I have to admit that in the past two years (and in prior childless years) I have dropped the ball with holidays like Easter, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day.. It’s been so long since I was a child and looked forward to the whimsy of them that I have forgotten how much fun they truly can be. I’m learning it all over again as my daughter is getting to the age where she understands, and this kind of thing is exciting for her. This year she will even get to hunt for eggs which is what I am most excited for since that was my fondest Easter memory as a child.
As far as gifts go, I really believe that less is more when it comes to these holidays. I try to save big gifts for birthdays and Christmas, and I really try to think practically for gifting to avoid rearing a spoiled brat. So far I think I have done pretty well with that because my daughter is gracious, polite, and gets excited over the tiniest things you get for her, like a balloon from the dollar store or even a popsicle. Lets pray it stays that way!
Here are some of my Easter basket ideas for kids…
Generally for holiday gifts and baskets I try to include some jammies, or a clothing item Brynn needs or will get lots of use out of. I really love the jammies they have at Gap because they fit perfectly and hold up well. Not to mention they always have the most darling prints like the peep-a-boo ones I featured. She’s also due for a new pair of sunglasses since she outgrew her baby ones. These flower sunglasses from Old Navy are so sweet and Spring-like (and only $6!).
When I’m thinking of practical gifts I’m thinkin’ gifts so cool you had no idea you even needed them, but will still put them to great use, such as this wooden bunny plate or wooden bunny utensils. As far as toys go when Easter basket building, I try to choose ONE toy that encourages learning or imaginative play, such as a Jellycat stuffed bunny (she’s got a collection growing), or these adorable slice and sort eggs.
I always include a book or two, or even three! I don’t believe you can have too many books (until it comes time to move, because moving books really stinks). Flowers Are Calling has the most beautiful pictures and speaks about the correlation between animals and the growing forest in a way that is easy for children to comprehend.
When filling eggs for the Easter egg hunt I go a little bit into “mean mom” mode and stuff them with healthy snacks like Annie’s Homegrown organic bunny fruit snacks. She gets enough chocolate from her relatives to last her until her next holiday so she sure doesn’t need more from me!
Finally, the card you see above is from Etsy. If cards are your thing this one is great because it doubles as a colouring page. It’s a printable, so you can use it for multiple kiddos as well!
Here are some more ideas to help you build your Easter baskets, including baskets themselves, eggs, and stuff to fill them with:
Hoppy Easter, lovelies!