It’s hard to believe we’re closing in on April, with Easter now only a few weeks away. This will be Eli’s first Easter (yay!)! Of course, he’s not going to notice or care about any kind of Easter goodies – but Ben, now a little older, should be super excited. This year we’ll be spending Saturday with my family, and Sunday with my husband’s. Since we celebrate both Catholic and Orthodox Easter, it’s kind of nice they’re falling on the same weekend this year.
So I’ve been in the market for an Easter basket for Eli, and since I kind of like things to match, I need to buy Ben a new one too. So I have a few ideas on baskets listed below. I think I’m probably going to go with a chipboard one since I really like the way they look. Other than that, I love the idea of filling Easter baskets with fun spring, non-candy items. I hate that Easter is slowly becoming a smaller version of Christmas! I stick to a few inexpensive toys and treats and call it a day. I’ve listed some of my favorites for this year below.
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Well let’s start things off with a great looking basket. My favorites are always the traditional wooden route, since they’re pretty much timeless, don’t fade, and you can reuse them each year. One + three are found at Target, and the middle is from Pottery Barn Kids.
OK, so I’m definitely against Easter turning into a mini-Christmas…. but, I do think a small educational toy is a great option. How cute is this fish for numbers set by Melissa and Doug? I love the little fishing pole with the worm. The wipe-clean writing tablet is great for long car rides. Also, this Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Scan Color Chameleon is under $10! You point to a spot and it identifies the color – great for kids around the 15 month+ mark!
I hate committing to a one-time-wear type of holiday shirt (i.e. my first *holiday*)! Rather than an obviously holiday themed shirt, I found three cute Easter-ish tees that would work great through the spring. These are all pretty affordable too – the middle is from one of my favorite small brands, Saturday Morning Pancakes! They have a bunch of hilarious 90s rap themed tees, and this one fits just perfectly for Easter!
Everyone needs a stuffed bunny at Easter! Melissa & Doug’s floppy version is under $10. I love the sleeping girly dolls too! And I’m a sucker for Jellycat stuffed animals, so even though this one is a little higher price-wise – it’s well worth it because they’re super soft and last forever (great for baby’s first Easter)!
Since Ben is a little older this year, I think it’s a great time to introduce a book like God Gave Us Easter to teach him what the holiday is actually all about. The Easter book on the end was one I picked up in person at a book store last year, and it was really cute for the under 2 age. My First Easter is also a great board book to throw in too!
Annie’s is a great brand of organic treats and even better, they’re all bunny shaped. These make the perfect addition to any kids Easter basket, and you don’t have to worry about all the added sugar of candy! They’d also be great in eggs for egg hunts.
Classic Small Toys
I don’t know about you, but I can vividly remember those wind up little chicks at Easter every year. I love this wooly lamb option from Land of Nod. They also have some cute wooden bird whistles. How cute is this Peter Rabbit set? I love that it’s made of painted wood, and doubles as a mini bowling game! I saw this while out last weekend and knew I just had to include it!
Fun in the Sun
Growing up in a Jersey shore town meant Easter kicked off the beginning of warm weather and the countdown to summer. I love including some summer-related items in my kid’s Easter baskets since I always remember getting something similar growing up as well! Of course remember to size up a tad, since we’re still a few months out from those pool days.
Have any tips for toddler baskets that I’m missing? Be sure to comment below and let me know what you’re digging this spring!