Full disclosure: I love holidays.

Even when they make me a little crazy.

I know that I have such a short window on being able to convince my children that a bunny waltzed into our house and filled baskets with goodies for them, and I intend to capitalize on these impressionable years.  I want them to wake up on Easter morning to baskets overflowing with goodies. More is more! Sorry not sorry, in spite of throwing away my daughter’s toys, we really aren’t minimalists around here.

Problem is, gifts for allll the holidays really starts to add up. And candy is such an easy & cheap way to fill those baskets to the brim, amiright?

However, my kids are 3 years old and 7 months old. The 3 year old is sure to get plenty of candy egg hunting and the 7 month old is still a toothless little lad. And in general? I don’t like providing my children with candy for no good reason. That’s what grandparents are for. 

I’m also a big believer in shopping way in advance for things – because inevitably the plague will hit my house on the day that I’ve set aside to shop.  So in addition to a few goodies found at my old standby (the dollar spot at Target) the Easter Bunny tells me that my kids will see some of these items in their baskets this year.

50 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Babies & Toddlers:

$1 – $5

Re-usable Stickers
O-ball Shaker
Baby Teether
Water Wow Pad
Tots First Crayons
Kwik Stix No Mess Tempura Paint
Toypedo Pool Toys
How to Draw Animals Book
Paint by Sticker: Zoo Animals
Peppa Pig’s Easter Egg Hunt

$6 – $10

Plah-Doh Easter Eggs
Fox Teether Blanket
Stacking Cups
Octopus Hoopla Bath Toy
Rattle & Rock Maracas
Ladybug Frisbee
Bathtub Crayons
Easter Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk
Easter Temporary Tattoos
Easter Egg Stampers
Kangaroo LED Bunny Ears
Flamingo Ring Toss Game

$11 – $15

The Jesus Storybook Bible
Hide and Squeak Eggs
Pull-back vehicles in Easter Eggs
Plush Burrow Bunny
Tangle Pet Plush Hairbrush
Bunny Ears Ring Toss Game
No-Spill Bubbles
Easter Egg Rattles
Magnetic Stacking Blocks

$16 – $20

Happy Baby Wooden Book
Disney Princess Wood Magnets
Wooden Coffee Maker Set
Riley Plush Rabbit
Pattern Block Set
Toss and Catch Game
Flower Garden Sprinkler Toy
Move and Groove Game
Picture Charades for Kids
Disney Princess Matching Game
Lego Egg Hunt Boxed Set
Lego Easter Chick

Splurge:

Wooden Lacing Cards
Play Cupcake Set
Dress Up Clothes
Outdoor Exploration Bundle
Pyramid Activity & Tummy Time Toy
Lego Easter Bunny
Bump ‘n Go Walking Egg Laying Duck

 

Oh, and because I’m not a total sugar-hating scrooge, go ahead and order a box of Sweet Thing Caramels for yourself. You deserve a sweet treat after working hard to avoid giving them to your kids!

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