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Lauren Kay
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12 Easter Basket Ideas That Don't Involve Candy

Want to skip the sugar and the throw-away toys? We’ve got you covered.

Planning an epic basket for baby’s first Easter? Or looking for a few ideas for your bunny-believing toddler? We’ve rounded up our favorite Easter basket ideas with the goal of skipping the ever-present jelly beans and inevitable sugar crash.

Baby

Chances are your baby won’t remember their first (or second) Easter, but that’s no reason not to celebrate this milestone with a basket full of (practical) treats.

Photo: Amazon

Bunny Book

Build his library with a bunny-themed book. With so many classic choices, like Pat the Bunny and Guess How Much I Love You, it’s hard to go wrong.

Pastel Socks

Keep her toes cozy with with a pair of pastel bunny socks in her Easter basket—because what baby couldn’t use another pair of matching socks?

Photo: Infantino

Veggie Teether

A chewy carrot will keep baby’s gums happy as he cuts his first teeth. A textured edge and grippy handles make it easy to grasp.

Photo: Angel Dear

A Sweet Lovely

Your baby may be too young for a lovey in her crib, but this bunny lovey will grow with her. The animal head is perfectly sized for tiny hands and the blanket is super soft too.

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Bunny PJs

Treat your baby to a new pair of jammies, perfect for an Easter morning photo op (especially with the bunny ear hat!).

Toddler

Fill your growing toddler’s Easter basket with things that will keep them busy in the warmer months ahead.

Photo: Play-Doh

Play-Doh

This toddler favorite is perfect for rainy spring days. And this set adds a shape and color learning component—hello, early STEM toys!

Photo: Melissa & Doug

Egg Fun

No Easter basket is complete without some Easter eggs. Add some slice-and-sort wooden eggs to your kiddo’s play kitchen. Or encourage an impromptu dance-party with a set of colorful musical eggs, perfect for children under 2.

Photo: Fun Express

Bubble Wand and Bubbles

Replenish your bubble supply and include a few fun wands for sunny days ahead (or playtime in the tub). The large wands are easy for toddlers to wave while they learn to master the skill of “blowing bubbles.”

Photo: My Little Helper

Gardening Kit

Put your child to work with a pint-sized gardening kit and a pack of seeds. He’ll get to help—his favorite thing—and he’ll be learning about how things grow.

Photo: Jellycat

A Cuddly Bunny

It doesn’t get much softer or sweeter than this Jellycat Bunny, perfect for cuddling. Chose from five colors and various sizes that are the right fit for your Easter basket.

Photo: ToySmith

Sidewalk Chalk

Take the fun outside this spring with a jumbo pack of sidewalk chalk. Letting your child use their imagination to draw shapes and play simple games like hopscotch which will improve their fine motor skills.

Photo: Melissa & Doug

Crafts

We have plenty of Easter basket ideas for your budding artist, including age-appropriate crafts like paint-your-own-magnets or a mosaic project. Or opt for an inexpensive Easter-themed project they can tackle while you enjoy brunch.

Published March 2018

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