Easter may be primarily a religious holiday, but for a lot of kids, the holiday is all about the candy. Giant chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and candy-filled eggs are pretty enticing, after all.

Too Much Easter Candy?

As parents who, ahem, actually fill Easter baskets each year as a favor to the overworked Easter Bunny, it's all too easy to load the baskets up with all the candy that's practically falling off the store shelves this time of year. I don't mind putting some candy in my children's Easter baskets, but I am always looking for new candy-free ideas to include as well.

So whether you want to put together an Easter basket that's completely candy-free, or are just looking for some new ideas to include with the candy in your children's baskets this year, here are 50 candy-free options we can all consider.

Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

1. Bubbles. Who doesn't love bubbles? A fancy bubble wand makes them even cooler.

2. A deck of cards. Choose traditional cards, or a kid-friendly deck of Old Maid or Go Fish.

3. Bouncy balls.

4. Sidewalk chalk.

5. Matchbox cars.

6. Crayons/markers or colored pencils or fancy pens...you get the idea.

7. Play-Doh or modeling clay.

8. Tickets to a play, movie, sporting event, etc.

9. Magazines (such as Highlights or Cricket).

10. A magazine subscription.

11. Craft kits.

12. Stuffed animals.

13. DVD's. Easter-themed movies are always fun.

14. CDs. Choose from favorite music or think about books on CD.

15. Video games.

16. Lip gloss. Flavored chapstick is fun for younger children, or add other kinds of makeup depending upon age and gender.

17. Jewelry.

18. Swimsuits. Easter baskets are a great way to sneak in some of the stuff you'll need to buy for spring and summer anyway.

19. Sunglasses.

20. Beach/pool toys.

21. Clothes.

22. Gift cards to favorite stores fit well in baskets. Build-A-Bear is one of my favorite choices.

23. Money can easily be stuffed into plastic eggs and placed in Easter baskets.

24. Hair bows (if you have daughters).

25. A toothbrush and toothpaste are always good additions, especially when there's lots of Easter candy.

26. Bath toys.

27. Puzzles.

28. Summer pajamas. Choose ones with favorite characters to make them more exciting.

29. Bandaids. Again, more of a hit if they have characters on them.

30. A nightlight or booklight to encourage reading before bed.

31. Books.

32. A painting set.

33. Seeds to plant. Even if you don't have a garden, you can use pots in your windows.

34. Comic books.

35. Mad Libs.

36. Dress-up clothes.

37. Activity books.

38. Stickers.

39. Travel-sized games.

40. Flip-flops.

41. A membership to a local zoo or museum, or maybe the pool for the summer.

42. Water balloons.

43. Regular balloons.

44. Nail polish.

45. Healthy (or semi-healthy) snacks. I like to put Annie's Cheddar Bunnies in Easter baskets because they're bunnies!

46. Special treats. Pop-tarts and single-serving containers of sugary cereals that I don't usually buy like Cocoa Puffs or Fruit Loops are always a hit with my kids.

47. Transformers.

48. Barbies.

49. Silly putty.

50. A jump rope.

What do you put in Easter baskets for your kids?

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