Easter, like every other holiday is a big deal in our house. Especially because it’s all about Jesus.  But with the constant stream of toy commercials, ad’s in the paper, and “dollar” bins at Target (yeah, you know what I’m talking about), it’s easy to over do it! Last year, when AG was only 1.5 and basically had zero cares about anything in life (let alone what was in her Easter basket) I bought so much stuff that it was overflowing out of a wicker laundry basket. No, that’s not a typo. She had so many gifts that I had to put them in a laundry basket.  Clearly eternal life through Jesus death wasn’t gift enough. Needless to say it was a total waste. Half of the goodies we got her last year are still sitting in a drawer somewhere collecting dust. So this year I made it my mission to create a sweet basket without overdoing it. Need some help in that area? Have no fear! We’re here to help.

  1. First things first: Make a plan. I’m a girl who always usually has (and loves) a good plan. Shopping for a holiday is just like going to the supermarket. If I don’t make a list you better believe I come home with a packed car, an empty wallet, and absolutely no clue what I’m going to use that package of who-knows-what for. So, come up with a plan before you get there.
  2. Pick a basket, any basket. We’re loving these Easter totes by Sweet Orange Design Co. Not only will you have a cute photo op for your kiddos with their customized bags, but it’ll give you parameters for how much you should (or shouldn’t, for that matter) buy. If it won’t fit in the basket/tote/bucket of your choosing, put it back. (Sarah is still accepting orders on these cute bunny bags while supplies last).
  3. Don’t over do it. Even with a plan of what I want, I still get to the store [read: Target] and get distracted with those dang bins. Me: “I don’t need anything, I’ll just take a look”.  Also me: “What a great deal of course I need 87 folders, 15 types of thank you cards, new socks, and another set of glass jars”. In order to avoid that debacle, I stick to 1-2 things from each of the following categories:
    • Something to wear. Who doesn’t love something cute to wear? I don’t know about your kid, but my little fashionista will be THRILLED to see the new dress + hat we got her to wear on Easter Sunday (both from a consignment shop. Don’t make me send you back to read my post on Toddler Style without breaking the bank).  We also love custom t-shirts like this onesie from Vinyl Looks. (The owner, Jillian can create ANY custom order your heart desires and she’s still taking orders.)

      You can pair this cute onesie with leggings, a tutu or our FAVORITE, these handmade bibdanas by Sew B. Miami! This bibdana is Easter-friendly, reversible, and perfect for the toddler or baby in your life. BONUS: It comes with this rad matching organic wood teether which will cover you on our next category too.
    • Something to eat.  Half the fun of an Easter basket is opening the eggs and spilling out the surprise treats, amiright? That doesn’t have to mean giving your kids a ton of candy. If candy’s your thing, to each their own! But with a kid like mine, sugar makes her crazy and I end up taking it away, hiding it in a cabinet, and eating it myself three weeks later. So we’ll be filling our plastic Easter eggs with some of these healthy alternatives to candy:  organic fruit snacks, puffs, berries, dried fruit, trail mix, popcorn, etc.
    • Something to read.  Jesus is the reason, people. So think a children’s Bible, The Story of Easter, etc. We got this one for AG’s first Easter and she is still into it at 2.5. If it’s a coloring book that doubles as the story of Jesus, even better. Reward yourself and throw in some crayons.(Hint: Since she loves this, I just regift it to her each year. SURPRISE.)
    • Something to play with.  Bubbles, stamps, bouncy balls, stickers, coloring book + crayons, Easter themed finger puppets, bubble bath finger paints, sidewalk chalk, sand toys … You get the idea.
    • Something educational.  Blah, blah, there always has to be that one annoying mom preaching education when everyone’s trying to get down with their fun-self. But my girl is still young enough that she thinks if she gets it as a gift then it must be something fun, so I’ll take advantage of that for as long as I can.  Some fun toddler version of educational toys (that won’t break the bank): Alphabet shaped magnets, number foam bath toys, memory games, a dry erase board to practice tracing letters, a wooden toolset, etc. Anything that’s going to get their little brains working.
    • Something to do as a family.  Whether it’s something to do outside of the house like tickets to a Children’s Museum, or something inside the house like a new DVD, the important thing is that you’ll all be spending time together. Pick something that’s relevant for your family’s interests, but make sure your kiddos will still be having fun with it.
  4. Most importantly, do your own dang thing. Enjoy yourselfSpoil your kid if you want to! Get them nothing if you want to. Fill them full of candy and let them run crazy all day. Whatever you decide to do with Easter baskets, remember that God so loved the world that he gave you his only son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so you could live forever. Show some appreciation and enjoy the life you’ve been blessed with.

 

Want to take a peak inside AG’s Easter tote?  Shhhh, don’t tell her, but here’s what the bunny’s bringing:

Wear: Not pictured because we already gave it to her so she can rock it while she hunts for this tote full of goodies. Stay tuned after Easter to check out her outfit!
Eat: She’ll be getting some fruit in her Easter eggs, so since I’m not filling those now, here’s a picture of her loving some black berries.

Read: See above – we’re re-gifting that awesome story about Easter. 🙂
Play: Bowling in a bag + bubbles.

Educational: Minnie Mouse writing pad + crayons.

Family time: A paint-your-own stepping stone for our garden

BONUS: There was still room in the tote so I opted to also get her this awesome fold out felt doll house + people. Travels easily and totally entertaining.

 

Remember the reason for the Holiday and Thank Jesus <3

xoxo,
Bree

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