P.S. Easter is Sunday. You’re welcome.
Last week I threw away several gallon-sized Ziploc bags full of Halloween candy, so the Easter Bunny has been instructed to find non-edible items to fill Levon’s basket. My Easter gifting rules are the same as my Christmas ones — don’t give my kid a gift that results in work for me. Give him a toy he can play with silently and give me the gift of five minutes of peace. Below are my favorite calorie free, last minute gifts for kids. Because we all know who ends up eating that Easter candy.
Razor A Scooter
It’s always struck me as odd that Christmas merits grander gifts than Easter. He rose from the dead! Why are we not celebrating with bigger toys?! Levon has outgrown his current scooter, so the Bunny is upgrading him this year.
Levon owns (and wears) more costumes than clothing, and dress up is his favorite thing to play with friends. We recently dropped him off for a play date with an entire trunk of military gear. Costumes and accessories are his favorite gifts to receive.
For little artists, these are the best crayolas! And while you’re at, stock up on these colors of the world sets. I found individual packs of these at Dollar Tree and Levon loves them.
Dan&Darci Dig A Dozen Dino Eggs
These were a huge hit for the students in Levon’s class and easy enough for them to do themselves. Yes, they make a bit of mess, but that just means you have a reason to send the kids outside for 30 minutes!
Kane Kids Metallic Multi Sequins Backpack by State Bags
Maybe I was just a nerd, but I lived for new backpacks and school supplies. With so many kids heading back to school, it’s the perfect time to swap out traditional baskets for bags they’ll actually use.
Melissa & Doug Classic Money Playset
Levon loves playing restaurant and billing us for our order. He also makes us pay when we use bad language, but he demands real money for that.
Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter
I don’t know what it is about this toy, but every kid who comes in our house loves to play with it. And you can bet they charge each other with the money from the cash drawer above. (Tip: Our local Homegoods is a great place to find Melissa & Doug toys at a discount!)
UO Exclusive Basketball
Sports are finally starting up again but here in LA, every kid has to bring their own ball. Make sure your kid doesn’t lose track of theirs with these UO exclusive designs.
Washable Window Markers
Levon has French doors in his room that he loves to decorate. If your child is responsible enough to use these on glass only, they’re so much fun!
Jessica Butler is the co-founder of Raise, stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to Raise, she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old son, Levon.