Easter is just over a week away and while I do focus most of our attention on the real reason why we celebrate Easter to my kids, I also enjoy some of the fun activities as well, including providing both my children with frugal and intentional Easter baskets.
Next week my kids will attend an Easter egg hunt, dye some eggs, visit the bunny statues displayed on the Plaza and they will also receive a small Easter basket.
Just like at Christmas where we do give small gifts in stockings, my kids will also get a few things in an Easter basket. I know some may disagree with this, but both my husband and I received small baskets when we were kids and I love the tradition.
Don’t get me wrong, we are NOT promoting the Easter bunny (just like Santa), my kids will know who gives them their Easter baskets. And we are also spending plenty of time reading Easter books that gently teach my toddlers about the death and resurrection of Christ. I’ve been doing some of the activities in Sense of the Resurrection with my son. There are just some of the spring Easter traditions that I enjoyed as a child (like egg dying, hunts and baskets) that I want to enjoy with my kids as well.
With all that being said I wanted to share with you some fun, last minute, non-candy related items that would be perfect in your kid’s Easter baskets.
Last year I made the investment into purchasing small, personalized baskets with my kid’s name monogrammed on them. These will last, be perfect to collect their eggs in, and will be a place to arrange their few, fun goodies on Easter. If you are not super crafty or know your way around a sewing machine (as I do not) then purchasing a personalized basket is a great idea.
I also don’t spend more then $10 per child because I don’t want to fill their baskets with a bunch of stuff. I want to be intentional with the few small gifts that I do buy for them. One of the biggest ways that I save is that I don’t include candy or any other food related treat.
Between grandparents and the Easter egg hunt they will go on, I’m pretty confident that they will acquire a small collection of sweet treats. Since we limit what we give them anyway, why would I want to give them more? Plus I only have a small budget to work with, so I want to make what I fill their baskets with worth it. If you do purchase candy, stack a coupon with a sale or stock up at your dollar/discount store.
Another area of savings? Skip the cheap, plastic grass that ends up getting everywhere. You don’t really need it anyway, and it’s more of a hassle then it’s worth, so just skip it.
So what are my guidelines for what I place in their Easter baskets? I focus on 3 areas: something creative, something practical, and something inspirational.
My son is at the age where he is learning to love creating with his hands whether that be through art supplies, a toy that requires him to use his imagination or something that allows him to explore and have fun in nature. Even my daughter is learning to enjoy some of these things too. So here are some ideas for fun and frugal creative options
- colored pencils
- blank notebooks, journals, or construction paper
- play-doh or modeling clay (or you could make your own to be even more frugal, not to mention safer)
- art supply box
- coloring books
- play garden tools
- sidewalk chalk
- Birdhouse or bird feeder
Let’s face it, there are practical things that my kids need. Yes, sometimes they are not necessarily fun things, but I want my kids to learn that sometimes gift giving is also about giving and getting things that we need too. But I do try to make these fun, last year I gave Silas a pair of sunglasses in his basket and he LOVED them, which was both fun and practical! Here are some ideas for fun and practical options
- hat or visor
- flip flops
- water bottle or Lollacup (the BEST sippy cup ever!)
- bubble bath or bath wash
- personalized place mat
- big boy or big girl underpants (I’m on my knees trying to convince him that big boys go potty on the toilet!)
- hair bows
- socks or leggings
- spring or summer pajamas
- swim wear
I think this is the most important gift area and one that I do spend a little extra effort. Since my kids are still young, most the gifts in this area are board books that tell the story of Easter, contain Bible stories or teach a lesson on prayer, morality or serving others. As my kids get older I hope to introduce my kids to journal keeping, Bible study resources or spiritual formation books that help guide their faith. Here are ideas for inspirational options
- Devotional books (We are currently loving Really Woolly- Bedtime Prayers board book)
- Storybook Bibles (The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Big Picture Story Bible are our favorites)
- Bible story books (my favorites are from the dollar store!)
- Cross necklace
- Worship CD
- Bible highlighters
- Scripture tattoos
Obviously a lot of these things are over my $10 budget, and I don’t give my kids everything on this list, but I wanted to give you some ideas of some what frugal, creative, practical and intentional gifts you could place in your child’s (or grandchild, niece, nephew or friend) Easter basket.
Another frugal tip: Visit the dollar store! I shared earlier this week that the dollar store is a great place to find resources to teach your children about God and the Gospel.
So many of these items could also be found at the dollar store too, especially most of the items on the creative list. And it doesn’t have to be name brand either. I know some people are partially biased to Crayola crayons and markers, and while they are great, if your kids are anything like mine then crayons get broken (or chewed on) rather fast. So dollar store crayons are the perfect choice for when they are young.
If you give your children an Easter basket do you have specific guidelines that you use to fill your basket? What are you favorite frugal Easter basket fillers?
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