Easter: Think outside of the candy aisle!

by Amanda Hearn · 61 comments

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Easter Outside of the Candy AisleI don’t know about your children, but ours certainly don’t need more single use toys – or piles of candy and sugar coated marshmallow shaped “treats”. Easter comes around each year and the children love it, but it requires me to think outside of the candy aisle to give them the fun they are looking for with the qualities that us parents can approve of. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

When you are done browsing these ideas be sure to continue reading at the bottom of this post where you can enter to win a cloth diaper bundle valued at $75 courtesy of Kelly’s Closet! This is a fun multi-blog event where each blogger has hidden an Easter egg that will help you win the grand prize. Can you guess where mine is? Keep reading and you just might find out!

Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

Jellystone Smartphone Teether1) Jellystone Designs JChew Smart Phone Teether
These adorable silicone teethers are great for little ones who still like to put things in their mouths. They’re made in several bright colors to match any basket theme!

2) Planet Wise Zippered Sandwich Bags
Reusable sandwich bags like these are great for kids of all ages to tote snacks (fill with your favorites for Easter) and even toys! These handy zippered bags come in a wide range of patterns to suit children of any age.

panda squooshi3) Reusable Food Pouches!
We want to include yummy goodies in our baskets, but pretty much all of it comes in disposable packaging. Why not think outside of the trash bin with these adorable, reusable food pouches!

4) BabyLegs
Designed to match your favorite Cotton Babies products, these BabyLegs will help protect your little one while crawling around – and they make diaper changes a breeze. These soft and stretchy design fits most babies up to age two, and they happen to be super adorable too!

Episencial Peaceful Bubbles5) Episencial Peaceful Bubbles
Bubbles! Who doesn’t love bubbles? This natural bath product is a money saving 3-in-1 bubble bath, shampoo and body wash! It features more than 70% organic ingredients like avocado oil, aloe, calendula, lavender and more!

6) Honeysticks Beeswax Crayons
These are featured in the Spring issue of Green Child Magazine and I just love them! They are chunky for little hands, all natural (no paraffin!) and virtually unbreakable.

7) Naturally Dyed Eggs
Last but not least, what would Easter be without eggs? While not as flashy (or fast) as artificial dyes, these natural dyes are a much safer option for your little ones and will produce perfectly pretty colors that your little ones will enjoy.

What are some of your favorite non-candy basket fillers?

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Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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Aimee March 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

a mint green BG diaper is a great complement to an Easter outfit in my opinion! 🙂

Mallory March 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Dazzle, I love bright colors in celebration of spring!

Danielle March 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

How can you go wrong with Zinnia in the spring? 🙂

Lolli S March 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

The Zinnia colored BG!

Melissa Heath March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

I love the BM twilight and love love the print Lovelace, super cute with any Easter outfit!

Melissa Heath March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

Sorry silly touch the Bum Genius BG

Sara March 14, 2013 at 11:13 am


Allison Bailey March 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

Pink, pink, pink. Any pink. 😉

Trina Graves March 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

BG awesome daycare diapers for us.

Abby Schweitzer March 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

anything boy-ish! I have too many girl prints

Lorraine Quinones March 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

Anything girlish. I have a baby girl due on 7/4. 🙂

Amber Da Bomb M. March 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Cute ideas!

wendy March 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

The moonbeam diaper to go with his blue outfit…it complements his beautiful blue eyes.

Kari March 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

Any pastel bg would be great for Easter 🙂

Christina March 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

<3 these ideas!! Always looking to find new eco friendly ideas 🙂

Evon March 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Lovelace BG!!!! Love love love that print

Heather March 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I love my gDiapers but the pretty and brightly colored woollybottoms cover over a GMD workhorse is our Easter pick this year b/c it matches our gal’s Easter dress perfectly!

Erica Bradley March 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

BG in Grasshopper!

Rebecca March 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Love my gDiapers but would love to try a bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diaper in the Zinnia or Albert!

Marie Ugorek March 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Although we are involuntarily childless, I love putting together Easter baskets for the kids at church. I try to avoid candy in the baskets altogether (I save that for the egg hunt, so sugary sweets are associated with excercise) and go with “stuff to keep them busy during the worship service” and “stuff to get them outdoors and moving.” The first category includes books, art supplies, note pads, puzzles, and healthy snacks such as applesauce (I tried prunes, but most of the kids declared they were too much like raisins). In the second category, I search out child-sized sunglasses, inflatable balls (because they can’t play with them during the service, but will later), sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, sun hats or visors, paddle-ball or ball-in-cup games, velcro catch sets, badminton rackets, etc. Younger kids also usually get a soft toy, and one year I embroidered butterflies on baby washcloths for the tiniest ones (I had too much time on my hands, that year).

vanessa March 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Planet wise zipper bags are on my list!

Emily Schoen March 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I love our Planet Wise reusable snack bags!

Desirea March 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I don’t have a baby yet, but I think a Twilight BG would be adorable for easter.

pamela tributino March 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I would love to try the reusable snack bags! This our first easter so not sure what we will do in the basket yet… We always had candy, but I don’t want that for our LO

pamela tributino March 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Bloom or mirror

Melanie March 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Yay! I found the egg! Those beeswax crayons sound wonderful. We have a lot of broken ones around here and I have a little one who likes to eat them!

Teri G March 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Zinnia or Sassy would match the Easter dress but that Lovelace is pretty darn cute too!

Fran March 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Probably his bumgenius mirror diaper. I wish there were more boy prints!

Meredith March 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

DD is potty training, so now I’m looking at those colorful BG, TotsBots, Grovia, Thirsties etc etc diapers folded up in the drawer, only to be used for naps and night time! That said, our BG sweet was a good all around springtime color diaper. If we win I’m going to divvy up the prize with my new mom friends as I’m always trying to help get other moms on the CD bandwagon 🙂

Adriane March 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm

My vote is for buttercup!

What wonderful ideas for an alternative basket.

Jenn March 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I’ve put cute headbands in my little ones Easter basket 🙂

Ashley March 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Those planet wise bags are on my must list!

JD March 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

We have a nearly 1 year old, so we haven’t made one yet. I think we’ll try a “Spring Basket” instead of an easter basket. I’ve been looking into the “Rock” like crayons, but the honey sticks are pretty cool too!

JD March 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I’m not sure what his spring outfit will be yet, but his favorite is his Robot patterned one!

Jenny March 15, 2013 at 1:29 am


Erin March 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

She has a purple best bottoms diaper to match her purple dress.

Michelle E March 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

B.G. Elemental in Sassy

Krystle Featheringill March 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm


Vanessa March 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love crayons, not sure my kids are near as thrilled with them as I am though. A movie, a kite, a new hat (if that’s their thing).

Kristen Smith March 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I love to make my kiddos’ Easter baskets! I like putting spring and summer items and art supplies in their baskets. My youngest will be getting teething toys and cloth diapering items.

Kristen Smith March 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

a grasshopper Bumgenius

Amanda T March 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Grasshopper BG for sure snaps are my favorite

Claire d March 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

G diapers

Carolyn S March 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

Zinnia would be a great addition for us.

Nikki March 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

Any of our Flips. I love all the colors.

Sara March 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

Grasshopper BG!

Anonymous March 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

Love this idea!

Amber Marie Timm March 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I am loving the new bumgenius Maathai print diaper!

Tashina Genlot March 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I have no idea what I’m having yet so any are good by me!

Lorraine March 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

due in 7 weeks, still doing so much research!

michelle March 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I love the non edible suggestions. although we do buy a few treats (organic, fair trade), we pick items like fun bubble bath, sun hat, and seeds to fill their baskets…

Mandi March 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thirsties in Pink

Skooks March 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I like giving art supplies. Those definitely get used at our house.

Skooks March 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Something pink. 🙂

Margaret Grote March 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

I don’t know how I’m not seeing your egg… The clue seems pretty obvious but I don’t see it where I think it should be! Can you help me….

Hilary March 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Lovelace! Absolutely adorable!

erica March 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

We have not purchased anything for Easter yet! GAH! I would love a light green colored fluff with some easter egg leggings

Lolli S March 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Wonderful post! I would love if you would link up to my Easter without Candy linky! It is for all non candy Easter posts!


Kariann Shurkey March 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Rabbit BG

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