Easter Gift Guide: Gift Ideas, Egg Fillers, Purchase Options

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Ready or not, Easter is on its way! I know it might not be easy this year for the Easter Bunny to come up with ideas for Easter baskets, and some bunnies are really not even in the mood to celebrate. But if you have children at home, I urge you to do whatever you can to make this a special Easter and focus on the good! I've put together some small Easter basket ideas, complete with links and suggestions of where to buy items. I've also come up with some ideas for egg fillers, especially if you think you don't have any on hand!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. However, I also urge you to check in on your local businesses. I have included some links below to local New Jersey businesses who are doing deliveries and curbside pick-up. Please help to support them if you can! And also note that I am not advocating for you to go to essential stores for casual gift shopping during our current health crisis. Please use the suggestions I've made in this post if you can!

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Easter Basket Gift Guide

Easter baskets don't need to be overflowing with toys and goodies. Here are some combinations of different toys and treats that I have received from some of my favorite toy companies. I tried to mix and match so you could get an idea of how to set up a fun basket. Be sure to scroll down for egg filler ideas, too!

An Easter basket doesn't need to include much to be filled with fun! This basket offers up some plushie pals, a simple game, fluffy putty, some sweet treats, and a LEGO creation.

1. Foodie Surprise Yolkies - candy slime yolk and collectible egg figure inside
2. Squishmallows Clip-on Danny Dinosaur (other styles/characters available)
3. Silly Putty Cloud Putty - fluffy "putty" in various colors (doesn't dry out!)
4. World's Smallest Toys (Crocodile Dentist pictured but they have tons more!)
5. LEGO Dots bracelet kit - available at LEGO.com (other styles and colors available)
6. AuroraWorld Shoulderkins Flamingo or other animals (magnetic plush pals that can sit on your shoulder!) Also available at AuroraWorld online
7. YooHoo Sacks (lemur pictured) - also available at AuroraWorld online
8. Foodie Surprise Candy Slime egg - edible slime with mystery mix-ins!

This basket is perfect for game play! Jixels puzzles are a fun twist on regular puzzles, featuring interlocking plastic pieces that form colorful figures and shapes (fun for adults, too!). The World's Smallest Games (Kerplunk pictured) come in many different versions, all real working games and toys! Funkoverse is one of our new favorite strategy games. It comes in a variety of different characters that you can interchange between sets. It's kind of like a modern-day Dungeons and Dragons featuring Funko characters!

1. Foodie Surprise Candy Slime egg - edible slime with mystery mix-ins
2. YooHoo Sacks lemur (other animals available at AuroraWorld online)
3. Jixels puzzles (sea friends shown but other kits available)
4. World's Smallest Toys (Kerplunk pictured, other toys available)
5. Funkoverse Harry Potter Stategy Game (other versions available)
6. AuroraWorld Tiger Shoulderkins (other styles available at AuroraWorld online)

A fun basket for gamers could include a handheld game or toy, collectible figurines and a small plushie! YooHoo Sacks are fun because they fit in the palm of your hand and are almost like mini hacky sacks to play with. They can also fit inside larger Easter eggs.

1. YooHoo Sacks (lemur pictured) - also available at AuroraWorld online
2. Dragamonz Super Series - mystery egg inside with collectible Dragamonz figure
3. Rubik's Tilt from SuperImpulse - handheld strategy game, like a digital Rubik's Cube!
4. Funko vinyl Soda Can Collectible figures (Great Grape Ape pictured, other styles available)
5. Schleich dnosaurs (limited edition T-Rex pictured but other styles available)

This Peep Along Chick basket is fun for kids who like blind box or blind bags, with some added sweet treats and cute plushie friends.

1. Foodie Surprise Yolkies - candy slime yolk and collectible egg figure inside
2. Uni-verse Uni Surprise - dunk the clouds in warm water and they dissolve, revealing bags filled with collectible unicorns, matching friends, 4 accessories, 2 Bio cards and 2 collector posters
3. Hatchtopia Life - collectible plush from the Hatchtopia Life collection (fans of the app will love!)
4. World's Smallest Toys (Kerplunk pictured, other toys available)
5. Calico Critters Baby Shopping Blind Bag - these blind bag collectibles come in different versions and feature miniature styles of the adorable Calico Critters
6. AuroraWorld Peep Along Chick - chickie with bunny ears! What's cuter than that?
7. YooHoo Sacks - (Chewoo flying squirrel pictured, other styles available at AuroraWorld online)
8. Foodie Surprise Candy Slime egg - edible slime with mystery mix-ins

This basket is one of my favorites because it's simple and cute. There's a little craft activity, some putty, a sweet treat and some plushies!

1. Foodie Surprise Candy Slime egg - edible slime with mystery mix-ins
2. Fuzzikins - decorate your own Fuzzikins character and their little beds! Playsets and other packages of Fuzzikins available.
3. AuroraWorld plush Miyoni Pembroke Welsh Corgi Pup 9.5"
4. Silly Putty Cloud Putty - fluffy "putty" in various colors (doesn't dry out!)
5. YooHoo Sacks - meerkat, sugar glider and flamingo pictured, other styles available at AuroraWorld online)

More Easter Gift Ideas

1. My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage from Playmonster - There are different sets available in the My Fairy Garden collection. The sets can even connect to one another with little bridges so you can create your own fairy village! This set, the Nature Cottage, comes with a ladybug house, plantable seeds and accessories.

2. Eden Luxe Owl - AuroraWorld's Luxe line offers owls, bunnies, pigs, chicks, sloths, and so much more. Their wispy fur make them so super cute and huggable. Check out their full line at Amazon or AuroraWorld online.

3. Blockaroos are awesome foam magnetic building blocks. Kids can build with them or experiment with how the magnets work. They can also be used in the bath tub or combined with other sets. One of my favorite things about Blockaroos is that you can wash them in the dishwasher!

1. Funkoverse Kool-Aid Man Expansion - a fun new expansion pack for Funkoverse fans
2. Stacktopus - a great family fun game, especially great when you're stuck indoors! Slip on the sea fingers and try to stack the cups (it's not as easy as it looks!).
3. Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle - good for keeping kids busy and comes in a convenient case
4. BRIO Motor Builders set - encourages creativity and STEM skills with over 120 pieces (ages 3 and up)
5. Dog Crimes - an awesome single player logic game, great even for adults who love brainteasers!

Foodstirs Subscription and Baking Mixes

Another fun gift idea, especially for tweens and teens, is a subscription to Foodstirs, or some Foodstirs kits or mixes in an Easter basket. I recently received a sample mix and kit from them and I LOVED it! Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery has a mission to bring families together to create "delicious, lasting memories through organic, ethically sourced baking mixes and treats." The kits are super cute and the mixes (we tried the organic chewy oat bar mix) are easy to make and delicious. You can read more about their monthly subscription kits here. Foodstirs was kind enough to share a promo code with us, too. Use code SWEET for 20% off your order.

Instant Egg Filler Ideas

Many of us are stuck at home and can't get to the store to buy simple items, let alone Easter egg fillers! So here are some ideas for egg fillers you can find around your own home, if you're lucky.

Where to Buy

As I stated above, I'm not advocating that you visit essential stores during a health crisis to do casual gift shopping. Let's do our part to stay home and stay out of those stores (unless we're buying essential items). Amazon is still a possibilty for purchases (although lately their shipping times are delayed and they have limited stock on items), or purchasing directly from the toy companies (as suggested in some of the links above). There are also many local New Jersey stores offering curbside pick-up and home delivery. I've listed a few of them below, so please keep them in mind of you are looking to buy Easter gifts this year! This would help our local businesses stay alive! If you like some of the items in my post, give these stores a call and see if the items are in stock.

*I will add more shop names to this list as I learn of them.
Learning Express of Shrewsbury
Tons of Toys - Bernardsville, multiple locations, please check online (TonsofToys.com)
Learning Express of Morristown
Fairytale Inc of Bernardsville (selling art/craft kits, handmade plush and more)
Marco's Emporium - Pompton Plains (has online shopping and can ship to you!)
Sparkhouse Toys - South Orange, offering curbside pick-up, free local delivery, appointments for individual shopping
Write On Gifts - Denville, call or visit online to shop

Chocolate and Specialty Shops doing curbside pick-up and/or local delivery (call for their exact info):

*I will add more names to this list as I learn of them!
The Fudge Shoppe - Flemington
Bromilows - West Caldwell and Woodland Park
West Caldwell Carvel (ice cream cakes & treats, offering delivery from the Easter Bunny!)
Enjou Chocolat - Morristown
From the Hive (honey gifts) - Somerville
The Chocolate Shoppe - Long Valley, curbside pick up and possible local delivery (call ahead to find out if they will deliver to you)
Nex Level Arena - Flemington, offering gift cards for Ninja Warrior classes and open gym; also they are an authorized retailer of American Ninja Warrior products. Call 908-432-0783

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