Easter is just days away, and if you’re like me, you’ve got a million things on your plate and are now making a last-minute scramble to assemble Easter baskets for your children. Well, today’s your lucky day because I’ve got a ton of cute, non-candy Easter basket ideas for you. Pop in a chocolate bunny or two, and your little loves will be all set for Sunday.
If you’re still looking for ways to make Easter more meaningful, I highly recommend Resurrection Eggs. You won’t have time to do the entire set this year, but you can pull them out again next year (and for years after that).
If you need some direction, take a look at my post Teaching Kids About Easter. My favorite children’s Bible was also just released in a special (and beautiful) gift edition. It would make a perfect gift for any child.
Between birthday party favors and the little treats kids seem to accumulate from school and friends, I’m sure your kids are like mine: they already have plenty of “stuff.” You know, all those little plastic things that you’re either throwing away (while they’re not looking, of course) or that you’re constantly reminding them to pick up off the floor.
To cut down on the clutter, I decided years ago that my kids’ Easter baskets should be filled with things they’ll actually use. Here is my go-to list for Easter basket ideas:
- ART SUPPLIES- Crayons, markers, colored pencils, sketchbooks, colored paper, coloring books, stickers, stamps, watercolors, sidewalk chalk. Things that encourage creativity are always a winner. My kids are 7, 9, and 11, and they’ve enjoyed this art set and this one, too. When they were younger, I loved these products because they were mess-free (as mess-free as you can get for toddlers :)).
- POOL NECESSITIES- Swimsuits, coverups, flip flops, sunglasses, goggles, pool toys, beach towels, swim bags, hats/caps. It’s too cold for swimming now, but Easter is a great time to get them geared up for swim season. I’ve linked several things I’m eyeing for my kids below. And although they’re actually for the bath (not pool), my kids LOVED these tablets when they were little.
SHOP KIDS’ SWIMWEAR
- OUTDOOR FUN- Balls (soccer, football, baseball, tennis, etc.), jump ropes, seeds/seed planting kits, gardening sets, sprinklers, bubble machines, Nerf guns (I know, I know, but kids love them). Outdoor play is so good for kids, and in my house, it’s a daily necessity to burn off all that energy. I’m thinking my oldest daughter (a soccer player) would love this.
- BEAUTY ESSENTIALS- Chapstick, lipgloss, hair accessories, nail polish, jewelry. Even my son gets new chapstick in his Easter basket. I don’t even mind if he smushes it up into the cap, as long as it’s his own.
- BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS- My rule: one can never have too many books. The two you see here are some of our current faves: I Am Albert Einstein (the entire series Ordinary People Change the World is very well done and includes books about famous inspiring people) and Illustrated Classics for Girls (which seems to be sold out at the moment).
There are also couple of personalized goodies that I’m so excited about this year. I know my girls will love these monogrammed caps, as much as I do. I might even have bought myself one to match.
My hometown friend Stacy does such an amazing job (remember my cute aqua Corksicle), and she ships so quickly–I’m almost positive she can get you some of these before Easter.
I also picked up these personalized marker boxes from Well Bowed. They offer local pickup in Dallas and reasonable shipping rates, and seriously, the cutest gifts like water bottles, key chains, jewelry boxes, and more (see more in this post). Happy shopping, Easter bunnies!