Hop to It! 8 Great Easter Basket Stuffers from Local Shops

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Since the Easter Bunny is magic, he can still hop from house to house this year, even in the pandemic. But since parents are merely human, and local stores really need your patronage, we’ve put together this shopping list to help you fill your kids’ baskets with fun, local gifts. Order online or by phone, and get your goodies shipped, delivered, or ready for curbside pickup. Read on to get your bunny game on.

Photo courtesy of Hammer and Jacks

Bright Shimmer Do-a-Dot Markers and Rainbow Activity Book

Get a fresh start to spring with a fresh set of classic do-a-dot markers. This set includes 5 shimmery colors for little artists to explore. Choose from a range of activity books to go along with it. Our favorite is the rainbow theme, or check out dinosaurs, monster trucks, and mermaids.

Markers, $17: hammerandjacks.com
Activity Book, $6 : hammerandjacks.com

Delivery notes: Delivery within Portland

Photo courtesy of Grasshopper

Blossom Bunny

For a timeless Easter surprise, tuck this ultra-soft plush bunny into your little one’s basket. Jellycat stuffies are known for their softness, and this sweet bunny’s floral-patterned fabric ears and feet are perfect for spring. Choose from pink, blue, or white.

Bunny, $22: grasshopperstore.com

Delivery notes: Curb pickup or free delivery

Photo courtesy of Finnegan’s Toys

Speckled Brown Baby Chick

Looking ready to roost in a backyard Portland coop, this stuffed plush chick is a refreshing departure from the usual sunny yellow fluff ball. Soft and cuddly, this is an affordable local choice to brighten up Easter morning.

Stuffed chick, $8: finneganstoys.com

Delivery notes: Shipping; limited delivery within Portland

Photo courtesy of Black Wagon Toys

Mindo Zen Brain Teaser Game

For older kids, this compact puzzle offers hours of learning-based play. Challenge them to recreate the pattern on one of 60 challenge cards, using double-sided tiles and a 4×4 grid. A great game to play alone or together.

Game, $15: blackwagon.com

Delivery notes: Free shipping

Photo courtesy of The Yo! Store

Unicorn Glitter Barrettes

Even though family brunch or a church service might be out of the question this year, you can still dress up! Give your glitter queen something to smile about with these lighthearted hairclips.

Barrettes, $9: yoportland.com

Delivery notes: Free shipping or local delivery

Photo courtesy of Grasshopper

Bunny Romper

Got a baby bunny in your house? Slip them into this sweet black and white romper for Easter breakfast and lounging around the house. Made of organic cotton, this playsuit is gentle on sensitive skin and the planet. Sizes 0-12 months.

Pajamas, $32: grasshopperstore.com

Delivery notes: Curb pickup or free delivery

Photo courtesy of Grasshopper

Carrot Rocket Puzzle

Active toddlers will love to stack and sort the magnetic wooden pieces to get the bunny in his carrot-shaped rocket. Then it’s 3, 2, 1 blastoff! Inspire imaginative play while building motor skills.

Puzzle, $30: grasshopperstore.com

Delivery notes: Curb pickup or free delivery

Photo courtesy of Hammer + Jacks

Bird Whistle

What better way to celebrate spring than with birdsong? This sweet-tuned little whistle is loud enough let your kids make some noise (maybe at 7:00 p.m. during Wheeler’s nightly cheer for first responders), but small enough to tuck in a drawer when it’s time for birds to rest.

Whistle, $4: hammerandjacks.com

Delivery notes: Delivery within Portland

Custom Easter Baskets

Support your local toy store and let the experts put a fun basket together for you! These stores offer custom Easter baskets.

Call or email Finnegans’ toys and describe your little ones’ age and interests, and they’ll put together a kit that includes one plush bunny plus a variety of other gifts, tailored to your kiddo. All you need is a basket and you’re set!

Online: finneganstoys.com


Made You Look can work with your budget to assemble a customized Easter basket. Fill out the online order form and specify your child’s age, favorites, and dietary restrictions for candy. You can order just the fillings, or request a handwoven baskets from a local studio for $32.

Online: madeyoulookpdx.com


—Melissa Poulin

Featured image: Ashley Edwards via Unsplash 


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