In response to my Easter series, I wanted to share with you all what we ended up putting inside Zoey’s Easter basket this year. I started collecting items and setting them aside as early as mid-March, before her 4th birthday. It helps with the budget big time when we space things out like that. I’ve never been a fan of the pre-fabricated Easter baskets you can find at Walmart or Target. I personally feel they lack a personal touch, so I find great joy in shopping for Zoey’s basket items over the course of a few paychecks. A few items here and there, and before I know it, we have a great basket and didn’t take a hit to the finances all at once. I do the same for her birthday and Christmas…
Side note, we normally re-use her eggs year after year to save money (she had about 35, ranging in sizes). However, this year I wanted to get some new ones, so we donated all her old ones to the church’s egg hunt! They also reuse them year after year and typically just collect candy donations, but we filled the eggs and donated them nice and full for the hunt.
Below is what we got our 4-year-old for Easter! I feel like we have a good variety of tangible/keeper items and yummies. 😉 She received so many hand-me-down dresses that would work great for Easter so we did not buy a new one this year. There really was no need when she literally has five to choose from in her closet right now. Okay, I’m done rambling. Here is what is in her “basket”!
In lieu of a traditional basket, we went with our own personal tradition and got her a storage bin for her bedroom! Pink chevron cube bin: $6 @ Target (price online shows $6.99, but I got it for $5.99 in my local store.
- Loose change for her piggy bank
- Beaded hair ties: $4 @ Walmart (6 pk)
- Mini Lalaloopsy characters: $6 @ Walmart (3 pk, so excited they fit in the eggs, too!)
- Annie’s organic fruit snacks: $3 @ Target (box of 6 pks, split among eggs)
- Cadburry creme eggs: $3 @ Target (4 pk)
- Mini chocolate foil-wrapped bunnies: $1 @ Target (6 pk)
Outside of Eggs
- Veggie Tales – MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle DVD: $3.99 @ LifeWay (obv. on a HUGE sale!)
- Crayola letter learning and sight words flash cards: 2 packs, $1 each @ Dollar Tree
- The First Easter Day, touch and feel board book: $7 @ LifeWay (on sale. Even at age 4, she still loves board books)
- Target $1 Bin Items: pink Slinky Jr., Annie’s organic bunny crackers (single serve), 2 pocky dip packs, 4-pk glitter glue, chocolate bunny on a stick
- Grow Your Own Sunflower kit: $3 @ Target
- Lalaloopsy band-aids: $2 @ Walmart (as soon as she spotted this, she was looking for a booboo to put one on)
- Crazy straws: $0.98 @ Walmart (split a 6-pk between her basket and her cousin’s, so she got 3)
- 3 packs of glow stick bracelets: $0.98 each @ Walmart (5 pk)
- Neon dry erase markers: $4 @ Walmart (4 pk)
- Dry eraser: $3 @ Walmart
- Scissors: $3 @ Walmart (these are specifically safe for training 4-year-old children)
- Peeps on a stick: $2 @ Target
That’s it! My favorite item is the Grow Your Own Sunflower kit. Zoey loves to watch things grow – it brings her great joy to see how she contributed to nurturing something from a seed to a plant. I love it because it means she’s very interested in helping me with my vegetable garden in the summer! She definitely appreciates how things grow, so this was my personal favorite item.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We had the best weekend, between spending Good Friday at home as a family, to the church’s egg hunt, to dinners and bonfires with family members. I’ll share a recap of how to make peeps smores work for you in my next post!