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Best Easter gifts for kids for 2024

While chocolate eggs are traditionally gifted at Easter, more and more parents are looking for alternative ideas. Here are some ideas so you’re not overloaded with chocolate treats.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Mar 15, 2024

Let's face it, Easter is normally all about the chocolate. But if you don’t want your house to be filled with sweet treats, there are plenty of lovely alternative Easter gifts that can be given instead.

Step into any shop right now and you’ll find a range of Easter-themed gifts and products, all at various price points.

So, if you’re in search of some inspiration, our guide’s here to help. We’ve scoured our Talk boards to find exactly what Mumsnet users think makes a good Easter gift. From cute spring gifts to Easter toys, there’s plenty to choose from if you want to find a non-chocolate gift or you’re looking for ideas to fill an Easter basket.

Here are the best Easter gifts for kids in 2024.

Best overall Easter gift for kids

John Lewis Wicker Bunny Basket

What we like
  • Cute bunny design

  • Perfect size for taking on egg hunts

  • Strong and sturdy

What we don't like
  • Quite pricey, especially if you have more than one child to buy for

Key specs

Price: £22 | Size: H29 x W20.5 x D20.5cm | Material: Rattan, metal, plastic

What Mumsnet users say
mamawithfive · Recommended
I think I’m going to go out next week and get some Easter baskets and fill them with the various Easter chocolates I’ve picked up over the last few weeks for my DC. And then probably get them a proper Easter egg each to go alongside them. Might get my girls a little Easter cuddly teddy, perhaps an Easter colouring book if I can find any, to also go in their baskets. Our son is 13 so will be happy with a basket of chocolate!
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Our verdict

When the Easter bunny hides eggs and sweet treats around your garden, you need something to collect them all in and this gorgeous bunny-themed basket from John Lewis is perfect for the job. It’s big enough for storing eggs and treats and we love the cute bunny ears, nose and mouth, which are made out of buttons.

The handle makes it easy to carry around and the stylish wicker design means you could use it for storing toys in afterwards too, so you get more for your money - especially as, at £22, it is a little on the pricey side if you only plan to use it once a year or have more than one child to buy for. You could also use it for making a little Easter-themed basket, packing it with chocolate and small gifts.

Best budget Easter gift for kids

John Lewis Easter Bunny Stoneware Egg Cup

What we like
  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe

  • Cute bunny design

What we don't like
  • Not ideal for kids who don't eat eggs!

Key specs

Price: £4.50 | Material: Stoneware

What Mumsnet users say
ODFOx · Recommended
Egg cups, spoons, soldier cutters.”
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Our verdict

Wake up on Easter Sunday and enjoy some dippy eggs for breakfast with this egg cup from John Lewis. Made from stoneware with an oh-so-cute bunny design, this egg cup could make a nice addition to an Easter-themed basket or just something different if you don’t want to buy chocolate. Although a Cadbury's Creme Egg popped inside would really be the cherry on the cake.

Best Easter gift for babies

TOMY Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs

What we like
  • Encourages shape and number recognition

  • Boosts fine and gross motor skills

  • Portable

What we don't like
  • Easy to lose the eggs and shells

Key specs

RRP: £9 | Suitable from: Six months+ | Best for age: From six months to three years | Size:‎ 20.9 x 8.3 x 14.6cm | Batteries: None | Material: Plastic

What Mumsnet users say
SpinMeRightRoundBabyRightRound · Tried & Tested
"Hide and squeak eggs were a massive hit for mine at that age. They were too young to sort yet but the lids and the squeaking were the fun bits."
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Our verdict

Tomy’s Hide and Squeak Eggs are a huge hit with babies and toddlers, and come recommended by lots of parents thanks to the bright colours, fun expressions, and different ways you can play with them.

Younger babies from six months can have fun holding them, taking the eggs out of the shell and exploring the different colours. As they get a bit older, the toy also works as a shape sorter with each egg having a different shape on the bottom that slots into its own unique spot in the egg carton, boosting your child's developing problem-solving skills. 

For an extra bit of fun, when you press each egg you hear a cheerful cheeping sound that babies absolutely love. This is a toy that can be enjoyed from six months up to three years and will make an egg-cellent (sorry!) addition to your child’s toy box this Easter.

Best Easter gift for teens

Bomb Cosmetics Chocolate Handmade Bath Melts

What we like
  • They smell divine

  • Comes already gift wrapped

  • Leaves skin feeling silky smooth

What we don't like
  • They melt, rather than fizz like bath bombs

Key specs

RRP: £10 | Number included: Six | Age: Not suitable for small children under 3

Our verdict

While these chocolates are not for eating, they will make a gorgeous gift for a teenager who’s maybe outgrown egg hunts or an adult who deserves a little treat. They can enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath with these cocoa and shea butter-based bath melts.

Instead of fizzing violently like a traditional bath bomb, these slowly and luxuriously melt, releasing butters and pure essential oils into the bath and onto skin. The bath melts may be a little on the small side, but a little goes a long way with this beautiful-smelling product. A nice alternative to your traditional Easter treats.

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Best Easter gift for toddlers

LEGO DUPLO 10981 Growing Carrot

What we like
  • Inspires imaginative play

  • A great first introduction to DUPLO

What we don't like
  • Lots of pieces to potentially get lost

Key specs

RRP: £9 | Number of pieces: 11 | Age: 18 months+

What Mumsnet users say
MaryShelley1818 · Recommended
"Mine are 4 and 1 (14mths). For Easter they're both getting a small toy (Lego/Duplo), a book, some bubbles, a little bunny milk bottle and 2 x small Easter eggs (the £1 ones)."
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Our verdict

We love this colourful set from DUPLO, where toddlers can 'grow' their own carrot by using a watering can and harnessing the sun's rays.

The Growing Carrot set is designed to gently introduce toddlers to self-sufficient living as they care for the carrot and stack the bricks to make it grow. It's fun and educational, helping develop fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination to boot. What's not to like?

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Best Easter gift for 3-year-olds

We're Going on an Egg Hunt book

What we like
  • A familiar story with an Easter twist

  • Lift-the-flaps

What we don't like
  • Flaps can be easily torn

Key specs

RRP: £8 | Age: 1-3 years

What Mumsnet users say
Whoareyoudududu · Recommended
“I always buy my DC a book each for Easter”
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Our verdict

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a firm favourite with preschoolers and parents alike. So why not revisit this classic, with a seasonal twist?

Young children will enjoy this Easter adventure, accompanied by some beautiful bunny drawings and flaps to lift in an attempt to sniff out those elusive eggs.

Read next: The best books for 3-year-olds: brilliant books little ones will love

Best Easter gift for 5-year-olds

Don’t Wake Mr. McGregor! game

What we like
  • Fun and educational

  • Easy to set up 

  • Easy for younger players to understand game rules

  • Short gameplay

  • Chunky pieces, making it easy for little hands to grasp

What we don't like
  • Older siblings may find the game too slow and unchallenging 

Key specs

Price on writing: £14 | Ages: From 4 years | Difficulty: Easy | Game duration: 10-15 minutes | Set-up time: Under 5 minutes

Our verdict

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From Orchard Toys’ brand new World of Peter Rabbit range, Don’t Wake Mr. McGregor! involves getting your rabbit from one end of the garden to the other to swipe a vegetable from the irate gardener’s veggie patch to add to your haul.

However, if your rabbit falls into a watering can, you will wake Mr McGregor, who will chase you all the way back to square one. The winner is the player who has the most vegetables - but beware the rotten carrots! This is a great game to play with little ones. The instructions are easy to understand and it has a short gametime, meaning young children will return to play again and again.

Read next: The best toddler toys to keep your little one entertained for hours

Best Easter gift for 7-year-olds

Adopt Me! Mini Surprise Plush Pets

What we like
  • Blind bag adds a bit of excitement

  • Great for fans of the game

What we don't like
  • Because it's a blind bag, there's a chance of doubling up

Key specs

RRP: £10 | Age: Suitable from 6 years+

What Mumsnet users say
Gymmum82 · Recommended
"We love roblox. Play adopt me and Brookhaven most often."
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daemonologie · Recommended
“My kids love this. They go crazy on it. I'm sick to death hearing about it. No seriously I'm sort of pleased but wish they'd stop asking me for Robux.”
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Our verdict

If your child is a fan of playing Adopt Me! on Roblox, then they will love discovering what is hidden inside this particular egg.

Adopt Me! revolves around adopting and caring for a variety of different types of pets, which hatch from eggs. Pets are grouped into five classes based on rarity and cost: common, uncommon, rare, ultra-rare, and legendary. This animal hierarchy is reflected in the Adopt Me! Surprise Plush, meaning you could find a common cat or strike gold with a legendary dragon, diamond unicorn or, erm, giraffe. There’s not an Easter bunny or chick insight, but it’s a great alternative to chocolate eggs for kids who love the Roblox game.

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Best Easter gift for 8-year-olds

LEGO Easter Rabbits Display

What we like
  • A fun activity for children to do at Easter

  • Great for LEGO fans

What we don't like
  • Not suitable for children under three

Key specs

RRP: £21 | Number of pieces: 288 | Age: From 8 years+

What Mumsnet users say
Needmorelego · Recommended
Easter/Spring Lego set (there's a few out - a couple of bunny ones, a bird's nest with birds in).”
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Our verdict

Not a traditional gift for this time of the year but if you have a LEGO fan to buy for, they’ll probably get a lot more out of this cute Easter Bunnies set than some chocolate. Aimed at children aged eight and upwards, the meadow scene comes with two bunnies, five Easter eggs and three tulips.

It contains 288 pieces so the set should keep your child busy for a while and when fully built the bunnies stand at 10cm tall. It’s a bit more expensive than buying an Easter egg but they’ll get plenty of play out of it and you can cut down on some of the chocolate they’ll eat!

Read next: Best LEGO sets for kids in 2024: tried and tested by families

Best Easter gift for families

Big Game Hunters Quoits Game

What we like
  • A simple game the whole family can play

  • Comes with a handy carry case

  • Affordable

  • Gets the kids outdoors in the fresh air

What we don't like
  • Younger children may struggle to throw the required distance

Key specs

Price: £14 | Material: Wood and metal | Age: 3 years+

What Mumsnet users say
SmallChickBilly · Tried & Tested
"I bought my kids an outdoor quoits set"
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hellsbellsmelons · Recommended
“Nothing wrong with cheap and cheerful outdoor toys.”
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Our verdict

What could be better on a sunny Easter weekend than the family gathering together for a little friendly competition?

Quoits is a game of skill and accuracy and both little ones and grown-ups will have lots of fun trying to score the highest number of points by throwing the rope quoits over the numbered pegs. It's a great family-friendly game to play in the garden, but it also comes with a handy carry case, so you can take it down to the park or beach too.

Read next: Best outdoor toys: get your kids active with great toys and games for your garden

Best Easter gift for 4-year-olds

Playmobil Gift Egg

What we like
  • A great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs

  • Variable number of pieces in each set, so suitable for a range of ages

  • Egg can be reused as a money box

What we don't like
  • Lots of plastic packaging

  • Not always easy for little fingers to undo

Key specs

Price on writing: From £10 | Age: 3-10 years

What Mumsnet users say
Bloatstoat · Tried & Tested
“DS has never liked chocolate, so we've always got him a small gift instead [...] Playmobil do Easter eggs that [...] have a little figure in, last year he got one of those and liked it.”
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Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Playmobil Easter eggs review: a great alternative to chocolate

If you want to get the kids an Easter treat, but don’t want to add to the ten tonnes of chocolate that will inevitably come your way, then these cute little eggs from Playmobil are a great alternative. Containing mini figures and playsets, from farmers to fairies, there is a Playmobil egg to suit all tastes.

There is no ‘blind bag’ element, which removes the risk of doubling up on sets. If you want to reintroduce the element of surprise, you can of course always remove the cardboard wrapping before giving the egg to your little one. The egg can be used as a money box or reused next Easter with some new treats tucked inside.

The three sets Mumsnet was sent for testing came with nine, 17 and 33 pieces - so make sure you check beforehand whether the set is suitable for the child you are buying for.

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What is a traditional Easter gift?

Traditionally, people have given Easter eggs at this time of the year. This is because eggs are thought to represent new life and rebirth and it marks the start of spring. While chocolate still remains a popular choice, especially for children, there’s now a huge range of non-chocolate Easter gifts, such as books, stuffed toys and crafts.

Do people give gifts for Easter?

While eggs still remain a favourite Easter gift, in recent years people have started to celebrate this time of year by giving gifts too. These still tend to be Easter or spring-themed, and don’t tend to be extravagant gifts.

Baskets are a popular choice, with parents filling them with chocolate and small gifts, such as books and cuddly toys, which can help to minimise the amount of sweet treats that come into the house.

When is Easter 2024?

This year, Easter Sunday falls on 31 March, 2024. Make sure to stock up on all your Easter gifts and treats so you’re all set for the Easter bunny’s arrival!

What traditions do families follow for Easter?

According to our Mumsnet users, food features heavily in Easter traditions. From hot cross buns and roast lamb dinners to, of course, delicious chocolate eggs, families enjoy plenty of tasty food during Easter weekend.

Other traditions include attending church services and doing an Easter egg hunt, whether it’s attending an organised event or hiding treats around the house or garden and letting children fill up their Easter baskets. Other activities include decorating hard-boiled eggs and rolling them down a hill.

Here’s what Mumsnet users say:

Sunday morning is a big Easter Egg hunt followed by hot cross buns for breakfast. Then we decorate our hard boiled eggs to take out in the afternoon and roll down the hill in a nearby park. Roast lamb for dinner followed by an Easter Egg or two.” shortbob

I love Easter, it's like Christmas but more relaxed! Roast lamb and pavlova lunch or tea on Easter Sunday, latter usually involving egg butties, salads, quiche etc and chocolate marble cake made in a ring decorated with too much ganache and chocolate flake to look like a nest, little chocolate eggs in the middle. I decorate the house with daffodils and sprigs of Forsythia from the garden and do branch as an Easter tree hung with my collection of decorated eggs. We do clues for an egg hunt for the kids. Dh is great at blowing eggs so we sometimes do egg painting too.” Whatwouldnanado

We do an Easter egg hunt in the garden. The kids are far too old for it, but it's a tradition now. Much to my teenager's disgust, they have to wear fluffy bunny ears and carry a small easter basket if they want the chocolate. The things they will do for a Lindt bunny!Boscoforever

How we chose our recommendations

We started our research by scouring our Mumsnet forums for tips on what Easter gifts real Mumsnet users give and receive, taking into consideration a range of different interests and budgets.

Armed with a long list of recommendations, we consulted expert reviews and consumer websites to make note of any brands and products that stand out from the rest. This involved checking consumer reviews, on websites like John Lewis and Argos, to see what negative and positive feedback they’d received. We know this is the best way of working out whether this is a product that is liked and is worth spending your money on.

Finally, after doing all this, we were able to whittle down our long list to products that we think are the best Easter gifts to buy in 2024.

About the author

Laura Cooke is a Content Editor at Mumsnet, with a special focus on child’s play, outdoor play and toddler play content.

Laura started writing Swears By articles for Mumsnet in 2021, writing buyers guides and product reviews to help Mumsnetters make informed choices when it comes to parting with their pennies.

Laura is also a freelance journalist and has written articles for publications including the Daily Mirror, the i, Metro, Stylist and Happiful magazine.

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