10 best non-chocolate Easter gifts for children

Avoid the dreaded sugar-high and sticky fingers with these chocolate-free children's Easter gifts - they're guaranteed to last longer than five minutes too

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Think Easter, think chocolate. But actually, it doesn’t have to be that way. Believe it or not, some kids don’t actually like chocolate. Or perhaps they’re allergic to it. Or maybe you know they’ll be getting such a mountain of chocolate already that you simply want to get an alternative.

Whatever the reason, we have the answer, having rounded up the best non-chocolate (and in most cases, non-consumable) Easter gifts for children. From Spot’s First Easter Book for little ones to John Lewis’s Girl Jersey Bunny Slippers, we have the answer.

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Verdict: Playmobil’s Easter Calendar, brand new for this year, proves that the advent calendar concept doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. And the Chocolate Bunny from Build A Bear Workshop is a thoughtful gift that involves a great morning or afternoon out.

1. Build A Bear Workshop Chocolate Bunny, £15

This is no ordinary Easter Bunny. Kids get to make one of their very own at a Build A Bear workshop, of which there are 60 in the UK. There are over 30 varieties to choose from, with other Easter themed furry friends including a sweet lamb, and the result is a unique soft toy that is bound to become their favourite. Clothes and accessories cost extra.

2. TUMTUM Trainee Egg Set, £12.50

This is a genius idea for littluns who love their egg and soldiers. It’s cheerfully decorated and practical too, holding the egg firmly in place, with ample room for the toast slices and egg debris. The non-slip base is a godsend for clumsy fingers and the elongated spoon is designed to keep eggs from facing Humpty's fate.

3. Haribo Easter Fun Bucket, £4

If you don’t want to give them chocolate, but quite fancy giving them some other edible treats, how about this bucket of Easter-themed Haribo sweets? It contains 32 mini bags, meaning they can easily be rationed or shared out, and there’s also a card with hints and tips on how to arrange the perfect hunt, alongside frugal and fun ways to use the bucket once Easter’s over.

4. John Lewis Girl Jersey Bunny Slippers, £12

These fun bunny slippers, made from soft grey jersey and with contrasting bows and floral ears, are available in a wide range of sizes and are both well made and cosy, without being bulky. They stay on really well, thanks to the elastic round the back of the heel, although be warned they come up slightly small, so you might want to order a bigger size.

5. Playmobil Easter Calendar, £9.99

New for this year, Playmobil has launched this Easter equivalent to an advent calendar, with 10 doors, each of which hides a toy, including exclusive new rabbit characters. Bit too expensive? You could always go for one of Playmobil’s four new Gift Eggs, each including a toy, instead.

6. Early Learning Centre Box of Wooden Eggs, £5

While chocolate eggs will be gone in no time, this pleasing box of wooden eggs will see little ones through hours of playtime. Cut them in half to expose the yolk and stick them back together. Then pop them back in the box for storage at the end of playtime. Breakfast anyone?

7. Emma Bridgewater Peter Rabbit Half Pint Mug, £24.95

Bunnies are the stars of the show at Easter, so there's no better time to introduce children to (arguably) the most famous rabbit in children's literature: Peter. This sweet mug, featuring Beatrix Potter’s iconic drawings, will appeal to children young and old, not to mention their parents. Made with Emma Bridgewater signature stoneware, Emma has added her own touch with some charming border and rim decorations. There are other sizes and designs available too.

8. Baker Ross Bumper Easter Craft Kit, £14.99

Fear not if it rains this Easter holidays. With this mammoth craft kit, your kids will have more than enough to keep them busy. It includes three Easter egg decoration sewing kits, two Easter bunny and cart foam kits, three sequin egg kits, two foam Easter crown kits, four chick and bunny egg kits, two Easter basket weaving kits and a daffodil wreath kit.

9. Usborne Easter Sticker Book, £5.99

Usborne is top of its game when it comes to children’s activity books, so it’s no surprise they’ve come up with a brilliant range for Easter, including this colourful sticker book with Easter themed scenes to decorate, including Easter Bunnies hiding their eggs and an Easter Parade. There’s a staggering 400 stickers to keep little ones busy.

10. Spot’s First Easter Book, £4.49

First published in 1980, Spot the Dog is a series of children’s books by Eric Hill, which were later made into a popular BBC TV series. The books, which have been translated into over 60 languages, have gone from strength to strength and in this Easter themed book, the Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs for Spot to find.

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