Our Easter Baskets


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!

Honey Sticks

Fair-trade Candy or a small amount of favorite candies

Annie’s Fruit Snacks & Crackers

Homemade play dough or Playdoh

Art Supplies

School Supplies


Wooden Egg Puzzle or other fun shaped wooden puzzle

Amber Teething Necklace


Fun Socks

Cloth diapering supplies

Kid friendly, non-toxic lip balm (such as Badger)

Sunscreen (we like Babyganics and Badger)


Bath and beach toys

Garden tools

A fun hat

Refrigerator magnets

Play silk

Mini kite

The possibilities are endless! I would love to hear some unique ideas or traditions.

Happy Easter,

The Joyful Homemaker

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