Can you believe Easter is almost here already? I hardly got past Valentine’s Day, and it was time to start thinking about Easter. Of course, isn’t that the way it always works.
I just love the colors associated with Easter, the pretty pastels remind me that Spring is full speed ahead. The kids get to dress up in something extra nice for Easter Sunday and go on Easter egg hunts. It’s just such a fun time for everyone.
In almost every store, you even find fancy little pre-made Easter baskets for the tiny tots on Easter morning. However, as cute as those little baskets are, I seem to have a few problems with them.
- they seem a little pricey for what you get much of the time
- the toys inside last about two minutes and they’re broken, leaving sad little faces
- sugar – need I say more?
- most importantly, they’re not personal
The way I see it, Easter baskets should be personal, just like Christmas presents, birthday presents and Valentine gifts. After all, you are the only one that knows the right combination of goodies that is destined to make the face of your little one light up on Easter morning.
Nobody said you have to be totally traditional here either. You don’t necessarily have to use a basket. What about a cute little plastic bucket with a handle for a boy or a pretty little tote bag for a girl? At least these items can be used at other times during the year.
Okay, so now what do you put in your chosen goody receptacle?
Anything that will fit, and that you know your child will enjoy, is perfect.
- For a boy, you might consider: Hot Wheels, ball cap, small box of legos
- For a girl, you might choose: costume jewelry, bubble bath, small stuffed animal or doll
- For either, good choices might include: books, balloons, play-doh, crayons or markers, sunglasses, movies, some kind of edible treat – Trail Mix, Cheez-its or other healthy snacks
What you choose to give your child is entirely dependent upon what you feel they will love and how much your budget allows. As far as the grass goes, you can still put that in even if you don’t go with a traditional basket. Then use your imagination as to whether to add ribbons, bows, or other decorative touches.
Yes, the homemade basket may end up costing a little more in the long run, but the quality of the contents can’t compare to those pre-made baskets. Plus, nothing can take the place of your personal touch.
What are you doing for your kids this Easter? Are you choosing pre-made or homemade? If homemade, what kinds of things are you filling the baskets with?
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