14 Non-Candy Gifts for Baby’s First Easter Basket
Hop to it and fill up your baby’s Easter basket with these 14 gift ideas. They’re all candy-free, but still sweet as can be. Read on for baby Easter basket ideas your little bunny will love.
A Tasteful Teether
With two tasty ears to nibble on, a nubby texture for sore gums and a beech wood ring sized just right for tiny hands, there's a lot for babies to love about this soothing teether. And caretakers will appreciate that it's made from wood and a food-grade silicone. Comes in light gray, lilac, blush pink and bright aqua.
Available at louloulollipop.com, $14.
A Fire Truck Friend
Guaranteed to make a child's eyes light up and safe for all ages, this cuddly fire truck from Hess will be your child's best buddy, with its realistic truck details and sweet, cartoony face. Tap or squeeze the nose area to hear truck sounds and two sing-along songs ("The Wheels on the Truck" and "If You're Happy and You Know It"), while LED lights flash. Squeeze the roof lights to turn on the truck's 11 lights for 15 minutes. Activate the silent mode and gift the roof lights a squeeze, and you have a soft, friendly night light to help your child fall asleep.
Available at hesstoytruck.com, $29.99.
A Bunny to Love
This plush bunny from GUND's new Tinkle Crinkle line is both a soft, snuggly companion and a sensory toy with colors and textures to explore. There's a flower-shaped, nubby teether for chewing and a ring on top to hang this bunny from a car seat or stroller for outings.
Available at gund.com, $15.
Foot Finder Toys
Twiddle Ons foot-finder toys slip on like socks and give kids hours of feetie fun. The colorful sock toys have built-in rattles, crinkly material and colorful designs to keep kids captivated. Best of all, these smart socks are designed to stay on babies' feet.
Available at sockons.com, $13.50.
A Cozy Quilt
Copper Pearl is known for luxurious fabrics with darling designs, and this three-layer Easter quilt is no exception. Made from a polyester/rayon blend, it's super soft, breathable and slightly stretchy. And at a generous size (46x46), it will snuggle with your child through toddlerhood.
Available at copperpearl.com, $59.95.
The Coolest Shades
Get ready for the sunny, summery days ahead with a pair of baby sunglasses, like these from Babiators. With UV400 lenses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, they'll protect baby's eyes from the sun's rays. And the flexible rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses resist breakage. Available in a variety of colors and styles (even heart shaped!), you can also purchase a silicone strap to keep your child from taking them off.
Available at babiators.com, $22-$36.
Literature for Your Littlest
In Babylit's alphabet primer E Is for Easter, your child will learn the ABCs while enjoying fun, vintage-looking drawings that celebrate Easter and spring, from Easter egg hunts to the beauty of spring flowers.
Available at babylit.com, $9.99.
The Easter Story
This is an Easter gift you'll want to give a week in advance. It builds excitement for the holiday while celebrating the meaning of Easter. The Easter Story Egg comprises a hardcover book and seven nesting Easter eggs. Each hand-carved wooden egg corresponds to a rhyming story in the book about the significance of the days leading up to Easter, starting with Palm Sunday.
Available at starkidscompany.com, $34.99.
For babies under 6 months or without teeth, a Wubbanub pacifier is a treasured friend, so pop a duck, lamb or bunny into your basket. It's soft enough to cuddle, has a durable pacifier and (parents, listen up!) the weight of the toy helps the pacifier stay in your child's mouth while they sleep, so there are fewer cries for help reinserting the pacifier.
Available at amazon.com, $14.95.
Eggs-tra Special Toy
These Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs will stay a favorite long after Easter is over. Younger babies will love to pull off the shells to reveal the colorful eggs underneath (and to give these toys a good chew). Older babies can match the colors of the shells and eggs, push on the egg to hear it squeak, and sort the eggs into the right spot in the egg carton. Each has a unique shape on the bottom and fits only in one spot of the carton.
Available at amazon.com, $11.99.
All-in-One Basket and Toys
Soft and sweet, this basket is filled with an age-appropriate plush set of four holiday-themed toys from GUND: a carrot crinkle toy, a squeaky egg, a chick rattle and a bunny that makes sounds.
Available at amazon.com, $27.95
Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush
Teething is tough (check out our teething tips), but this teething toothbrush offers comfort for aching gums and starts an oral hygiene routine in a fun way. Make it an annual tradition to put a toothbrush amid the sweet stuff in your child's Easter basket.
Available at buybuybaby.com, $8.49.
Eat Your Veggies
This carrot rattle is cute, cuddly and supports creativity. Each rattle is handmade in 100% cotton by a female artisan, through a company that provides sustainable work for young women in Bangladesh.
Available at littlemarket.com, $14.
Some Bunny to Love
Oh sure, a young child in bunny ears is super cute and worthy of your Instagram. But these ears also light up, which makes them that much cooler and more interesting for your child to explore.
Available at papersource.com, $5.95.
What will you be putting your little bunny’s Easter basket this year?
featured photo: Copper Pearl
—Jane Putnam and Eva Ingvarson Cerise