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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Wayfair Is Offering Up to 75 Percent Off on Furniture, Rugs, and Pet Essentials Through Tuesday

Wayfair
Wayfair

If you’re looking to upgrade your home furniture in the new year, turn to Wayfair. From orthopedic dog beds to convertible couches to luxuriously soft bedding, the online retailer has just about anything you can imagine to spice up your home décor. And through Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. EST, shoppers can save up to 75 percent on hundreds of items. Check out some of our favorite deals below.

Living Room Furniture

- Corwin Twin Convertible Sofa $134 (Save $16)
- Swiger Sleeper $481 (Save $57)
- Spraggins Armchair $195 (Save $135)
- Oday Wingback Chair $297 (Save $72)
- Luper Tufted Storage Ottoman $127 (Save $212)
- Tannis Futon Chair $183 (Save $11)

Pet Essentials

- Ginny Pet Crate $88 (Save $83)
- 72-Inch Mya Cat Tree $64 (Save $165)
- Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Dog Sofa $22 (Save $28)
- Cathey Wooden Litter Box Cabinet $142 (Save $9)
- Ian Double Bowl Elevated Feeder $82 (Save $50)
- Boris Ultra Plush Cooling Gel Foam Pillow $23 (Save $27)

Dining Room Furniture

A Wayfair stool
Wayfair

- Marni Bar & Counter Stool $54 (Save $9)
- Boyes Dining Table $187 (Save $13)
- Chelsey Four-Piece Solid Wood Dining Set $256 (Save $256)
- Eaman Dining Table $215 (Save $45)
- Abbey Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table $847 (Save $910)
- Abbey Solid Wood Dining Table $727 (Save $744)

Extra Storage

- Petrone Combo Laundry Center $42 (Save $51)
- Cubeicals Shoe Storage Bench $69 (Save $17)
- Caryl Overdoor Six-Shelf Cabinet Door Organizer $35 (Save $17)
- Arapahoe 24-Inch-By-32-Inch Cabinet $102 (Save $83)
- Wicker Oval Double Laundry Hamper $60 (Save $10)

Bedroom Furniture

-Geraldine 4 Drawer Chest $195 (Save $15)
-Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard $75 (Save $64)
- Eichhorn Platform Bed $102 (Save $150)
- Kemmerer Vanity Set with Mirror $206 (Save $303)
- Rossford 6 Drawer Double Dresser $263 (Save $42)
- Amher Adjustable Bed Base $271 ( Save $129)

Rugs

Wayfair flower rug
Wayfair

- Brandt Blue Area Rug $26 (Save $52)
- Abstract Multicolor Area Rug $25 (Save $73)
- Shiflett Flatweave Dark Gray Area Rug $31 (Save $29)
- Meador Hand-Braided Natural Area Rug $38 (Save $40)
- Geometric Gray/Ivory Area Rug $34 (Save $25)

Bedding

- Adena Ultra Soft Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set $33 (Save $97)
- Eldon Solid Color Sheet Set $25 (Save $35)
- Kiril Duvet Cover Set $25 (Save $75)
- Arrington Ruffle Skirt Bedspread Set $61 (Save $89)

Outdoor Décor

- Marquis Vertical Hello Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $14 (Save $10)
- Arden Welcome Paw 36-Inch-By-24-Inch Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $33 (Save $10)
- Midori Planter Box $73 (Save $37)

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These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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