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Easter Basket

The Easter Bunny will soon be hopping by with a basket full of goodies—but they don’t all have to be sugary surprises! Here are some excellent basket filler ideas from local businesses and online shops based in the Fox Valley!

Pro Tip: Buy things you would already be getting your kids! Summer sandals, swimming suits, beach towels, sunglasses, jump rope, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc… your wallet will thank you later.

Even More Ideas! – Harry Potter Illustrated Book Versions, Stickers, Graphic Novels, Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, Waboda Moon Ball, Otrio Game, Snapperz by Toysmith Fidget Toy, Flip Flops


There is nothing better than a good book to sink into this spring. From sweet little board books for babies to adventurous chapter books for tweens, there are books that tailor to every interest, hobby, and genre.

Handmade Toys 

Babies and young children will love the textures and patterns of items like crocheted and handmade wooden toys. Unique and versatile, they are great for sensory and imaginative play. Plus, they’re so cute!

Games & Puzzles

Pick a fun game or puzzle that you know your kiddo will love. They make a great addition to a family night and encourage skill-building and give an opportunity for screen-free time.

Geometric Initial Paint Kit by Sweet Tea N Grace, Based in Neenah

Art Projects  

Encourage visual expression and creativity through art! Drawing supplies, paints, mini canvases and craft kits make excellent additions for baskets. 

  • Custom Crayon Names from Creative Treasures, 1400 E. Main Street, Little Chute
  • Knitting Kits from Casting On, 305 E. College Avenue, Appleton
  • Paint Your Own Pottery Animals from Paintin’ Pottery, 520 George Street, De Pere 
  • Geometric Initial Paint Kit by Sweet Tea N Grace, Based in Neenah
  • Embroidery and Needle Felting Kits from Fibre, in the Marketplace, 124 W Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah (access store from rear parking lot)

Activity Tickets

Hello, endless fun! Tickets for shows and games are a great way to get kids outdoors and to keep them busy and entertained!

Sporting Goods

The ideas for those who love all things sports are endless – and go beyond equipment and gear!

Easter Bow from 3 of a Kind

Bath & Hair Accessories 

Bows, clips, and adorable bath bombs can be matched by color, style, theme or customized as a set. Who wouldn’t want such adorable fashion for Easter?

Building for Kids Appleton Children's Museum
Building for Kids, Appleton

Play Passes 

Kids don’t need sugar, they’re already full of energy! Let them burn it off with play passes from these local establishments filled with fun!

A Cute Outfit

Dress them up to feel their best with adorable dresses, pants sets, rompers, and more from area boutiques! 

Freeze Pop Holders from Elasen Co, Based in Neenah

Other Trinkets 

There are so many things that make a great addition to Easter baskets and best of all, these fillers can be catered to the individual interest of the recipient!

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