We don’t do Easter bunny-type Easter around here so sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect toddler-friendly gifts for your little ones at Easter. We do try to focus Easter on Christ and not on gifts, but V is only 2.5 so we haven’t gotten too far into the Biblical story of Easter all that much. I think her gifts thus far have been of the ducks and headbands variety. This year, though, we felt V was old enough to actually participate in a Christ-focused Easter (and we’ve been slowly becoming stricter in our Mass expectations) so I wanted any Easter gifts to reflect that, while still throwing in a few items that while not directly Christ-focused, at least aren’t overly commercialized Easter-focused. Here are some Christ-centered Easter basket ideas for toddlers.
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- V is getting this book as a Holy Week gift. We’re giving it to her on Palm Sunday so we can read it throughout Holy Week to prep her for the Triduum.
- This one is so cute and is going in her basket. I’ve also heard great things about this one, this and this.
- We decided to hold off on a Bible for now, mostly because I can’t decide between this one and this one so I’m trying to get my FIL who runs a Catholic bookstore to get them both in so I can read them before I buy. I’ve heard great things about this one but lift-the-flap books don’t last long in our house.
- I looked through so many different “all about the Mass” books for toddlers and wasn’t thrilled with any of them until we came upon this Missal for Toddlers. I love it (and so does V).
- I have been eyeing this line of reusable coloring books and doodle pads for a while now. V loves to draw and these would be great options for a Mass or car bag.
- I have been obsessed with reusable snack bags for a while. I have these ones, these and this set all saved in my wishlist and I think putting a few pieces of fair trade organic dark chocolate in each would be a great way to include them in an Easter basket.
- V has recently become obsessed with all things girly and one of her favorites is painting her toenails. We skip the fingers for now because it’s easier and I know she won’t be eating the polish and we really love this brand as a non-toxic option that ranks really well on the EWG scale. The colors are vibrant, dry fairly quickly and I like that they don’t stay on super long so we can give her nails plenty of “breathe” time. She’s getting this gift set in her basket. It just arrived yesterday and two of the four are glittery which she will love since her glitter one dried up.
- A friend got this plush Jesus from Loyola Press and it is so cute. This one also looks cute and companionable.
- I absolutely love these Wee Believers, especially this Easter Lamb. V had a bunny who prayed and she loved it.
- We don’t have any Shining Light Dolls yet but they’re so beautiful and everyone I know who has them loves them. With the 100th anniversary shortly after Easter, this Our Lady of Fatima doll would be a great basket addition.
- V had one of the standard wooden children’s rosaries she got as a baptism gift but it has since fallen apart so we’re working on getting her a Chews Life one! I don’t think it is in the budget for this Easter but maybe for her main stocking gift at Christmas. I’m planning to get either their decade or a Mama necklace (or both) once #2 gets here. They also have beautiful First Communion bracelets if you have someone on your list preparing for the Sacrament.
V also got a new pair of sandals, a new dress and a new sweater (all secondhand) for Easter and she’s pretty excited. I picked her up a small bracelet and wooden rosary at our local Catholic bookstore to round out her basket (under $10 for both) and will pick her up a few pieces of fair trade dark chocolate (her favorite!) from our local health food store.
What are your favorite Christ-centered gifts for toddlers?