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Being my girls are over a year old, they now recognize more of the world around them. Though holidays are still foreign to them, it is fun getting involved and getting creative – even if the girls truly do not understand the entirety of it. However, I have been fighting with myself trying to figure out what is worth purchasing and what isn’t. I want to make the day fun for them, but I don’t want to break my bank – especially if, in reality, they won’t remember it.
So, what do you do if you haven’t yet finished Easter basket shopping? Before panic mode sets in, some creative and budget-friendly Easter basket ideas have been put-together for your anxiety-escaping pleasure. Even if some of these ideas do not meet your personal style, they may just be ideas that could get that last-minute, creative juice flowing for you. And if you don't subscribe to buying baskets for your kids on Easter, that is absolutely alright as well.
Potties, Peeps, and Good Reads
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Being my girls will be entering the chaotic potty training stage soon, we thought making their training potties into makeshift Easter baskets would be a creative way to celebrate both Easter and the beginning of potty training.
Focusing on necessities rather than chocolate and candy and toys and “things” seemed like a safe way for our family to celebrate this year. Our daughters also absolutely adore soft, plush Slumberkins and how sensory-focused Usborne books are – so we had to throw some books and little peeps into the mix.
Gardening Tools Galore
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“We are doing a lot of the Target dollar area and bought Brynn a lot of gardening things for kids and hopefully can show her to ‘garden’ outside! Then some bubbles, an umbrella, and mess-free coloring books.”
The Target Dollar Section to the rescue! Many moms may quickly stroll by the Dollar Section when they enter Target because they are on a mission – especially if they have a little one in tow. However, the dollar section can be the lifesaver you need financially and creatively this Easter season.
Also, instead of overloading your child’s basket with sweets and toys, focusing on an activity (such as gardening) may be a good way to move forward. Filling their basket with outdoor activities and tools they can learn from and stay active with is a positive way to push aside the candy and enjoy the good weather.
Durable, Reusable Baskets
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“There are 1-Step and 2-Step reading books for the twins and the baskets were $12.00 each. However, we can reuse the baskets because they’re durable. Hudson is young – his basket was $1.00.”
There are some mamas out there who think they need to buy a new basket every year, or every couple years, for their children. Though the thought is genuine, the financial truth of the matter may not feel so great when you look at the big picture. Finding a sturdy, durable basket your child can enjoyably reuse for many years is not only a great purchase, but a great addition to the gift overall.
Also, there seems to be an ongoing trend: books. Board books, sensory books, and books with characters your child adores are terrific additions to an Easter basket. In a way, books can be a good replacement for the candy and chocolate bunny you may be forcing yourself not to purchase. Instead of handing over worries about cavities or sugar highs, you can focus on learning together and enjoying a good story as a family.
Bibs, Bath Toys, and Beach Towels
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“Last years (the picture above) had books, bibs, bath toys, and a stuffed animal. This year I’m doing a beach towel, sand toys and books.”
When you have an infant or pre-toddler on your hands, a great way to stay financially savvy is to focus on needs of your little one. With warmer months ahead, focusing on what will be needed during those months can make great little gifts. If your baby is teething or in a major drooling stage, gift your little one (or, really, yourself) some cute, new bibs. If your kiddo is a fishy, some new tubby-time goodies can make great gifts. Instead of trying to make the basket something over-the-top, make it practical.
Sometimes sticking with the simple stuff is smartest.
Outdoor Activities and Clothing Necessities
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“Bubbles, coloring, undies, undershirts, socks, hats, some fun Easter candy (4-year-old twins), jump ropes and beach towels. Then the night before we plant magic seeds in our garden (Easter sprinkles from the cake aisle) and when the Easter Bunny hops by his magic turns the seeds into a lollypop garden with candy filled eggs.”
Necessities such as underclothes, socks, and towels can be helpful and fun if they are related to the interests of your kids. If they are big Paw Patrol or Doc McStuffins fans, make sure those characters make an appearance. That can be done by finding a bottle of bubbles with beloved characters on it or a beach towel with a popular logo. Little things like that can make a big difference in the minds of your little ones. They will remember those moments over the chocolate and candies and expensive trinkets you stress out about.
The Five Budget-Friendly, Smart, and Savvy Tips to Remember:
- Books always make a terrific basket (or stocking) stuffer.
- Stay practical and focus on necessities.
- Full-on attack the Dollar Section at Target.
- Lean on family – they will often spend the money and spoil the crap out of your kiddo.
- Don’t think about ‘things’ – think about memories.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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