I feel like I'm getting this list out later than ever this year, but hopefully it will be worth the wait! My husband and I just got back from a little trip celebrating our wedding anniversary. On our last day, I swung by the gift shop to bring home a gift for Holiday and discovered Bling2O swim goggles. Can I just tell you that the online pictures don't even do them justice?! They are SOOOO ADORABLE in person and the boys' designs are every bit as cute as the girls. Summer is right around the corner and these are definitely my top pick for both boys and girl this year!
ALL of the pictures are links that will open in separate windows. If you hover over each picture, you'll also see the item name which is also a link for the item.
Disclaimer: I'm not sure if it's obvious how many hours go into creating my Easter and Christmas blog posts-- not to mention, always keeping my eyes out for the newest and greatest items to share with you all! I have chosen not to put advertising on my blog for the time being. However, for Amazon items, I do have an Amazon associates link. Meaning if you follow my links to the items and purchase, I do get a very small percentage of your sale (most items I earn must 3%) so I do appreciate you purchasing through the links if you decide to purchase based on my blog! Thank you!
BLING2O SWIM GOGGLES
There are SO many adorable styles, I didn't think you could really see the details on this collage picture!
BLING2O Girls Styles
BLING2O BOYS STYLES
Bling2O also has a few other fun swim accessories that all rate super well! Grab some goggles, maybe one of these accessories, add in a super fun beach towel (Pottery Barn kids is my fave) and a pair of flip flops (Hanna Andersson or Havianas) and you have a fantastic Easter basket!
The Bling Board Kick boards each contain a diving toy ball that is contained in the kick board!
Hope y'all love these goggles as much as I do. I bought Holiday the mermaid ones to give right away and a pair of the heart ones are stashed away for her Easter basket. They were all SOOO cute, I just couldn't decide!!!!
Chunkies and Kwik Stix Paint Sticks
Before Christmas, I was raving about the Lil' Chunkies Paint Sticks-- they are AMAZING!!! We've continued to use them (Pssst- THEY'RE EVEN AWESOME FOR DECORATING EASTER EGGS!) Holiday also wanted some that were a little finer/ thinner, so I also purchased another brand, Kwik Stix that are essentially the same product, but make thinner/finer lines and kids are able to use a traditional pencil grip with them. If you didn't buy them for Christmas, you will totally want them for Easter. It's mess free painting for your littles of artists through age 8 will really enjoy these! (See below for perfect paint paper pads to go with these!)
Be sure to pick up a paint pad or heavyweight sketch paper for all their paintings. I love the Kid Made Modern ones from Target, they run just about $5. Even our local grocery store had some other really cute paint pads for $2.
I discovered Light Stax right before Christmas this past year and they are SO much fun! They are more like the size of a Lego Duplo square brick, but they light up! You just have to have them connected to a light up base. Even older kids enjoy creating with the Light Stax. You can use the power base to connect to a USB and use it as a night light. They really are AMAZING!
Here's a YouTube video on Light Stax-- the possibilities are endless!
FANDEX FAMILY FIELD GUIDES
If you have kiddos who love absorbing and obsessing over certain topics, you might love the Fandex Family Field Guides as much as we do. There are Fandex Field Guides for SO many topics from Dinosaurs and Presidents to Shakespeare, DC Comics Wildflowers and SO much more! They are really age appropriate for a large variety of ages. I would say any child who is a fluent reader through adult- even younger children will enjoy the pictures and having the cards read to them. There is such a wealth of engaging information on each card, little readers are just as engaged as an adult. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE FANDEX OPTIONS
PEACEABLE KINGDOM STICKER FUN SETS
I've used and blogged about many Peaceable Kingdom brand items in the past and have always loved their quality and creativity. A few months ago I stumbled upon the Sticker Fun sets and ordered some for air travel we had coming up. They were a HUGE hit! The stickers are heavyweight- more like vinyl clings you'd put on a window and each set comes with several scenes to decorate. The stickers are super easy to remove and reuse countless times! There are SO many fun themes to choose from if you're doing a theme basket!
PICK A PUZZLE!
Puzzles are a main attraction at our house. I've bought a lot of them and I have three top favorite brands for kids puzzles: Ravensburger, Crocodile Creek and Mudpuppy. Puzzles are awesome Easter basket gifts because you can find them to match pretty much ANY theme and they are appropriate for all age levels when you scale by the number of pieces. Holiday is 6 now and will sit and do anything from a 24 pc puzzle to a 200pc. Anything beyond 200 pieces tends to lose her attention a little. For 100 pieces and under, she will sit and put them together on her own pretty quickly. For 200 pieces, she'll tend to start it in the morning, move on to other things and then come back and finish. Puzzles are great STEM builders and really good for developing problem solving skills!
Ravensburger: While the other two brands I mentioned are purely for kids, Ravensburger makes quality puzzles from toddler to adults-- so the possibilities for themes and subjects are endless. Ravensburger also makes a lot of Disney and other character themed puzzles-- so search for whatever you're looking for. They are top quality, nice heavy pieces!
Crocodile Creek: This is a super fun brand of kid puzzles. All nice, heavy puzzle pieces. The smaller pieced puzzles are all XL size and easy for little fingers. The puzzles in tubes are a puzzle PLUS a poster! They also have a series of truck puzzles where the box looks like a vehicle (pictured center in the collage below).
Mudpuppy: Mudpuppy makes all kinds of wonderful items for children. Again, their puzzle pieces are nice and heavy quality. For your littlest ones, their puzzles in a pouch are SO cute and a nice, easy 12 pieces. There are lots more pouch puzzles than I have pictured below, but you can shop all pouch puzzles here. Also below are some of their Puzzle Stick Puzzles which you can see all here. Each set contains SIX 8pc stick puzzles!
IF YOU STILL NEED A THEME...
If you really love themed baskets as much as I do-- there are SO many options here to mix these different products for a beautiful themed basket!
Dinosaurs, Super Heros, Construction, Vehicles, Princess, Mermaids, Sea/Ocean, Outer Space and so many more!
If you still need more ideas, there are SO many wonderful things on previous years' posts. Last year was all broken down into awesome themes!