In our house, Easter is *almost* as big of a deal as Christmas. We go all out with Easter days out, an Easter egg hunt at home, lovely lamb dinner and a trip to church – and of course, chocolate eggs. Most people would say the best thing about Easter is the chocolate, right? And for an adult, yes, it is a great bonus of the Easter festivities! I’ve never been one to shy away from giving my children treats – everything in moderation and all that – and am also not someone who agrees with showering them with piles of presents for every little occasion (mainly because it’s expensive, we have no room for more “stuff” but also because I don’t want them to be spoilt and expect gifts all the time as I feel like they will begin to not appreciate the gifts they are given!) However, this year, I’m looking at alternative gifts for Easter.
After dealing with a 2.5 year old high on sugar for the best part of a month last year due to the amount of chocolate he received (including the chocolate we thought we’d hidden well but he found one morning and sneaked away and scoffed it all!) this year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. Henry obviously didn’t have anything last year, and I don’t want either of them to expect tons of chocolate every year (coming from a big family, we have aunts and uncles buy them eggs as well as three sets of grandparents!) I will be doing an Easter egg hunt as normal, but it will be with plastic or polystyrene eggs. We can then use these every year (if we find them all!) so we will be saving money and also not contributing to a ton of plastic waste! I am then going to put together a little hamper of goodies for both boys as a joint gift, rather than separate ones. They will include a mix of things that can be used every Easter, as well as toys they can enjoy now. I will include a chocolate egg of some kind, because it is nice to have a little treat every now and again!
I’ve been lucky enough to be sent a range of gifts to include in my hamper, and they make great extras to give your children this Easter! Hopefully this will give you some ideas if you want something instead of chocolate this year:
Everyone who knows me, knows I love a bit of “on theme” dressing up, so when I saw these brilliant t-shirts from Alex at Ada & Alfred, I had to snap them up! I think they are fantastic, and will be the perfect little outfits to wear during our big Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday! As with all of Ada & Alfred’s stuff, the quality is excellent, and the designs are brilliant. There is also a peach version if you’d prefer. I only wish she did a matching adults one!
Chick and Bunny baskets
What does every child need for an Easter Egg hunt? Something to collect those eggs in of course! I purchased these from B&M last week and I think they’re fab! I think they were about £4, but actually really good quality and definitely something will last for a few years to come. I also may have snuck in this cute bunny headband for Mummy!
For the baby
I’ve been wanting to get a set of these Hide and Squeak eggs since Alfie was a baby. In fact, these were meant to be his first Easter present, but I didn’t order them in time and they sold out everywhere local and I didn’t fancy paying £20 for a set! This year I got in early and ordered these from Amazon for £7.50! I know Henry is going to love these because he is obsessed with putting stuff inside boxes and opening and closing the lid. He is happiest when he had an empty egg carton to play with, but the problem is he ends up ripping the cardboard (another of his favourite pastimes – ripping paper!). So this is the perfect solution!
I am a huge fan of cuddly toys – in fact, we have a whole zoo of them (true story…) so when Gift Pup offered to send us this gorgeous personalised bunny, I jumped at the chance! Alfie got a very similar one for his first Easter, and he still loves it now, so I hope this is going to be just as cherished by Henry. I know it’s not Henry’s first Easter, but he was only a few weeks old last year so this year’s feels like his first proper Easter, and I think this is the perfect Easter gift. It’s so soft and cuddly, and the personalisation just adds that extra special touch. There is also a pink version available.
As well as themed clothing, I also love a themed book! When I spotted this bunny book in the shops I knew Henry had to have it for his collection! These books are anoher of Henry’s (and Alfie’s!) favourites. We have so many of them, and Alfie adores sitting down and reading them with Henry. So whilst this is a great gift for babies, it’s also great for their big siblings to share in the reading and sensory experience!
This cute little Miffy mug is a lovely gift to include in an Easter hamper for the little ones. Henry is just learning to drink independently out of an open cup, but they often dropped (or thrown!) on the floor. I can deal with the mess, but I can’t deal with the breakages and it’s so hard to find a mug which is small enough for Henry to hold but not breakable. So I am in love with this metal cup! It is perfect for little hands, and now Henry can join big brother Alfie with his hot chocolate (minus the chocolate for Henry ha!) with this gorgeous little mug. I am a huge Miffy fan but having boys, it’s not a character that makes an appearance in our house, so I’m pleased to have been sent this for our Easter collection.
Regular readers of the blog will know I am a huge Grimm’s fan, so I was very pleased to add these Grimm’s balls from Babi Pur to our collection. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Grimm’s, they are a company who produce ethical wooden toys, and their stuff is just beautiful. These balls are great for opened ended imaginative play, and Henry loves rolling them around the floor, under the rainbow curves, up and down the Rockyboard and round and round the Wobbel 360! Henry and Alfie play so nicely together with these, but I will warn you they are lethal in tiny hands who have learnt to throw, so for small ones, they are best used supervised if you don’t want any breakages/injured children. They come in a lovely egg carton so great for keeping in one place, but I have seen lots of people use an egg stand to display them which I think is fab idea, so is next on my list!
For the toddler
When it comes to gifts for Alfie, I’m wary of buying him too many toys – he has so many that he does not need any more! Anything I get now, I like to either be open-ended or educational, so it has a purpose and will last. When Peggy & Pip asked if they could send us a set of peg dolls, these were exactly what I was looking for! We were sent a set of dolls which are multi-ethnic and have Alfie’s names skilfully painted on. Not only are these great for teaching Alfie about the difference in people, we are also learning how to recognise his name and the letters in his name. So far they have been used to live in the “house” we made out of Grimm’s rainbows and semi-circles, they’re gone sliding on the Rockyboard, they’ve had an adventure in the garden, and have been tucked up in bed! They’ve already been a huge hit in our house! This is just one example of the types of dolls you can buy – Peggy & Pip do a whole range of different items to fit your needs. Next I’m getting a rainbow set to match our Grimm’s!
Easter Mug – with cake!*
Since Henry will be getting his own little mug, I thought it only right that Alfie get a new Easter themed mug too – and this little bunny one from Yumbles is perfect! At almost 4, Alfie is old enough to have a proper mug for his hot milk or hot chocolate, so I know he is going to love this! It came with a chocolate cake mix that you make in the mug, that I just had to try out in advance, for review purposes of course! I can confirm that it was delicious, and so easy to make! The perfect Easter gift for your mini grown up wannabes!
I seem to have bred a couple of avid readers, which I absolutely love! Henry is engrossed by his That’s Not My…. Books and Alfie loves any kind of character book at the moment. When I was offered the chance for a personalised book from Penwizard, I was very excited to pick one for Alfie. He is big in to Blaze at the moment, so this was perfect for him. The website is so easy to use when ordering and the book is an amazing quality for the price. I’ve had a flick through and I think Alfie is going to love the story – I can’t wait to read this with him at bedtime!
As a family, we love doing arts and crafts, so I am always looking for something new to try with Alfie. This set looks really fun and great for older children. I will give this a go with Alfie but he might be slightly too young for it – however the little pieces will be great for testing his hand eye coordination. Regardless, I will definitely enjoy making this so if you have older children or even grandparents you want to get an alternative Easter gift for, this would be perfect!
I hope this list has given you some inspiration on what to get your family for alternative Easter gifts this year – I am excited to share these with the kids and hope they love them as much as I do!
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