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Great gifts to put in the Easter basket

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Hippity hoppity the Easter bunny is on his way to deliver sweet treats and other goodies to boys and girls. In addition to yummy chocolate, what else are you going to put in your child’s basket? Below is a list of some cool ideas of what to put in the Easter basket. Happy Easter!

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Cloud b
After a long day of egg hunts and eating lots of chocolates, children can cuddle up and wind down with Cloud b’s soft, soothing Glow Cuddles Bunny, the new nighttime companion to help soothe children to sleep. This soft cuddly plush character combines sight and touch to help calm even the fussiest child. Its calming, touch-activated rhythm mimics a steady heartbeat as it projects a soft glow. ($32.95/all ages) For kids on the go, Twinkles To Go Octo is a great solution for soothing sleep no matter where bedtime lands. The smiley-faced plastic shell sits atop a soft base of round bubbly octopus arms illuminating its magical imagery in soothing colors to help ease children’s fear of the dark. ($19.95/all ages) For more information on these sleep-friendly products and others from Cloud b, please visit www.cloudb.com.

Barbie
What little girl wouldn’t love a new Barbie doll and/or new Barbie movie in her Easter basket? In Barbie: The Pearl Princess, Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid who dreams of being a princess. As long as she can remember, she’s had a magical power that makes pearls dance and glow! Lumina, and her best friend Kuda, a pink seahorse, embark on an adventure to a majestic mer-kingdom. There, she uses her powers to help her friends prepare for the Royal Ball. Lumina then discovers that her magical pearls are the key to unlocking her true destiny and ultimately saving the kingdom. After watching the film, girls can recreate scenes from the film with their very own Barbie The Pearl Princess Lumina Doll. This gorgeous doll changes her look with the press of a button. Push the pearl button and her outfit transforms from mermaid to mermaid princess. For an added dramatic effect, her hair changes color in water, with pink streaks appearing and disappearing. Both items are available on www.amazon.com and the DVD is currently $14.99 and the doll is $16.12.

God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren
What better gift in the Easter basket then Lisa Tawn Bergren’s book God Gave Us Easter (MSRP $10.99). The book is about Little Cub and as she celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand. The “God Gave Us” series is wildly popular and has sold over one million copies. The books continue to teach children three and up important biblical truths in a way they can understand. The next one in the series, God Gave Us Angels will be releasing in September. The book can be purchased at www.amazon.com.

Ragtales
You can’t have an Easter basket without a beautiful plush bunny such as Fifi from Ragtales, a company that has a fine assortment of soft toys inspired by the heritage of English life and designed with a fresh French flair. Each Ragtales toy is an original design beautifully crafted with gorgeous handpicked fabrics and ultra soft high quality velour. Fifi is a gorgeous white rabbit with a fluffy tail and contrasting fabric stitched into her ears and the soles of her feet she is dressed with delight in a pink floral gathered skirt and matching hand-crocheted top. Fifi retails for $32.99 at FAO Schwartz.

VTech
Need something fun for a little one? Check out the new Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles from VTech. These electronic play vehicles are perfectly sized for little hands and entertain children with a light-up button that activates music and sounds. Little ones will also learn about different letters and vehicle names through pretend play. A new ATV, convertible, and bulldozer, airplane and dump truck join a line-up that includes a car, van, truck, ambulance, fire truck, police car, tow truck, helicopter, cement mixer, tractor and two race cars. The vehicles are recommended for ages 1 to 5 and each one has a suggested retail price of $7.99 each. They are available at www.vtechkids.com and major retailers.

Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter
Pinkalicious, written and illustrated by Victoria Kann, is the uber popular book series cherished by little girls. In this book, Pinkalicious wakes up on Easter morning, finds a note from Edgar Easter Bunny that sends the Pinkerton family on an eggsciting Easter scavenger hunt! This adorable book is a treat for the whole family and it even includes stickers for kids to enjoy. The book retails for $4.99 and is available at www.amazon.com.

Pottytime for Chickies
This lovable, heart-warming series makes a great gift for any new family and is a perfect gift in the Easter basket for newborns and toddlers to enjoy. Pottytime for Chickies, written and illustrated by Janee Trasler is a playful and helpful book for all parents and children as they go through potty training! The book features engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover. The book retails for $8.99 and is available on www.amazon.com.

Transformers Rescue Bots
Little boys will love opening up their Easter basket and finding a cool new Transformer. This two-pack assortment is designed for little hands and includes the iconic characters from the television show in all new forms. Each pack contains two adventurous figures that are perfect for preschool play. Choose from Optimus Prime, Heatwave THE FIRE-BOT, BumbleBee, and Blades THE COPTER-BOT figures; each sold separately. Each pack has a suggested retail price of $6.99 and they are available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Gazillion Bubbles
An Easter basket is not complete without bubbles! Check out Gazillion Bubbles from Funrise, which is now produced in the USA. This top secret “super solution” has been formulated to create the biggest, brightest most colorful bubbles on earth! Each 8 ounce or 2- liter bottle of Gazillion Bubbles solution comes with a specially designed 9-in-1 bubble wand that easily snaps into the cap. The 2-liter bottle of bubbles retail for $5.99 at Toys R Us.

Play-Doh Makeables
Play-Doh is another great gift to put in the Easter basket. Play-Doh lets kids be creative and they love it! Kids can create fun projects on the go with the Color Sticks Makeables. Each themed project includes six colorful sticks of compound, three collectable cards and step-by-step instructions on how to make the featured card creation. These easy-to-use packs are available in three themes including Aqua Ocean Adventure, Berry Bright Bakery and Primary Pets. Each pack retails for $2.99 and they are available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Rabbids Invasion
Based on the successful Rabbids video game franchise and Rabbids Invasion, the new 26-episode CG animated television series, which debuted in August and became a hit on Nickelodeon, McFarlane Toys recently introduced a full product line inspired by the hilarious, impulsive and pop-culture loving Rabbids. The complete Rabbids toy line includes customizable figures, plush and accessories in a variety of sizes and materials, as well as novelty toys with electronic light and sound such as the Rabbids Plunger Sound Blaster (MSRP $14.99). Kids will have a blast with this one. Command your wacky army of Rabbids with 15 unique Rabbids sounds: Bwaaah, burp, fart, flush, laugh, and scream your way into the unpredictable Rabbids world! Once you’ve mastered the Rabbids language, put the Plunger Sound Blaster into prank mode and play a joke on your unsuspecting friends. Another option for the Easter basket is the Rabbids Sound and Action Figures 2-Packs (MSRP $14.99). Check out Chicken Surprise & Plunger Face, which is really funny. All you do is pull the chicken head back and hear it cluck, then release to shoot egg and hear the Rabbids silly laugh! Then pull the plunger back and hear a Rabbid noise, then release to smack the Rabbid in the face and hear it yell. Both toys are recommended for kids 5 and up and are available for purchase at Toys R Us and Walmart.

MAM
Perfect for a babies Easter basket is The Oral Care Rabbit and Start Pacifier from MAM are the perfect gifts for baby’s Easter basket. Did you know it was important to take care of your baby’s oral hygiene even before they have teeth? Well it is because they can still collect bacteria in their mouths. The MAM Oral Care Rabbit can help you maintain your baby’s oral hygiene with their adorable Oral Care Rabbit. All you have to do is tuck your fingers into the rabbit’s super soft “ears” like a glove and gently massage and clean baby’s gums. Regular use of the MAM Oral Care Rabbit also helps prepare baby for a regular tooth brushing routine at an early age. The Oral Care Rabbit comes in blue or pink and retails for $5.99 at www.amazon.com. The Start Pacifier is specifically designed for newborn babies up to 2 months. It’s extra small and features a lightweight shield that is curved for maximum comfort with a textured surface and openings that allow air circulation so your baby's skin can breathe. The pacifier also features an ultra soft silicone nipple, which has an anti-slip texture so it stays comfortably in your baby's mouth and is orthodontically correct. The pacifiers come in an assortment of designs and are available in a two pack for $5.99 at www.buybuybaby.com.

Caterpillar and Friends apparel collection
2014 marks the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, a global best seller that is beloved by parents, caregivers, educators, and children. Babies will look cute and stylish in the adorable apparel featuring the very hungry caterpillar from Eric Carle's iconic book of the same name. The collection includes rompers, shortalls and playsuits. They are extremely soft since they are made with 100% Peruvian pima cotton. The apparel is pre-washed, pre-shrunk and made in Peru in socially responsible factories. The collection comes in sizes 0-3months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months. The prices range from$35- $39 depending on the piece and all pieces are available on www.amazon.com.

Disney
Sweet and adventurous Nemo found himself on a brand new collection of Disney Baby products for boys and girls consisting of swimwear, flip-flops, beach towels, sunglasses and more. All the pieces are lovely especially the cute beach towel, which can be personalized with baby’s name. The towel retails for $19.95 and it’s an extra $4.95 for personalization. Little girls will be able to swim “under the sea” with these super cute starfish-shaped goggles featuring an image of Ariel on each lens. The goggles are priced at $7.95 and both items are available at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

Fisher-Price
These Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas are new from Fisher-Price and they are sure to bring out the musical talent in your little one. It comes in a set of two and features easy to grab handles that include soft 'pom pom' bottoms, which are easy for baby to tap and play. The maracas are recommended for 3+ months and retail for $6.99 at Toys R Us.

Crayola
From crayons, paints, markers, chalk and so much more, Crayola products are perfect for the Easter basket. They have a great product called My First Crayola Egg-Shaped Crayons for little ones working on his/her hand and eye coordination. The crayons are fun and easy-to-grip and come in a set of three. The crayons are recommended for ages 12+ and retail for $5.99 at Toys R Us. The Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go is a fantastic product to keep the kids busy if you plan on doing any travel by car. It gives you a portable writing surface and storage for your children’s creations as well as three markers. You know what the best thing about this kit is? The markers only color on special paper, therefore will not color skin, furniture or carpets. The stow & go kit is recommended or ages 3+ and retails for $8.99 at www.crayola.com.

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