If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I love to put together a little basket for each of my girls on special or fun holidays. In an effort to be mindful of the things we purchase, save money and not fill our house with junk, this year I've gathered together baskets of "practical" goodies for both of my girls, things that they actually did need and won't be tossed aside after five minutes. Read on to see what I've included...
Last year I wrote a Christmas Blog Post about how we would be gifting to our children - a few good quality, open ended gifts as opposed to lots of plastic that soon gets tossed aside and forgotten. A lot of thought and effort went in to that Christmas list and each and every item has been used and played with endlessly which I am so thrilled about. Check it out here if you want some good gifting ideas!
For some time I have been acutely aware of how much "stuff" we accumulate. I feel like I am in a constant state to decluttering. I love "stuff" but I dislike clutter and I really dislike children who are unappreciative or disrespectful of their belongings. That's not to say that my kids are angelic with their things. My five year old is in the "I want" stage and also has a knack for breaking things but I refuse to replace what she breaks. She will soon learn to take better care of her things when she has little left!
Because I am mindful of what we give our children I had to stop and think about what we would be putting in their Easter baskets this year. The upcoming change of season gave me some great practical ideas of things they needed anyway but which they will still be excited to receive. Here is what I came up with...
We'll be needing these before we know it! Both the Elephant and Bunny Flannlette Winter PJs were from the half price Farmers sale.
SlippersWe'll also be needing these soon as the days get shorter and shorter. My girls love being cozy so these slippers will go down a treat from Number One Shoes. Cupcakes for Maisie and Soft Silky Pink for Maddie.
I always give books every holiday every year. I believe that they are never a frivolous purchase. These are the ones I chose this Easter...
They both have an Easter Foam Craft Kit from The Warehouse which I purchased last year and put away although I see that they are still available this year. Plus a sheet of Easter Bunny Stickers from Kmart which were also left over from last year.
Fox Socks from Little Whimsy. So cute! I've been eyeing these up for ages so it was a good excuse to grab them.
As their Easter treat, a pink Kinder Easter Bunny from The Warehouse.
Followed by a Hello Kitty Toothbrush from Marthas Backyard.
Also included but not seen are some Easter Bunny knickers from Kmart, Easter Bunny Ears from Oobi (which we regift every year), and a spiral bound Easter bunny notebook which I purchased last year from our local $2 store, and some wind up chicks and bunnys which are now five years old from the $2 Store. I put them away again each year after Easter and they are still going strong.
If you're an American or European reader going in to your summer then I suggest purchasing shortie pajamas and jandals (flip flops, slippers, thongs, sandals, slippers - whatever you call them!) instead of winter pajamas and fluffy slippers.
I hope that's given you some practical, non-chocolate ideas for Easter gifts xxx