13 Unique Easter Basket Ideas Your Family Can Enjoy Together

Looking for alternatives to candy? Check out these fun Easter gifts that will help your family create lasting memories.

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March 15, 2021

Last year, a Virginia-based lifestyle blogger I follow shared that she and her husband have a pretty unique Easter tradition. To celebrate the arrival of spring and prepare their children for the warm weather ahead, they fill each of their kid's baskets with a new swimsuit and a pair of flip-flops. The gifts are simple but give their family an excuse to set up a sprinkler in the backyard and spend some quality time together.

Because I prefer activities and experiences over things, too, that idea really resonated with me. So, I've decided to do something similar with my own family this year and gift items that they'll actually use. Here are 13 fun non-candy Easter gifts that you and your crew can enjoy at home together.

Slow and Snuggly Morning

Make the most of their very first Easter by spending the morning in comfy pajamas and reading together. Simply fill your baby's basket with a new onesie, a couple of teethers, a personalized bunny book and a soft, yellow chick they can cuddle while you flip through the pages.

Easter Eggs-cavation

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, surprise your kids with a hands-on Easter eggs-cavation. Just clear off the dining table and lay down newspaper to designate your "dig site." Then divvy up the 12 clay eggs in this STEM kit and let your aspiring paleontologists use their toy chisels to uncover the plastic dinosaurs within. You can add on-theme notebooks and stickers to their baskets to help them keep track of all the different species they find and follow the activity up with brunch, complete with "TriceraTaco Holders" for their waffles.

Action-Packed Movie Night

Let's just say that family movie nights are about to get way more interesting. Turn your go-to activity into an exciting new tradition with this 100 Kids Movies Scratch-Off Poster, a new DVD and the Blockbuster Game. After the credits roll (and the kids have checked the movie off their list), you can divide into two teams and race to describe, quote and act out your favorite films.

Backyard Stargazing

Take countless tours of the universe together by investing in a telescope for the backyard or patio. You can fill the kids' baskets with astronaut ice cream (yum!) and pocket-sized guides to the night sky or "Star Stories," a stunning book all about the myths and legends behind the constellations. And if you live somewhere that's too bright to see the stars? Simply swap the telescope for a Planetarium Projector.

Beach-Style Staycation

Break out the bathing suits! If you live in the South or somewhere that receives plenty of sun, you can pair this cute inflatable pool with Easter baskets full of fluffy towels, flip-flops and mineral sunscreen, and treat your family to a beach-style staycation. The terracotta color and bold rainbows are perfect for spring and summer and will look adorable in your Instagram pictures.

Festive Cookie Decorating Class

Forget the bunny and chick-shaped marshmallows; satisfy their sweet tooths and make lasting memories by baking Easter cookies together. Slip this eight-pack of silver cookie cutters in their basket, along with some bunny spatulas and rainbow sprinkles, and whip up a batch of lambs, chicks, bunnies and butterflies after brunch. If you're worried about their clothes, you can toss in a Peter Rabbit apron, too.

Neighborhood Bike Tour

Commit to spending more time together and outside by surprising your kiddos with a trailer for the family bike. You can build up to this big gift by handing each of them a new helmet (that they can actually decorate with dry-erase markers!) or a new bell or basket if they already have the proper safety gear.

Intro to Yoga

There's nothing better than trying something new together. Introduce your little ones to the wonders of yoga by leaving a new mat and these Yoga for Kids flashcards in their Easter baskets. The flashcards will help break down different poses and breathing techniques and help guide you through different exercises as a family.

Family Photo Op

Amazing things happen when you give kids an instant camera. Put your little ones in charge of capturing the family, and encourage them to take turns with this Instax Mini 11. To make things fair, you can fill everyone's basket with a box of film and a small photo album.

Trip Treasure Hunt

Make your next hiking or camping trip feel like a full-blown adventure by hanging this oversized map of the U.S. in the living room or playroom on Easter morning. If you already have a destination in mind, fill in the route with crayon or marker and leave little clues (like a hammock, travel book or compass) in the kids' baskets. While they color the rest of the map, you can share the details of your trip.

Beginner Bird-Watching

Bird-watching season is in full swing! Get your family in on the fun by gifting everyone a pair of binoculars and birding flashcards and taking a nature walk. You could even go a step further by snagging an acrylic bird feeder for the backyard or a set of wooden bird-callers for future trips to the park.

At-Home Spa Day

Enjoy a little R&R as a family by snagging this nail salon kit and treating everyone to an impromptu spa day. You can outfit the kids' baskets with new bottles of (wash-off) nail polish, headbands, cooling eye patches, a cheap pair of slippers, etc. And be sure to grab the Tattoo Art box so you can customize those manicures!

Group Basketball Game

Now here's a gift that will get everyone on their feet. Transform your motley crew into a team of star players by snagging this basketball hoop for the playroom. You can fill their individual baskets with a new squeeze water bottle, a couple of basketballs and a nylon jersey, and bond over a little friendly competition.

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