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Somehow Easter is less than a month away, and we can’t figure out how that happened. After all, yesterday was Jan. 1, and it is still snowing in some parts of the country. While we try to figure out this time warp and keep our fingers crossed for a sunny celebration, we find ourselves deep in the thick of shopping for basket stuffers. There are so many (read: too many) toys and treats out there for kids, so instead of honing our egg-hunting skills, we’ve been searching for the best screen-free stuffers that go beyond the candy aisle. Best of all: They’re all under $20!
We are jumping for joy after finding this adorable and interactive “board” game, Jumping Jack. Think of it as a multi-player version of Jack-in-the-Box with an Easter twist. Players spin the dial to see how many carrots they must harvest from Jack’s hill. One of the veggies will make him jump, and then it’s time to act fast. Whoever catches Jack, wins!
Plus Plus pieces are the perfect tool for making beautiful 3D creations. Your little engineer can use this chick-inspired set to build a young hatchling, or they can let their creativity lead the way and design their own masterpiece. Not so into making a bird that looks ready to take flight? Plus Plus pieces can also be used for 2D arrangements.
After a long day of play, your cutie can snuggle with a mini Warmies bunny. Just pop this plushie in the microwave, and the stuffed animal will give off a soothing warmth and a lovely lavender scent. And don’t worry, warm or otherwise, your babe will love this soft and floppy-eared cottontail.
Crazy Aaron’s Gnome Putty
Once the egg hunt is over, your kiddos can keep utilizing their searching skills with this Gnome Home Thinking Putty. The squishy and textured putty is filled with tiny mushrooms. Hidden among the fungi are five little gnomes. Pull and stretch the putty to find the little guys, and then smoosh it back up to play again and again.
You can’t get much more classic than this mini Peter Rabbit from the beloved Beatrix Potter books. The knit design is timeless, and we can easily see this plushie going from a simple stuffie to a cherished heirloom passed down from one sibling to the next.
As this embroidered and aesthetic rattle from Bunnies by the Bay suggests, the toy is perfect to shake and rattle, and cute enough to want to nibble (although you might want to see our favorite teether below if you foresee some serious gnawing).
We honestly cannot get over the iPlay, iLearn Wrist Pals. The line is based off the companies’ bouncy pals and is the stuffed animal/slap bracelet hybrid we didn’t know we needed. Each pack comes with two different animals (like the precious unicorn and friendly bull above), and your kid can place them down flat, wear them on their wrist, or wrap them around a stroller or bike.
Scented Writing Utensils
The new line of Smencils (aka good-smelling pencils) features irresistible Spring-themed scents including cotton candy and sour apple that will make your little one excited to doodle and do their homework. Plus, the pencils are made from 100% recycled newspapers, so you’re making the Earth as happy as your young writers.
If you grew up on FurReal friends, you’ll appreciate these animatronic rabbits that can hop around, shake their ears, and wiggle their nose. Each purchase comes with two pets, so you can either gift the pair or fill more than one child’s basket.
Since your baby can’t enjoy the Peeps, give them this bunny teether to chew on. The ring-like shape is easy to grab, and the different textures are sure to soothe their gums so they can relax while the older kids run around searching for eggs.
Baby Food Bunny Paci
Again, if your babe is not quite ready for sweets, they can enjoy their solids or frozen breastmilk from this bunny pacifier that you can fill with baby food. More than 6,000 Amazon reviewers gave this genius little gadget 5 stars, and we are adding it to our cart ASAP.
Your little learner can practice their fine motor skills with this carrot harvest game that encourages them to pick out the wooden characters and then place then put them back in their right hole once their gardening is complete.
We know you’re not buying extra eggs for an egg toss. I mean, come on. In this economy? That’s why we’re grabbing this plush egg toss game that has all the fun of the real thing minus the sticky mess, food waste, and major cost. The smart sensor inside has 40+ funny sayings and will determine if your child made a soft or “egg-splosive” catch.
This brain-busting bunny puzzle is a perfect rainy day activity. It features beautiful, animal-filled landscapes that would be exciting enough on their own, but the bunny-shaped outline makes this challenge even more enticing.
This one little bunny does so many cool things. It blows bubbles, lights up, makes sounds, and it will put a smile on your kiddo’s face. Plus, we love that it will keep them outside in the fresh air long after the egg hunt is over.
We know this is a wild card as far as stuffers go, but hear us out. The Brushies finger puppet-like toothbrushes are known for making dental hygiene more fun, and you know your kiddo will need to get those pearly whites squeaky clean after all the candy. Simply slide one of the characters (who you’ll learn more about in the accompanying board book!) on your or your kiddo’s finger, and start brushing their tiny teeth.
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