11 Whimsical (Non-Candy) Easter Basket Stuffers for Kids

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Presenting kids with an overflowing basket stuffed with seasonal candy—and forcing them to hunt for even more—may be a time-honored Easter tradition, but this year, you may want to stuff your kid's basket with something other than just chocolate bunnies. Whether you’re trying to cut back on sugar altogether or just give kids something to play with after they’ve exhausted their candy reserves, there are plenty of non-candy Easter basket stuffers out there that kids will be just excited to receive as Peeps or Sour Patch bunnies. Here are a few non-candy Easter surprises that come stuffed in plastic eggs.

1. WATINC Kawaii Squishy Toys

A selection of Easter eggs stuffed with plush toys

WATINC, Amazon

These brightly colored eggs come stuffed with whimsical, squishy toys in the shape of pandas, croissants, teeth, and other silly characters.

Buy them on Amazon for $22 for 24.

2. JOINART Minifigure Easter Basket Stuffers

Minifigures in front of colorful plastic Easter eggs

Joinart, Amazon

These Joinart eggs come stuffed with minifigure characters that kids put together themselves. The designs include race car drivers, police officers, astronauts, and more.

Buy them from Amazon for $22 for 24.

3. Easter Eggs Filled With Pokémon Figurines

Pokemon figurines near colorful plastic Easter eggs

Bcg Distribution, Walmart

Pokémon fans will be delighted by these eggs stuffed with miniature figurines. All 24 2-inch plastic eggs contain a different Pokémon character, including Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and more.

Buy them from Walmart for $20 for 24.

4. Easter Egg Stampers

Stamps in the shape of Easter eggs

All Clearance, Walmart

Nurture your favorite youngster’s artistic side with these plastic eggs, which break apart to reveal an Easter-themed stamp in a different color.

Buy them from Walmart for $10 for 12.

5. Easter Eggs Filled With Diecast Cars

Diecast toy cars with colorful plastic Easter eggs

FUN LITTLE TOYS, Amazon

Future gearheads will geek out over these toy-filled eggs, each of which comes with a diecast car. No two toys in a set are the same—kids can choose an off-roader, a police car, a pick-up, a fire truck, and more.

Buy them on Amazon for $17 for 12.

6. ESSENSON Soft Slime Easter Eggs

Three Easter eggs with purple and blue slime falling out of them and three small toys next to them

ESSENSON, Amazon

These colorful eggs come stuffed with iridescent slime that kids can take out and play with to their hearts’ content. The goo-filled eggs also come with a toy hidden inside the depths of the slime—a tiny chick, rabbit, or bird’s nest.

Buy them on Amazon for $13 for three.

7. Plush Finger Puppet Easter Eggs

An assortment of plush animal finger puppets

FUN LITTLE TOYS, Amazon

This 18-pack of plush toys comes with 12 finger puppets—six aquatic animals and six terrestrial animals—as well as six animal pendants designed to hang from backpacks and bags.

Buy them on Amazon for $24 for 18.

8. Prextex Easter Eggs Filled With Mini Dinosaurs

Dinosaur toys and stamps with plastic Easter eggs

Prextex, Amazon

Young paleontologists will be psyched to pop open these eggs to find dinosaurs inside. The bigger eggs contain miniature dinosaur figurines, while the smaller eggs pop open to reveal a dinosaur stamp.

Buy them on Amazon for $12 for 12.

9. LEGO Easter Egg Hunt Building Kit

A LEGO Easter Egg Hunt set

LEGO, Amazon

It doesn’t come stuffed in plastic eggs, but this Easter LEGO set is too cute to resist. It comes with two minifigures and three locations with compartments in which you can hide LEGO eggs for the perfect Easter-morning hunt.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.

10. Prextex Jumbo Easter Eggs With Clay Dough

Easter eggs stuffed with modeling clay in the shape of dinosaurs

Prextex, Walmart

This set of dinosaur-themed eggs is for budding scientists and artists alike. The jumbo 4-inch eggs come with three colors of modeling clay each and two different dinosaur molds. Kids can make their own clay dinosaurs or ditch the mold and create their own shapes.

Buy them from Walmart for $11 for three.

11. Easter Eggs With Mini Bubbles

Miniature bottles of bubble soap next to plastic Easter eggs

Curious Minds Busy Bags, Walmart

Encourage your kids to keep playing outside long after their Easter egg hunt is over with these eggs, which are stuffed with miniature bottles of bubbles.

Buy them from Walmart for $14 for 12.

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Microwave Your Food Safely With This Soft Silicone Lunch Box

ParentDiary
ParentDiary

Even if the contents of your lunch are healthy, the container you pack it in may pose a threat to your health. Heating up some plastic food storage containers can release harmful chemicals, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics warns families to avoid putting such products in the microwave or dishwasher. (And there's still some debate as to what constitutes a microwave-safe plastic.) But the All-Silicone Lunch Box, a storage product currently raising money on Kickstarter, is strong enough to stand up to a range of temperatures, allowing you to safely put it in the freezer, the microwave, and the dishwasher.

This lunch container is made from silicone instead of plastic, making it a safer choice for kids and adults. The flexible box is easy to seal, open, and wash (either by hand or in the dishwasher). And whether you're using it to store leftovers in the freezer or heat up your lunch in the office kitchen, the All-Silicone Lunch Box is designed to maintain its shape and not leech anything unsavory into your food.

After originally releasing a single-compartment box, ParentDiary has now developed a lunch box with dividers, too. The container is now available with three compartments (perfect for snacks or bento boxes), or two compartments (with each side just big enough to fit half a sandwich).

The All-Silicone Lunch Box has over a month left to reach its $4000 funding goal and has raised $1000 so far.

Pledge $12 or more on Kickstarter by May 19 to reserve your own lunch box, with shipping set for June. For more packed lunch inspiration (including some other great silicone options), check out these products.

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13 Products to Keep You Dry on Rainy Days

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Alexander Mueller, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

April showers bring May flowers … plus soggy shoes, wet hair, and dripping, broken umbrellas. If you’re looking to stay dry this rainy season, consider picking up some of this gear.

1. Bogs Auburn Boot

These are a rare find: Rain boots that are both functional and cute. Bogs gave us a pair to test out, and we’ve been tempted to wear them even when it isn’t raining. The Chelsea-style ankle-high boots have a slight heel and a zipper so you don’t have to awkwardly try to stuff your feet into them. They’re 100 percent waterproof, equipped with moisture wicking technology to keep feet dry (and stink-free!), and have a slip-resistant outsole. And thanks to gel cushioning in the footbed, they’re super comfortable. (The men’s version, available for $70, is also waterproof and is available in three colors.)

Buy it on Bogs for $120 or from one of the retailers below:

2. Levi’s Women’s Faux Leather Anorak Jacket

A woman in a maroon rain jacket

Levi's, Amazon

This hooded, rubber faux leather anorak jacket comes in 11 colors; it has zipper and button closure, plus adjustable cuffs, to keep the rain out. One reviewer described the coat as “practical yet stylish.” The best part? It’s machine washable.

Buy it on Amazon from $39 or at one of the retailers below:

3. Levi’s Men’s Rubberized Parka

A man in a black faux-rubber jacket

Levi's, Amazon

Levi’s also makes a rubberized parka for men that comes in three colors.

Buy it on Amazon from $72.

4. Sharpty Inverted Umbrella

An open green Sharpty umbrella next to the same umbrella as it looks folded up

Sharpty, Amazon

This highly rated umbrella opens in reverse—so when you close it, water stays firmly inside and doesn’t get all over you or the floor—and it's designed to withstand bursts of wind up to 60 mph. Made with carbon fiber and equipped with a C-shaped handle that makes holding and storage easy, it’s available in a staggering 26 patterns/colors, ranging from plain old black to the New York City skyline. And it’s big enough to fit two people underneath.

Buy it on Amazon starting at $16.

5. Drybrella

Two Drybrella bags next to a backpack and a purse with umbrellas wrapped in Drybrellas inside

Drybrella, Amazon

These polyester pouches—which accommodate umbrellas up to 12 inches long—are lined with microfiber so you can stash wet umbrellas in your bag or backpack without getting everything else wet.

Buy it on Amazon for $10 for two or at Walmart for $9.

6. Waterproof Elastic Gardening Headwear

A woman wears a hands-free umbrella on her head

MAGIFIRE, Amazon

Perhaps you hate when the wind blows your hood off, or maybe you want a moisture-free perimeter to keep the stuff in your hands dry. We’re not here to judge, merely to provide you with a product that could help solve your problems. This 36-inch-diameter hat has an adjustable headband and folds down to 10 inches for easy stowing. Its top layer is also reflective, which means you can wear it when you’re working in the sun, too.

Buy it on Amazon for $13.

7. Columbia Men’s Watertight Cap

A waterproof black cap

Columbia, Amazon

If elaborate headwear isn’t your thing, this nylon hat—which comes in three colors—will also work.

Buy it on Amazon or at Columbia Sportswear for $25.

8. Lightspeed Outdoors Sport Shelter

A blue and gray pop-up shelter

Lightspeed Outdoors, Amazon

If you find yourself at many of rain-or-shine events, considering picking up this pop-up shelter. At nearly 9 feet wide and almost 5 feet tall, it has enough space to fit four friends, and it’s equipped with sun protection and a PU coating, so it’s appropriate for both sun and rain. And it packs down small (49 inches by 5 inches) for easy storage.

Buy it on Amazon for $80.

9. Harry Potter Crests Color Changing Umbrella

A black-and-white and a colored version of the Harry Potter umbrella

Bioworld, Amazon

This officially licensed Harry Potter umbrella features Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff house crests and changes color when wet. The company also sells a Marauder’s Map-themed umbrella as well as a Hogwarts-themed one and one decorated with magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter.

Buy it on Amazon or Walmart for $17.

10. CloudTen Helmet-Shaped Umbrella

A woman peeks out from under a CloudTen umbrella

CloudTen, Amazon

In addition to looking a bit like Darth Vader’s helmet, this umbrella’s design makes it virtually impossible to blow inside out, even in the windiest weather. It’s also a good option for city dwellers—you’re less likely to take another pedestrian’s eyes out!

Buy it at Amazon for $23.

11. Mini Umbrella

A diagram of the size of the pocket umbrella open and folded up

Fidus, Amazon

There’s nothing worse than being caught in the rain without an umbrella—so pick up one of these ultra-small (just 6.6 inches) umbrellas and carry it with you at all times.

Buy it on Amazon for $15.

12. Alex Carseon Multi-Purpose Tray

Four images of the Alex Carseon multi-purpose tray being used to store boots, gardening tools, a bucket, and cat food

Alex Carseon, Amazon

Keep muddy boots and shoes contained with this polypropylene tray, which measures 30 inches long and 15 inches wide.

Buy it on Amazon for $17.

13. Osprey Ultralight Rain Cover

An Osprey rain cover folded up

Osprey, Amazon

Available in three sizes, this cover wraps around packs and equipment to keep them dry. It's equipped with reflective elements (which is especially helpful if you're biking), a cinch attachment, a hipbelt, and harness attachments—plus, it packs down small, so you can easily fold it back into your bag when the rain clears up.

Buy it on Amazon from $30 or at one of the retailers below:

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