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Easter Baskets that are Out of the Box

I’m not one to eat too much candy or to encourage my kids to eat candy that often, but think that instead there is a cute way to add joy to Easter baskets without overflowing them with sugar. Since this holiday is already filled with Jesus and chocolate, I figured I’d come up with some guides to help my like-minded friends spoil everyone in the family. In our house we like to gift the adults too so below you will find ideas for him, her, boys, & girls.

Heads up, I don’t mean for you to forgo candy altogether (though you can if you want) and I don’t mean you should fill your basket with all ten items (though I sure would love mine to be loaded). This is simply a guide for you to add a little something something to your family’s baskets!

For the ladies in our life, I wanted to go with cute, fun, practical, and ((obviously)) trendy little basket stuffers that can stand alone or compliment even the sweetest sweets.

  1. XStraw is committed to keeping our earth clean one less plastic straw at a time. This precious travel collapsible straw is perfect for on the go!
  2. This Magnolia Hearth & Hand wire basket that can hold all your goodies but also is practical decor
  3. Hearth & Hand candles at Target are sweet gifts that look and smell great!
  4. Magnolia Journal is fun to read and looks great on your coffee table. A subscription or even issue would be a great little gift
  5. Loopy Cases come in a beautiful range of colors and phone types. A small but very useful gift to keep those phones in your hand and off the floor.
  6. A Rightly Royce satellite choker necklace, or any of their custom necklaces would be a great standalone or basket stuffer. They are beautiful, quality pieces that do not break the bank. Use code CATALINA15 for 15% off on top of their great prices.
  7. Steve Madden Greece sandals are still hot into spring 2019. Snag these Hermès dupes. Or this Target dupe of the dupe!
  8. Amazon Prime this 25 piece scrunchie set for your trendy gal
  9. Isle of Paradise is a little pricey but it’s one of the best at home tanning waters. Kick start bikini season with this goodie!
  10. Add some glam to your baskets by adding Lash Paradise mascara or Daisy by Mark Jacobs travel spray

For the little women in your life I came up with some things that we already have or want around here. Some things are small, some things are smart, and some are practical! Don’t forget to add SOME sweets too 🙂

  1. Melissa & Doug have tons of amazing kid’s toys, but this paper roll and dispenser is great for coloring and educational games. It’s a must have that your kids will love.
  2. Magnet Dress up is always fun, and Melissa & Doug hit it right with these. Our favorites are the Disney princess ones, and Ariel is back out of the vault so we are definitely adding this goodie to our basket.
  3. Want to be a “good” gifter ? Then add in an educational toy like these off brand Magnet Tiles. They’ll have fun and you’ll be encouraging that STEM life. Win-win!
  4. Plush stuffed animals are fun, this prime find is cute, small, smells good and doubles as a soft ball! 
  5. Books are one of our favorite gifts to give. We have and love Llama Llama Easter Egg and The Story of Easter  board books. ((There are two more book options under the toddler boy list!))
  6. A SwimZip suit or rashgaurd is a great centerpiece to your child’s basket. They’re UPF 50+ and super cute. The 2019 capsule has mix and match choices for both boys and girls. Also, the rashguards zip all the way open and can be cute as little sun cardigans. 
  7. Surprise toys are all the rage. Whether its thanks to the original surprise eggs from Nestle or because of all the kid YouTube stars, all the kids love these surprise/blind bag toys. Grab Surprizamals, Hatchimals, or L.O.L Surprise Dolls as a cute basket stuffer.
  8. Sorting Bears are another fun and educational tool that your kiddos love to play with! Teach them to sort by color or size, practice pattern work, and just play with little bears!
  9. Crayola colors are always the best of the best. We love the twistable crayons and twistable colored pencils because they’re not easy to break. Also, these scented twistable crayons are noteworthy!
  10. Spring PJS are a must, this super soft short set comes in other designs including this lemon print that can be bought for the whole family!

For the man in your life, I came up with a lot of practical things that either they have wanted for a while or would never buy for themselves!

  1. Tile Trackers are a great basket stuffer that will help your man keep track of all of his things ((so you don’t have to)).
  2. Quip Toothbrush, your guy probably needs new things, so why not gift him a pretty toothbrush that is also practical. Let’s be serious, he won’t buy it for himself!
  3. This Bocce Ball set is a great stand alone Easter surprise that can be used right away since the weather is finally perfect. Enjoy all summer in the yard, at the park, or beach too!
  4. Your grilling guy needs these , if your griller doesn’t have heat silicone gloves, click on over and snag them.
  5. Going along with the grilling theme grab these Bear Claw Meat Shredders too. If you don’t have these in your house, you’ll be happy you got them for your guy.
  6. For just about any wireless charging phone, this inexpensive tech is another practical stuffer that won’t break the bank.
  7. Go old school with a stand alone gift of a Nintendo NES.
  8. One more grilling find is this Instant Read Meat Thermometer. It’s a must have for delicious food!
  9. Is you man preppy? This classic Vinyard Vines shirt can be worn every year for a casual Easter egg hunt with the family.
  10. Swim trunks are necessary for the warmer months ahead. These are BOGO too!

I am a proud girl mom, but I didn’t want to leave the little guys out! I reached out to my friend Shanley, a proud boy mom and former elementary and preschool teacher. She gave me lots of insight for this great list that will please your little guy’s socks off!

  1. Spring is for gardening, and what better than a four piece gardening set so the boys can do the yard work they love to do!
  2. Melissa & Doug have tons of amazing kid’s toys, but this paper roll and dispenser is great for coloring and educational games. It’s a must have that your kids will love.
  3. SwimZip suits and rashguards are the perfect centerpiece for your child’s Easter basket. If you have girls too, the 2019 Capsule has a lot of mix and match colors and styles.
  4. Bubbles! They’re great for everyone, these cute bunny Wave Bubble Gloves are funny, fun, and festive.
  5. Want to be a “good” gifter ? Then add in an educational toy like these off brand Magnet Tiles. They’ll have fun and you’ll be encouraging that STEM life. Win-win!
  6. Most little boys like cars, and what better than to fill those baskets with new rides! This set includes 9 cars. You can spoil one, or split up between a few.
  7. Books are one of our favorite gifts to give. Shanley recommends
    God Gave us Easter and How to Catch the Easter Bunny ((There are two more book options under the toddler girl list!))
  8. Surprise toys are all the rage. There is a kind for every age and type. These are our top faves: Construction Eggs, Marvel Action Figure Blind Bags, and Paw Patrol Mini Pups.
  9. Twistable crayons are our favorite coloring tool. They’re washable, not easy to break (with those strong hands), and these smell good too!
  10. What better way to kick off the warm season ahead than to get your little one this Beach Ball Sprinkler!


Hi, I'm Cata. A stay at home mom of two girls C&G. We like to match, travel, decorate & do things the millennial way. I have an Etsy shop I run while the girls sleep or go to school and we love to document what we do on Instagram @lifewithcandg. This is a fun space to house all my thoughts, that are in no way the right way, but could be a way that helps you figure out yours. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by!

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