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10 Things for the Easter Basket (other than candy)

Easter is rapidly approaching and that means your little ones are getting excited about a visit from the Easter Bunny. If you've spent time browsing the seasonal aisle of any store, you've seen all of the sweet treats being pushed at you and your wallet. Instead of filling up baskets (and little tummies) with candy, why not give a book or fun toy as a gift? Take a look at our Easter basket alternatives:

Big Rabbit's Bad Mood

Big Rabbit's Bad Mood

This book will have kids giggling as they read about Big Rabbit and his inability to shake his bad mood. In a clever twist, the bad mood is portrayed as a big grey creature that follows Big Rabbit everywhere. Nothing helps Big Rabbit get rid of his bad mood, not even his favorite activities. This is a cute and easy way to help kiddos understand that everyone gets in bad moods from time to time.

Kid's Animal Scissors

Easter Basket Gifts - Kids' scissors

Got a little one who loves arts and crafts? Put a pair of these cute scissors in her basket and she'll be begging for a cutting project! The scissors have rounded, stainless steel tips to keep kids safe and are made for left-handed kids as well. Choose frog or ladybug scissors.

Peeps! Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat

 
Peeps! Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat

Peeps are one of the most popular Easter treats, and they also pop up during other holidays. This is a fabulous book that has recipes, games, and crafts-all featuring these yummy treats. You'd be surprised by all the ways you can use Peeps (a winter wreath for your door, a Peeps pinata...)!

Nyokki Growing Egg

Nyokki Growing Egg

Kids love to watch things grow and the Nyokki Egg is the perfect way to entertain kids and help encourage their curiosity. It comes with easy directions for planting grass seeds. Within a week, green hair will sprout on the head of animal. The grass grows quickly and kids can cut and style the hair as they please. Comes in Duck, Monkey and Frog.

Rabbit Feet Slippers

Easter Basket Gifts - Rabbit Slippers

These cute slippers are sure to warm the feet of little ones and put a smile on their faces.

Becca Bunny

Becca Bunny

Once your child holds Becca Bunny, one of the softest plush animals you'll ever see, he'll have a friend for life. These bunnies are so soft and cuddly, you'll find yourself vying for some time to hold it!

Deluxe Gardener in Training Kit by Sassafras

Kids Gardening Kit
Kids love digging in the dirt and helping out with gardening. Make the most of this enthusiasm with a gardening kit that includes an apron (though getting dirty is part of the fun!), plastic pots, a squirt bottle, three tools, and a bag to keep it all handy. The only thing you have to worry about is that your kiddo's garden will look better than your own.

Nesting Eggs and Pom-Pom Creatures

Nesting Egg
Surprise your kids with these adorable nesting eggs. Handmade in Germany, the eggs are decorated with delightful old-fashioned designs of bunnies and more. You can also purchase sweet little pom-pom creatures that will fit inside the eggs, making it even cuter!

Pearly Bunny Necklace

Pearly Bunny Necklace

Little girls love dressing up and have a knack for accessories. Place a pearl bunny pendant necklace in your daughter's basket and watch her light up as she opens it. The bunny's body is a pearl (don't worry, it's fake) while his head and feet are sterling silver. The pieces swivel, allowing her to play with it while you don't have to worry about it breaking. An adjustable, pink satin cord completes the look.

Eggwalk Chalk

Eggwalk Chalk

Children will not be expecting to receive a carton of eggs in their baskets, which makes this gift all the more fun. Eggwalk chalk comes in six pastel colors and is shaped like eggs (naturally!). A cute gift that doubles as hours of entertainment as your kids decorate your driveway.

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Michele Johansen is a writer in Bellevue, WA. She is the co-creator of the Ruby Slipper Guide, a website that lists activities and events for families living east of Seattle and blog that delves into the foils of parenting.

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