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Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way.

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Looking for some cute ideas to fill your child’s Easter basket? Here’s some great ideas, conventional and non conventional.

The Dell Venue 8 ($179.00 to $249.99) is an Intel-powered 8-inch tablet that features HD graphics and multitouch capabilities. The Venue 8 boasts an ultra sleek and thin design making it easy for little hands to grasp. Weighing under one pound, the Venue 8 is the perfect size to slip in your purse or your child’s backpack. The Dell Venue 8 comes loaded with the latest Android-Jellybean operating system. And for you techies, is powered by the Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor and has an extended battery life of up to nearly eight hours. Available in black or red, the company sent my kid tester its black version. My kid tester typically is swiping her mom’s iPad so she was very excited to have her own tablet to use. Set up was relatively easy simply connect to your WiFi and load the included Microsoft Office 2013 software. My kid tester was ready to download a few of her favorite games and also watch a movie or two. The Dell Venue 8 is a great addition to your child’s Easter basket and one that is sure to captivate their attention for hours. STARS: *****

Another good idea for an older child’s Easter basket is Cool Gear’s Pink Mason Jar ($9.99). My tester loved the Mason Jar's slide opener/closer and cool plastic straw. It's easy to wash and dishwasher safe. STARS: ****

Parents who are searching for goodies not sweets should consider tucking a few Chapsticks ($.99 to $2.18) into their child’s Easter basket. This spring Chapstick introduced two new flavors, Pomegranate Gumdrop and Citrus Jelly Bean. Available for a limited time these sweet new flavors were a hit with my kid testers. And for those of you who may not want a flavored Chapstick, try its Hydration Lock ($2.49 to $2.99). According to the company, its Hydration Lock, “ provides instant smoothness and reflect light in a way that it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.” My tester thought it provided her lips with full coverage and a smooth base to place her lipstick. STARS: ****

Warm Tradition’s Lamb Hot Water Bottle ($19.95) is cute and functional. My kid tester had swim ear and woke in the middle of the night crying. Her mom filled Warm Tradition’s Lamb Hot Water Bottle with the hottest water from her faucet and tightly screwed the top on and slipped the rubber water water bottle back into the soft Lamb. After placing the hot water bottle under her daughter’s ear, she drifted off to sleep. According to the company, the Lamb Hot Water Bottle can also be used to, “sooth aches with ears, stomach, head and muscles.” It’s also a plus for those cold winter nights. The hot water bottles are travel sized and made of eco-friendly thermoplastic making it odorless, safe and fully recyclable. Each bottle is also BPA free and comes with a two year warranty against manufacturing defects. STARS: ***1/2

Nerf N-Sports Sonic Howler Flying Disc ($9.99) actually howls when it flies through the air. That earned some cool points with my kid tester. Not just an average frisby, the Nerf N-Sports Sonic Howler is definitely an upgrade. STARS: ***

Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0 ($19.99) is the ultimate bubble fountain. It’s easy to set up and with a push of one button your entire backyard is filled with bubbles galore. My kid testers spent a good half hour outside chasing bubbles and giggling. Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon includes one eight ounce bottle of non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution. A great addition to your Easter Egg hunt this year. Parents make note, four AA batteries are needed and unfortunately not included. STARS: *****

Play-Doh Color Sticks Makeables ($2.99) includes six colorful sticks, three collectable cards and step-by-step instructions. My mom tester thought these packs were perfect for play date and/or to bring to a restaurant to keep kid entertained. A perfect size to slip into an Easter basket , Play-Doh Color Sticks come in different assorted themes including Aqua Ocean Adventure, Berry Bright Bakery and Primary Pets.

What Easter basket is complete without a Lindt Gold Bunny? New this year, the company has introduced its Lindt Gold Bunny All Ears ($6.99) which includes the traditional delicious hollow milk chocolate as well as a cute pair of plush Gold Bunny ears. My kid tester loved wearing her Gold Bunny ears whilst munching away on her chocolate bunny and mom was happy that the Lindt Bunny was hollow. Also a great addition to your Easter are Lindor’s Milk Chocolate Mini Egg Bag ($2.99) featuring milk chocolate truffle eggs. Great for stuffing those plastic Easter eggs with. And lastly, check out the Lindt Carrot Box ($6.99), a cute oversized carrot box filled with milk chocolate mini hollow figures, hazelnut crisp bugs and bees, hazelnut crisp chocolate carrots and Lindor milk chocolate eggs. It’s an adorable addition to any child’s Easter basket and a great teacher’s or hostess gift as well. STARS: ****

Did you know that over 700 million Peeps are eaten every Easter? This year, Peeps has quite a wide selection of products to choose from, including a few Pinterest worthy ones. Ironically my kid testers favorite ones were the traditional yellow Peeps. However their friends who attended the Peep tasting party all had their own personal preferences including: Chocolate Mouse Bunnies; Dark Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Mouse Flavored Peeps; Milk Chocolate Dipped Peeps; Yellow Peeps Chick in Chocolate Egg ($3.50); Milk Chocolate Peepsters; and Peeps Rainbow Pop – which truly is worth pinning. STARS: **** has quite a few Easter themed gifts that can be included in your child’s Easter basket. The company sent its Crayola Write Start Colored Pencils ($5.35) to my kid tester. Eight colored pencils are included and packaged in reforested wood. My kid tester liked how the pencils gripped in her hands and their colorful fruit prints. STARS: ***1/2’s adorable Cute Chick T-Shirt is available in children sizes too. The company sent my child tester a kids’ medium. Made from a preshrunk cotton polyester blend, this t-shirt is cute and comfortable. My kid tester received quite a few compliments on her new t-shirt after just one wear. STARS: ****

Playmobil Eggs are already prepackaged and ready to be including in your child’s Easter basket. The company sent my toy testers its Native American Girl with Forrest Animals Egg ($8.99); and Flower Fairy with Enchanted Tree Egg ($8.99). Each egg twists open to reveal the enclosed toys. My kid testers thought the Playmobil Eggs were unique and mom was happy they weren’t filled with candy. Available in four colors: orange, magenta, blue and yellow. STARS: ****

Easter means treats and Nestle has a wide array of sweets to tempt and fill those plastic Easter eggs for your Easter hunt. New this year is Nestle’s Hard2Find Egg Hunt Outdoor Kit ($6.50) which includes camouflaged eggs that look like outdoor objects, i.e., bark, rocks, concrete, grass and flowers. Each egg is prefilled with Wonka favorites like Nerds, SweetTarts and Laffy Taffy. My kid tester had fun hiding the eggs on each other and seeing who could find them the fastest. Nestle also has a Hard2Find Egg Hunt Indoor Kit ($6.50) which includes creative hiding possibilities via hanging strings, suction cups, adhesive stickers and glow in the dark eggs. My kid testers had a lot of fun trying to find these eggs as they could be hidden in nontraditional spaces – a huge hit. Nestle also has prepackaged candies that are perfectly sized for those plastic Easter eggs including Nestle’s SweeTARTS Gummies and Jelly Bean Pouches ($8.59); Wonka Laffy Taffy Jelly Beans ($2.49); Butterfinger NestEggs and Crunch NestEggs ($2.68); Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans ($2.49); and Wonka Egg Fillers ($3.99). My kid testers were overcome with the many options and relished in the opportunity to try each sweet treat. Nestle’s Butterfinger Bunny and Crunch Bunny ($3.49) are a unique take on a traditional milk chocolate bunny. This solid bunny is not for the faint of heart, 5.5 ounces of Butterfinger or Crunch. It’s enough chocolate to fill any coco-lover. STARS: ****

Style Me Up! Makeup Artist ($14.99) is a super-sized sketchbook kit that includes real makeup for girls to play with. My kid tester fell in love with this sketchbook and wouldn’t stop playing with it. The kit includes 28 sketch pages, four stencil sheets, more than 100 stickers, six coloring pencils, nine colors of eye shadow, four colors of lip gloss, one color of blush, two applicators, and color instructions. My tester had fun experimenting on her little sister who also thought the sketchbook was totally awesome. STARS: *****

Another great idea for Easter is a Gold Rush Panning Kit ($39.95). Each set contains all of the essential tools required for panning, including anywhere from $5 to $500 worth of real gold. How cool is that? My kid tester used her Gold Rush Panning Kit during a play date. She and her playmate had so much fun finding the gold and it was an activity that could be done without total parent supervision -- a great interactive gift. STARS: ****’s Jellycat Nugget Bunny ($17.50) is soft and cuddly. This vanilla bunny’s cute black eyes reflect your child’s loving stare. A great present for your little one this Easter. STARS: ****

Prepping the house to host Easter?’s Nearly Natural Peony Wreath ($53.96) is 24 inches round and filled with a mixture of bright and cream colored peonies and hydrangea. Made of plastic, this wreath will last through many Easter seasons. STARS: ***1/2

When Easter rolls around, don’t forget good ole mom. This year ask the Easter Bunny to deliver a new new bag and/or accessory from baggallini. The company sent me its Atlas Duffle in Dolphin ($119.95) to test. This fashionable duffle features a removable and adjustable crossbody strap as well as a large zippered pocket. My favorite part of the duffle bag is its interior organizational pocket and two water bottle pockets. Techies will be happy to know the Atlas Duffle also includes a padded interior pocket for digital tablets. The bag is sized perfectly for a carryon and/or overnight bag. STARS: ****

What’s Easter without some beautiful spring flowers to being the joy into the house. 1-800-FLOWERS’ Pitcher Full of Tulips ($44.99 to $64.99) brings the sunshine of spring right into your house. Beautiful scented tulips and their colorful colors brought a smile to my tester’s face every day. And after the flowers had died, the cute white pitcher can be a great accessory to your Easter table. STARS: ****

Disclaimer: I and/or my toy testers were provided with product samples or loaner products but all opinions are solely mine and/or my toy testers.



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