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I like to start with the very first Easter and I plan to go all the way until my kiddos are married and living with their own families 😉
My parents still give me a card at Easter, but I stopped getting a basket or gift when I had my first baby at 25. At that point they had someone to “replace” me and that is perfectly fine 🙂
Like Stocking Stuffers at Christmas, sometimes figuring out what little items to put in the basket can be difficult – especially when the child may be very young or too old by traditional standards.
Here are some ideas for Easter Baskets by Age Group:
- Baby books
- Some candy (depending on your child’s ability to eat solid foods)
- Stuffed animals
- Goldfish crackers (or other assortments)
- Small Toys
- Bath Toys
- Sand/outdoor toys
- Sippy Cup
- 1st Bible
- Fruit snacks
- Snack foods
- Stuffed Animals
- Outdoor/Sand toys
- Sidewalk chalk
- Card games
- Car ride games
- Video games (depending on the age of the child)
- Coloring books
- Puzzle books
- Water Bottles
- Snack Foods
- Video Games
- Gift Cards
- Cash (folded into plastic Easter Eggs, of course)
- Candy (everyone loves candy, right?)
- Gift Cards
…or just scrap the basket idea and give them something that you know they really want. One year I really wanted a certain purse, so instead of a basket I received the purse with a few matching accessories and some candy inside. It was a really great gift!
Candy is obviously a standard and everyone loves a few pieces on Easter. Easter candy happens to be my absolute favorite of any holiday and there are some things that I think are mandatory:
- Chocolate bunny
- Peeps marshmallow chicks/bunnies, preferably yellow
- Cadbury eggs (both candy shell and cream filled)
- Jelly Beans
Another MUST is Easter themed books. I always put something bunny related and something Jesus related. My older kiddos have Bibles that are too young for them. They are ready for something more substantial now so they will be getting new Bibles in their baskets this year (maybe before so that they can follow along with our Easter activities). My little guy will be getting his first Bible 🙂
Something that would also be a nice addition to an older child’s basket might be a daily devotional. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with positive ideas and I think it is incredibly important for pre-teens and teens to have the right foundation going through such critical times in development.
Regardless of what you put in your kids baskets, the important thing is to remember the meaning of Easter and spend time as a family focusing on each other and the day.
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