That being said, I am all for the Easter Bunny (and the Tooth Fairy, and Santa, and even Leprechauns), but I do have some tricks for reining in the crazy spending without losing any of the fun because, let's face it, the last thing my kids need is another stuffed bunny or more candy!!
Here's what we do for our Easter Baskets:
1. Re-use a favorite Easter Basket - I know many families that buy new Easter Baskets each year to fill with goodies. In our house, Easter Baskets are a lot like Christmas Stockings. You have one that you put out every year and it is filled with all your favorite things. If you want your "Easter Bunny" to hide your basket, that's fine, too! I love these adorable personalized Easter Baskets from Personal Creations. You can save money by using the same basket every year and solve the problem of whose basket belongs to whom with cute baskets and buckets for every child in your family!
- some new sunglasses (like the ones from our Real Kid Shades giveaway)
- fun socks
- hair bows
- toiletries (especially for your teens and tweens)
- bubble bath
- sippy cups
- teething rings
- baby snacks (yes, I put a container of Puffs in the baby's stocking!)
- colored pencils
- fun erasers
- highlighters (My kids LOVE highlighters!)
- flash cards
- sidewalk chalk
- jump ropes
- floaties/pool toys
- sports equipment
- Stay up late with an extra story.
- Movie night with your choice of film.
- Bake cookies/dessert together
- Go out for ice cream.
- Visit to the Zoo/Museum
- Wii tournament with your favorite game.
- Play a board game of your choice.
- Go bike riding together
- Go to a favorite restaraunt or serve their favorite dinner.
- Get artsy together buy making a craft together.
What's your favorite thing to add to your child's Easter basket?
Easter baskets don't have to be all about chocolate bunnies, candy, and cheap plastic toys (or totally outrageously expensive gadgets). You can let them have fun without breaking the bank - and still have time to make an Easter Tree or bake some Resurrection Rolls!
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