With gifts this great, your little bunnies will be hoppy to find a basket that’s not brimming with sugar on Easter morning. From an adorable birch bird whistle to a lightweight ball that is guaranteed not to break a window inside (or outside) the house, the Easter Bunny is making a play for VIP this year. Keep reading for details on these, and more, great alternatives to an Easter basket full of sugar.

Slumberkins Sleepy Peep Mini

These adorable Slumberkins Peeps are perfect for cuddling with during story time and bring Slumberkins' book characters—from their array of free downloadable board books—to life. Plus, the Peeps were designed with no small detachable pieces, making them perfect for your own little peeps to play with. 

All ages.

Available at slumberkins.com, $14.


Wooden Bird Whistle

This colorful whistle is a lovely introduction to sound and rhythm, is made of birch, and it encourages outdoor play and exploration for your energetic noisemakers. With bright colors and easy trill, it'll have you thinking springtime in no time. 

Ages 3 & up. 

Available at magiccabin.com, $7.98. 

photo: Real Shades

Real Shades Switch

Why have just one color when you can have two? These sweet solar-activated shades from Real Shades not only offer the 100% UV eye protection you need but they change colors when your kiddo hits the sunlight. The yellow ones change to orange; the green change to blue; the pale purple turn fuschia and the pinks go from light to bright. And at just $14.95, you can get two pairs! Plus, you can get them in three sizes: toddler, for 2+, kid for 4+ and big kid, 7+ so you can guarantee you’ll get the right fit for your crew. The perfect way to jazz up any Easter outfit. 

Get them at realshades.com 


New from Tattly is the Space Explorer Set! Ilustrated by Oliver Jeffers, your little Nasa-enthusiast will have moons, planets, spaceships and stars to apply to her heart's content. 

Buy a set here, $15 for eight. 

Silly Putty Pastel Bigg Egg

If they get a little silly with a little bit of silly putty, imagine what will happen when they get one of these jumbo eggs, filled with a quarter pound blob in each egg. And if stretching, snapping or bouncing the classic kid's concoction isn't enough, each set comes with a Putty Mystery Toy in a surprise shade. 

Ages 4 & up.

Available at crayola.com, $6.49 for sets of four.

So Slime Shaker Mystery Kit

Take the mystery out of making your own slime at home with lots of ingredients. With this simple kit, all you need is water. It comes with a shaker, a surprise, glitter, and slime powder. 

Ages 6 & up. 

Available at target.com, $3.99.

Bunny Ear Headband Kit

Calling all crafters! This cute kit comes with a plastic headband, felt ears and adorable felt flower decorations. The headband they create will be a springtime masterpiece. 

Ages 6 & up.

Available at target.com, $4.

Unfinished Plastic Easter Eggs

These plastic eggs are just begging to be finished by your artists, and come in a carton similar to the eggs you'd buy in the grocery store—only without the mess! These are purely for decoration because they do not crack open for hiding any objects inside. But what a keepsake they'll make (and they'll keep the kids busy while you put the finishing touches on your own deviled eggs). 

Ages 3 & up.

Available at target.com, $3.99 per dozen.

Livoty Toy Duck Water Pump

Spring showers make for mud, and muddy kids will love taking baths with this duck-shaped water pump by Livoty. Enjoy it all summer long at the beach, the pool and with the trusty old hose. 

Available at amazon.com, $5.

Hedstrom Ollyball

You might need to sit down for this one. The Ollyball is made with a special material that they guarantee will not break any windows! Even more than that miracle, the Ollyball is perfect for creatives who want to use crayons or markers (not included) to personalize their ball.  

Available at amazon.com, $14.99.


Give the Bop-a-Balloo a good whack to see confetti come out and a squishy self-inflating balloon emerge. This is perfect for kids with collections—each one comes with a cute stand for display. 

Ages 4 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $11.69.

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit

Give your Peter Rabbit movie fans a taste of the original with this brand-new compilation of the four Peter Rabbit tales in bunny legend Beatrix Potter’s original collection.

All ages.

Available at amazon.com, $12.97.

Balloon Helicopter

Perfect in its simplicity, this balloon helicopter will keep them racing around the backyard long after all the Easter eggs have been found. 

Ages 8 & up. 

Available at worldmarket.com, $3.49.

Bunny Silicone and Wood Teether

Nothing's as cute as watching your own little bunny chomping on an adorable bunny-shaped, food-grade silicone and beech hardwood teether. In a perfect pastel purple, this modern and fun teether is perfect for the small set.

Available at louloulollipop.com, $14.

Yellies! Smoosh Voice-Activated Bunny Pet Toy

Yellies! interactive toys respond to your voice and come with their own look and personality. They respond to talking, yelling, clapping, singing or even music, and unlike your kids, the louder you talk to it, the faster it goes! 

Ages 5 & up.

Available at hasbro.com, $14.99. 

Playmobil Children Minigolfing

So maybe you don't have tickets for the whole family to attend the Masters this year. No worries. They'll be just as excited about Playmobil's new Children Minigolfing interactive set, which comes with three target holes and six golf balls. 

Ages 4 & up.

Available at playmobil.com, $4.99

LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Chick

Easter baskets will be a little more eggciting with this LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Easter Chick, featuring Easter flowers, leaves, and hidden eggs. And, as with all BrickHeadz™ construction characters, your kiddos can create super-cool hybrids with other sets.

Ages 10 & up.

Available at lego.com, $9.99.

Glitter Easter Bunny Glasses

Hop right on into the Easter egg hunt spirit with a pair of these glittery glasses, which come in multiple colors. They're a photo hop waiting to happen!

Ages 6 & up.

Available at partycity.com, $2.99.

Glove a Bubbles

This one-of-a-kind bubble wand is the perfect Easter basket filler. Choose between a bunny, a lion, dinosaur, elephant and several other animals. Simply pour one of two packets of bubble solution into the pouch, then dip the glove and wave away. The pouch is re-fillable and re-sealable, so you'll be able to keep this gift around long after the holiday is over. Ages: 3 & up. Available at amazon.com, $9.90 for a pack of 4.

Toysmith 7-foot Jump Rope

Every Easter basket needs some old-fashioned fun, and this jump rope is a solid bet for hours of outdoor play. With pivoting nylon rope and plastic handles that come in an assortment of colors, you can pick this for all of your baskets!

Ages 5 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $5.02.

Easter Fingernail Friends

Forget messy fingernail polish (there's nothing more daunting to those Easter dresses). Instead, give these easy-to-use fingernail stickers in fresh springtime themes a try. 

Ages 3 & up.

Available at worldmarket.com, $4.99. 

Beaker Creatures Series 2 Reactor Pods 2-Pack

You'll find new collectible beaker creatures, a mini-poster filled with science facts about the creatures and their Planet, a classification card that will help your scientist discern which creature they've stumbled upon and a reactor Pod to set everything into motion in this newly released Beaker Creatures series. The best news? It will work with all beaker creature sets that you may already have in the playroom. 

Ages 5 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $9.99.

Llama Llama Easter Egg Board Book

Perfect for preschoolers, this board book about Eastertime features the Llama Llama characters we love so much. With short, simple text and rhymes, it's a sure-fire win. 

Ages 5 & under.

Available at worldmarket.com, $5.99.

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie

Take the Easter fun to the next level with these re-usable toy pets that have soft flocked fur that is as fun to pet as it is to decorate. Choose from cats, dogs, hamsters, and rabbits. Each set comes with two critters, plus a scrub brush and washable markers. 

Ages 3 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $7.49. 

—Shelley Massey

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication all of the items above were in stock and available at listed price.

All images courtesy retailers unless otherwise noted.


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