Even though there are aisles and aisles of candy and trinkets in the stores, you can be intentional with your Easter gifts. You can create Easter baskets that involve learning, are practical, create memories, are fun and inexpensive too. I’ll share how I was intentional with our Easter baskets this year.

P.S.  My toddler is spending time with her grandparents, so I could actually get my Easter baskets ready a week early and without hiding in the basement. 😉 Thank you, Grandparents!

We spent more than usual this year because we hardly bought the kids a thing at Christmas. They got plenty of gifts from grandparents and cousins, and they didn’t need anything else at the time. Now they are into new things and grown out of things, so an Easter basket is a fun way to hide and give those things.

Here’s what’s inside our basket this year:

Shutterfly Placemats — By far the most expensive gift but it has way more use than just a placemat because of the design I chose. You see, we’ve been talking a lot about letters, sounds, and words with my toddler, so this will help incorporate even more language development and recognition at meal times. These were “free” at Shutterfly, but then shipping was $15.

Packer Hat — It’s embroidered, good quality, cute, clearanced, and something we needed to buy anyway. My son has a huge dome. He’s already outgrown 3 knit hats this one winter! We live in Wisconsin…so we will use this a lot this year and next. $5 at Walmart.

Easter Stampers — We’ll see how the quality is but my daughter has fun stamping and we won’t need to get the ink pads out with these. One of the only things that’s actually “Easter” themed. $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint Soap — I’ve been wanting to try bathtub colors for my daughter who likes to color and play in the bath, so I finally bought one at the Dollar Tree for $1.

Knit Gloves — Again, because it’s Wisconsin and it’s STILL cold. These will be great for cool spring days and next fall. These were perfect for my kids as one is in my daughter’s favorite color (a more girly design) and the other is solid navy, which can be for my son. These were a 2-pack for $.50 at Walmart.

Jumbo Glue Stick — Now that my toddler cuts paper, we will incorporate gluing pieces together next. She asked for glue a couple weeks ago when we saw it in a book, and I realized somehow we have no glue in our house except super glue… 🤷‍♀️ So she’ll get a jumbo purple one that was $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Flower Stick — We do “Calendar Time” every day where we talk about the day of the week, month, and date. Then we check the weather and write words and draw pictures about that too. This will be a fun thing for my daughter to check to help tell if it’s windy or not each day. $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Kite — Another thing we’ve never done with our toddler and would like to this spring/summer. It’ll help us spend time together, be outside, talk about the weather, and practice her motor skills. $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Easter Basket — Just one. The kids can share. $1 at the Dollar Tree.

P.S. The Easter Baskets at Walmart are not only much more expensive, they’re HUGE! So you have to put more stuff inside. Beware of this tactic to get you to spend more… Stick with a small one if you don’t want to spend a ton of money filling it. Or get a LOT of filler paper.

The Easter Story Book — For more reading time and to incorporate Jesus’ resurrection. $4.99 at Amazon (not pictured yet, apparently didn’t have 2-day shipping. Glad I ordered it early; it will be here later this week.)

Plastic Easter Eggs with Stickers Inside — For our own Easter Egg Hunt, I cut my own stickers and put them inside the eggs. Voila! FREE, reused old ones (that I got at the Dollar Tree last year).

Total: $31.50

Looking for more Easter basket ideas that you can get delivered to your door in just two days? Here are the best Easter gift ideas on Amazon for young kids.

Even though you will find aisles full of candy and trinkets at the store, you can be intentional with your Easter gifts. You can create Easter baskets that are practical, create memories, increase learning, are fun, and inexpensive too. Hope this gave you a new idea or two!

I would love to hear your Easter traditions and what’s in your Easter baskets. Share in the comments and have a fun holiday celebrating and creating memories together.

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