18 Candy-Free Gift Ideas for Your Baby’s First Easter Basket


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Hop to it and fill up your baby’s Easter basket with these gifts that are sweeter than candy. From soft outfits and books to soft stuffies and toys, they’re all perfect for the holiday but will be appreciated for long after that. Read on for baby Easter basket ideas your little bunny will love.

Pottery Barn Kids

A Surprise Stuffie

Here’s a clever way to add another surprise to Easter: Flip this fuzzy egg inside out and surprise! Out comes a fuzzy baby chick or a bunny.

Available at potterybarnkids.com, $39. 





Little Bellies

Sweet Snack

A perfect candy alternative: These puffs are sprinkled with blueberry and melt in baby’s mouth for safer self-feeding. They’re organic, non-GMO and are meant for kids 7 months and up.

Available at walmart.com, $6 for a 6-pack.



A Tasteful Teether

With two tasty food-grade-silicone ears to nibble on and soft wood to grab onto, there’s a lot for babies to love about this soothing teether.

Available at louloulollipop.com, $14.


Lamb Rattle Booties

These GUND baby booties will look adorable while keeping your newborn’s toes warm and cozy. These sweet lamb booties (size 0-3 months) attach with hook and loop fasteners and have a gentle rattle inside to entrance your little one. Machine washable.

Available at amazon.com, $18.

Copper Pearl

Gender-Neutral Holiday Bibs

Copper Pearl is known for luxurious fabrics with darling designs, and these holiday bibs are no exception. They’re made of 100% cotton on the front to absorb drool and 100% fleece on the back that keeps babies dry and feels soft against the skin. 

Available at copperpearl.com, $22.


Gibbs Smith

A Book About Beatrix Potter

Best known for her children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, English author Beatrix Potter wrote 23 children’s stories and was a talented artist. In this sweet rhyming board book, we learn about her love for animals and how she left more than 4,000 acres to the National Trust. Beatrix Potter Wrote Stories is part of Gibbs Smith’s Little Naturalists book series, which includes children’s books on other famous naturalists, including Jane Goodall, John James Audobon, George Washington Carver, Wangari Maathai and more.

Available at gibbs-smith.com, $10.


Cozy Jogger Set

Your little one will welcome spring in style with the sweet sets in Maisonette’s Maison Me Baby line of elevated everyday essentials. In soft tones of blue, pink, sage and gray, these striped and solid pieces can be mixed and matched for endless adorable combinations.

Available at maisonette.com.

mini meep

Bodysuit for Some-Bunny Special

Your little bunny will look adorable in this organic-cotton bodysuit made without toxic chemicals, pesticides or artificial dyes. The sweet designs from mini + meep are hand-painted with watercolor and ink by the company’s founder, based in Asheville, NC. When you purchase this bodysuit, the company provides four meals to children in need.

Available at miniandmeep.com, $33. 

Green Sprouts

Sun Protection Hat

With warmer weather on its way, this is the time to invest in a cute sun hat. This wide-brim hat provides full sun protection and stays on thanks to a tie chin strap. It has UPF 50+ sun protection and keeps baby cool with lightweight, quick-dry material and a wicking liner that pulls moisture away from baby’s head. The adjustable toggle customizes the size for your baby’s head and grows with them. Available in 0-6 months, 9-18 months and 2T-4T and in lots of cute colors and patterns.

Available at greensproutsbaby.com, $15.


A Bunny to Love

This plush bunny from GUND’s 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, $20. 

Sock Ons

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.


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, $10.

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, $40.

Cuddly Soother

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, $18.

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, $14.

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, $25.

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.

—Jane Putnam and Eva Ingvarson Cerise



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