples of Star Wars, water blaster, farm animals, and automobiles received to review. Opinions are my own.