I have read many a blog post about frugal Easter baskets and the best way to avoid creating a basket brimming with too much candy. In my experience, I enjoy filling Jack’s basket with enriching items and toys without going overboard. Each winter and spring I go on the hunt for unique items or stock up on sale items. I usually spend months accumulating items for his basket so I don’t spend too much at one time.
This year I have two baskets to fill and I enjoyed finding specials items for their baskets.
Jack is almost four this Easter; therefore, I figured the Easter Bunny should bring a small amount of candy. Yummy Earth lollipops are pretty much the only candy in our home but Jack does enjoy the occasional piece of chocolate. I found some fair trade, peanut butter cups at our local co-op, and we tossed in some Hersey’s Kisses, as well as a small chocolate bunny. We try to avoid Hersey’s chocolate but I had a coupon for a bag of Easter kisses.
So, with my collection of goods, I grabbed two baskets from my parent’s garage (we retired the basket we used for Jack in the past because we are using it for something else), and got to work.
- Three Books $9
- Fair Trade Bunny $6
- Monster Inc. Crayons $1
- Crayola Pipsqueak Markers $1
- 2 Vermont-Made Wooden Vehicles $6
- Animalz Tiger $3
- Box of Sidewalk Chalk $2
- Jason Toothpaste – $3.50
- Miscellaneous Candy – $6
Jack’s Basket Total: $37.50
- Two vintage style nursery rhyme books $2
- Fair Trade Bunny $6
- Two Under The Nile Veggie Toys $10
- One gorgeous, hand-made play silk $12 – Check out Mary’s Etsy shop at (https://www.etsy.com/shop/dibbledabblez?ref=l2-shopheader-name)
Wesley’s Basket Total: $30
Ideas For Easy and Healthier Easter Baskets!
Fair-trade Candy or a small amount of favorite candies
Annie’s Fruit Snacks & Crackers
Homemade play dough or Playdoh
Wooden Egg Puzzle or other fun shaped wooden puzzle
Amber Teething Necklace
Cloth diapering supplies
Kid friendly, non-toxic lip balm (such as Badger)
Sunscreen (we like Babyganics and Badger)
Bath and beach toys
A fun hat
The possibilities are endless! I would love to hear some unique ideas or traditions.
The Joyful Homemaker