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.
Whirlin', Twirlin' Turtle Interactive Stuffed Animal(Credit: Hallmark)
This turtle stuffed animal wears bunny ears that match his shell, which is decorated like an egg. Press the button on his foot and he'll spin and sing a song; $32.95 at Hallmark stores and hallmark.com.
Easter Egg Bunny Plush(Credit: Papyrus)
This 20-inch soft bunny with floppy ears is holding a plush, decorative egg; $19.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Peeps Grow-A-Peep(Credit: Little Kids Inc.)
Just add water to the container and watch the egg hatch to reveal a bunny or a chick. Simply replace with clean water and watch as the Peep grows up to three-times its size. It comes in green, pink, blue and yellow; $2.99 at Toys R Us, Walmart and on littlekidstoys.com.
Egg-Shaped Tsum Tsum Set(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
This six-figure Tsum Tsum set features kid's favorite characters such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Ariel and more. They are pastel and covered in glitter; $9.99 exclusively at Target.
D-Lectables(Credit: Imperial Toys)
These new collectable D-Lectables feature Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella and more. Each figure separates into four interchangeable elements that snap together, so kids can mix and match hundreds of configurations. The collection features miniature sweet treats, such as ice cream, milk shakes and cupcakes; $2.99 at amazon.com.
Heroes Bath Squirties Set(Credit: Pottery Barn Kids)
These toys float and squirt water, perfect for the bath or pool. The set includes a firefighter, a fire engine, a fire house, a police officer and a police car; $24 at potterybarnkids.com.
Hot Wheels Easter(Credit: Mattel)
These collectible Hot Wheels vehicles include six different models and are decorated in Easter themes; $1.07 each at toysrus.com.
Design Your Own Putty Kit(Credit: UncommonGoods)
Add color, sparkle and more to the five clear putties included in this kit. It also comes with three concentrated primary color putties, three special effects putties, six colored pencils and one mixing mat with color combination ideas; $20 at uncommongoods.com.
itty bittys Looney Tunes Mystery Egg(Credit: Hallmark)
Each surprise egg features a Looney Tunes itty bitty plush character. You won't know who you get until the egg is cracked open. The characters include Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Marvin The Martian; $8.95 at Hallmark stores and on hallmark.com.
Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
Enjoy a tea party for two with Mrs. Potts, the doting housekeeper, and her sweet son Chip, the teacup, from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie. Pour the tea and Mrs. Potts' eyes blink. Watch Chip wobble on his saucer. The set comes with a teapot with removable lid, sugar bowl, two spoons, cups and saucers; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
'Mojicon Scented Stackable Minis Scented Screen Cleaners(Credit: Top Trenz)
Not only can you collect these mini plush characters, but they are also come in scents such as strawberry, grape and cherry. They feature special fabric on their bellies, so you can clean your smart phones and tablets, too. Choose from 12 different styles including gumballs, sprinkles, tie-dye, gummy bear and more; $5 at toptrenz.com.
Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups(Credit: Spin Master)
Interact with Zoomer Zupps by petting the top of their heads or pressing their nose to hear puppy sounds. If you leave one alone for too long, it will whimper to get attention. Each Zupp has a secret trick to discover. Available in a variety of characters and styles; $14.99 at Toys R Us, Target and more.
Add the collectible line of hair pin accessories to a buns, braids, ponytails and more. Each Buntopper characters has her own distinct features, for example, Alex the Rockstar, Ellie the Cook, Lily the Soccer Player, Reece the Bookworm, Violet the Ballet Dancer and more; $9 each at buntoppers.com.
Goose Plush(Credit: Pottery Barn Kids)
This cuddly companion features soft polyester fur with a nylex mouth. The duck can sit only; $24 at potterybarnkids.com.
Playon Crayons(Credit: UncommonGoods)
Made from paraffin wax, these crayons are easy for little hands to grip as they color. Instead of the typical stick shape, they take the form of hollow cones, so they won't roll off the table. The crayons are sold in a set of 12; $10 at uncommongoods.com.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Easter Plush(Credit: Disney Store)
Mickey and Minnie Mouse get into the Easter spirit with pastel outfits and bunny ear headbands; $19.95 each at Disney Store or disneystore.com.
Carrot-Top Easter Playset
This festive Easter set features a bunny family, a carrot house, a basket, a carrot and an egg plush. The set zips closed for easy on-the-go travel; $39.98 at magiccabin.com.
'The Happy Little Rabbit' book and Rabbit Plush(Credit: Kohl's)
This Kohl's Cares exclusive features an illustrated book and a soft rabbit toy. One hundred percent of the net profit from the sale of this item will support kids' health and education initiatives around the country; $5 at Kohl's stores and on kohls.com.
itty bittys® DreamWorks Trolls Poppy Stuffed Animal Limited Edition(Credit: DreamWorks)
These little companions come "Trolls" characters Poppy (pictured) and Branch; $7.95 at Hallmark stores and hallmark.com.
Kleynimals Stainlesss Steel Rattle(Credit: Kleynimals)
Similar to toy keys, babies can shake and play with this non-toxic, stainless steel rattle. Each charm features a cute animal face and makes a jingling sound; $35 at kleynimals.com.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pit Crew Toolbox(Credit: Just Play)
Based on Disney Junior's hit show, this racer-themed tool box comes with 23 tools including a mallet, flat head screwdriver, two wrenches, play metal plates, screws, nuts and nails; $12.99 at Toys R Us stores and toysrus.com.
"Easter Puppy Parade"(Credit: Papyrus)
This seasonal book written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Irene Chan features pop-ups and interactive surprises about a clumsy little Easter Bunny; $19.99 at papyrusonline.com.
'Mojicon Poop Easter Bunny Pillow(Credit: Top Trenz)
The popular poop emoji has gotten an Easter makeover with bunny ears and a cotton tail. Available in pink or blue; $20 at toptrenz.com.
Jinja's House(Credit: Sago Mini)
This compact playhouse unfolds to a larger playset and includes two figures (Jinja and Rosie), a bed, two chairs, a table, two cups, two bowls, a slide and a ladder. The built-in handle makes it easy for kids to carry; $29.99 at amazon.com.
Bear in Bunny Suit Plush(Credit: Papyrus)
This soft bear is dressed up for Easter wearing a cozy bunny suit; $14.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Hattie the Lamb Stuffed Animal(Credit: Pier 1 Imports)
This fluffy, handcrafted polyester lamb makes a cute addition to any Easter basket; $19.95 at pier1imports.com.
Shopkins Beans(Credit: Just Play)
Shopkins Beans are a great size for Easter baskets and small enough to take on the go. Available in multiple characters from the toy line, including Kookie Cookie, Strawberry Kiss and more; $5.99 at major retail stores.
Boo Coin Purse(Credit: Gund)
This coin purse is modeled after Boo, the popular Pomeranian with more than 16 million Facebook fans; $10 at gund.com.
Ooshies(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
These soft and squishy pencil toppers come in single blind packs, four-packs and seven-packs and feature Marvel, DC Comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters. There are 120 different characters to collect; $1.99 for a single pack, $5.99 for a four-pack and $9.99 for a seven-pack at ooshies.net.
House Pet Blocks(Credit: UncommonGoods)
This set of wooden blocks feature a dog, cat, mouse and bunny; $17 at uncommongoods.com.
Shopkins Surprise Easter Basket 2 Pack(Credit: Moose Toys)
New Easter Shopkins two packs come in a picnic basket. There are a total of 36 to collect as well as a limited edition metallic egg. Some include pastel-colored bonnets, patterned Easter egg, picnic treats and more; $2.99 exclusively at Walmart.
Build Your Own Charm Necklace(Credit: Isabelle Grace)
Completely customize a necklace for your little one by choosing the type of chain, stone and length. Add an initial and choose from 10 charms including a balloon, a bird, a dragonfly, a ladybug, ice cream cone and more; $58 at isabellegracejewelry.com.
Skylanders Egg Bomber Air Strike(Credit: Activision)
Air Strike is a new "egg" Skylander character, who trained birds especially the rare Blue Zephyr Falcons. He also rescued stolen eggs and returned them. One of them hatched, an energetic Falcon, named Birdie; $15.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
'Mojicon Pom Pom CZ Bling Keychains(Credit: Top Trenz)
These keychains feature pom poms and emoji charms with glitter and more. Choose from five different charm designs; $9 at toptrenz.com.
Eggs'hausted 5-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers(Credit: Bath & Body Works)
These jellybean-scented hand sanitizers condition hands with aloe & vitamin E; $6 for a five at bathandbodyworks.com.
Bunny Sippy Cup(Credit: Target)
This cup has a lid shaped like a rabbit's head and includes a straw and two handles for easy gripping. Also available in pink; $3.99 at Target stores and target.com.
Easter Mystery Tsum Tsum(Credit: Disney Store)
Each blind box contains one of four, vanilla-scented mini Tsum Tsum plush characters: Mickey, Minnie, Dumbo and Donald; $6.95 at the Disney Store and on disneystore.com.
Mini Body Butter Sampler Set(Credit: The Body Shop)
The Body Shop gift set features a sampler of six of their best-selling Body Butters, which include Coconut, Shea, Olive, Satsuma, Mango and Strawberry; $30 at ulta.com.
Dumpling the Dog with Bunny Ears Stuffed Animal(Credit: Pier 1 Imports)
This soft puppy is ready for Easter with it's pink bunny ears; $9.95 at pier1.com.
Peter Rabbit Memory Matching Game(Credit: HearthSong)
Based on Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit series, this set includes 36 pairs of cards, each with an illustrated scene; $15.95 at hearthsong.com.
Surprizamals(Credit: Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Compan)
Pop open Surprizamals from the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company and cute, collectible animals pop out. There are many characters to collect, including Cristy Crab, Kit Cat, Izzy Unicorn and more; $4.90 at surprizamals.com.
Bunny Felt Baby Slippers(Credit: UncommonGoods)
Babies six months to 12 months old can keep their feet cozy and warm with these wool bunny booties; $32 at uncommongoods.com.
Chat and Count Cell Phone(Credit: LeapFrog)
Kids can sing along to songs about counting, explore more than 15 phone activities and call on Scout for learning fun, calls and voicemails; $14.99 at Walmart stores and walmart.com.
Barbie Dreamtopia Bubbletastic Fairy Doll(Credit: Mattel)
Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the bubble solution into the butterfly-shaped tray and dip the doll's wings into the solution. Simply pull the yellow bow on her belt and the wings will spin to make bubbles; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
Food Chatters Assortment(Credit: Gund)
Push the button on the Food Chatters and hear a silly sound. The set includes popcorn, birthday cake, ice cream cone and soda pop. They also feature keychain loops to attach to backpacks and more; $8.99 at macrobaby.com.
Bunny in Carrot Zipper Plush(Credit: Papyrus )
Unzip this carrot plush to find a soft, cuddly bunny; $9.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Little Live Pets Hedgehog(Credit: Moose Toys)
These hedgehogs wobble about and when kids touch their nose, they roll into a ball, like a real hedgehog. They crawl back and hide away then pop out their head and continue to play. Collect all six including Pinny Angel, Snowbie, Sally Seeds, Princess Pickles and Shy Guy; $12.99 at Target stores and target.com.
Jungle in My Pocket Cage Carrier(Credit: Just Play)
Available in yellow with a green leaf roof and brown with a green leaf roof, each carrier includes two hidden jungle animals; $4.99 each on amazon.com.
Finn + Emma Mini Rattle(Credit: Finn + Emma)
Made of organic cotton yarn and stuffed with sheep's wool, this little rattle is the perfect size for infants to hold; $22 at finnandemma.com.
Disney Beauty and the Beast Enchanged Rose Scene(Credit: Hasbro)
This small doll set is based on Disney's new live-action film. The set comes with a Belle and Beast figure, the enchanted rose and other themed accessories; $19.99 at Toys R Us and on hasbrotoyshop.com.