Have you started thinking about filling your child’s Easter basket?
Easter is one of those holidays that seems to have turned incredibly commercialized in recent years, with overflowing baskets full of toys and excessive money spent. It’s important to me that our family finds a balance in it all. I want my children to feel the joy of each special day, without losing their gratitude for the meaning and love behind them.
If you’re a holiday lover – Easter is another awesomely fun excuse to make themed food and plans. If that’s not so much your thing, Easter can feel like just another item on your to-do list. 😉
Since Easter is right around the corner, I wanted to put together an all-in-one-place for some simple, candy-free Easter basket ideas. (Affiliate links used.)
This year I decided to do mostly beach/outdoor items for my kids. Here’s what I’m loving!
Swim suits: I usually end up putting their new swim suits in their baskets, and I’m loving all the cute options this year! For the girls: Blue ruffle floral swim suit or this pink fruit tankini is utterly adorable, too. For the boys: love the rash guard sets, and this one comes in all sizes from infant-boy, if you’re into matching your kids. 😉
Jump rope: This one caught my eye because, well – BUNNY! 😉
Garden tools: I bought this same set last year and they literally used them every day until the ground froze over in winter. haha These are just so much fun. I’m trying this set also this summer. Fingers crossed that it’s as big a hit!
Books: I don’t buy many holiday-specific books, since we visit our library for them, but The Easter Story is one I bought and recommend if you celebrate the religious meaning of Easter. The words are simple but instructive, and it’s an easy way to reinforce the beautiful reason behind this holiday. Another one we own is God Gave Us Easter, also a sweet reminder of the religious aspect of Easter.
Chalk: always a favorite and Pinterest is full of crafty ways to encourage creativity. Or if you’re like me, you could hand them the bucket of chalk and say, “Have fun, kids!” hahaha
Scented markers: fun, easy, always a hit.
Cheddar bunny crackers: I’m not going to lie, I buy these at Easter time because they’re shaped like bunnies. The rest of the year, I buy regular old goldfish. 😛 But these are fun for Easter and it’s nice to add something munchy to their baskets.
Other ideas: coloring books, markers, stamps, stickers, window gel clings, bubbles, balls, flip flops, glowsticks, art supplies, kid tattoos, movie tickets, a favorite snack, beach toys. It really doesn’t take much to thrill little ones! It’s so much more about the excitement and the joy we foster!
Ok, truth – I don’t really do much for baby baskets. They always seem to just want to play with the big kids anyway. haha But I’m sharing some tried-and-true items that have stood the test of time in our family. I also added a couple items that I think are really sweet for a baby, especially if it’s their first Easter and you want to mark that with a gift.
Lamb: One of the kids got this as a gift a few Christmases ago, and it’s really a versatile toy. It can be used for fine motor, colors, matching, size order, pretend play… and is a consistent favorite with all 4 of my kids.
Bunny bamboo feeding set: I’ve had this sitting in my Amazon cart for weeks. Maybe it’s time to take the plunge and grab it for Cassandra. haha
Teether and bib set: This caught my eye when I was looking for new bibs for Cassandra. Looks like such a great concept, and has good reviews.
Bunny doll: This I did get for the baby’s basket and it’s so stinking cute, you guys. They have all different styles, and they’re all precious!
Board book: Who doesn’t love the mouse series?! This one is as cute as all the others.
For the baskets themselves, I actually break my normal re-usable item rule, and get them new kiddie baskets each year. It’s one of those things that they get a huge kick out of, and I don’t expect it will always be that way. So for now, cute, impractical baskets each year! 😉
Bunny basket: This one is precious! Soft and squishy, and I could see this being filled with toys and used during play!
Lamb basket: Same style as the bunny, but this one is even cuter. They didn’t have this at my local store, but it’s available online.
Colorful basket: This one is a more traditional basket style and is sturdy enough to last well during egg hunts, play and storage through the year.
Umbrella: This isn’t technically a basket, but I think it’s such a fun way to gift! Open the umbrella, flip it upside down, and fill it up!
I hope this was helpful to you guys! In our parent role, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the “musts” of holidays, and in my more overwhelmed moments, I always find practical lists help to keep things joyful for me.
What do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets? Do you keep Easter simple or go all out? I’d love to hear any ideas you have! Share in the comments!