15 Unique Easter Gift Ideas Your Family Can Enjoy at Home Together

Looking for alternatives to candy? Check out these fun Easter gifts that will help your family create lasting memories.

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March 26, 2020

Last year, a Virginia-based lifestyle blogger I follow shared that she and her husband have a pretty unique Easter tradition. To celebrate the arrival of spring and prepare their children for the warm weather ahead, they fill each of their kid's baskets with a new swimsuit and a pair of flip-flops. The gifts are simple but give their family a great excuse to set up a sprinkler in the backyard and spend some quality time together.

Because I prefer activities and experiences over things, too, that idea really resonated with me. So, I've decided to do something similar with my own family this year and gift items that they'll actually use. Here are 15 fun Easter gifts that you and your crew can enjoy at home together.

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Instead of an Easter egg hunt, surprise your kids with a hands-on Easter eggs-cavation. Just clear off the dining table after brunch and lay down some newspaper to designate your "dig site." Then divvy up the 12 clay eggs in this STEM kit and let your paleontologists use their toy chisels to reveal the plastic dinosaurs within. If you add notebooks and some on-theme stickers to their baskets, you can help them keep track of all the different species they see and practice their counting.

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Swap screen time for some imaginative play with this adorable at-home puppet theater, which includes a star garland and tie-back curtains. You can ensure that everyone has a role by filling their baskets with puppets or craft supplies to make their own characters. Then let the little ones take the lead for hours and hours of entertainment.

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Let's just say that your family movie nights are about to get way more interesting. If you've seen your fair share of flicks, fill their baskets with bags of popcorn and pair them with this Blockbuster Game. When you're ready to play, you'll divide into two teams and race to describe, quote and act out your favorite titles.

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Forget the bunny and chick-shaped marshmallows; satisfy their sweet tooths and make lasting memories by baking Easter cookies together. Put this four-pack of pastel cookie cutters in their basket, along with some icing and sprinkles, and whip up a batch of lambs, chicks, bunnies and butterflies after brunch.

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Take countless tours of the universe together by investing in a telescope for your backyard or patio. You can fill the kids' baskets with glow-in-the-dark star stickers and astronaut ice cream, and even snag guidebooks (read: copies of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry) for Mom and Dad.

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Brunch in the backyard, anyone? If a formal Easter feast isn't your thing, give everyone an Easter picnic basket packed with sandwiches, veggie sticks, fruit and trail mix. After enjoying their meal outside, the kids can convert these flip-open containers into adorable totes for books, dolls and toy cars.

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Break out the bathing suits! If you live in the South or somewhere that receives plenty of sun, you can pair this cute inflatable pool with Easter baskets full of fluffy towels, flip-flops and new sunglasses, and treat your family to a beach-style staycation in the backyard. The jungle leaf print is perfect for spring and summer and will look so good in your Instagram pictures.

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Teach creativity, cooperation and a little bit of engineering and physics with this massive marble run that the whole family will want to play with. The kit is perfect for ages four and up and includes 15 glass marbles that players can use to test tracks and race each other. But if you want to make things even more fun, I suggest you assign each person a color and put a coordinating bag in their basket.

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Even candy can't compete with treasures like these. Instead of coloring or painting inside, spend your Easter Sunday decorating the driveway with diamond-shaped sidewalk chalk. You can challenge each other to draw your best Easter bunnies, create a massive mural or play hopscotch.

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Special occasions should be documented, don't you think? Give everyone in your family a chance to play photographer by taking turns with this Ice Blue Instax Mini. To make things fair, you can fill everyone's basket with a box of film and a small photo album.

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Easter seems like a wonderful reason to send a little snail mail. Write letters together by gifting everyone an age-appropriate set of stationery. If you have toddlers or preschoolers, help them practice their penmanship with this petite booklet. You could even package their gift in a backpack that doubles as an animal friend.

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Bird-watching season is in full swing! Get your family in on the fun by gifting everyone wooden birdhouse kits that you can build together, a pair of binoculars and this bird-themed matching card game. You could even play it in the backyard and award bonus points for every real bird you see in the wild.

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Now here's a gift that will get everyone on their feet. Transform your motley crew into a team of star players by snagging this basketball hoop for the playroom. You can personalize the sign with your surname (for a small fee), use the chalkboards to keep score and surprise everyone with matching tees and water bottles.

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What better way to welcome spring than with a scavenger hunt in your own backyard? The prize is a family art project. Put a list of natural items in each basket (think: flowers, leaves, pebbles, sticks, etc.), and then send everyone outside to collect their specimens. Afterward, you can use this simple sun printing kit to transform those treasures into artwork that you can frame and hang.

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Let the good times roll, am I right? If your family loves to do laps around the neighborhood, challenge everyone to try something new by gifting pairs of top-of-the-line roller skates. This adjustable set is ideal for any growing beginners or intermediates with a pineapple print that's just perfect for spring.

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