Putting together Easter baskets for our daughters each year is one of our family traditions. Since I steer them away from candy as much as possible, I’ve come up with other inexpensive ideas for filling their baskets. I wouldn’t use all of these items each time, but usually choose from a couple of categories.
- Books. Surprise, surprise! Knowing how much we love to read, you know I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to add to our bookcases! I shop ahead to find inexpensive books at a used book store, from our library’s sale shelves, or request them at Paperback Swap.
- Summer toys. I have used sand buckets as Easter baskets and added shovels, rakes and sand toys. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes or water guns along with sunglasses, inflatable floats, or other pool toys are fun additions.
- Pajamas, nightgowns or a bathing suit. These are clothing items that I would purchase anyway, so sometimes I make them part of the Easter basket.
- Accessories. Hair bows, barrettes, jewelry, fancy socks or small purses can be used as part of their Easter outfit for church.
- An Easter dress for their doll. I try to find a deal on 18-inch doll clothes or accessories by using a coupon at a store like A.C. Moore or Michaels.
- Kitchen utensils. This is new for me this year, but I’m planning to get each daughter a small kitchen tool. Measuring spoons, whisks, cookie scoops, and cookie cutters can all be used when they cook with me while also beginning a collection for their own home one day.