Hello! Easter is less than two weeks away, so if you haven’t given any thought to what you’re going to stash in your littles’ Easter baskets it’s probably time to start coming up with some ideas. Traditionally, it’s all about candy … but with a little thoughtful planning you can make it so much more… to see what I’m sneaking into Livi and Emme’s baskets this year, and to come up with some ideas of your own, read on …
First, I like to break down my girls’ Easter baskets into three categories: 1) yum 2) fun, and 3) learn. Ok, in regards to the first category, let’s get one thing straight … we’re not doing away with candy entirely … it is Easter, after all! But, I like to choose one or two must haves — and in our house, that would be chocolate bunnies and jelly beans! Livi loves both of these, and Jacob and I will be all too happy to help out Emme with hers (chocolate for me, jelly beans for Jacob)! So, pick a few of your littles’ absolute favorite candies, and forgo the rest. This will make room for more the meaningful goodies in categories two and three!
For categories two and three, consider your child’s interests and age. This doesn’t need to be absolute … for example, I chose similar items for both Livi and Emme for the learning category. Each of them will receive a book and a mini succulent plant! The book is obvious — you should be reading to your child every night, even from a very young age, so a book is the perfect basket stuffer. I kept my book Easter-themed, but any book that you think your child would enjoy is great.
A small plant is great for teaching your child the importance of caring for something — and it’s a great starter… small, low maintenance, and if it does die, well… no one will be crying like they would if you happened to kill a goldfish or other small animal! Jacob (my green thumb guru) will teach Livi (and at some point Emme), how to ensure it receives the care it needs … light, water, and the occasional encouraging words to keep growing 🙂
For the fun category, just pick a few items that you know will make your little one smile with glee!
Livi loves to draw, so some new colored pencils are sure to please. And she’s all about mommy’s jewelry lately … she wants to put my necklaces on all the time, so she’ll get her very own necklace in her Easter basket this year!
Emme, being so little still, is pretty easy to please … a cute stuffed bunny, a squishy textured bunny shaped squeeze toy, and a string of multi-colored animal shapes.
And, of course, what Easter basket would be complete without a few beautifully colored eggs? At least when I was young, the Easter bunny always stashed a few in my basket … I intend to carry on that tradition! And if you missed my post on how to create gorgeous speckled Easter eggs, you can check it out here.
And there you have it … a fun, meaningful Easter basket for your little one(s)! And be sure to check out some of the spring and Easter holiday items I’m loving below!
From my family to yours, I wish you all a wonderful Easter 🙂
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