Need help with Easter basket ideas? This post is full of Easter basket fillers that kids will actually use. This Easter basket gift guide is perfect for kids as they start spring and summer activities and need a refresh in outdoor activity supplies.
What are the best Easter basket ideas?
Easter baskets do not need to be daunting, they do not need to cost you an arm and a leg, and they do not need to be filled with more “junk.”
I have so many Easter basket ideas for toddlers (and preschoolers and big kids) that are actually usable.
Get ready for outdoor activities with these Easter basket fillers.
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Outdoor Easter basket ideas
I love Easter baskets BUT I also love things that are usable, realistic and not going to add to the toy-palooza that already engulfs my kids.
We don’t need more tiny toys or candy in this house.
That’s why every year I make them a simple outdoor themed Easter basket to set my kids up for spring and summer fun.
Since Easter falls at the start of springtime for us in the Northern Hemisphere, what a perfect chance to get kids the items they will need for a bang up spring and summer.
And since it’s outdoor themed items, there’s nothing to add to the toy boxes inside our house…
What age are these stocking stuffers for?
This post really isn’t meant to just be for toddlers (I know I’m “Busy Toddler”). My ten-year-old will be getting most all of these items yet again this year.
The thing about good toys and good items is they are “ageless.” We get really hung up in adult world about what age a product is for and forget that most of the best toys/items for childhood have no developmental limit (I’m looking at you chalk and bubbles).
Don’t get hung up on ages for an Easter basket. Find things that work well for your child and your family. Focus your energy there.
How to create an Easter basket kids will actually use
It’s become a sort of tradition for the “Easter Bunny” to gift my kids all the outdoor supplies they need and I’m perfectly fine with it.
This is what my parents did when I was a kid and I’ve kept the tradition.
It also makes these baskets more cost effective when it’s full of things I was already going to buy.
Note: This list is not what I put into my kids’ Easter baskets every year. This is a cumulative list from the past decade of building baskets.
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The best Easter basket ideas
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Kid Garden Tools
Another brilliant (but smaller) set that we have loved for many, many years. This also is a great to split apart between sibling Easter baskets.
Reusable Water Balloons
These are so much fun and so different – but just as awesome as traditional water balloons. The positive: they don’t leave you with a bunch of little balloon bits all over the yard and they’re seriously cool to play with. Downside: they’re more expensive than disposable water balloons.
Flying Helicopter Discs
The hottest outdoor toy in my neighborhood! We love these so much, I’ve bought 4 sets just to make sure enough kids are able to play at once. They’re perfect and come in a two-pack.
This 3 pack: yes, please (they also sell it as a set of 2). Magnifying glasses breed curiosity and I love having this as an outdoor set. Kids gravitate to them.
This is a treasure and the perfect “basket” for their Easter gear. We got this when my youngest was a preschooler. It’s still being drug around by my 10 year old.
Small Watering Can
Each of my kids has their own watering can – it’s how it has to be. They love using them for watering plants and being helpful.
I always put a new swim suit in the Easter basket – it’s an item they need and they get so excited opening it because it really makes the upcoming summer seem real.
One more swimsuit option – we have had great luck with this brand and own several pairs. They’ve handed each swim season well.
Kid Tool Set
One of the best sets we own – we’ve had these in our yard since Easter 2018. They’re great for play and for supporting kids helping in the yard.
My parents always put a seed pack or two in my Easter basket as a kid and it’s a tradition I’ve kept. It’s simple and sweet.
Kid Gardening Gloves
These gardening gloves are the cutest and make kids feel like they’re really doing it! With all the mud in our yard, these gloves see a surprising amount of action.
Another fun item and one that after a long Seattle winter, we never can find last year’s set. It’s the curse of the PNW.
Every year, I spring for this same pair of name-brand shoes and I never regret it. I add a pair to my kids’ Easter basket. It’s both adorable and practical.
Giant Box of Chalk
Yes, this is a tad big for an Easter basket… separate it into smaller groups for each kids basket (save the rest for later). This is my preferred brand of chalk – I refuse to offer another suggestion. This brand is the best.
Who doesn’t love a homemade Popsicle? Adding a set of these to the Easter basket is such a great nod to the fun summer around the corner.
I finally found spray bottles that don’t break after one use. This set has been awesome. Doesn’t matter their age: kids love spray bottles.
Fabric Strap Goggles
You will forget all about traditional goggles after you try these. I will never go back! Fabric strap goggles are so easy to take on and off wet kid hair, and without any fuss. These are the best.
Pool toys make a great Easter basket addition if you have little swimmers in your midst. This treasure chest set was a hit all summer for us.
One of my kids’ favorite toys: they saw me working on a list with outdoor toys on it and demanded this be added to the list. They aren’t wrong.
We’ve had this one for years – just one to share with all the kids and it’s been perfect for catching and releasing bugs safely. This single toy sparks a lot of play and adventure.
I would guess we have at least 10 of these small nets in our outdoor toy collection. Why? Because kids love them so we need just about enough for each kid in the neighborhood to have their own. Kids love having nets.
Long live the bubble wand! I tuck one of these into my kids’ Easter baskets and use the rest for present toppers and random gifts throughout the spring/summer as needed.
Another staple from my childhood Easter baskets: a simple kite. They’re just magical!
Frequently Asked Questions
That’s person to each family that celebrates Easter. This list was created from my decade of building Easter baskets – these are items that have worked for us in various years (but never all at once!).
I’m 40 years old and I still love an Easter basket. My MIL brings me one. Actually between the basket my MIL brings me and the incredibly hilarious adult Easter egg hunt my Mom still hosts, I’m rolling in the childhood Easter lifestyle still.
I personally don’t but my friend who is a librarian has a fantastic list of Spring books.