Make your kids’ Easter baskets a hundred times more adorable by adding some playful chicks and bunnies to your list of Easter basket gift ideas for kids–of course along with some of our favorite Easter candy and Easter-themed gifts. Our recos are almost entirely indie-made, and we promise that none of them include a five-foot purple stuffed rabbit. Though we can’t guarantee that won’t be the grandparents’ pick.
Wee Gallery’s new set of 12 animal kids’ animal tattoos makes a nice alternative to more candy in the basket. Featuring a bunny, dog, and cat, they may end up on the arms of everyone at the Easter dinner table, but they’ll come right off with a little baby oil.
If your kids love temporary tattoos, you’ll also find tons of cute bunny tattoos online at Tattly, all created by independent artists.
Living in New England, I’m used to our pretty Easter clothes being covered up with sweaters and coats, but no matter the weather, my girls will have this Bunny Easter brooch from Etsy’s Pennys by Kristie pinned on as soon as they see it. Made of wool felt with carefully stitched-on accents like a little bow and bunny tail, you’ll also find a yellow duckling, wooly sheep, and bright flower, as well as adorable mini pillows or pincushions.
Wee Gallery’s creative, open-ended drawing booklet, 32 Ways to Dress a Bunny, will give the kids something to do besides see how many jelly beans they can fit in their mouths. And, if you have more than one basket to fill, you can add some variety by also choosing from their cat, fox, or pig drawing books too
Rub-a-dub-dub, three Peeps in a tub…or in an Easter basket with Fushichos Gallery’s colorful Easter Bunny Soaps. I like that you can pick out the fragrances and colors you’d like, or request unscented for sensitive skin.
For younger children, Jojo’s First Word Book is an charming new board book bursting with color and energy. Early readers have the opportunity to identify 200 objects, and the carrying handle makes it a fun take-with book when you’re out and about.
Babies may not need to receive their own Easter basket, but we can’t resist giving them a few goodies, especially when they are as scrumptious as cate & levi’s reclaimed wool Bunny Baby Slippers.
In the crafty department, we are taken with this handmade set of Easter crayons from Etsy’s Sprout N Bean. Not only is the set of six colorful and fun on its own, but the terrific gift packaging “from the Easter Bunny” seals it for us.
Dress-up accessories are terrific gifts year round, and we’re impressed by this handmade bunny rabbit mask by the talented artisans of EW McCall on Etsy. It’s made from high quality textiles including real leather, and the inside is lined with felt so it’s comfy enough for kids who won’t want to take it off.
Adelaide NYC is always a great stop for special little gifts for girls, and we love thanks the pretty floral pattern of both the Liberty of London Bird Clip and ponytail holder. Both are so perfect with this year’s floral trend for kids.
Also for babies who are still keeping those little head warms in spring, this too cute handmade organic baby bunny hat at Kahiniwalla. It comes in sizes from infant to 5y, and helps create fair trade jobs for artisans in Bangladesh.
Waldorf toys are always a favorite with us and these rainbow colored wooden Easter egg toys from Apple n Amos on Etsy are wonderful. You get a full set of 12 in different sizes, or opt for the set of 6 wooden eggs in beautiful natural hues of brown and blue.
Melissa & Doug’s Slide and Seek Egg toy for toddlers is like an Easter-y version of peek-a-boo. I like that this manipulative toy has a different design on each side so that it can be open and closed from two directions for a little extra motor-skills challenge. Plus, the design is really sweet and simple.
More from Tattly (thanks, Tattly!) with a unique collaboration with the North American Bear Company: Their new Cutie Tattootie package includes a soft, cuddly Bunny who’s not your average plush. He comes with his own set of safe temporary tattoos–for himself and your child. Plus he doesn’t mind a spin in the washing machine to l clear off old tattoos and get it ready for some new ink.
All the sweetness, none of the sugar crash, these plush Peeps chicks come packaged all together in their familiar box. No longer available at Think Geek where we first discovered them last year, I’m happy to see them on the official Peeps site this year. -Christina + Liz
Find so many more Easter ideas on our Easter Pinterest board!