Monday, April 8, 2019

$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway: Non-Candy Easter Basket Favorites for Every Age!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Every year we pass out Easter Baskets to the kiddos around here, and oh how they love it so. It is a tradition! The one thing we have tweaked about this tradition though, is we no longer fill the baskets and Easter Eggs up with a lot of sugary junk and empty calorie treats like we used to do. I wasn't sure how well that would go over, considering the older kids, my son included, all remember the days of getting lots of chocolate and jelly beans. The fact is though, we fill the basket up with such cool items, that the kids cannot resist being thrilled with what they get and find. Of course, we take good care to make each holiday memorable, and though this portion of Easter is only part of the way we celebrate, we make sure it's still a lot of fun for the children in the family. One way to do that is with the Easter Basket. We make sure to select those that we know the kids are going to love. Personalized Gifts has a selection that is always a big hit and an instant way to make things special right from the get go!


I mean, look at the face on this plush, soft basket!! It's adorable...just as cute as it can be. The quality of these is nice too, with excellent stitching and a nice solid feel to the overall, entire basket. The name you choose is embroidered in real thread and is also top-notch in terms of both looks and materials used. You can get a personalized basket in the shape of a bunny (in blue or pink), a chick, or a lamb, and they are very reasonably priced, and sure to become a beloved memory for your child who can use them year after or year for festive activities such as finding eggs, or holding holiday goodies.

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Welch's Fruit Snacks are top on the list for every age (even the adults), when it comes to good, quality treats. These fruit snacks are always tasty, rich and full of fruit flavor. The first ingredient is fruit, and they are fat-free, gluten free and have no preservatives.

If you buy the seasonal Easter variety, they come in cute shapes such as Easter Eggs, Spring Flowers and Bunnies. They are CUTE and the absolute perfect addition to add to an Easter Basket. Be generous, the kids (and adults) love 'em!


One of my most favorite Easter Items is the Easter Story Egg. It is a book that starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, sharing the history and love of Easter with young readers. It comes with 7 nesting eggs made of wood and painted with scenes that correspond with the book, including a palm frond, The Last Supper, a heart and more. The smallest gray egg at the end represents the stone that rested in front of the tomb. When they open it on Easter Sunday, they will find it empty, representing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


This adorable set is sold at Star From Afar (you may remember their Christmas set from my Holiday Gift Guide). I love this company and how they help us keep the true meaning of religious holidays at the forefront.


Smooshy Mushy are the perfect gift to get for both boys and girls. The Creamy Dreamy editions are adorable. We have cupcakes and gumball machines. Inside are scented Smooshy Mushy friends, a smooshy accessory, a smaller container and a little keychain (for both the tinier character and container) and they are the perfect size to tuck into any Easter Basket. 


I've been a fan of this brand since it came out (who doesn't love to smooosh these little guys and watch them come back to form), and somehow it just keeps getting cuter and cuter. You can find these in major retail stores.


These were perfect for celebrating International Women's Day and they are perfect to tuck into any little or big girl's Eater Basket as well! Scented pastel gel pens (say what?!?!) that come in different colors, mini journals and delightfully scented stickers that all tout Girl Power (GRL PWR) are sure to please. What a way to make your little (or big girl) feel extra special on a day that is already set to be great!

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I love that they are the perfect colors for Easter, but they are a gift you can tuck in the basket that your girls can use year-round. The positive messages on all of these items really rock too.

Photo Courtesy of Calico Critters
Calico Critters lend themselves perfectly for Easter with their adorable little bunny friends and super cute accessories. These smaller-sized treats are perfect for baskets, and the little surprise packages can even come tucked in a large see-through (or golden egg, if you have one big egg surprise hidden each year like we do).


Calico Critters is taking Easter to new heights, and they'd like you to come along for the ride. The Easter Bunny has some sweet treats from the globally popular Calico Critters collection - the cherished series of beautiful and richly detailed animal figures that live in "The Village" and value “Nature, Family and Love.”

This year, Calico Critters Nursery Series expands with the new Baby Ferris Wheel and more baby critters just in time for some spring fun!


My granddaughter is a huge fan of Calico Critters, and who can blame her? They're sturdy, adorable and provide so many ways to pretend! We have loved this company for a long time, and I think these particular items are perfect for an Easter Basket!
I have been a huge fan of Magformers since I first heard about them a couple of years ago. The new 60 pc. Animal Jumble set is perfect for Easter, not only because there is a bunny (and there is a cute bunny) but also because it is a great way to boost creativity. I love these magnets because they always stick, there is never a time when they do not, because that is how they were designed. I also like that even though that is true, they are not too strong to become a hazard!

Magformers new 60 piece Animal Jumble set is the perfect introductory set for imaginative creators. Children will enjoy using Magformers pieces to neatly stack or they can use the clip on faces to make different jungle animals. Young creators can also use the geometric pieces to build the different animals. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store.



Little girls will also love these Glitter Wands (and I'm guessing little boys will too!). 

Photo Courtesy of SwimWays

These are from SwimWays, and the glitter wands are fun to toss in and let fall to the bottom of the pool, while little ones practice their diving skills to go to the bottom and get them. You can find them at Target and Amazon, for ages 5+ and they are reasonably priced at just under $10 for all 3 (Flounder, Ariel and Sebastian).


For the little artists in your family, these paint-your-own sets are the perfect size to fit into an Easter Basket. You can get a daisy, cactus or elephant planter and they are available at A.C. Moore, Amazon and Family Dollar (Daisy). You can get a stepping stone or a planter to paint, and these kits are a perfect way for the little ones to relax after a day of hunting for Easter Eggs. They allow the specialness of the day to keep on going long after the adventure has waned down, and they are something the kids and parents will appreciate seeing for years to come.These are made by Creative Roots where you can find a whole array of products that tout the love of nature for the littles.


This make your own Bubble Pop SlimyGloop set, for ages 6+ is bound to be a hit with boys and girls. It includes everything you need to make your own goop that is fun to squish, squeeze, poke and twist. The water beads expand over time, creating a bumpy texgture that is satisfying for kids to touch. Because they are mixing and making it on their own (or with supervision), it is the perfect toy in so many ways for practicing age-appropriate skills in Science and Simple Math, and it strengthens fine motor skills too. You can find these kits for $5 at Dollar General, Five Below and Michaels.

If you know Green Toys, you know they are made so wonderfully smooth and safe for kids. If you'd like to present a present they will love for Easter, why not this little Elmo Wagon where they can store their goods? 

Photo Courtesy of Green Toys
After Easter, your child will be able to use this over and over again. Every kid loves a pull-along toy, especially if they can load it up with goodies. This might be a good way to get the kids outside and helping with the yard work too... just saying (hehehe).


The littler crowd and toddlers will love getting a Scout's Learning Lights Remote Deluxe toy (for ages 6+ months) from Leap Frog or  a PAW Patrol Marshall Learning Watch (ages 3-6 years)! 

The Remote is awesome, and goes way above and beyond what you might expect to find in this little toy!! It has 17 buttons and 100 phrases, sounds and music. It also includes a switch for Spanish where you will hear common phrases, listen and dance to three different music styles and an option to hear rain, snow and wind sound effects on the 'weather channel.' It is one unique and very cool way that Leap Frog has updated a role-play toy. 


The watch is interactive and includes four games you can play to recognize patterns, identify animal tracks and pick the right tool for any job with PAW Patrol. Hear Ryder call the pups into action, cool sound effects and popular phrases from the show. These watches all function well too, with a traditional clock, timer, stop watch and alarm. You can find both in retail stores every where!


And for infants we have Bordeux's Rash Kicking Kit which has the awesome Butt Paste (original and extra strength) included that parents have come to know and love, as well as the applicator (butt brush) to put it on, if you want to get fancy. It's a super cute item to add to an infant Easter Basket that parents will appreciate and love. This product works so well that I'm still touting it years after my son has outgrown it (and I buy it for the newest addition of our family, our sweet little granddaughter).


And while we are talking about infants, let's talk about made of...the brand that is just perfect for newborn babies on up. We have a body lotion and a Body Shampoo/Body Wash combo for my granddaughter, and I know her mom will be comfortable using them. My daughter is very conscious of what she uses on her daughter, and made of always has an ultra transparency policy that ensures you can be content while using their products (MADE OF®  is the first and only brand to commit the whole brand to NSF organic standard and the first and only brand to share where the ingredient comes from, actual test results and where the the product is manufactured in the US).


They also have a diaper subscription, a perfect gift for moms and moms-to-be! For millions of parents who need real evidence to back up “natural” and “organic” claims MADE OF®, an organic-first personal care brand offering organic baby skin care and diapering products recently launched a new Diaper Subscription program. This subscription program offers a monthly delivery of diapers, baby wipes and other organic baby care products. Parents across the United States can try MADE OF® with a risk-free trial, enjoy free shipping and have a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. MADE OF® diapers are a simple diaper, which means there are no additives from print, colors, dyes, or fragrances. Co-founder Igor Bekker, says the plain-white construction is safer for babies, “Because unneeded chemicals that come from color or print lay on a baby’s skin for 24 hours a day for two to three years.”



One reader suggested bath toys for an Easter Basket gift idea (in the comments of this post) and I thought that was such a good idea (so good I added another product to this post!). Wild Republic has very affordable, very unique rubber ducks that are mold safe (they have no hole). They are cute as can be and perfect to tuck into any little one's Easter Basket. I'm thinking the unicorn and pirate are my favorites, but there are quite a few to choose from, all completely different from one another. I'm also thinking Easter Basket gift ideas you can use year-round are always the best kinds of gifts to give.

THERE IS A GIVEAWAY!

In honor of the month that hosts Easter and all of the reasonably-priced, high quality items you can get above to delight children on the holiday, I am hosting a giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card, so you can stock up on some of these for your home. US entrants only. Good luck to all who enter!

151 comments:

  1. What a fantastic giveaway--- and great ideas too!! We try to get a good mix- a few treats, but non-candy gifts too! :)

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  2. I like the idea of including craft items in the Easter baskets.

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  3. Well I hope theere's a little chocolate in there somewhere!

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  4. I love the reusable bunny basket! Thank you for the chance to win-my Little would love the Bubble Pop SlimyGloop set and will be ordering!

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  5. I love all of the items in the basket! jackieque@comcast.net

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  6. This Easter basket is cute and I love the idea of a Easter basket with no candy.

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  7. I am a fan of non candy Easter baskets. Fun to fill with items themed for the recipient.

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  8. This is brilliant. Too much candy during Easter. It's good to do something other than candy. Love this.

    Your son is most handsome.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  9. These are great ideas for Easter Basket fill ups. healthy snacks is good. awesome post!

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  10. Like the idea of not including candy in the basket!

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! This is my sons 1st Easter and it is great to get ideas other then candy since he can't have any.

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  12. I love these items for the Easter basket instead of candy.

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  13. I like the idea of not giving so much candy. Great ideas.

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  14. Make tubby time fun with some new bath toys in your toddler’s Easter basket.

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  15. My daughter just got a glitter wand and won't let go. he sleeps with it

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  16. I love Easter! Thanks for these ideas for kids that doesnt involve candy.

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  17. My neice is 11 and she loves those stick on nail art- so I put these in her Easter basket.

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  18. I like the easter basket, very cute!

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  19. Non sugary Easter baskets are a great idea.

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  20. These are great non-candy Easter basket ideas.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  21. My niece would love to see that remote in her Easter basket!

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  22. I just started building my kids easter baskets and the first thing I got was a craft for them. They don't need tons of candy!

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. Ideas for non-candy Easter are always welcomed.

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  25. That is one super cute basket! Love the personalization on it too! Mariah is getting a bunch of cleaning supplies for her new apartment. Allison wants beauty products, and Leah will be getting clothing in hers. We axed most of the candy for their baskets. They might get a Cadbury Egg and a Reese's PB Cup, but that's the extent of the sugar we'll be passing out this year.

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  26. Easter baskets have evolved quite a bit since I was a kid. I only remember getting an Easter basket packed to the hilt with fake grass with a large hollow chocolate bunny with assorted jelly beans throughout the grass which was painstaking to dig through the grass only to find a green jelly bean which I did not like.

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  27. The paint your own cactus is really cute.

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  28. great ideas-thanks for the giveaway

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  29. a lot of cute ideas for easter baskets!

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  30. I could really spoil my grand daughter with this win! Thanks.

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  31. I like the non-candy ideas for Easter baskets.

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  32. Great ideas for filling a Easter basket, I like to do some treats and non treats too.

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  33. I always give my grandkids an alternative Easter Basket with toys and craft supplies. The Easter Bunny brings them enough candy.

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  34. These are some great basket ideas. They have changed so much from when I was a kid.

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  35. Dentists all over the country are applauding this type of Easter basket. LOL!

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  36. Love the Easter baskets and it is wonderful to celebrate. Thank you

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  37. Cute ideas for Easter baskets. I especially love the Paw Patrol watch for my daughters. I love making Easter baskets for my girls.

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  38. Isaak would like to decorate the cactus and make the slime. I just wrote an Easter post as well.

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  39. The bubble pop slimegoop looks like a lot of fun.

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  40. Thank-you so much for giving ideas for Easter that's not candy.

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  41. My nieces would love those glitter wands.

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  43. This basket looks great, I've always loved easter baskets

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  44. These are great. I like that the lotion and body wash are so good for the babies. The diapers are ten dollars a box I think I might get that subscription. We spend way too much money on diapers.

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  45. cute and different craft ideas

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  46. I think my niece would absolutely love those glitter wands!

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  47. What cute stuff! Makes me wish I had some little ones to play with these.

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  48. Those paint your own cactuses are too cute, and my nieces and nephew would love it. They like to paint.

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  49. I love all the basket filler items you picked out, especially the Disney princess wands.

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  50. Great ideas here! I have a 17 month old and it’s hard to come up with ideas some times!
    Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley c

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  51. My kids would love the Paw Patrol watch since they love watching that show.

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  52. The Slimygloop will be a hit with my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. I like all these non-candy ideas. It's so hard to find stuff that isn't huge and expensive but also not candy or junk food.

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  54. We have the Leap Frog Remote and it rocks. I am about to order 3 of the Easter Baskets for our 3 kids. They never find their names on anything unless we special order like this.

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  55. I like the Girl Power Erasers because my daughters break their eraser tops too easy on their pencils. I like the saying too.

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  56. Great non candy ideas for Easter.

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  57. Great gift ideas :)

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  58. I have the Easter Story Egg and the idea is nice but the eggs do not nest well. It's hard for little fingers to get some of them open. Was yours the same? We put a Bible in the Easter Basket every year. Precious Moments is our theme this year.

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  59. I sent you an Email. Do the WELCHS fruit snacks come in packs of 100 or more, bulk? I saw these at Target but the biggest size I could find held only a couple dozen.

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  60. Cute ideas for Easter baskets. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I love the idea of the diaper subscription program! Very helpful to moms

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  62. Lots of great ideas! I especially like that Elmo Wagon...great for spring!

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  63. Welch's Fruit Snacks are a hit at my house and that personalized bunny basket is adorable. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  64. I really love all of these ideas!

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  65. I was so excited to see Little Critters at Walmart this past weekend. We picked up the big house for my granddaughter for an Easter gift. She is going to love it, and I don't remember seeing that ferris wheel but I might go look for it again now that we know it's a thing. How precious!

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  66. I like the easter ideas you have. I would like a chance to win.

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  67. I like the watch! It's a great item for an Easter basket.

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  68. We have the little mushy things for baskets. They do smell good.

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  69. I really like the Magformers as a basket stuffer.

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  70. I think I put the wrong link into the tweet box.
    https://twitter.com/susitravl/status/1119282462322982913

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  71. love these items for the Easter basket

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  72. great new ideas for Easter baskets my kids will get someof these next year

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  73. Thank you for this terrific giveaway. It's very exciting!

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  74. Cute post. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  75. I buy my granddaughter small toys for her basket and only a few pieces of candy.

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  76. I think my nephew would love the Magformers.

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  77. Cute Easter basket. I always gave my kids toys in theirs.

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  78. wonderful ideas and such a great giveaway

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  79. Thank you for the great opportunity to win this giveaway.

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  80. I like all the Easter ideas.

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  81. looks like a fun easter

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  82. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. Lots of choices for all ages listed. Thanks for the post.

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  84. Such fun toys to use and the kids would love them all.

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  85. These are really good ideas. My grandchildren came home with an almost obscene amount of candy, between egg hunts and their baskets! Rationing is necessary!!

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  86. I always add books to Easter baskets.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  87. I love the cute bath toy addition idea! It makes a keepsake that can last for years and years after all of the candy is gone!

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  88. I always try to get my daughter something useful in her basket. This year I went with instant film.

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  89. Great ideas for Easter baskets!

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  90. Always looking for ideas so I can cut back on the candy.

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  91. I think the basket is very cute.

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  92. the bath toys are a good idea. I wouldn't have thouht of that

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  93. i love the paint a cactus kit the most!

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  94. These were all fun ideas. I had to come up with things that my older kids would enjoy for Easter this year. I love fun grooming or beauty products as well as some candy for them to enjoy.

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  95. The Calico Critters are super cute!

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  96. My granddaughter would go nuts over the Bubble Pop SlimyGloop set. She loves her slime.

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  97. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  98. The unicorn and pirate duckies are too cute!

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  99. I love the idea of substitute the candy in Easter baskets for toys and fruit snacks.

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  100. My girls would really like the Princess Ariel Glitter Dive Wands!

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  101. The paint you own cactus is so cute :)

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  102. Target carries so many great brands.

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  103. That Paw Patrol watch is so cute.

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  104. Good ideas. You can make the basket anyway you want.

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  105. I love these posts! My daughter has never really been a big candy fan so we're always on the lookout for gifts that she'll love!

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  106. I like the idea of a non candy Easter basket.

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  107. I bet my son would love the Paw Patrol watch.

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  108. Love the good ideas for selecting special Easter sugar-free "goodies".

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  109. I just love Easter. It's my favorite holiday.

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  110. These look like so much fun - great gift ideas for the babies/kids that are growing up in our family.

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  111. I am definitely checking out the Made Of products! And I love that rubber ducky unicorn!

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  112. These are cute ideas for the kids.

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  113. i love giving toys instead of too much candy in Easter baskets, things like bubbles and mystery package toys

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  114. These gift ideas look very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  115. Great gift idea for my sister who just had a baby ---> Bordeux's Rash Kicking Kit

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  116. I absolutely love Easter and these are some great ideas.

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  117. I love all of these ideas for Easter baskets, I try every year to put less and less candy in my grandchildren's baskets, next I want to do that for their Christmas stockings!

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  118. My youngest niece would love the PAW Patrol Learning Watch.

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  119. My littles would love that Paw Patrol watch.

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  120. Thanks for finally writing about >"$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway: Non-Candy Easter Basket Favorites for Every Age!" <Loved it!

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