What to Put in a Toddler’s Easter Basket

Easter is one week away, and it’s our first with Amalia where she (kinda sorta) understands that the Easter Bunny is coming. I remember thinking it was ridiculous when my friends and family would fill their kids Easter baskets with toys and gifts. When I was a kid, it was simply old school plastic eggs and chocolate bunnies. But now I get it. I love buying presents for my daughter but try not to do it too often because #spoiled. So when we get a good excuse, Anel and I can’t help ourselves!

I don’t have any photos of the stacked basket yet because everything is still en route from Amazon, but I’ll share it as soon as I do. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Amalia from last year about 30 seconds before she pooped right in her Easter basket.

I’ve gotten so many requests to share my recommendations for toddler Easter baskets and here they are!

Basket: We bought this Easter basket from Pottery Barn Kids last year and have it stored in the attic. We’re going to bring it out on Saturday night and tell her that the Easter Bunny is going to fill it with treats overnight. She keeps talking about the EB, but we have no idea how much of the concept she really understands. Either way, it will be fun!

Our basket and all Easter products at PB Kids are on major sale right now if you still need anything.

Books: Amalia already has too many Easter books because my family loves buying them for her, so we’re going to hold off on any more but her favorites are Llama Llama Easter Egg, Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?, and Little Blue Truck’s Springtime which isn’t technically Easter-focused but it’s seasonal and really cute.

Toy eggs: Last year my dad and his wife bought her this egg set and it has consistently been one of her favorite toys for that entire year. She used to just like the way they looked and the way they squeaked but she’s now using them to talk about shapes and colors which is awesome. It would be the perfect Easter basket addition but we already have it, so Anel found her this color-matching set that she is going to go bananas over.

Water Wow: She has two Water Wow sets from Melissa & Doug which we love for travel because they keep her occupied for long stretches. We also love them at home because she can color without making a mess. I bought her this one for the basket!

Hair bows: The first thing my child asks for every morning lately is her hair bow. The girl really loves her accessories, what can I say. Her favorite bows are the most obnoxiously patterned and colorful ones so even though they are not at all my style, I know she’ll be all about these.

Sticker book: Amalia has and loves this sticker book but she’s unpeeled and re-stuck them all so many times that it’s not looking so hot anymore. She’s really into shapes and colors right now, so I bought her this one in the same vein for her basket.

Markers: I’ll probably kick myself for doing this, but Amalia has a little easel in her playroom so we got her these ultra clean washable markers to use on it. Now if only we can teach her to only use them on it.

Candy: We decided to go old school and put pastel M&Ms and wrapped pastel mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in plastic eggs. We’re setting up a little Easter egg hunt for her around the house just like my parents used to do for me and my sister. Cue the tears…

What are you putting in your toddler’s Easter basket?

Photo by Julia Dags.

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  1. Melinda said:

    I don’t have any kiddos, but would definitely be adding this if I did:


    Cadbury mini eggs & starburst red jelly beans are my favorite Easter candies too

    4.14.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      That is such a cute idea! I’ve never seen those but Amalia would love them.

      4.15.19 · Reply
  2. Raquel said:

    Thanks for the great ideas! I will check out those egg toys. I have some water colors, play doh, Mickey Mouse doll (her current favorite character!) and I’m going to get a Barbie since she recently discovered them at a friend’s house. Then I’ll throw in some plastic eggs filled with stickers and Annie’s cheddar bunnies (and maybe a dark chocolate bunny for mama ).

    4.14.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Isn’t it funny how they become latched onto one character for a few months then it’s on to the next? We’re currently in a Peppa Pig stage!

      4.15.19 · Reply
  3. Christine Matusek said:

    The Mom Hour just did a segment on Easter books for children and toddlers! I think you can find it in their show notes or on IG!

    4.15.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Nice thanks! Will check it out.

      4.16.19 · Reply
  4. Les said:

    Cute ideas! We have bubbles, play doh, Velcro ball and glove set, book, paint and smock and sidewalk chalk. Some eggs as well, of course! Kiddo is almost 2. Happy Easter!

    4.15.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Sidewalk chalk is a great one! We haven’t gotten into that but need to.

      4.16.19 · Reply