Easter has this bad habit of sneaking up on me! I’m desperate and need last minute gift ideas for Easter baskets without candy! It seems like wrapping winter up and getting spring started takes all of my focus and before I know it, Easter is here!
Sometimes I’m left a little less prepared than usual. I always put a little candy in the baskets, but the baskets are typically filled with goodies that aren’t candy. Since I was playing my own game of catching up on last minute Easter basket ideas, I thought I’d share some of my cooler finds with you. Here are some great ideas to make gorgeous Easter baskets without candy for your little ones. They’re sweet enough already! And you can grab these at the last minute if the bunny crept up on you!
You can check these out at your local stores, or if you’d like – you can purchase them through the affiliate links that I’ve provided below. (You can read more about those here.) Enjoy!!!
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This gorgeous book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston offers children a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it perfect reading material at home or in the classroom.
Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.
With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.
Green thumbs and non-green thumbs alike will fall in love with Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, a remarkably fun and informative introduction to the wonderful world of gardening–and more specifically, gardening with children. Learn how to make everything from a pizza garden (pizza-pie-shaped, with herbs and vegetables for a fabulous pizza at harvest time), to a sunflower house (a secret hideaway with stately sunflowers and lovely creeping morning glories), to a moon garden (“Fragrance is the color of night”). Chock full of helpful hints, clever and artistic touches, and intriguing “recipes” (Moth Broth and Compost Sandwich, to name a few), this idea book will spark creativity and a lifelong fascination with gardening.
When the eggs hatches, and a baby dragon comes out, George knows exactly what to do. A baby dragon needs to learn how dragons are supposed to act, including how to fly, how to breathe fire, and how to defeat a knight-so George starts the dragon lessons right away! The dragon learns quickly, but he is anxious to find his own kind. Then George wakes up the next morning and the little dragon is missing. Will George ever see his dragon again?
Peter Rabbit . . . Naturally Better is back again, and this time he’s brought some friends! This brand-new eco-friendly boxed set includes four classic Beatrix Potter tales that meet naturally better criteria and showcase their green appeal with the eye-catching vine cover design. Titles include: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of Jemima Puddle- Duck.
When Pete wakes up on Easter morning, he finds that the Easter Bunny needs his help! Read along to find out if Pete can help the Easter Bunny before Easter is over! This story comes complete with a poster, punch-out cards, and stickers.
Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.
Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.
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Easter Eggstravaganza Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about celebrating Easter! This book makes the perfect addition to any Easter basket.
Tegu has reinvented the wooden block in a way that brings new life to a favored classic. By safely embedding magnets into each piece, Tegu Blocks become curiously attractive for both kids and kids at heart. Defy gravity and push your imagination in ways never before possible. No instruction manuals or electronics, just toys that demand imagination and inspire limitless creativity across all ages. Open-ended play is endangered, but we’re bringing it back. Created with beautiful Honduran hardwoods and safe water-based finishes, these blocks have proven wildly addictive for kids (and kids at heart) and will encourage the simple joy of creating for generations.
In these Easter-themed stories, preschoolers can fill in the blanks with 140 stickers featuring pictures with corresponding words. Plus, each story is accompanied by a coordinating coloring page. It’s the perfect introduction to reading – as well as a great Easter basket goodie!
These magical grow eggs will hatch when you place them and water and reveal one of three dinos: Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, or a Spinosaurus. Simply place the eggs in water and within 24 hours, they will start to crack. Soon thereafter, within 36-48 hours, your animal will hatch. Take the animal out to play, or put back in the water to continue growing. Each animal comes with a fun fact card to help your child learn about their new pet.
Kids love stickers!!! Packed with 400 full-color Easter- and spring-themed stickers, EyeLike Stickers: Easter belongs in every Easter basket and every crafter’s stash. The high-quality, photographic images are amazingly lifelike in color and detail. The durable, reusable stickers are designed to be stuck on and peeled off over and over again without losing adhesive.
Eleven figures and a background piece completes this beautiful set. Includes two stories plus the figures can be used to tell a favorite “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Items come printed on a sheet of felt ready for you to cut out. The felt figures range in size from 2 inches to 15 inches.
Witness one of nature’s most spectacular transformations up close with this reusable, collapsible habitat. Fine, transparent mesh lets you see butterfly metamorphosis up close. Product includes easy-to-use feeder and complete instructions for habitat. Butterfly larvae with food shipped directly to your home. The habitat collapses for storage when not in use. You can adopt and raise a handful of caterpillars, watch them transform into painted lady butterflies, then lift the garden cover to release your beautiful specimens into the wild. This exciting habitat makes a fabulous introduction to the miracles of nature. The larvae and food available round the year
Bunny Popper shoots soft foam balls up to 20′ – includes six soft foam balls. Safe for both indoor and outdoor play.
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Make the world a little greener by depositing seed “bombs” in forgotten outdoor spaces. Using fun shape molds, you can cast seed bombs from fast-growing flower seeds, growing medium, plaster gypsum, sand and water. Learn about botany, flowering plants, seeds, nature conservation, tree planting and more.
Seeds: Green Beans, Yellow Summer Squash, Sweet Baby Carrots, Crunchy Red Radishes, Baby Watermelon & Little Leaf Cucumbers. Seeds sprout in 3-4 days.
This bright green garden apron and tools are the perfect size for kids to wear while helping in the garden. Tools includes garden spade and shovel and rake and the smooth wooden handles fit perfectly in little hands!
Inspired by Eric Carle’s classic tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Bring to life the beloved characters of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This all-time favorite is now a precious child size set of 4 gardening tools. Eric Carle is the most celebrated children’s author/illustrator of all time, with a book sold every 30 seconds and 88 million books sold worldwide. For the first time ever, Eric Carle’s beloved book characters will leap from the pages into this adorable set of 4 gardening tools. This set of 4 gardening tools is especially designed with your child in mind. It is perfect for helping mom or dad in the garden.
Root Viewer from Toysmith makes growing vegetables fun for the whole family. Watch as your vegetables grow before your eyes. Kit includes wooden stand, three 5-1/2″ plastic viewing tubes, growing medium, seeds and instructions. Ages 8 and up.
Get a “grip” on gardening with these fun and friendly child-size gloves! Featuring bright stripes and Giddy Buggy’s smiling face, these gloves, sized to fit ages three to six, are made from sturdy, high-quality, machine-washable material and feature rubber latex coating on the palms to help grip garden tools. These fun and useful gloves keep hands clean while encouraging outdoor exploration and promoting gross and fine motor skills.
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Cuddly, and oh-so-sweet! Precious little plush bunny smells like delicious chocolate. The perfect centerpiece for Easter baskets, prize boxes, gifts, and decorations. Great treat without the sweet!
This Bashful is the softest, floppiest critter you’ll ever meet. With its silky smooth fur and sweet disposition, you’re sure to be in for a lifetime of luxurious cuddles. Hold on tight to their squishy, bean-filled paws – ideal for little hands to grab.
This super-silky woodland friend is the ultimate in luxurious cuddles. Made from the same gorgeous soft fur as our popular Bashful range, this whimsical companion is sure to be a friend for life.
GUND’s Peter Rabbit is the perfect adventure companion — from the living room to the briar patch and everywhere in between! Peter Rabbit is high-quality and huggably soft with his detailed blue coat and messenger bag. Peter is surface-washable. Ages one and up.
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This bunny nightlight is truly inspired by nature, beautifully sculpted, cast in bonded marble, and expertly hand painted to provide a lasting accessory for your home or a wonderful gift. Each light is nicely gift boxed, complete with bulb and approximately 3″ x 6″. UL Listed.
This is a very fun Easter night light with an image by talented artist Teresa Kogut. This image truly does light up beautifully when lit and is perfect for any room in the house. Photographic image is printed in the USA using high quality, environmentally friendly inks and is very colorful. The light bulb on these decorative lights are fully enclosed! No more seeing an exposed bulb when looking at the night light from the side. You’ll love the richness of the light as it provides you with both safety and improved visual attractiveness. The size of the image is 3″ x 3.75″. Please visit our Night Light Designs Storefront on Amazon for our full selection of photo night lights! All Night Light Designs images are replaceable and switchable so you can change images for every season, holiday or event!
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Enjoy seasonal fun in the kitchen with this super LEGO® Painting Easter Eggs set. Build the detailed kitchen scene and pretend to paint the Easter eggs using the paintbrush and palette. And don’t worry if you drop an egg-the hen in the garden has just laid another one! Includes male and female minifigures with assorted accessories.
Celebrate with the festive LEGO® Easter bunny with movable ears, arms and legs and a big orange carrot!
Bring extra cheer this Easter by building this goofy little creature. Then turn the head and body or adjust the wings and toes for a variety of fun poses. This buildable LEGO brick Easter Chick features a rotating head and body, plus movable wings and toes.
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As you may recall – I was doing my own panicky search for gifts to include in Easter baskets without candy – and here are a couple of other posts that I found helpful: for the younger set, a super long list with tons of ideas from erasers to magnets to trail mix, and really clever themed basket gift ideas. Hoppy Easter!