This is NOT a sponsored post. I had really wanted to find some non-candy treats for my sweet little girl’s Easter basket this year and this is what I came up with. There are some affiliate links in this post however.
I know Easter is not just about gifts and baskets and treats, but if you’re going to give the little love ones in your life something anyway, then here are some gift ideas that aren’t candy or chocolate.
Although have you seen these super adorable Lindt Chocolates? I got them from Costco
recently. The carrot shaped box contains chocolate chicks, lambs, carrots, lady bugs, bees, three kind of eggs and rabbits.
When my daughter took one of the eggs into bed (she didn’t want to eat it, just nap with it), I ended up eating it after she fell asleep. Since it was in her little hand for quite some time, I inadvertently found out that the soft inside melts to a liquid before the outer shell melts for a totally special treat. Now I hold them in my hand for a few minutes before eating. But shhh…I’m afraid there won’t be any left for her egg piñata.
7 NON-CANDY GIFT IDEAS FOR EASTER
- Toys/ Games
- Plush Animals
- Accessories (e.g. Sunglasses, Caps, Umbrellas, Rain boots, Rain jackets, etc.)
- Keepsakes (e.g. Photo frames, Music boxes, Money banks, etc.)
My daughter will probably love any toy or game given to her, especially balls, but since Easter is often associated with baby bunnies, lambs and chicks, and eggs, I thought maybe I’ll stick to that theme.
Meet Jack the rabbit:
My daughter loves playing this exciting game. Kids take turn spinning to see how many carrots to pull from the hill. One of the carrots will make Jack jump out and all the players try to catch him to win.
Since my daughter loves Jumping Jack so much, I’m getting her this Funny Bunny Game for Easter. Each player has four bunnies and the first to the top of the hill wins. But beware of holes! Kids take turn drawing cards to see how many spaces to move but the big carrot card means it’s time to turn the carrot, which triggers the holes. It’s for 2-4 players ages 4 and up (hey, that’s me; I can’t wait to play this with her).
My daughter is three so I thought she would be too old for these Stacking and Nesting Eggs but she plays with them several times a day in so many different ways.
Sometimes they are chickens on her farm. Sometimes they are cups. Sometimes she uses them to “wrap” or hide presents for me. Sometimes she even asks for them as her bath toy for the night (letting her pick a toy to take into the bath has been the most useful tip I got to get her cleaned up at the end of the day).
She likes her Stacking and Nesting Eggs
so much that I’m considering these Hide N Squeak Eggs
for her Easter basket. They are also meant for a younger child because the eggs have different expressions to encourage shape and color recognition but they are so cute and they make happy cheep-cheep sounds. I think they’ll make a fun Easter gift but also great for year round play. What do you think?
Or would they be too similar to her Stacking and Nesting Eggs and these wooden Ukrainian nesting Easter eggs be a better choice?
My daughter loves puzzles so I’m sure these will make a good gift for her. How about your little ones? Puzzles are great is so many ways. Puzzles can help develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, problem solving, memory, and shape recognition! I’ve noticed my daughter developing and practicing different strategies too when working on her puzzles. For example, sometimes she will sort similar patterns and colors and complete those pieces first, while at other times she will complete the outside edge first.
My daughter has gotten a variety of plush/ stuff animals over her three years of life and while she never took to a lovie as a baby, she does play with and nurture her stuffed animals now that she is older. She calls her favorites her babies and treats them like so. I think they allow her a safe way to role play and make sense of her environment. For example, a year or two ago she would put diapers on all her animals and swaddle them to sleep. Now, she takes them to the potty and tells them to stay at the table when she serves them dinner.
These Calico Critters Bunnies
aren’t really stuffed animals – they are more like miniature anthropomorphic animal figures with a soft flocked material and they are super adorable.
Aren’t these Hopscotch twins just the cutest?
Here, my daughter placed all her “Easter buddies” onto her chair to watch a dance show she is putting on:
She is quite the performer. This bunny had a special ticket so she is seated in the VIP section:
Honestly, my daughter doesn’t think clothes make good gifts for her because they’re no fun. I wonder if she will change her opinion when she gets a little older. Perhaps when she is a teenager? But as a mom, I think clothes are great practical gifts and she will look oh so pretty in pink:
And this silly tee should get a giggle or two out of her, or any boy on your list!
My daughter may not think clothes make good gifts, but accessories are another story. She loves umbrellas and has been asking for a pair of rainbow rain boots for as long as I could remember. With April showers around the corner, maybe rain boots, a rain coat, and an umbrella would make the perfect Easter gifts?
Books make great gifts for any occasion. A good book could spark curiosity and stimulate discussion. There are so many good books to choose from. I ended up picking this funny one about P.J. funnybunny with a message of self love and acceptance and this cute classic (1943) about the baby rabbit Marshmallow.
Would you pick an Easter book or was It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny and Marshmallow
I also saw this Easter sticker book at the local grocery store and it was so pretty inside that I had to get it too. Besides, I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t love stickers!
We’ve been trying to teach my daughter about saving and spending concepts and having a jar or bank for her money really helps. She got some cash for the Lunar New Year last month and has a knack for finding coins. She has already filled up her little plastic dog bank so a new lamb money bank could make a useful Easter gift.
What other non-candy gift ideas do you think would be a nice treat for Easter?