Hippity-Hoppity, Easter is on its way!!
One of the best things about being a child are Easter Baskets! But, maybe you’re like me and it just kills you to drop $50-70 (depending on how many kids you have) on junk… Even if it is a “right-of-passage” for your kids.
It’s especially hard when your kids are little, because you want to fill an Easter basket (and that’s OKAY to admit), but are they really going to care (or remember) if their first Easter basket wasn’t Insta-worthy? No.
So, what do you do?
I have a few tricks up my sleeve to still give my kids a great Easter basket, but also not feel like I’m wasting my money on cheap toys, candy, ect… After all, as a stay at home mom, our family lives off of one paycheck, so we don’t have a ton of extra to just throw out the window. Every dollar has to have meaning.
Spring/Summer Sports Equipment
This year was the first time our son was able to play sports! He started off in the fall with Soccer, and this summer we are giving Tee-Ball a try. So what better thing to fill his Easter Basket with than stuff I was going to buy anyways. That’s a Mom-Win, if you ask me.
So in his basket, he’s getting a Tee-Ball bat,left handed catching glove (for my little lefty), a couple of Practice baseballs, a batting glove, and a Tee (which, obviously won’t fit IN the basket, but you get the point).
“April showers bring May flowers.” We live in Oklahoma, and you can bet we see a whole lot of rain, especially in the spring. Again, things my kids need anyways is rain gear. Umbrella, rain boots and coat. These are great things to stuff in an Easter basket!
I even found these adorable “baskets” on Pinterest, where the brilliant mama actually used the umbrellas themselves as the baskets! Pure genius.
We were too slow last summer, and missed out on season passes to the local pool, so you better believe we jumped right on them when they went up for sale this year. The passes come in the form of little wristbands, so guess what’s going in the Easter baskets? Yup. Some thing else that we were going to buy them anyways. Are you sensing a theme here?
Your four year old does not need another L.O.L surprise doll that they won’t play with in 2 weeks. They do, however, need sunscreen, and memories are sweeter than any doll you could ever give them.
Family Movie Night
Spring is usually a great time to pick up some big new release movie! This year, a great one is Mary Poppins Returns. If you’re like us, and you prefer to buy your movies digitally, like from Vudu or Amazon Prime, you can always just print off a picture of the movie, and place that in the basket, along with popcorn, a homemade pizza dough recipe, maybe a bottle of soda, if your family drinks soda.
What’s better for a rainy spring or summer night than pizza and a movie? Especially homemade pizza, where the kids get to make their own! Again, it’s about making memories, more-so than stuff.
Now that our oldest is starting to make that leap from toddler to young child, he’s discovered a huge love for boardgames. For Christmas his Nana and PaPa got him Hungry Hungry Hippos, and his cousin’s got him Pop the Pig. And just like that, a love of boardgames was born. Both of these games, are awesome for Easter baskets too!
Snacks – The Good Stuff
I’m not sure about you, but I’m not a very good “Snack Keeper,” so I do like to get some of the good snacks for things like Easter baskets, or stocking stuffers. What I mean by “Good Snacks,” I mean like Annie’s fruit snacks or Fruit rope, Clif Z bars, apple sauce pouches, pretzel crips or popcorn. Again, not junk. But decent snacks, that kids love, and you can trust as a parent.
Ideas for Infants/Toddlers
So maybe you’re reading this, and you’re thinking that this article is 0 help for you because your kids are too little for most of it. Fear not, I see you, momma. Somethings to consider if you have even littler kiddos at home include:
- Teething Toys
- Baltic Amber Teething necklaces
- Puff snacks
- Pouch Snacks
- Diapers (Seriously! You’re going to buy them anyways, so put them in the basket!)
- Reusable swim diapers
- Socks (You know they need them)
- A Board Book
- Anything from the Pool Gear or Rain Gear category (because there is nothing cuter than a toddler in rain boots!)
I hope these tips help! Feel free to share your own tips below, or just a picture of how you fill your kids’ Easter baskets!