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Best non-chocolate Easter gift ideas for kids

Easter-themed soft toys, crafts and books for babies, toddlers and primary schoolers – just as long as they’re not chocolate…

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If the thought of countless chocolate eggs piling up for the foreseeable and your already-excited children bouncing off the walls on a sugar high is enough to fill you with dread, let us introduce you to an alternative, chocolate-free Easter gift list.

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From cute-as-a-button soft toys to hatching toy eggs, adorable craft projects and everything in-between, these present ideas are a lovely way to welcome in spring and celebrate Easter….

From books to baby toys, here’s our pick of the best non-chocolate Easter gifts for children…

1. Jellycat Bashful Bunny, £18.50

– Best for babies

Age: from birth

With their super soft fur and long floppy ears, these Bashful Bunny cuddly toys from Jellycat make the cutest non-chocolate Easter gift for your baby or toddler.

Jellycat sells a whole range of colours for you to choose from including neutral tones and brighter shades. A gorgeous gift that is sure to stand the test of time.

Available from: Jellycat and The White Company

2. Tomy Hide’n’Squeak Eggs, £8

– Best for toddlers

Age: 6 months +

We’re not sure whether it’s the little ‘cheep’ noise they make when pressed, the cute accompanying egg box that also doubles up as a shape-sorting game or the colourful faces that crack open from their shells that make these legendary Tomy eggs just so popular with toddlers, but it’s true – little ones just can’t get enough.

Aimed at children aged 6 months to 3 years, the eggs are rated 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon, with glowing reviews from previous buyers, such as: “Lovely colours, sturdy box and lots of fun to be had with little ones swapping the lids, finding the right shapes and squeaking the eggs. Small but very easy for little hands to hold.”

Available from: Argos, Amazon and JoJo Maman Bébé

3. toucanBox Easter boxes, £12 each or from £33 for monthly gift subscription

– Best Easter craft kit

Age: 2 to 8 years

Get a box of Easter crafting fun delivered straight to your door with this spring-themed kit from toucanBox.

For a lovely outdoor activity, your child receives all the tools to assemble a wooden flower press for flower foraging. Or for a fun family game, you also get all the bits to make and decorate animal bowling pins with a mini ramp, alley and bowling ball to get striking!

It’s packed to the brim with Easter fun and if you don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription, you can also buy a box as a one-off purchase.

Available from: toucanBox

4. Steiff Soft Cuddly Friends Pipsy Chick, £17.90

– Best cuddly Easter toy

Age: from birth

Founded way back in 1880, Steiff are big players in the soft toy arena and this gorgeous little ball of fluff is practically impossible to resist as an alternative Easter gift.

Pipsy Chick is made from ultra-soft machine washable fur and stands at a dinky 14cm tall. With a tuft of yellow hair on its head, plush feathers and a soft yet scruffy look, Pipsy will capture the hearts of any little one lucky enough to receive it. A beautiful Easter gift that will be treasured for years to come.

Available from: Steiff, World of Bears and Amazon

5. Spot’s First Easter Board Book, £6.40

– Best interactive Easter book

Age: 2 to 5 years

A classic character who has delighted children for generations, who better than Spot the dog to help you celebrate your baby’s first ever Easter? This engaging book by Eric Hill sees Spot on the hunt for eggs – there are lift-up flaps, which are ideal training for fine motor skills and counting is also incorporated.

This great tale is even good for budding bookworms, as one satisfied Amazon reviewer noted: “My six-year-old can read the text easily and loves to read the book to his brother.”

Available from: Waterstones and Blackwell’s

6. Easter Egg Bake and Hunt Kit, £19.99

– Best for Easter baking

For a fun Easter weekend activity, we love this baking kit which comes with everything you need to make eye-catching Easter biscuits as well as craft kit to set up your own egg hunt.

Kids can get creative and make their biscuits super bright and colourful, with an array of food colours and sprinkles included in the kit.

Available from: Craft and Crumb and Not On The High Street

7. Cuddlebunny bamboo soft hooded towel, £34.99

– Best for the cute factor

Sizes: 1 to 3 years and 1 to 6 years

A silky soft mix of bamboo and cotton, with its gorgeous floppy rabbit ears and fluffy tail, this cuddly hooded towel is a beautiful gift for springtime. The design is 60% more absorbent than a normal bath towel – credentials that scored the brand a MFM Awards win.

A popper fastening keeps the towel in place on wriggly babies and restless toddlers, and its fluffy feel make it ideal for snuggling up in after bathtime. Previous buyers are extremely taken with it, commenting: “So soft! The poppers mean the towel actually stays on and it’s such a good size.”

Available from: Cuddledry and Not On The High Street

8. My 1st Years Personalised Bunny Mini Backpack, £28

– Best personalised Easter gift

Send your little one back to school or nursery with their very own bunny backpacked, personalised with their name embroidered onto the front.

Cute as well as practical, there’s 2 mesh side pockets and 2 zipped compartments for snacks, a water bottle, books and all their other school essentials.

Available from: My 1st Years

9. Jemima-Puddle Duck Pull Along Wooden Toy, £7.99

– Best for classic charm

Age: 1+

Beautifully crafted from wood, with little wheels and a string to pull, children will delight in taking this lovely Jemima-Puddle Duck with them on adventures.

A key character from the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter, not only is this sweet toy endlessly playable for children (and great for encouraging first steps), but it’s timeless too – the powder blue bonnet, frilled shawl and soft pastel details will inject a serious dose of classic charm to any nursery all for under £8, making it a hit with grown-ups, too.

Suitable for children aged 1 and above, it’s the type of Easter gift that children won’t be able to get enough of.

Available from: JoJo Maman Bébé and Waterstones

10. Playmobil Easter Egg Diner Waitress with Counter, £4.99

– Best for imaginative play

Age: 4+

It’s official, the best Easter eggs are those that can be played with again and again! Enter this brilliant Playmobil Diner set, contained inside a giant pink egg, which includes a lifelike waitress, a burger, bowl of chips and other fun accessories.

The ultimate final surprise on an Easter hunt, this toy is part of a fab range that includes a police officer, space agent, maiden and a knight.

A great toy to spark imaginative play, the attention to detail in this diner set is guaranteed to delight children just as much (if not more) as a chocolate treat.

Available from: Playmobil and Amazon

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