Discover these fun non-candy Easter gifts for toddlers and Easter basket stuffers that aren’t plastic junk or candy!
If you’re trying to go zero waste or raise a child with an ‘alternative,’ natural parenting style, holidays can feel a bit overwhelming.
Like most holidays, Easter can quickly turn into a junk overload when you’re shopping for a kid. Candy, cheap plastic toys that will break in a day, and plastic grass that’s thrown away without a second thought seem so common!
Luckily there are so plenty of adorable Easter basket stuffers for toddlers that aren’t junk (or candy) available today!
In this post I’m sharing how to have a zero waste Easter & my favorite Easter gifts for toddlers that fit well with a more ‘crunchy’ or Montessori-inspired parenting style. I hope you enjoy!
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How to have a zero waste Easter
As I wrote in this post on aluminum foil alternatives, trying to go ‘zero waste’ doesn’t mean you have to go all or nothing. We are far from zero waste, but we’re making conscious steps towards reducing the amount of trash we create. Using natural materials whenever possible is very important to us, especially when it comes to toys and clothing for LG.
As a kid, I never had one of those pre-packaged Easter baskets crammed with plastic stuff. We always used the same baskets (and “grass”) over and over again. I know there are still plenty of Easter baskets in my mom’s attic now!
Reusing Easter baskets and filler is fantastic step in the right direction if you want to reduce your family’s trash output. There’s no need to toss out your ‘old’ plastic items – keep reusing them as long as you can, then replace them with something more eco-friendly!
Other ideas for going zero waste on Easter include:
- Using fabric as basket filler (You could also use a set of play silks and have them be part of the gift!)
- Buying plastic Easter eggs second hand if you absolutely have to use some (then keep them for use again or re-donate!)
- Decorating blown eggs so you can eat the egg & decorate the shell. (Yes, you can safely make blown eggs without putting your mouth on a raw egg!)
- Buying candy or and other treats, like dried fruit or nuts, in bulk
- Decorating and hiding wood eggs!
- Getting high-quality presents that will last instead of ‘throw away’ toys
- Using a non-traditional “basket” like a container you already have at home, a felted wool bowl, or even a flower pot! This handmade fabric Easter bowl would be so cute to use over the years, wouldn’t it?
- Making your own fillable felt Easter eggs
In case you missed seeing the link above, stop by this post to learn how to make your own eco-friendly fillable felt Easter eggs! They’re great for Easter baskets & egg hunts, plus they last for years!
Easter gift ideas for toddlers (that aren’t junk)
Need an easy (and free) DIY Easter basket stuffer? Check out these free printable Easter matching cards! My toddler loves playing with her matching cards face up and frequently asks to play her “new game.” There’s also a more difficult version with just eggs to match if your little one finds the pictures too easy.
Springtime is for flowers! My toddler is obsessed with her grandma’s watering cans so this spring it’s time to get her one of her own! Hape is one of my favorite toy companies because they tend to be well made and safe. That’s why this little Hape toddler watering can is on our spring shopping list.
Update: My LG received a watering can from her grandma and LOVES it!
- Help your child developed a green thumb with this Watering Can from Hape
- Encourages family time in the garden, or fun at the beach
- Elevate bath play by taking this watering can into the tub for a splash of fun
This cute little handmade wood mushroom is the perfect Easter basket stuffer for a toddler with busy hands! LG loves her twisting & turning toys – I frequently get several minutes in a row of peace and quiet when she’s playing with them!
These handmade felt ducks are so cute! I love felt busy boards/books. They’re easy to pack if you’re on the go and a good way to occupy your low-media toddler.
Hand kites are so much fun and great for toddlers who are always on the go!
If you’re a Montessori-inspired parent (or you like to keep your toddler’s clothes “clean” whenever possible) then a cute handmade apron would be a fantastic Easter gift! You can use it as part of your eco-friendly basket filling and then your little one can wear it while helping you cook, clean, or paint. (My daughter received an apron for her second birthday and loves wearing it when she cooks.)
Easter basket stuffers don’t have to be toys! It’s also a great time to give your toddler an interesting new tool like a wavy cutter. Make sure to get one that you press down, not one that’s shaped like a knife, so your toddler can use it more safely and easily. Kids love getting involved with ‘cooking’ and snack preparation and a wavy cutter is perfect for soft foods like bananas and strawberries.
- Have fun with this crinkle cutter knife! If you need a slicer for veggies, french fries or fruit, try this wavy cutter for fancy edges and waffle...
- This stainless steel crinkle cutter helps you add style to your meals. Turn ordinary fries into crinkle fries, or use it as a wavy pickle cutter.
- Use this wavy knife for vegetables and add some fun to your salads, vegetables and more.
Stuffed animals are super cute in Easter baskets! If you want to avoid the toxins and waste associated with ‘normal’ stuffed animals, go for an organic cotton plush toy.
I’ve been eyeballing these Haba wood shaker eggs since last year! Haba is one of my favorite non-toxic toy companies (you can see some of my favorite picks from them in this post on the best wood toys for toddlers!).
- A toy that will be enjoyed long after the Easter Basket is put away! Each egg makes a different sound. Three eggs rattle, one jingles and one...
- The blue egg requires/teaches an extra motor skill (twisting!).
- These colorful heirlooms are not only eye-catching, they're EAR catching too! Doubling as musical instruments so little ones can learn to distinguish...
I love Haba toys because they’re well made, open-ended, and tend to come in minimal packaging. They also have a reputation for high safety standards. Many of Haba’s toys are still made in Germany (they also have other Western factories including a toy factory in the US!). The toys that are made in Asia are in Haba’s own factory in Hong Kong where they maintain high standards.
A Haba soft doll would make a sweet Easter present for a boy or girl. I love that they have a variety of sizes with different hair and skin tones! My daughter is Latina, so whenever toys are only available blond and blue eyed it really stands out to me. I also love that they have baby wearing dolls!
Dolls are beneficial for both boys and girls and can help toddlers develop empathy, imaginative play, creativity, and other important social skills. Who doesn’t want to help their toddler become more empathetic?
Toddlers love to scribble! Our LG adores ‘drawing’ with (and on) just about everything. She also still tries to cram things in her mouth if she thinks we aren’t looking, which is why these Honeysticks beeswax crayons are perfect. They’re made with only food safe ingredients (which is good because they smell delicious!) and have lovely, vibrant colors.
- NATURAL NON TOXIC GOODNESS - Honeysticks beeswax crayons are handmade using 100% pure New Zealand beeswax and Food Grade Pigments for Color. They are...
- DURABLE & ERGONOMIC SHAPE - The unique chubby shape of Honeysticks makes them easier for small hands to hold, but much harder for small hands to...
- SUSTAINABLE & LOW IMPACT - The beeswax used to create Honeysticks is a natural by-product of honey production. This sustainable process causes minimal...
Spring by Gerda Muller is a sweet little board book without words. This makes it perfect for inventing your own new story each time and for multi-lingual kids. Just “read” it in whatever language you feel like using.
The illustrations are lovely and show springtime activities painting Easter eggs, watching baby birds, panting seeds, and playing with lambs. I know I sometimes get tired of cartoony illustrations in children’s books so these drawings are a nice change for me, too!
The Beautiful Babies Touch & Feel book is another fun one for spring! It has photographs of baby animals on brightly colored backgrounds and plenty of sensory spots to feel.
- Wilson, Karma (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 14 Pages - 01/27/2009 (Publication Date) - Little Simon (Publisher)
Wood eggs to decorate and hide are fun and easy to reuse again another year!
If you’re raising a Montessori toddler, you’ll appreciate these lovely bird matching cards! The set has lovely, realistic illustrations. The game is a little advanced for young toddlers because you match the male to the female for each bird species, but they make lovely decorations, too.
- English (Publication Language)
- 50 Pages - 08/04/2015 (Publication Date) - Laurence King Publishing (Publisher)
Toddlers love small wheeled toys and cars. Instead of going for a plastic toy car, get a wood wheeled toy from Hape. They’re non-toxic, way nicer for parents to look at, and less likely to break. Dealing with a meltdown from a broken toy is no fun – take advantage of any avoidable toddler tantrums by getting wood toys!
If your toddler is ready for a lacing toy, this spring lacing set from Hape would be a great choice! Lacing toys help toddlers develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, plus the spring shapes are darn cute. Even better, while they’re busy concentrating on lacing up their new toys you can get a couple minutes of quiet!
Another one of my favorite non-toxic wood toy makers, has nice wood fruit & veggie dominoes that are perfect for older toddlers. Dominoes is basically the national game of Cuba, so we were excited to find a dominoes that LG will be able to use before she can count!
- 28 wooden dominoes with fruits and vegetables!
- Learn about nutrition and foods. 7 different fruits and veggies are including on the tiles.
- Sized for small hands: each tile measures 1.6 x 3.1 x .4 inches.
If you’re looking for a non-toy gift, a holiday can be the perfect time to get your toddler some cute training pants and start the toilet learning process! Making new “big girl” underwear a special gift may help your toddler want to keep it clean and dry.Table could not be displayed.
We’ve been using cloth diapers so the idea of washing up some pee doesn’t scare us. We plan to introduce training pants to LG very soon. She’s clearly interested in the bathroom and likes to practice sitting in her potty. (Read more about why cloth diapers are awesome here!)
Another great non-toy Easter basket gift is a wood brush or comb for your toddler’s growing hair! Toddler’s love getting involved with their own self-care and mimicking adults. It’s super cute to watch LG try to brush her hair and try a comb out on mine! (Yes, she’s finally getting over hair yanking. Thank goodness!)
- All Natural - We use natural goat hair soft bristle brush with beechwood for all our hairbrushes and combs. Handmade baby hair products with love and...
- PREVENT CRADLE CAP — NATURAL GOAT HAIR BRISTLES BRUSH prevents cradle cap, conditions hair and distributes natural oils down the shaft. Soft...
- Suitable For Wet & Dry Hair - Use on wet and dry hair. DETANGLE HAIR AND RELAX YOUR BABY — WOODEN BRISTLES MASSAGE BRUSH detangles hair, massages...
And there you have it! 20+ Easter basket stuffers for toddlers that aren’t junk!
If you’re shopping for a toddler, you may also enjoy this post on the best wood toys for toddlers by age.
And this post on 17+ awesome gross motor toys for young toddlers!
I’m sure there are many more fantastic toddler Easter toys out there – if you have any favorites or suggestions for things I’ve missed, please let me know so I can check them out!
Easter Printables & Crafts
Looking for free Easter printables or easy Easter crafts for kids? You've come to the right place!
Free Easter Planner
Reduce stress, finally remember where all the eggs were hidden, and make time for gratitude this Easter with this free printable Easter planner.
Free Printable Spring Bunny Bujo Planner Pages
Get organized and have a cute planner without spending all weekend drawing when you use these printable bunny bujo pages.
Free Printable Easter Bunny Dot Marker Coloring Pages (Black & White)
Dot marker pages are fantastic, no-prep fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
7+ Free Printable Cute Bunny Pun Coloring Pages
These cute bunny pun coloring pages for adults will give you a chuckle and lift your mood as you color your cares away.
5+ Free Printable Colored Bunny Dot Marker Coloring Pages
Do you prefer colorful dot marker pages? These cute and colorful bunny dab it marker pages are sure to be a hit with your little learner!
Free Printable Easter Egg Coloring Pages for Adults
These detailed Easter egg coloring pages for adults feature beauituful flowers to color on large Easter eggs.
Free Printable Easter Bunny Cut & Paste Puzzle
Get tips for making this cut and paste Easter bunny puzzle reusable when you click through to the po
Free Easter Tracing Printables
Help your child build vocabulary and fine motor skills with these Easter trace and color pages.
Free Printable Easter Number Building Puzzles
These adorable Easter number building puzzles are a fantastic way to improve your child's number sense and counting.
Free Printable Easter Egg Addition Worksheets
Help your child learn addition with these easy Easter egg addition worksheets in printer-friendly black and white.
Free Printable Easter Prewriting Practice Tracing Paths
Toddlers and preschoolers love tracing the path between these cute Easter images.
Free Printable Easter Roll and Cover
These Easter roll and cover mats are preschooler tested and approved.
Free Printable Easter Chick Coloring Pages
These Easter chick coloring pages are so cute for kids!
Free April Menu Planner Printable (+ Easter menu planner printable)
Plan your April menu and your Easter dinner with six pages of menu planner in color and black and white.
Free Printable Easter Count and Graph Worksheets
These count and graph worksheets are a fun, no-prep math activitiy for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.
25+ Free Printable Easter Egg Templates & Easter Egg Coloring Pages
These egg templates are great for Easter crafts and the Easter egg coloring pages for kids are a mess free way for kids to decorate eggs.
Easter Count and Clip Cards
Help your little learner practice their numbers and fine motor skills with these count and clip cards.
Free Easter Dot to Dot Printables for Kids (a no-prep Easter activity)
Your child will love finishing the Easter picture by connecting the dots then coloring the image.
Free Printable Easter Do a Dot Pages for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Toddlers and preschoolers always love do a dot pages. Make them no-mess by using stickers instead of dauber markers!
Free Printable Easter Bingo (secular and religious versions)
This free printable Easter bingo is a great screen-free activity! Pick from a completely secular or a religious Easter bingo with Christian images, too.
Free Easter Word Search Printable (secular and religious versions)
This printable Easter word search is available in color or ink-saving black and white! Pick from a secular version or a Christian word search with religious Easter words to find.
Free Easter Matching Game Printable (an easy screen-free activity!)
This free printable Easter memory game is great for kids of all ages! Use the easy Easter picture version for younger children or the difficult Easter egg matchign game for older kids.
DIY Eco-Friendly Fillable Easter Eggs (with free printable pattern!)
Make your own eco-friendly felt Easter eggs with this easy tutorial.
The Safe way to Make Blown Easter Eggs
Want to make blown Easter eggs without putting your mouth on a germy raw egg? Learn how to make blown Easter eggs the safe way!
Great ideas. My toddler is g-tube fed so candy is not going to be big and the noncandy gifts we do for my niece and nephews are just too old for her. So far I got her some small dolls, a new brush, stamps, some plastic bracelets that have me thinking about those hand kites. I think that would be a easy upgrade.
Yes, it should be very easy to make hand kites if you already have bracelets! My daughter loves stamps, too. I don’t know why I didn’t think to put them on the list!