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My mother was notorious for giving us gifts on every single holiday. She did this well into my 20s and I always remember how special it made us feel! We don’t go overboard, but we do enjoy getting small gifts for my daughter to carry on the tradition. Here are some simple Toddler Easter Basket Ideas that could work for boys or girls!
I don’t eat candy often, so it’s not something that we keep around the house. I figure there is no point in relying on candy as the main source of Easter Basket goodies when there are so many other useful items that your little one will enjoy. (No judgement for those that do enjoy adding candy to their baskets, it’s just not our go-to stuffer!)
Select a Non-Easter Themed Basket or Bin
I prefer using a functional basket or bin instead of a traditional “Easter Basket”. This way the bin is reused and doesn’t get tossed or packed away for next year. We use a lot of soft woven baskets like this around our house to corral toys, books, socks, and stuffed animals!
This year I found some green paper grass from the Dollar Tree and love it! I highly recommend paper instead of plastic grass. I also grabbed some grass to use in a sensory bin for my daughter.
Another fun idea would be using multicolored pom poms instead of grass! Try to reuse these items for a sensory bin, craft, or some other sort of play activity.
Art Supplies & Activities
These are always one of my favorite items to include! You can find cheap art supplies that are perfect to entertain your kids.
- Crayola Washable Palm Grasp Crayons for ages 12 months and up are perfect for little hands. They are even shaped like eggs so they are perfect to toss in an Easter Basket!
- Crayola also makes Tripod Crayons for ages 24 months and up, which are easier to hold and don’t roll all over the place!
- Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers are another favorite. My daughter prefers markers over crayons and these are just the right size for her.
- Crayola Color Wonder Markers are a great option if you are worried about markers getting on everything! They only color on the special Color Wonder paper.
- Melissa and Doug Water Wow! books are another great mess-free option. They are also great for travel.
- Coloring Books
- Flashcards: I like to stock up on flashcards when I see them in the Dollar Spot at Target or the Dollar Tree.
- Books: Grab a cute book about Easter or even a Children’s Bible.
- I recently discovered some Lift-the-Flap books by Clever Publishing and absolutely love them! They are high quality and an awesome price on Amazon.
- Check out more of my favorite books in my Amazon Shop!
- A mini sensory kit from SimplyDiscoverBox
- Egg Maracas or other small musical instruments: These are perfect for any age. My daughter loved little instruments and shakers from the time she started sitting up and still enjoys them!
- Toob Animals or other small animal figurines: We use these often in different activities and sensory bins too so they definitely come in handy! I usually pick up a set of animals at Michael’s and use a 40% off coupon.
- Jellycat Bunny – They are the softest!
Practical Use Items
Buy items that you need to purchase for your child anyways!
- Thermos Funtainer 12oz. – We love our Thermos Funtainer and it comes it tons of cute colors and designs!
- Rain Boots – The perfect spring accessory!
- Sunglasses or a hat
- Lunchbox: I love using our Bentgo Fresh box!
- Clothing items that are needed: New underwear or pajamas are always fun!
Skip the candy that you will just have to hide and opt for some more nutritious snacks. Live it up while you can before they start asking for the real stuff! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Clif Kids ZBar Filled
- Raisins or other dried fruit
- Bamba from Trader Joe’s
What are some of your go-to Easter Basket ingredients? I’d love to hear about them so comment below!