As a kid, the things I loved about Easter were decorating eggs in all sorts of pretty pastel colors, Easter egg hunts, chocolate Easter Bunnies and Cadbury Eggs. As I look around at the retail marketing this Easter, I have to wonder-when did Easter become the new Christmas? Big box retailers are advertising bikes, expensive toys and even electronics for Easter gifts. Is it just me or does this seem like a bit much for Easter? Aren’t Easter gifts supposed to consist of baskets with small gifts? I don’t think an X-Box or a bicycle will fit in my daughter’s Easter Basket, that’s for sure.
If you aren’t planning on giving your kids an IPad for Easter this year, here are some great inexpensive gift ideas I found on Pinterest. I also like the idea of minimizing the amount of candy my daughter receives for Easter, so many of these ideas are for gifts that don’t include candy.
50 Easter Basket Ideas: This collection of gift ideas was created by I Heart Naptime, and features 50 creative ideas for Easter gifts for the whole family, and don’t include candy. Gift ideas include movie tickets, puzzles, gardening supplies and personalized stationary, just to name a few. This would be a great place to start for ideas for themed gift baskets. For example, maybe a movie night gift basket with a new movie or gift card to the movie theater, popcorn and a favorite beverage? Or maybe a gardening themed gift basket with gardening tools and seeds to plant?
50+ Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas (with tutorials): Feeling crafty this year? Here’s another collection of over 50 ideas for Easter gift baskets from Mad in Crafts, but these are all DIY ideas, many of which include supplies that can be purchased at the dollar store, and most of the ideas include tutorials for making them! Crafty ideas include homemade moon sand, finger puppets, hair clips, tutus and temporary tattoos, just to name a few.
Homemade Easter Basket Fillers: This is a collection of Easter basket fillers ideas by Rebecca’s Soap Deli News. This collection includes ten DIY Easter basket fillers that will inspire creativity in your children. Ideas include using candy molds to make crayons, an Easter tic-tac-toe game, and several creative Easter egg decorating ideas.
17 Unique Easter Gift Ideas: This collection of Easter gift ideas from The Crew includes fun and unique Easter gift ideas-some are DIY and some can be purchased. Ideas include personalized melamine plates, monogrammed beach towels, or personalized dolls and bowling pins. I like this collection because it has a lot of personalized gift ideas which are always fun.
DIY Sidewalk Chalk: This isn’t a collection of ideas but I think this is such a great idea for a fun, DIY Easter gift! All kids love sidewalk chalk, and this idea from Club Chica Circle gives easy step by step instructions for making your own sidewalk chalk with fun colors and shapes. I think this idea would be great for either creating the chalk and giving as a gift, or even putting together the supplies in an Easter basket gift and letting the kids make their own sidewalk chalk!
Boys and Girls Easter Basket Gift Ideas: This collection of gift ideas from Love Stitched has fun, inexpensive gift ideas for both boys and girls. Ideas for boys include mustache stickers and cap bombs, and ideas for girls include glitter chalk and pretty headbands.
Simply Superheroes Gift Basket Ideas: My daughter loves superheroes, especially Star Wars and Batman, so I really like this idea! A Mom’s Take has ideas and suggestions for super hero themed Easter gifts for your kids, from clothing to toys and accessories.
Easter Basket Ideas: This collection from Parenting.com includes TONS of great gift ideas for Easter! Each idea is for an “out of the basket” gift collection and gives you all of the items you’ll need plus links to buy them. Themed ideas include nature lovers with a homemade grass basket and butterfly jar, or an artists collection with paint and art supplies in a paint can! Lots of inspiration on this site.
I hope this list of ideas and collections gives you inspiration for Easter gifts this year! Happy Easter!