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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Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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