Easter baskets are like Christmas stockings with a handle. Except the candy is egg and bunny-shaped instead of snowman and Santa-shaped. Some edible goodies, a trinket or two, NOTHING “MAJOR.” That’s pretty much it. But recently, parents are getting the wrong idea and turning Easter into spring Christmas… Ahem–I am barely recovered from actual Christmas! So may I please take pause to say, “You’re doing it wrong.”
Upon reading a post from a fellow mom-blogger over at Mommifried, I learned that I am not alone in this sentiment! So who is perpetuating this madness, with hundreds of dollars spent on extravagant gifts and toys, formal portraits, and GODHELPME, pet ducklings and bunnies to ignore after April??? I don’t know, but I’m here to tell her, (politely of course), to fucking STOPPIT– I can’t keep up… Here is what my little dude is getting in his Easter basket this year:
A Crest Spinbrush… The one Santa put in his stocking died & it’s time for a new one! He loved that damned thing– And it counter-acts all the sugary goodies, no?
A pack of “Big-Boy” undies… Potty training is going well– Kudos, Kiddo!
2 Berenstain Bears books– one of our current favorites to watch and to read. We are beefing up his collection a little each “occasion.” He got 2 from his Valentine (Ok, his mommy)… perhaps a couple more at birthday time in June!?
A Dinosaur Stamp set… I found this cool Melissa & Doug one on Totsy a couple months ago for $7.99. But I don’t think they are usually more than $10-$15 at toy retailers!
Mini boxes of raisins! He thinks it’s candy. Don’t ruin that for me.
Bunny marshmallows– we snack on marshmallows after school. And goodies shaped like bunnies are exponentially more delicious. That’s just science.
Lollipops! (Aka “Quiet-Makers.”)
Balloons! (Very cheap entertainment… and way fun in the bath!) Always with supervision of course!
Stickers! Because who doesn’t love stickers? (Available at pretty much any drugstore, Wal-mart, Dollar General, etc…) And what? A buck or two?
And that’s all, y’all!
My total bunny spendage comes to under $50… (I bought a nice Monogrammed 31Tote last year to reuse every year.) Remember Christmas when you spent $600 and your toddler played with the M&M candy-cane ornament and a ripped giftbag for two days straight?
Cheers to keeping it simple this holiday!
Need more ideas for keeping it simple for your toddler’s Easter loot?
-bubbles -crayons/coloring books -small notebooks/pencils -matchbox cars -glowsticks
-mini goldfish cartons -nutella go-packs -small stuffed toys -mini puzzles
-fruit roll-ups -letter/number magnets -sippy cups -bath squirters -wind-up toys
-bubblebath/soaps -flower seeds/mini pots -yogurt dots -play-doh -sidewalk chalk
What about you? Do you go all out for Easter or keep it to a dull roar? How do you feel about those pre-stuffed baskets? Convenient or impersonal and lazy? Comment below!
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