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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11 Great Gifts for Retro Gaming Fans

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No Starch Press/Amazon

Video games are more realistic, expansive, and ambitious than ever, but there’s one thing that most modern titles can’t offer: a hit of nostalgia. If you’re shopping for the retro gaming enthusiast in your life, check out these 11 gift suggestions that promise to level up their holiday season.

1. Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp; $30

The Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp is pictured
Paladone/Amazon

Liven up a stagnant work area or nightstand with this cool LED lamp in the likeness of Pac-Man’s ghost nemesis. It can flash in a variety of different colors, and at a compact 8 inches tall, you can buy more than one to haunt your living space.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Street Fighter II Home Arcade; $245

Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet.
ARCADE1UP/Amazon

Relive the sweaty palms and raw fingertips of your youth with this Street Fighter II arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The entire package is true to its classic arcade roots, with era-appropriate artwork adorning the outside and buttons and joysticks that look like they were transported right out of a '90s Pizza Hut. But this cabinet comes with a bonus: Instead of just getting Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, it also plays Street Fighter ll: The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. If you're not in the mood for competitive play, the company also offers a retro Star Wars arcade cabinet, featuring games based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Level One Donkey Kong T-Shirt; $41

A Level One 'Donkey Kong' T-shirt is pictured
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Show off your love of arcade gaming with this cool design that depicts Mario’s earliest challenge: navigating the barrel-tossing rage of a giant ape.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

4. Playstation Coasters; $12

A set of four Playstation coasters is pictured
Paladone/Amazon

Keep beverage stains off your gaming-adjacent furniture with this set of four coasters depicting classic Playstation controller buttons.

Buy It: Amazon

5. SEGA Genesis Mini-Console: $79

Sega Mini Classic System.
Sega/Amazon

Flash back to the Genesis era with this retro console that features over 40 games from SEGA’s heyday, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter. The system also features a port of the arcade version of Tetris, which never actually made its way to the original Genesis.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks; $11

Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks are pictured
Sock It To Me/Amazon

Keep it professional in a suit but game on underneath with these dress socks featuring iconic game controllers from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.

Buy It: Amazon

7. The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox; $19


No Starch Press/Amazon

Take in a photographic history of gaming consoles, from the vintage devices of the ‘70s like the Magnavox Odyssey on through Nintendo’s reign and the emergence of Sony and Microsoft. In all, 86 consoles are on display, ending with the era of the PS4 and Wii U.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nintendo Super Mario Bowser Vs. Mario 3-Pack Diorama; $26

A Nintendo Super Mario and Bowser diorama is pictured
World of Nintendo/Amazon

Let other people display fine art. You can show off this diorama depicting the biggest rivalry in retro gaming between Mario and Bowser. You'll also get a Bob-Omb figurine, just in case you want to recreate one of the duo's video game battles.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Playstation Wallet; $25

A Playstation wallet is pictured
SONY PlayStation/Amazon

Keep your cards and cash in one place with this Playstation-shaped wallet. There's even a button-snap opening in the shape of the system's disc tray.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Pong Shirt; $38

A 'Pong' T-shirt is pictured
80sTees.com

Go so retro that Millennials won’t even know what you’re referencing with this nod to the popular game Pong.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

11. The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater
Nintendo/Amazon

It may call itself ugly, but those pixelated images of Link from Legend of Zelda are nothing but gorgeous to retro gamers. There's also a Mario version, if the portly Italian plumber is more your style.

Buy It: Amazon

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Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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