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I love a good Easter basket but filling that thing up with useful items (that don’t cost an arm and a leg) is tough! For the past few years I’ve been on a mission to be super intentional about the items I buy- partly to save money, but also because clutter seriously stresses me out (did you know less toy clutter is also scientifically proven to improve your child’s play?)
I’ve finally discovered the secret to making Easter shopping a breeze while also saving money and lessening all the little trinkets, clutter, and “stuff” that flood my home. Let’s be honest, all those little toys just end up just being ignored and tossed a few months later anyway.
In our family, we give each of the kids a basket full of practical items that are fun AND clutter-free! I like to stick to four categories when filling the Easter basket (P.S. this idea also works well for Christmas stockings too!)
Art- Look at the art supplies your kids have and find anything that needs replenishing or replacing
Personal- These are personal items that your child will use or wear
Outdoors- Stock up on items you’ll need to buy or replace anyways for spring and summer
Experiences- A great way to make memories without adding to the clutter
It’s become sort of a tradition for the Easter Bunny to gift my kids practical items and I’m totally okay with it. It’s a great way to balance treating your kids to an Easter basket filled with goodies (there’s still plenty of room for sweet treats and chocolate bunnies) while still avoiding toy clutter AND saving money- since it’s full of items I was already going to buy. Sounds like a win-win to me
In no particular order, here are my favorite Easter basket ideas for toddlers and big kids, too:
Puffy stickers- A KPT favorite!
Paint sticks- A KPT favorite!
Origami paper- perfect as drawing paper
Personal- This is a great time to get items with fun patterns or characters your kid's love!
Bandaids- with characters they love
Shoes- our kids always get a pair of sandals in their basket
Seed packets- check your local stores!
Gift card- My kids love getting Starbucks gift cards
Tickets to an event or activity (movies, zoo, bowling, swimming, museum, etc.)
What are some of your go-to ideas for Easter basket gifts? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!