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.
Chicks with Wigs
This new line of collectibles are packaged in blind boxes and feature a variety of chicks with different hairstyles, colors, eyes and glasses. There are 24 chicks to collect; $3.99 exclusively at Walmart.
Hatchimals Colleggtibles Spring Basket
This festive basket comes with six characters to collect (four surprise eggs and two out-of-egg). The eggs feature an ombre finish and the spring characters are pastel-colored with glitter wings; $14.99 at shop.spinmaster.com.
Easter Bunny Lip Gloss
Flip the cute bunny over to find shimmery, vanilla-flavored lip gloss; $7.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Disney Pint Size Heroes
Unwrap the blind bags to reveal Funko's Disney Pint Size Heroes to reveal more than a dozen characters such as Dumbo, Sulley, Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wall-E and more; $3.99 at funko.com.
Crack open the egg to find one of six cuddly plush animals. Characters include Turtellini (turtle), Patches (puppy), Bubble Gum (bunny), Kiwi (chick), Snowflake (kitten) and Hamlet (pig); $12.99 at amazon.com.
Disney Tsum Tsum Spring Mystery Pack
Packaged in a spring-themed mystery box, Disney's Tsum Tsum figures come with a butterfly, bee or bunny headband. There are 12 to collect; $2.99 at jakks.com.
Enchantimals Doll + Friend
The Enchantimals dolls look similar to their pet friends. Each six-inch figure wears an outfit and shoes with animal-inspired ears and headpieces. Choose from a bunny (pictured), fox, skunk, peacock, hedgehog, parrot and cheetah; $8.99 at shop.mattel.com.
Furreal Cutie Chick
Each Furreal Cuties features a touch-sensitive bottom, which triggers cute sounds when held in the palm of a hand. There are six pets to collect: Bunny, Chick, Kitty, Dog, Tiger and Hamster; $7.99 each at hasbrotoyshop.com.
Easter Hedgehog Plush
This super-soft hedgehog is dressed in his plaid Easter overalls. Another hedgehog is available in an Easter dress with a bow; $12.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Star Wars itty bittys Clippys Stuffed Animals
The Chewbacca and Yoda plush come in a pair and can clip on a backpack, belt and more; $9.95 at hallmark.com.
Similar to Elf on the Shelf, Easter Eggsters feature the Easter Bunny's helpers who come in a magical jumbo egg. Kids can play with the plush friends during the day but they have to go back into their eggs at night so they can return to the Easter Bunny to make their daily report. Then the next morning, kids have to find their hidden Eggsters. Each set comes with a choice of racoon, skunk, rabbit or squirrel, an egg that can be decorated and a copy of the "Easter Eggsters" book; $34.95 at eastereggsters.com.
Calico Critters Baby Band Series
Each blind bag features a new Baby Band little critter and a musical instrument. There are eight babies to collect, including a yellow Labrador with an xylophone, a cat playing a trumpet, a bear with cymbals, rabbit with drums, a Poodle with accordion, a rabbit with a violin, a cat with a piano and a chipmunk playing the tambourine; $4.99 each at calicocritters.com.
Shopkins Easter Eggs
Each colorful egg comes with two Shopkins inside. Search for the Festive Treats and the rare Mini Egg Shopkin; $2.99 at moosetoys.com.
CozyPhones are lightweight, comfortable and washable headphones. They feature thin speakers in the fleece headband for a comfortable fit for most head sizes. Built-in volume control and a cable are included. Styles include a unicorn, fox, frog and panda; $19.99 at cozyphones.com.
Peter Rabbit Garden Set
This miniature set comes with a Peter Rabbit figure, one garden planter box, one gate, three cabbages, four carrots, one pumpkin and one watering can; $9.99 exclusively at walmart.com.
Ballpark Buds Happy Pack
This new line of collectible plush come in groups of three called "Happy Packs." There are 64 Happy Go Lucky characters to collect, including the Ballpark Buds Happy Pack, which comes Stitches the baseball, Homie the home plate and Goldie the glove. Other sets include: Beach Bums, Dino Dudes, Ballpark Buds, Fresh Fruities, Firehouse, Puppy Love and more. Price: $12.95 at hallmark.com.
Fisher-Price Tiny Garden Sweet Sounds Bunny
Press the cute bunny's belly for a subtle, glowing light and 20 minutes of calming music. She features a knit body and satin ears; $19.99 at target.com.
Hidden inside this Playfoam pod are wild animal figures that can be taken apart and swapped with the other collectible critters. Series 1 features 12 animals; $7.99 at educationalinsights.com.
JoJo Siwa Singing Doll: "Hold the Drama"
This new JoJo Siwa doll sings "Hold the Drama" and features an oversized pink bow, and poseable arms and legs. She also comes with a microphone and a hairbrush; $19.99 at justplayproducts.com.
Easter Bear in a Duck Suit
This soft bear comes in a yellow duck suit with an decorated Easter egg in his hands. Also available in a green frog suit; $14.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Hoppy Easter Bunny Musical Stuffed Animal
Press Hoppy's paw and watch him dance and sing a parody of the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams; $32.95 at hallmark.com.
Soft Foam Emoji Cubes
This set comes with two dice-style cubes with 12 different faces representing feelings and emotions, and two cubes filled with questions to get kids talking; $9.99 at learningresources.com.
Num Noms Snackables Cereal
These collectible cereal Num Noms come hidden inside a spoon that color-changes water into "flavored milk." Note: These are not edible; $8.99 at numnoms.mgae.com.
Nickelodeon Color Changing Slime Kit
Kids can make their own slime that will change color by stretching and playing with it. The kit comes with clear glue, slime activator, color-changing colorant, measuring cups, mixing bowls and more; $12.99 at cra-z-artshop.com.
Aquabeads Calico Critters Character Set
Use the Aquabeads to create different Calico Critters. The set comes with more than 600 jewels and solid beads, a template sheet, layout tray, sprayer and more; $7.95 at amazon.com.
Candylicious Bubbles Chocolate Bunny
Chocolate bunnies are classic Easter treats, and now Candylicious bubbles are chocolate-flavored. The edible bubbles come in a bunny-shaped bottle; $3.99 at littlekidsinc.com.
PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers
Each racing vehicle comes with one figure dressed in a Turbo Blast outfit and racing helmet. Collect Cat-Car, Owl Glider and Gekko-Mobile; $12.99 each at justplayproducts.com.
Unwrap, peel and reveal five different themed segments with surprise toys -- from color-changing mermaids to slime and sticky ninjas. There are thousands of combinations of toys. Wave 1 features more than 300 toys in pink and blue capsules; $4.99 at 5surprise.zuru.com.
Smooshins Maker Kit
Kids can make their own Smooshins, squishy characters that can be customized with colors and accessories. The kit comes with two character molds, two surprise accessories, the tools and more; $39.99 at littletikes.com.
Bright Lights Soccer Ball
This soft, bright soccer ball introduces opposites and numbers, plays three songs and says playful phrases with a push of a button. Kids can kick, pass or shake the ball to activate the motion sensor to hear fun sounds; $14.99 at vtechkids.com.
The popular slow-rising squishy collectibles now come in jumbo size with six new characters. Packed in a blind bag, kids can collect a hamster, panda, unicorn, robot, owl and sloth; $14.99 each at jakks.com.
There are more than 100 wacky Smasher characters to collect, which are packaged in a Smashball. Kids throw or smash open the packaging to find the character. Season 1 features sports characters, with limited edition and very rare figures to collect; $2.99 at smashersworld.zuru.com.
Barbie Color Your Own Water Bottle
Kids can color this aluminum water bottle, which features Barbie, her friends and her favorite things. It comes with four bright markers and 20 gemstones; $12.99 at amazon.com.
JoJo Siwa Lip Balm and Mini Backpack
The JoJo Siwa lip balm set comes in flavors such as strawberry, cherry, grape and mint packaged in a mini backpack; $14 at kohls.com.
Cra-Z-Gels Sticker Kit
Customize gel stickers with this kit, which comes with 10 tubes of paint, templates, 50 stickers and more. Kids can stick them on mirrors, lockers, windows, mobile devices and more; $15.99 at cra-z-artshop.com.
Growing Pet Easter Egg
Place this novelty egg in water to reveal a springtime plush friend; $7.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Black & Gold
To celebrate Hot Wheels' 50th anniversary, Mattel released new black and gold cars editions of some of the most classic Hot Wheels designs and the Hot Wheels Original Sweet 16; $1.09 each at amazon.com.
This kit includes the ingredients you need to create a gooey compound that kids can squish, squeeze, stretch and twist. Kids can also add glitter, combine colors and add their own embellishments. Also available in Alien, Holographic, Glow-in-the-Dark and Galaxy; $4.99-$6.99 each at amazon.com.
Gallivanting Goose Cuddly
This playful goose features soft fabrics, textured areas and a link to attach a pacifier; $19.99 at habausa.com.
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 littlekidstoys.com.
Hattie the Lamb Stuffed Animal
This fluffy, handcrafted polyester lamb makes a cute addition to any Easter basket; $19.95 at pier1imports.com.
House Pet Blocks
This set of wooden blocks feature a dog, cat, mouse and bunny; $17 at uncommongoods.com.
Eggs'hausted 5-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers
These jellybean-scented hand sanitizers condition hands with aloe & vitamin E; $6 for a five at bathandbodyworks.com.
Dumpling the Dog with Bunny Ears Stuffed Animal
This soft puppy is ready for Easter with it's pink bunny ears; $9.95 at pier1.com.
Peter Rabbit Memory Matching Game
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.
Bunny Felt Baby Slippers
Babies six months to 12 months old can keep their feet cozy and warm with these wool bunny booties; $32 at uncommongoods.com.
Finn + Emma Mini Rattle
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.
Wooden Stacking Bunny Toy
Made of natural wood, this toy features geometric patterns and easy-to-grip rings; $23.98 at magiccabin.com.
Glow-in-the-Dark Unbreakable Eggs
Try a nighttime egg hunt with these six glow-in-the-dark eggs. They're smooth, shiny and bounce; $12.98 at hearthsong.com.
Easter Animals Plush Play House Set
This play set comes with a duck, lamb and three bunnies, who each have their own rooms in this plush home. It's also easy to take on-the-go; $26.98 at hearthsong.com.