I remember some of my Easter baskets growing up. My mom made our baskets at one point. Our baskets always had candy (usually chocolate and jelly beans) and not a lot of toys. Times have changed and at some point, it became the “thing” to give toys and more extravagant gifts. We do a few smaller items for our son at Easter and also give him jelly beans and a little bit of chocolate. He certainly doesn’t need a ton of candy, but the child loves jelly beans.
This is a list of items that I’m considering for my boy’s Easter basket this year:
This interactive Tigger is on our list this year. Sadly in 2020, he’s no longer available. He comes with a book and talks when you say certain phrases. (We have Pooh and my son absolutely loves it. There’s even a book where Tigger and Pooh interact.)
If you’re into music, and don’t mind your child being into music, check out the Melissa and Doug kazoo. We have this and it’s so fun. (It also holds up to toddlers throwing it around.) I’m updating this post five years after we bought the kazoo – it is STILL holding up!
Puzzles are always a fun option. Melissa and Doug puzzles hold up for many years, and ours have survived two kids!
As always, the bubbles from Gymboree are the best, best, BEST bubbles I’ve found. We have a few bottles they don’t disappoint. Gymboree stores have closed, but I did find the bubbles online.
Books. My son loves reading and since he’s skipping naps, I’m enforcing a quiet time for him. He can read books in his bed. I still try to stick with board books for him. Lately he’s been into Busy Town. That book is incredibly high priced now, but look at these other Richard Scarry board books!.
For the first couple of years, we bought my son the small Sesame Street plush characters. Since I’m leaning towards the Tigger mentioned above, we’ll skip any other plush animals. (He has a ton and only likes a couple.) Though, he doesn’t have Oscar and Oscar is pretty cute. The Count is available and can be shipped before Easter!
We have a collection of Thomas the Train cars that my son hasn’t discovered yet. They always make great gifts for the train-lover in your life.
I’m not buying all of these things for my son. I’m still trying to decide what he’ll receive in addition to jelly beans (of course!)
What ideas do you have for Easter baskets?
This post was updated in 2020 with new links, and clarification if items are no longer sold.