Easter Basket Picks (That Aren’t Junk)

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fresh feeling spring brings especially after a loooong New England winter. I have so much fun putting together Easter baskets for my girls, but I hate to add toy clutter to our home. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Easter basket picks for your little ones that are practical & fun.

Sunglasses are one of my favorite Easter basket fillers. My girls wear them year round for dress-up. This clear pink pair from Target is so fun for little girls. I also love this pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses for boys that look like a miniature pair of adult shades – and for under $7, you can’t beat the price.

I just know this butterfly kit from Amazon is going to be a huge kit with my girls. It comes with everything you need to raise caterpillars and watch them transform into butterflies before releasing into the wild. This would also make a really great spring or summer birthday gift for kids. 

A sunhat is absolutely essential for little ones in the summer. My pale babies need one with the widest brim possible, and this one even has UPF 50+. 

Outdoorsy books are the perfect way to welcome spring. I can’t wait to read We Are the Gardeners with my girls. It’s the first children’s book from domestic goddess Joanna Gaines, so you know it’s going to be good. I’m also eyeing The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book from Amazon – it’s filled with fun learning activities to do outside and I know my three year old would love it. 

This seersucker look swim suit for girls is adorable. Full disclosure, I already had Eva try this suit on and it fits true to size (she’s in a 4T). I have a feeling this will sell out, so I’m linking a similar style here.

We use this watercolor palette every day. The colors are beautiful and it’s lasted us a long time. For under $8 on Amazon prime, you can’t go wrong. 

A cute jump rope will be used for years. This one is from Target and unlike most kids toys isn’t a plastic-primary-colored-disaster, which is a nice touch because you know it will likely be left in your mudroom/porch/driveway for all to see. 

I just grabbed this Honest Company body wash. My girls love a bubble bath, so fresh body wash in a springy scent is a great basket stuffer. My favorite is the sweet almond scent, but the sweet orange vanilla is a close second.

Saltwater sandals are our go-to summer shoe. I love them because they are dressy enough for church, but durable enough for the playground, and can be worn in the water. I buy my girls the classic style in gold, but they come in tons of styles and colors. These brown ones would be perfect for the little man in your life. Or, if you’re a big Birkenstock fan like myself, these sandals from Old Navy are a great look-alike for a steal. 

A great baseball cap is a necessity in the summer months. I spotted this cute chambray one at Old Navy recently in the little boys department, but I might grab one for my each of my girls. I love that it’s not made of heavy fabric that will make them overheated, but offers good sun protection. 

Bath toys are the best Easter basket filler because they’re a toy that won’t turn into useless clutter almost immediately (looking at you, tiny dress up doll figurines). These colorful stacking bath time boats are great because they scoop and float for lots of bath time fun, but dry easily and won’t collect mildew.

I’m obsessed with this kid-sized garden tool set from Hearth & Hand at Target. My girls love to help outside and this set is good enough quality that I can really put them to work. It even comes with labeled garden stakes for your own vegetable garden. 

Bubbles aren’t a toy for us. They’re a way of life. Bored? Bubbles. Grumpy? Bubbles. Happy? Bubbles. What I’m saying is, we go through a lot of bubbles. I love getting Fubbles bubble wands because they are easy for my three year old to hold on her own – verdict is still out on how our 18 month old will fare. 

These colorblock swim trunks from H&M have great reviews and are under $10! They also come in lots of other colorful prints. I would recommend sizing up if you buy these, because their sizing can run a bit small. For older boys, I love these seersucker swim trunks or this pair of colorful checked trunks.

Colorful sidewalk chalk is always the first thing I buy for Easter baskets. This set of 24 is only $2.49 at Target and has the best color payoff of all the kinds we’ve used. My girls love to draw murals up and down the driveway to greet Brett when he gets home from work. 

My girls love their JellyCat Stuffed animals and this soft bunny rattle would be perfect for baby’s first Easter basket. 

These Prismacolor colored pencils are a great gift for all ages. Let them live in the tin in your kids school back pack or in a homework station. I love filling up a galvanized bucket with colored pencils on a playroom table for a cute & functional centerpiece to keep them easily within reach for little artists. 

Headphones are weirdly fun for kids. My girls wear their headphones around like they’re about to record a podcast about the playground goings-on. These are soft and comfortable and have a great color selection. They come in handy on long car rides or plane rides when you don’t want to listen to the Endless Alphabet app for 3 hours straight – for $10.99, buy yourself some peace and quiet. 

Now is the time to stock up on reusable water bottles before summer if you don’t have a stash already. These contigo bottles are leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and have a spout that snaps close to keep it clean even when it’s rattling around in your bag. 

We’re thinking of getting Eva into soccer this summer. She definitely inherited my husband’s athletic skills and not mine, (glory be,) so I know she’ll enjoy a classic soccer ball. The best thing about getting your kids sports equipment is that they have to use it outside of the house. Also, fun! Yay! 

A pair of puddle jumper rain boots is about as practical as you can get. Claire has these boots from L.L. Bean and loves them, and I love that she can pull them on herself. I think they would be so fun to put in an Easter basket and fill with smaller treats. 

Dot Paint markers are great to have on hand for little ones who want to paint but can’t really be trusted with paint & brushes yet. These keep my girls entertained for hours. I keep them tucked away for rainy days and they get so excited when we take them out. 

Have you heard of Cath Kidston? I hadn’t until a friend of mine came back from London with the cutest bags for her kids. I love the whimsical prints and they come in regular sizes, mini backpacks, totes, and crossbody styles. 

A pearl bracelet is such a sweet gift for a little girl. We got one for Eva when she became a big sister and she loves it – we call it her ‘special jewelry’. I can’t find the exact style we bought for Eva, but this sterling silver bracelet is the most similar I’ve found and has great reviews.

I hope this helped all of the Easter bunnies out there getting ready to fill up baskets! Now tell me, what is your favorite Easter basket gift to give?

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