Easter baskets are one of my favorite things. I can’t even explain why, I think maybe it’s the idea that spring is finally here, and summer is just around the corner, or fond memories from my childhood or something like that; in any case they’re fun. Fun to put together, fun to watch those little eyes light up with they spot a basket filled with goodies just for them. What’s not fun is combing through the holiday aisles trying to decide if you really need another stuffed animal or if you really want to give you kid loads of candy. Instead, I like to come up with things that they might actually need or enjoy that don’t qualify as clutter. Below you’ll find 4 gift guides to fill up your little one’s Easter basket, plus some bonus links for those of us that like to add a DIY touch, and some candy-free things you can stuff in eggs for the great hunt!
1. Think Summer: Kids grow fast, and since warm weather will be here before we know it, why not use their Easter basket to stock up on some summer essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, swimwear, and outdoor toys?
2. Play Inside: Maybe you’re already full up on summer stuff, or maybe you have weeks of rain to get through enjoy, so fill that basket up with some cozy afternoon or lazy Saturday favorites. I am dying over how sweet that little matching/memory game is!
3. For the Creative Kid: What kid doesn’t need a few art supplies? I love that they’re consumable (therefore make great clutter free gifts!) but that means they often need replacing. Let your child’s creativity flow with a few things from this arts and crafts Easter basket.
4. Let the Adventure Begin: Planning a road trip, a big vacation, or a backyard campout this summer? Get your kid geared up for travel with some cozy adorable headphones or their very own headlamp. I want one of those personalized travel shirts for myself!
To avoid some of the inevitable sugar rush that seems to surround every holiday, here are some candy-free Easter Egg Fillers. Cute socks are one of my favorite things to squish into Easter eggs because they’re unexpected. Also, don’t forget Annies makes a few different yummy things that are shaped like bunnies – it’s like they were made for Easter eggs.
Bonus: DIY Easter Basket Gifts
I love me some DIY. When I had more time on my hands ::cough:: pre-parenthood ::cough:: I used to love to make gifts for the littles in my life. There’s something special about giving a gift that is entirely unique and made with love.
Crayon roll-ups are also an easy sewing project for any beginner, add a cute notepad and it makes a great travel activity. Want to keep your crayons at home, or prefer working with wood than sewing?
You can make this crayon/pencil/marker holder – all you really need is a drill and some scrap wood.
Want a little stuffed animal made just for your little one? Crocheted animals are much easier than they look! Here’s a great list of crocheted bunnies!
While you can always buy play-doh, it’s quick to make and then you have a bunch! My two favorite recipes for homemade play dough are this Jell-O Playdough and this Soft Classic Playdough (tip: keep these in an air tight container in the fridge to prolong their life).
What about DIY accessories? Apparently you can make a gorgeous headband out of an old t-shirt, scissors, and a glue gun.
Phew. That was a long list! Now I have to go figure out exactly what to put in our Easter baskets this year..
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