As soon as the Christmas chocolates have disappeared from the supermarket shelves, you can bet that the Easter merchandise won’t be far behind. Easter this year falls on Sunday April 21st and for several weeks now there have been Easter eggs, chick-shaped chocolates and chocolate bunnies lining the shelves of our local shops. Perhaps you don’t want to add to the inevitable mountain of sugar-laden chocolate your child might receive, or perhaps you’d rather give something more long-lasting and environmentally conscious… Whatever your reasons, these alternative Easter presents for children are perfect. With the help of these inspired gifts the Easter Bunny has nothing on you…
Alternative Easter Gift Ideas for Your Little Bunnies
Kids Egg Cup Set
Promoting a snack which is healthier than chocolate, this kids egg cup set will be a brilliant alternative Easter gift for children. Line up your soldiers and prepare for battle! This is a genius idea for little ones who love dippy eggs and toasty soldier. It’s cheerfully decorated and practical too, holding the egg firmly in place and with ample room toast and egg. The non-slip base is a godsend for clumsy fingers and the elongated spoon is designed to keep eggs from facing Humpty's fate.
Buy From: Tumtum Tots
Soft Blossom Bunny from Jellycat
Perhaps this flopsy bunny can accompany your child on their Easter egg hunt this year and talk to the Easter bunny to find those secret hiding places…This adorable little rabbit is trimmed with a gorgeous floral print in her ears and on her feet and is guaranteed to be a favourite not just for Easter, but for every bedtime after that too!
Buy From: John Lewis
Egg and Spoon Race Game
This game from the Early Learning Centre encourages children to balance the eggs on the spoons, while racing to the finishing line: careful you don't drop the eggs or they might crack! Hours of fun for children of all ages, this favourite pastime will provide the perfect alternative Easter present for children without breaking the bank.
Buy From: Early Learning Centre
Peter Rabbit Moneybox
Bunnies are the stars of the show at Easter, so there's no better time to introduce children to (arguably) the most famous rabbit in children's literature: Peter. This sweet moneybox, featuring Beatrix Potter’s iconic drawings, will appeal to children young and old, and begin to help children learn about saving money- a valuable lesson indeed.
Buy From: Peter Rabbit Store
Playmobil Rabbit Hutch
Remaining along the theme of bunnies, this cute-as-pie rabbit hutch with family of rabbits will get young imaginations whirring. The unique playing principle stimulates imagination and creativity and thus promotes child development, Playmobil encourages children not only to slip into many different roles, but also to recreate and experience the world in miniature. With other add-ons available too, a Playmobil set featuring rabbits is the perfect alternative Easter gift for all ages.
Buy From: Playmobil
Bag Labels for Your Easter Egg Hunt
If you’re planning on setting off on an Easter egg hunt this year, don’t forget to order your bag labels to help you personalise each child’s party bag/Easter basket. Children will love that their egg hunt bags will be personal to them, and you can even use labels as clues which children will take delight in reading to help them on their quest for eggs!
Buy From: My Name Label
A Butterfly Garden with Live Caterpillars
Give every child the gift of metamorphosis with the Live Butterfly Garden! This educational kit gives children and families an unforgettable opportunity to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. Raise and feed your very own butterflies and then release them into the wild from March onwards. The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three to five weeks. A truly unique Easter gift for nature-lovers!
Buy From: Insectlore
Easter Colouring-In Tablecloth
This two-pack of Easter colouring-in tablecloths will provide endless entertainment for children long after the Easter egg hunt is finished. This quirky paper tablecloth / giant poster has hundreds of things to colour-in whilst they are waiting for Easter lunch to be dished up, and provides a quirky talking point for your lunch guests too! The pack can also be personalised which gives that personal touch.
Buy From: Not on the Highstreet
Easter Tree and Decorations
A German tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs is known as the Ostereierbaum, or Easter egg tree. Get the children to help you adorn this beautiful Easter tree from Hobbycraft with pompoms, painted eggs, handmade butterflies, paper flowers or anything else that takes your fancy. Can also be re-used for Christmas, birthdays and any other celebration that needs a bit of natural beauty!
Price £18 (plus decorations)
Buy From: Hobbycraft
Kids Bunny Umbrella
While it might not seem like the most exciting gift of all time, a fun and brightly printed umbrella makes a great alternative Easter gift. Practical for the spring season, a fun themed umbrella tucked away in the Easter basket could easily become a kid's new favourite accessory (and useful for protecting against those April showers too!).
Buy From Ebay
Children’s Easter Baking Set
Treats don’t have to be chocolatey, and this kid’s Easter baking set includes everything you need to create some delicious Easter biscuits. Baking together with your children is a lovely way to bond, as well as to teach them about weights and measures. This gorgeous set from Hedgehog includes a rabbit-shaped biscuit cutter with child-sized wooden rolling pin and whisk, all bundled up in a natural cotton drawstring bag. Perfect.
Buy From: Hedgehog
Whatever you choose to gift the little people in your life this Easter, we hope that this run-down of alternative Easter gifts for children has provided you with some inspiration and food for thought. If you have any other ideas please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Facebook or via email. We can’t wait to hear your Easter gift ideas!