Easter Baskets, Buckets or Bags: From the Heart

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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.

  1. they seem a little pricey for what you get much of the time
  2. the toys inside last about two minutes and they’re broken, leaving sad little faces
  3. sugar – need I say more?
  4. 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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Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Kids and Family | 11 Comments
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  • I have a traditional basket that I kept from last year but I’m filling it with unconventional things. I sewed a bunny for my daughter and we’re also adding a puzzle, a book, some bubbles … that’s all I know so far. The only treat I’m going to put in there are some “Peeps.”

    Your idea is really cute. I love the sand pail!

    Nicki at Domestic Cents’s last blog post..Giving Up A Like For A Love

  • kirwin says:

    I have to say that I’m a little confused…

    This year, I have become increasingly aware that it is an American tradition for children to wake up and find a Easter basket waiting for them? Is this correct, or is it my imagination?

    How did I never know about this?

    Granted, we emigrated to the States when I was 5, but I have lived here ever since. We do the Easter egg hunts, and usually gather them in a basket/bucket/container…but I have never, ever been aware of an Easter basket waiting for the kids!!

    Please tell me–is it just me?

    kirwin’s last blog post..Disneyland on the brain

    • Amanda says:

      I suppose as with other holidays, different families celebrate in different ways and have different traditions. However, for myself Easter morning meant finding an Easter Basket delivered by the Easter Bunny waiting at the front door. I do believe it’s a pretty common tradition for most American families, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with not doing this. It’s totally a matter of personal preference.

      However, I must add that the main focus in our family at Easter is not the Easter Bunny nor the basket, eggs, or the hunt, it’s the celebration of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ on the first Easter morning. That is the only thing that really matters anyway. The other traditions are really just for fun for the kids.

  • Shannon says:

    Thanks for the basket tips, I made a trip to a couple local dollar stores for kites and other fun outside toys. We don’t give our daughter sugar (just a choice, not a diatary reason) so we also do the trail mixes, crackers, etc. I have a lot of fun doing her basket and you gave me some new ideas, thanks!! I found you through Heather’s Sunday Spotlight at Just Doing My Best.

    Shannon’s last blog post..Brighten a Day for Less than a Buck

    • Amanda says:

      I love the idea of putting a kite in the Easter basket. This is the perfect time of year to get those for the kids. I’ll have to remember that one next year. Thanks for sharing!

  • Theo-Ann says:

    I’ve stumbled across a great idea that can be done with an Easter basket. It’s homemade, low-cost and really teaches kids the real meaning of Easter. I’m not against candy and trinkets, but sometimes those things replace the real meaning of holidays like Christmas and Easter. I’m making “resurrection eggs” this year. In Ellie Kay’s book, How to save money every day, she talks about how she does an Easter egg hunt with her kids. But among those eggs are 12 numbered eggs that share the story of how Jesus died on the cross and rose again! Inside each egg is an object that tells part of the story. I’m currently working on making my own set. I’ve found a basket and filled it with grass. I plan on taking it to share with the four and five year olds that my husband and I teach at our church. I think we’ll do what Ellie Kay has done and include a few treats in the hunt, but come together at the end with these numbered eggs to talk about the real meaning of Easter. I will be posting about this on my blog in the near future, so take a look when you get the chance.

    • Amanda says:

      I totally love that idea!! What a great way to get the kids excited about learning about the true meaning of Easter. Thanks so much for sharing this idea! I look forward to seeing your post.

  • Would love to hear how you bring Jesus into your Easter celebration with your kiddos, since it sounds like you have such a solid faith and family.

  • Homemade baskets all the way! I haven’t decided what will go in mine. Probably some Easter books about Jesus with lots of chocolate too:-)

    Amy @ Living Locurto’s last blog post..April Fool’s Jokes

  • I love making baskets! They always end up stuffed, and they cost more than I plan, but it’s all worth it!
    ~Kim

    Kim @ Forever Wherever’s last blog post..Decorating With Love!

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