Easter is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking of what to put in the Easter basket. In addition to yummy chocolate, what else are you going to put in your child’s basket? Below is a list of some cool ideas of what I think boys and girls will love to find in their baskets Easter morning.
Shopkins Surprise Eggs
Forget chocolate inside plastic Easter eggs and enter Shopkins instead. With the Shopkins Season 4 Surprise Easter Eggs, kids have a chance to collect two mystery Shopkins inside each egg. The eggs come in three Easter colors (blue, yellow and pink), contain 2 random Season 4 Shopkins and kids have a chance to collect an exclusive fluffy limited edition Rare Pair! Each egg retails for $7.99 at www.walmart.com.
Barbie™ Spy Squad Barbie® Secret Agent Doll
Barbie® Secret Agent doll is based on the new movie Barbie™ Spy Squad in which Barbie transforms from a hard-working gymnast to an undercover secret agent along with her friends Teresa and Renee. Barbie® Secret Agent doll is ready for her mission with awesome moves and style. She looks super cool in a sleek purple bodysuit with utility belt and boot details, a removable sparkly pink trench coat and pink shaded sunglasses. The doll retails for $19.99 at www.toysrus.com.
Tonka Climb-Overs Starter Packs
Tonka fans can let their imaginations and creativity run wild as they build their own track configurations! Each starter pack contains a motorized 4×4 Climb-Overs vehicle (press the button on top of the vehicle and watch them go) with different click and climb track pieces to customize their own play set. Vehicles and track pieces vary and sets include the Fire Stomper Starter Pack, the Trash Treader Starter Pack and the Heavy Haulers Starter Pack. Each starter pack retails for $12.99 and are available for purchase at www.toysrus.com.
Play-Doh is a great addition to any Easter basket. Kids love it and it keeps them busy for hours. The Confetti collection is new for 2016 and this six-pack of Play-Doh cans is sprinkled with colorful confetti chips in the compound to make every creation a parade of open-ended creativity. The collection includes six two-ounce cans of bright pink, light pink, white, blue, yellow, and brown compound with rainbow confetti and two cutters. The six pack retails for $4.99 at www.hasbrotoyshop.com.
Fisher-Price® Wooden Toys Hungry Humpback Shape Sorter
New from Fisher-Price is a line of wooden toys made with real beech wood. There are 12 different toys in this collection including but not limited to an Early Bird Barista Set, Sweet Sounds Ice Cream Truck, Chomping Gator, Rhythm & Roll Percussion Plane, Shivering Penguin, Shape-imals™ Owl and my personal favorite the Hungry Humpback Shape Sorter. This shape sorter set includes whale sorter and three different shapes in a variety of colors and textures. Shapes can be placed into the openings of the whale’s mouth, encouraging logical thinking and problem solving. The wooden toy collection promotes eye hand coordination as well as fine motor skills. The Hungry Humpback Shape Sorter retails for $24.99 at www.target.com.
Bubbles from Little Kids
What kid wouldn’t love to wake up to Candylicious Bubbles™ in their Easter basket? Little Kids, manufacturer of innovative and award-winning bubbles such as Fubbles™ No-Spill® Bubbles, just introduced their new line of Candylicious Bubbles™ at Toy Fair in NYC last month. This collection combines two childhood favorites – bubbles and candy! Yes, Candylicious Bubbles™ are bubbles you can actually eat! The Candylicious Bubbles™ Character Assortment features a soft, squeezy Bubble Ninja toy topper. Just squeeze the Bubble Ninja and his tongue pops out. The Candylicious Bubbles™ Character Assortment is available in four delicious flavors: Cherry, Grape, Tutti Frutti and Bubble Gum. Each retails for $5.99 at www.littlekids.com.
Original Budsies are one of the most unique, custom gifts that a child could ever receive! After pouring their imagination into a piece of art, what could be more magical than seeing their creation come to life? From a silly sketch to an intricate illustration, if it means something special to a child, it makes a perfect Budsie. Once a photo of the child’s original artwork is uploaded or emailed to Budsies.com, the Budsies team skillfully handsews every intricate detail to be sure their creation is exactly as the child envisioned. It’s no surprise that kids love their Budsies – not only because they designed it, but because they’re the only child in the world with that special Budsie. Budsies retail for $89 (16” Regular size) and $118 (30” Supersize) at www.budsies.com.
Calico Critters are timeless, classic toys that delight children and promote wholesome family values. Calico Critter families and the various playsets are a perfect addition to children’s Easter baskets. New for 2016 is the Hot Dog Van. This van will feed all the Calico Critter families on the go. This adorable van features a grill and counter with food warmer. The Hot Dog Van includes over 30 pieces such as yummy hot dogs, pretzels, waffles, fries, drinks and more! The tires and steering wheel rotate. If you have a hot dog van, you need a family to feed such as the new Fluffy Hamster family. This adorable and poseable family is available in a 3-pack set featuring a father named Harry, mother named Hilda and sister named Jane. The Hot Dog Van retails for $39.99 at www.toysrus.com and the Fluffy Hamster family retails for $16.70 at www.amazon.com.
Thermos FUNtainer Bottles
One thing that always comes in handy with my kids is a really good water bottle. My kids love, as do I, the Thermos FUNtainer bottles. Thermos always has the characters my kids love. My daughter is loving the Peanuts® one, which features Snoopy on the front with multicolor circles. My son is starting to get into Spider-Man now, so he really likes this Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors FUNtainer® Bottle. The best feature of this product is the vacuum insulation technology, which eliminates temperature change within the beverage container by creating an airless space between two stainless steel walls. The FUNtainer will keep your child’s beverages colder, fresher, longer—at least up to 12 hours. The Peanuts FUNtainer retails for $16.75 at www.amazon.com and the Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors FUNtainer retails for $15.99 at www.thermos.com.
eos™ (evolution of smooth™)
During winter months my daughter’s lips are constantly getting chapped. I’m always getting her lip balm, and she loves the lip balm spheres from eos, mainly because of the shape and the cuteness of the product. The size is perfect for an Easter basket gift. Their newest edition, Visibly Smooth Blackberry Nectar is made with a superior formula, which contains Hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring compound and powerful moisturizer that your lips produce to help keep them smooth and moisturized. Visibly Soft’s proprietary formula helps to elevate your lip’s levels of this beneficial ingredient to naturally enhance their softness. Another great benefit of eos, which is important to me as I’m sure for all parents, is that eos is petrolatum-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free. The Visibly Smooth Blackberry Nectar retails for $2.99 at www.target.com. In addition to lip balms, eos also has a line of hand lotions that provides 24 hour moisture and are fast-absorbing and non-greasy. The hand lotions are available in three fragrances including cucumber, berry blossom and fresh flowers. Like the lip balms, the lotions are paraben-free and gluten-free. Each lotion retails for $1.99 at www.target.com.
The Popcorn Factory
These charming Bunny Ear Pouches from The Popcorn Factory would make an excellent gift for kids and family members. Each adorable cloth treat bag comes filled with gourmet popcorn and Easter favorites including: S’Mores Corn, a popcorn twist of the campfire favorite; Milk Chocolate Bunnies; and Easter Jelly Beans. A set of two Bunny Ear Pouches retails for $29 and is available at www.thepopcornfactory.com.
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Vehicles® from VTech
These electronic play vehicles are perfectly sized for little hands and entertain children with a light-up button that activates music and sounds. Little ones will also learn about different letters and vehicle names through pretend play. The vehicles respond to SmartPoint locations with different phrases and sound effects on all Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets. New for 2016 is a motorcycle, jet, forklift and garbage truck. Each vehicle retails for $7.99 and they are available for purchase at www.vtechkids.com.
Little Live Pets™ Mom & Baby Duck
Mother and Ducking are the newest members of the Little Live Pets family. Join these feathered friends as they sing and play the day away. These adorable new duck families sing and talk to each other. The mother duck even teaches baby duck how to sing! The closer they are, the happier they become! Help the mother duck feed and nurture her baby. There are three duck families to collect. Little Live Pets™ Mom & Baby Duck are available in three different colors for $19.99 each at www.toysrus.com.
There are some lovely new books that would make excellent gifts for Easter. From HarperCollins such titles include, Five Little Bunnies ($6.99) written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino and Splat the Cat and the Quick Chicks ($16.99) written and illustrated by Rob Scotton. In Five Little Bunnies, five adorable bunnies hide brightly colored Easter eggs in this fun, rhyming Easter board book. They take the classic nursery rhyme and create a new holiday twist. In Splat the Cat and the Quick Chicks, it’s Splat’s turn to watch his class’s chicken eggs overnight. While he is sleeping, the eggs hatch and they run all around the house hiding and popping up in different places. Will Splat be able to round them all up?
From Little, Brown Books comes The SheepOver ($17.99) by By Jennifer Churchman and John Churchman. The SheepOver is an endearing true story about Sweet Pea, an orphan lamb that becomes very sick and everyone at the farm is worried about her. Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Alison the mobile veterinarian, she slowly recovers. Dr. Alison tells Sweet Pea she can have a sleepover to celebrate as soon as she is well again. When the day finally comes, her closest friends Sunny, Prem, and Violet join her in the greenhouse for a fun and imaginative “SheepOver” celebration. The SheepOver can be purchased at www.amazon.com.
What’s an Easter basket without a soft, sweet stuffed animal like this sweet little Lambie from Aurora World. I can just squeeze him all day! Nothing screams Spring and Easter like a little yellow chickie. Kids will love Auroroa’s new Chirpin’ Chick. He not only is fuzzy and cute but actually makes chirping sounds. Chirpin’ chick is available in yellow or pink and retails for $11. Lambie retails for $15.50 and both are available at www.shop.auroragift.com.
Mastrad Baby is an extension of Mastrad Paris, a French company specializing in the design of culinary accessories. Mastrad Baby has a line of practical baby feeding and storage products aimed to offer convenience and simplicity for young parents during their baby’s transition to solid food. They have some great items for the Easter basket such as their Lil’ placemat, Lil’ spoon & fork and Lil’ cup. I like the Lil’ cup ($5.99) because it’s light and easy to handle. It also has a wide and anti-slip base so it stays in place better. My son loves the Lil’ spoon & fork set ($4.99) because it’s easy for him to grab and hold. As a parent, I like that it comes with a storage case for easy transport. The Lil’ placemat ($14.99) is a cool concept as well because it’s a non-slip placemat that features a pocket to hold your Lil’ spoon & fork or collecting crumbs. The placemat can also be rolled up so it’s easy to store or take with you. It can also be used as a way to protect your table when kids are doing arts and crafts like play-doh, painting, etc. All products can be purchased at www.mastrad-paris.us.
PARA’KITO™ Refillable Bands & Clips
It’s never too early to start thinking about mosquito protection for your children. PARA’KITO™ is the worldwide leader in natural mosquito protection. With a unique blend of essential oils, patented slow-release technology and super-smart product design, PARA’KITO™ products offer the ultimate protection in a stylish way like these comfy neoprene bands and clips, which are easy to use and great for the whole family. Each pellet provides up to 15 days of constant protection. Bands and clips are waterproof, easily adjustable and can be worn around the wrist or ankle or hung on a backpack, belt or stroller. New kids bands come with a special ID label for name and contact details. Kids band designs include Pirate, Sea World and Be Cool and each one retails for $19.50. The clips also retail for $19.50 each. All products an be purchased at www.us.parakito.com.
PEEEPS and Easter baskets are as classic a combination as peanut butter and jelly. They just go hand-in-hand. PEEPS Large Marshmallow Bunnies are a perfect addition to any Easter basket. The pack comes with three large marshmallow bunnies adorned with a bowtie and decorative carrot. It’s also great for sharing with friends or Mom and Dad, who grew up on PEEPS as well! The three count packs retails anywhere from $1.49 – $1.79 and are available for purchase nationwide in the seasonal candy aisle. PEEPS also has a ton more items for the Easter basket such as socks, slippers, T-shirts, cotton candy and more. Check out their website at www.peepsandcompany.com.