Easter basket gifts for kids
Forget chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. If you are tired of the same old stuff, why not fill this year's Easter baskets with fun, spring-themed toys and books?
"The Easter Bunny has many favorites other than sweets and treats," said Laurie Schacht, who lives in Woodmere and is co-publisher of "The Toy Insider," a consumer guide for parents. "A little sugar is OK, but fill the baskets with toys and books that keep kids engaged. Mix it up with their favorite characters, toys that teach and classic creative play items."
Take a look at our fun suggestions for the Easter basket this year.
Flappy Happy Chick(Credit: Hallmark)
The Flappy Happy Chick from Hallmark is sure to make everyone smile on Easter morning. She sings a parody of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Chicks Just Want to Have Fun), bops to the beat and flaps her wings; $32.95 at Hallmark stores and Hallmark.com.
Paw Patrol Bath Squirters(Credit: Spin Master )
Kids can take their favorite pups into the bath with the new Paw Patrol Bath Squirters, featuring Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma and Skye; $3.99 at Walmart stores.
Animated Storytime Rabbit(Credit: Papyrus)
The plush Animated Storytime Rabbit moves while playing the audio story of Peter Rabbit. He has a soft green nose that matches his ribbon bow; $34.95 at Papyrus stores and papyrusonline.com.
'Llama Llama Easter Egg'(Credit: Viking Books)
In "Llama Llama Easter Egg," by Anna Dewdney, the Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs and a fluffy surprise; $5.99 at amazon.com.
Disney Cinderella Enchanted Waltz Light Up Glass Slippers(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
Your little princess can be the belle of the ball with the Disney Cinderella Enchanted Waltz Light-Up Glass Slippers. The slippers light up every time she walks and feature a beautiful butterfly on each glass slipper; $12.99 at target.com.
Chicks Dig Me T-Shirt(Credit: Personal Creations)
Personalize the "Chicks Dig Me" T-shirt with up to nine characters. Made from 100 percent cotton, this shirt comes in sizes 2T to 5T; $14.99 at personalcreations.com.
Knit Plush Animals and Rattles(Credit: Pottery Barn Kids)
With little ones in mind, the Knit Plush Animals and Rattles from Pottery Barn Kids are knitted with 100 percent cotton. Choose from a bear, a bunny, a lamb or an elephant; $24 for the animals, $19 for rattles at potterybarnkids.com.
3D Sidewalk Chalk(Credit: Thames & Kosmos)
Kids can mold their own colorful sidewalk chalk with Thames & Kosmos 3D Sidewalk Chalk. Simply mix your own colors, pour it into the shape molds and let it harden. After drawing pictures on the sidewalk or pavement, use the 3-D glasses to make the images pop; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Hunny Bunny Rag Doll(Credit: Personal Creations)
With her fun spring dress and removable bunny ears, the Hunny Bunny Rag Doll can be embroidered with any name up to nine characters. Choose from four styles; $29.99 at personalcreations.com.
Itty Bitty Bunny Ears Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy(Credit: Hallmark)
This Itty Bitty collector set includes Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy -- wearing adorable Easter bunny ears and coordinating outfits; $29.95 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores and at hallmark.com.
Dohvinci Deluxe Styler Tool(Credit: Hasbro)
With the Dohvinci Deluxe Styler tool, kids can give their designs some extra flair. Easily switch between four unique design tips to make a star, heart, flower or butterfly shape. The set includes the styler tool, four interchangeable design tips, three Deco Pop colors and a guide of design ideas; $7.99 at toysrus.com.
DigiChicks(Credit: Spin Master)
DigiChicks from Spin Master move, chirp and sing up to 34 melodies. Just blow into the included Whistle Ring and watch the chicks come to life. If you collect more than one, they sing together; $9.99 each at toysrus.com.
Stackins Stackable Friends are a collectible line of animal-themed stackable plush toys, available in a variety of styles and sizes; $4.99 for small, $12.99 for medium at Justice stores and funrise.com.
Egg-Cellent Easter Coloring and Activity Book(Credit: I See Me)
Personalize the Egg-Cellent Easter Coloring and Activity Book from I See Me, which features fun and educational activities such as coloring in the eggs, helping the Easter bunny find his way down the bunny trail maze and finding eggs in the hidden picture; $9.99 at iseeme.com.
Furreal Friends Luvimals(Credit: Hasbro)
The palm-sized Furreal Friends Luvimals -- Sweet Singin' Bunny responds with movement and sweet sounds. Bring two or more pets together and they can harmonize. Also available in a kitten and puppy; $9.99 at toysrus.com.
My First Tackle Box Playset(Credit: Gund)
The My First Tackle Box Playset from Gund comes with two plush fish, a plush worm and a plush fishing rod with a bobber. Each toy has a fun feature for kids; for example, the fish squeaks and the worm crinkles; $20 at gund.com.
Easter Sticker Book(Credit: Papyrus)
The Easter sticker book features more than 400 reusable and collectible stickers. With bunnies and chicks, puppies and kittens, these Easter-themed stickers will keep kids busy for hours; $6.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Shaggy Plush Peeps(Credit: Peeps & Company)
The Shaggy Plush Peeps make an adorable Easter basket gift for your kids. Available in a variety of colors; $19.95 at peepsandcompany.com.
'Charlie Brown: It's the Easter Beagle'(Credit: Papyrus)
It is not a Easter holiday without the Peanuts crew. The new interactive book "Charlie Brown: It's the Easter Beagle," by Charles M. Schulz will have your child smiling and laughing with Charlie Brown and his pals. The book includes sound prompts for readers to hear the dialogue and music from the original television special; $19.95 at papyrus.com.
Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Extinguisher(Credit: Hasbro)
The Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Extinguisher can soak your friends with four ounces of water from up to 20 feet away. At night, use the light-up water tank to help lead your way; $9.99 at toysrus.com.
Clucky plush(Credit: Bunnies By The Bay)
Clucky from Bunnies by the Bay features a shaggy cream fur body with striped red and cream knit legs that dangle. The eyes are hand embroidered; $25 at bunniesbythebay.com.
Peeps Bubble Chicks(Credit: Little Kids)
These iconic Peeps chick-shaped bubble bottles from Little Kids come in three colors - yellow, lavender and blue; $3.95 at amazon.com.
Bon Bons Beanbags(Credit: Gund)
GUND Bon Bons Beanbags from Gund are mini bunny beanbags with floppy ears and cute front teeth that come in pink, purple, green and blue; $5.99 at gund.com.
Dino Hatchers(Credit: Uncle Milton)
Watch a dinosaur hatch and grow more than four times its size with the Dino Hatchers from Uncle Milton's Dino X Team line. Just place the eggs in water and it will start hatching in 24 hours. Choose from eight styles; $4.99 at unclemilton.com.
Skylanders Minis(Credit: Activision)
The springtime editions of the fully playable, pocket-size Skylanders Minis, Power Punch Pet-Vac and Eggsellent Weeruptor. This year, Pet-Vac is aiming to break the all-time Skylander record for the number of eggs collected, while Eggsellent Weeruptor has disguised himself as a candy-coated egg, having been chosen as the mascot in the Skylands Annual Dragon Egg Hunt; $8.99 at amazon.com.
Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds(Credit: Cherri Prince Company)
The purpose behind Lollipop Seeds That Sprout for Kind Deeds is to have one Easter tradition that highlights and celebrates the magic of kindness. Here's how it works: Before Easter, children are encouraged to do something kind for someone they know; examples include sharing a snack to reading to a younger child. On the night before Easter, they toss the seeds in the grass, make a wish for someone else, then place a marker by the seeds. When they wake up on Easter morning, Lollipops will have sprouted (with the help of parents), not by water or sun, but by kindness. The set comes with a plush bunny, an illustrated keepsake book, two seed packets and two seed markers; $29.95 at amazon.com.
Recordable Sound Charms(Credit: Hallmark)
The Recordable Sound Charms from Hallmark allow you to record a nine-second message. The felt charms are great to toss into children's lunch boxes or backpacks as a surprise during the day; $7.95 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores and hallmark.com.
Bunny Cupcake Lipgloss(Credit: Papyrus)
This adorable Bunny Cupcake Lipgloss is perfect for a little girl to show off her style; $4.95 at papyrus.com.
Wheely Cute Pull Along - Bud(Credit: Bunnies By The Bay)
Give the Wheely Cute Pull Along -- Bud a pull and he's ready to roll. Detach the wheels and he's a soft cuddly bunny; $35 at bunniesbythebay.com.
Crayola Glitter Chalk(Credit: Crayola)
Add a little dazzle to your sidewalk art creations with Crayola's Glitter Chalk. The set includes five washable, anti-roll chalk sticks; $2.99 at toysrus.com.
Grumpy Cat slippers(Credit: Gund)
These Grumpy Cat slippers from Gund are a cozy and comfortable way to display the Internet's favorite kitty curmudgeon. Each slipper features realistic details and her signature grouchy expression; $49.99 at gund.com.
'The Magical Tale of Easter Bunny Dust - An Easter Tradition'(Credit: Patricia Cardello)
"The Magical Tale of Easter Bunny Dust - An Easter Tradition," by Patricia Cardello, follows two small children who find a yellow pouch and the most beautiful Easter egg they've ever seen. Sensing it's magic, they decide to make one wish -- to see the Easter bunny. On their way home the magical egg develops a crack, which spills magical Easter Bunny Dust that leads the Easter Bunny. Each book comes with one pouch of magical Easter Bunny dust; $19.95 at themagicaltaleofsantadust.com.
Color & Cuddle Bunny(Credit: Alex Brands)
Kids can color the Color & Cuddle Bunny from Alex Toys with four washable markers on the preprinted patterns or make up their own designs. Then, throw them in the washing machine and color again; $18.50 at Walmart.com.
Easter Care Bears(Credit: Just Play)
Funshine Bear and Cheer Bear are dressed as adorable bunnies, ready for some Easter fun. These sweet plush Care Bears are about 19.75 inches tall, including their ears, when standing; $9.97, exclusively at Walmart stores.
Multicolor Egg Candle(Credit: Papyrus)
Beautiful and bright, this solid wax egg-shaped candle is a great gift for tweens and teens; $14.95; papyrus.com.
Hatch 'N Heroes "Big Hero" 6's Nursebot and Baymax(Credit: Bandai)
The Hatch 'N Heroes "Big Hero" 6's Nursebot and Baymax from Bandai start as a simple oval shaped "egg" and after a few simple twists, they transform into different characters. Also available in Buzz and Woody from "Toy Story" and Nemo and Dory from "Finding Nemo;" $6.99 at toysrus.com.
Alex Toys Call My Cell Phone(Credit: Alex Brands)
With the Alex Toys Call My Cell Phone from Alex Brands, kids will 'imitate' parents talking on the phone, while engaging in learning numbers, colors and sounds. A smiling face greets little ones with each new call they place; $22 at target.com.
Brain Cheeser and other travel games(Credit: SmartGames)
With Brain Cheeser from SmartGames, players attempt to arrange the eight magnetic cheese pieces on the folding game board, so that the mice peek through the holes in the cheese. Sometimes the holes stay empty and any half holes must be placed on the edge of the game board. Also available in Penguins Parade and Magic Forest; $9.99 at walmart.com.
Poof Spider Ball Mini Sports Pack(Credit: Alex Brands)
The Poof Spider Balls feature soft foam and a special grip technology that helps kids hold the foam balls easier. This sport pack includes a football, soccer ball and basketball; $12 at toysrus.com.
Disney Inkoos: Color 'N Go(Credit: The Bridge Direct)
With the Disney Inkoos: Color 'N Go, kids will be able to creatively design the two-sided surface of their favorite characters, including Ariel, Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna and Olaf. Plus, they're easy to take for fun on the go; $7.99 at walmart.com.
Bunch O Balloons(Credit: Zuru Toys)
The Bunch O Balloons lets you fill 100 water balloons in 60 seconds. Simply connect the attachment, fill the balloons and watch them self-seal to make the water balloons lock and ready to launch. Each pack contains three bunches of 34 balloons plus a quick-fix adapter; $9.99 at bunchoballoons.com.
Alex Toys Hair Chalk Pens(Credit: Alex Brands)
Tweens can transform their hair from plain to punk with the metallic Hair Chalk Pens from Alex Toys. Apply the pen color on dry hair and these temporary streaks of hair color are easily removed with shampoo. Five mess-free chalk pens are included; $9 at target.com.
Spot It! Alphabet Disney Frozen(Credit: Blue Orange Games)
With Spot It! Alphabet Disney Frozen, kids can join Elsa and Anna, as they match images and letters. Between any two cards there is always one, and only one, match; $17.99 at kohls.com.
Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid(Credit: Mattel)
Girls can easily create bubbles with the Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid doll from Mattel. Simply dip the mermaid's fin in the bubble solution and pull the string on the dolls back, and the tail will spin to create an ocean of bubbles. It also comes with a brush and tiara; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
Guy Gear Rip & Stick Duct Tape Wallet(Credit: Alex Brands)
The Guy Gear Rip & Stick Duct Tape wallet is a great way to introduce boys to crafting. The set includes five rolls of duct tape, non-stick paper, stencil sheet, pre-cut fabric and easy instructions; $12 at target.com.
eco eggs(Credit: eco eggs)
The traditional-size eco eggs are made from 100 percent renewable, plant-based materials and are non-toxic, durable and environmentally friendly. The eggs are sold in pink, yellow, green, blue and purple; prices start at $7 at creativekidsstuff.com.
PAW Patrol No-Spill Bubblin’ Bucket(Credit: Little Kids Inc.)
With the Paw Patrol No-Spill Bubblin' Bucket, kids can tip it upside down, knock it over or drop it -- all without spilling the bubble solution. The set comes with three brightly colored, easy-to-hold wands and bubble solution; $7.99 at amazon.com.
Egg Chalk(Credit: Pottery Barn Kids)
Egg Chalk from Pottery Barn Kids is a set of six egg-shaped chalk in purple, blue, yellow, green, pink and orange; $10.50 at potterybarnkids.com.
Groovy Girls Springtime Elisa(Credit: Manhattan Toy)
With her colorful outfit, yellow and purple bunny ears, green ballet flats and more, Groovy Girls Springtime Elisa is ready for any springtime occasion; $20 at manhattantoy.com.
Limited Edition Nano Easter Egg(Credit: Amazon.com)
Each Limited Edition Nano Easter Egg from Hexbug is packaged in an Easter egg and comes fully decked out with a pair of mini removable bunny ears. Available in a variety of colors; $4.99 at amazon.com.