Need some ideas for Easter baskets? We've got 'em
Easter is coming Sunday and I'll likely be doing my usual last-minute dash to the store to stuff Easter baskets. But rather than send the kids into a sugar coma, it will be nice to put some non-candy offerings in the baskets. Here's some I've found over the years, both as reader suggestions and from other moms with great ideas that I gladly steal:
- Since this is the holiest of Christian holidays, how about a Veggie Tales movie, cross necklace, an angel pin, or an inspirational book mark.
- It is spring, so think gardening. Lowes has a line of kids' planting products, including this egg in the garden section that looks like a dyed Easter egg. The soil and seeds are inside and you just plant it and wait for flowers to grow. Target also has some mini planting pots with the seeds and a little pad for soil that are often in their $1 bins.
- With beach season coming, think about stuffing the basket with beach and sand toys, flip flops and bathing suits and cute sunglasses.
- Try a themed basket to match your child's interests. The budding young artist can get new crayons, markers and paper. For my older teen and tween boys how about a couple of new baseballs and some packs of cards or a music basket with an iTunes card and some new earbuds.
- Give a classic Beatrix Potter book collection with a stuffed Benjamin bunny.
- Dollar stores have some cute toys like Slinkees, chattering teeth or glow sticks that kids like.
- Kites can be a fun addition and turn into a fun family afternoon. The good ones can get pricey so think about whether this is a one day thing or a potential regular hobby. A similar option would be those cheap balsa wood airplanes.
- Speaking of outdoorsy fun, try sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a Monster Flying Disc or jump ropes.
- Older kids can be trickier so you could think about accessories like a new wallet, watch, belt, compact or hair accessories. My basket always had nice individually packaged snacks instead of candy.
OK readers, now it's your turn. What are your best Easter basket ideas for someone who has a couple days to gather the supplies?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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