These 8 simple ideas for your Childs Easter Basket are cheap, healthy, and FUN. Best of all, your child will love the simplicity of it and won’t get hyped up on tons of sugar at 7am in the morning!
Do you ever feel like most holidays these days are centered around candy, junk, and the amount of “stuff” that you get? It has been important to me and my husband to teach our girls the value in memories and less on the “stuff” that they have. So when it comes to holidays, we tend to try and keep it pretty simple.
Along with trying to keep things simple, we usually try and limit the amount of sugar that they have. I don’t know about you, but the thought of my 2 or 3 year old, munching on candy in the wee hours of the morning, make me cringe! I know I know, your thinking, but that’s one of the main points of Easter, all the candy and chocolate bunnies. But trust me when I say, my girls are not going to be let down because they don’t have any candy in their baskets, I guarantee you.
Yes, I still let my girls have candy and sugar, but trust me, they will get enough from family members. That is why I didn’t see the need to fill their baskets to the brim with candy. So here is a list of 8 simple ideas for your Childs Easter basket that don’t include candy.
8 Simple ideas for your Childs Easter basket that aren’t candy
Easter is in the beginning of spring. I don’t know about you, but where we live, spring tends to be very wet. So last year I decided to get my girls rainboots as part of their Easter basket. They absolutely loved it! They wore their rainboots rain or shine. This year I found a cute simple pair of rainboots at Sams club for $12. And best of all, they light up! SCORE
For those times when the sun is shining and you don’t need rainboots, sunglasses will come in very handy. I don’t know about you, but my girls spend as much time outside as the weather allows. Some days we are outside from dusk till dawn. There is nothing better than spending a day as a family playing, hiking, picnicking, etc. I found this adorable little sunglass set with glittery carrying case for just $6 at my local TJ Maxx. What child doesn’t like to pop on a cute pair of sunglasses so they can be just like mom and dad?
This past Halloween, my daughter chose to be a princess. She sat down with me and we browsed Amazon for the perfect costume. We didn’t make it far when she pointed to a pink princess gown, complete with matching crown, wand and gloves. When it came in, I couldn’t wrestle the wand away from her. She loved it so much. Unfortunately, they are not the sturdiest, and it did not last long. So when I was trying to come up with a little toy to stick in the basket, I immediately thought of that wand. I found this pack of 5 on Amazon for $9. I decided I would give my girls 2 a piece and one to my niece. For less than 2 dollars a wand, I couldn’t pass it up. Plus they looked much cuter than the one she got for Halloween, and not as breakable.
I do not like to feed my girls a lot of sugar. So when picking out some food items for their baskets, I tried to stay as healthy, but also yummy as I could. When shopping in TJ Maxx, I never forget to look in their food section. I feel like I find something different and new every time. So I was thrilled when I saw a big bag of these individual sized apple chips. My girls LOVE fruit. They will usually choose fruit over candy 9 times out of 10. This bag included 8 individual pouches of apple chips for $7. Yes, this is a little high, but I would rather spend a little more on something that is healthy. And my girls love having their own bags, so I went ahead and got them. I also found a bag of individual size kids power up trail mix. I found this in the clearance section for 3 bucks! So all in all, $10 total for 8 pouches of apple chips and 6 pouches of trail mix was a steal.
Books are one thing that I think you can’t ever have too many of. Reading is something that I am extremely passionate about. I have to keep a rotation of our books, because we have quite a large collection. We read books all the time. It is part of our bedroom routine. We have books that are kept in the car, that our girls will read anytime we go somewhere. And because we read to them every night, they now will read books to their “babies”. Most nights, both girls fall asleep with a book in hand and it melts my heart. Our girls get books for every holiday or occasion. I found this Jonah and the Whale book at Burkes Outlet for $3.99, and it has a handle for easy carrying.
I have many crafts and activities that help my girls learn to follow directions and to help with hand eye coordination. So when I saw this sticky mosaic activity, I just had to get it. It has pictures of bright colorful animals and little stickers that are color coordinated. It is kind of like a sticker puzzle, and my girls love stickers. This is for ages 3+, so I got this for my oldest daughter for $6. For my 2 year old, I found a little butterfly sticker craft at hobby lobby for $3 that she can do, while my older daughter does this.
Easter eggs filled with coins
An Easter basket wouldn’t be complete without those plastic eggs filled with something. This year I picked up a bag of these glitter Easter eggs for $1 at the dollar tree. I am going to throw a few coins in each one to stick in their Easter basket. They love putting money in their piggy banks, so this gift was a no brainer. (Warning: although very cute, you may want to opt for non glitter Easter eggs. These made quite a mess when I got them out of the bag.)
Getting a new outfit isn’t just fun for adults, its fun for your kids too. My girls love getting new things to wear, so I have decided to include their Easter dress in their baskets this year. When they put on a dress, they spin around in circles and say “mommy, I a princess.” So I thought they would be very excited to get a new pretty dress to wear to church on Easter. This year I found their Easter dresses for just $7! I could not pass that up, and they will look super cute paired with a jean jacket.
The True Meaning of Easter
Lets not forget, that Easter baskets, candy and toys are not what Easter is even about. In crazy times like these, I think its more important than ever to celebrate the true meaning of Easter. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again. This, is what we want to center our Easter around. How amazing is our God!