I will admit that I love putting together Easter baskets for the kids. Sometimes it can feel daunting though. And this year there is the challenge of two kids including a 4-year old who pays attention to everything his sister gets! But I figured out that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Easter baskets for kids made easy can be a reality! Not just a dream! Check out how I did this year.
And yes, I already have my Easter baskets done this year. It’s an Easter miracle!
Easter Baskets for Kids Made Easy
I’ll admit that Easter baskets can seem overwhelming. Perhaps because it has the potential to rival Christmas (or at least feel that way). I even debated not starting the basket tradition with my kids. But then I couldn’t resist. So now it’s just all about balance and following a few rules I made up for myself when I go out Easter shopping.
Follow these steps and hopefully it won’t feel quite so overwhelming!
The Easter Basket
The first thing to take care of is the Easter basket. You’ve got to decide how you’re going to handle the basket because it’s pretty important. You can go with a new basket every year or you can do something personalized and use it each year.
I opted to spend a bit more money up front and get baskets that we could use each year and would become part of the tradition. Now these are only the baskets for at home. When we go to egg hunts, we take affordable buckets or baskets to collect our eggs. Mama’s gotta protect her Easter basket investment!
Easter Basket Grass
When it comes to filling the basket, there are so many things you can do for Easter basket grass. You can buy some of the slippery stuff that gets everywhere. It’s cheap at the store but it gets everywhere and my dog likes to try to eat it. So it’s not really the best option for us right now.
But if you don’t want to use that grass, see what you might have left around the house. Some crumpled up tissue paper would work or you can use some raffia left over from gift wrapping like I did this year. Or opt for nothing! The kids don’t really care about the Easter basket grass, do they?
Now things get a little bit trickier. I love to shop and I love holiday goodies. So it’s tempting to head into the seasonal aisle and load up with enough stuff that my kids could have an Easter basket the size of our home. But I’ve come up with a few rules for myself.
The first is that the kids get the same number of items in their baskets. This is mostly because Weston will point out of his sister has more than he does. So I’m just starting the tradition of making it equal.
Here’s what I aim for when shopping:
- A toy they will like
- A book or art supply
- A small stuffed animal
- Favorite candy or snack food
Carrigan won’t be getting candy in her basket this year! She’ll be getting some of her favorite yogurt covered raisins instead.
But Weston will be getting some candy featuring his favorite Peanuts characters! He loves him some Snoopy!
Easter Basket Candy
My tip for the Easter candy is to choose one or two things and go with things you know your kids love. Remember they will probably be getting some candy when they go hunting for eggs so I don’t think there needs to be much in the Easter basket.
Weston loves Snoopy and anything with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
Nestlé has partnered with Charles Schulz’s Peanuts franchise to create whimsical treats featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang! These Easter treats join many Nestlé Easter favorites we know and love!
The new products include:
- Crunch Creamy Caramel NestEggs
- Crunch Snoopy Bunny
And we might have enjoyed a few while I was putting the Easter baskets together! That’s definitely another tip from me. Let yourself have an Easter candy treat or two while you slave away putting the baskets together!
And it’s really that easy. I think as long as you limit yourself to the number of gifts and treats you want to put in your Easter baskets, you can make it all feel pretty easy. And just remember how you’ll love the smiles on your kids faces when they find their baskets!
Oh and think about how tasty that Nestlé Easter candy is when you enjoy a treat after your hard work filling up those Easter baskets!
Tell me what you like to put in your kids Easter baskets!
Oh! And families can feel better about the chocolate they’re choosing this Easter! Nestlé Confections & Snacks has announced the purchase of certified, sustainable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for 2015!