Hi friends! Happy April! A few weeks late, I know…but can we believe it’s almost Easter? As we get closer to one of my favorite holidays, I have been thinking about what traditions I want start with Andie…Easter is a such a great holiday for so many reasons, but as Christians, this holiday is our reason for living! We sang a song at our Church the other week that is one of my all time favorites – one of the verses says this:
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus, Yours is the victory!
Y’all. With everything going on in this crazy world, HE is the hope we have to hold on to. I pray you all remember that this Easter!
Ok on to Easter basket favorites! I wanted to show you guys what I am doing for Andie this year, as well as some other ideas I thought would be great for an Easter basket for toddlers!
One thing I am big on is practical gifts. Andie will be starting preschool here in Raleigh this Fall, and while I was browsing the Pottery Barn website (which has become a daily task for me lately…), drooling over literally everything, I stumbled upon a glorious sale on their site (cue the Angels singing). I found this backpack for Andie (insert heart eyes), and thought it would not only be perfect for preschool in the Fall, BUT also as an “Easter basket” to hold some goodies for her (read as I needed to give Jordan a reason as to why we needed to purchase said backpack in April, when she doesn’t need it until August…).
HOW CUTE is this thing?! PS IT’S STILL ON SALE. I went ahead and got it monogrammed with her name on it because it was only $10 extra. I love the stripes on the back, the 2 cup holder pockets on either side, and the fact that it’s a cotton type fabric…that will make my life easier since I can just throw it in the wash whenever it gets dirty.
SO what to fill it with?! While I know chocolate would have been an obvious choice, a) I wasn’t certain I wanted my child to have the extra sugar rush, b) I knew I’d end up eating most of it and to be kind to my rear, I opted for more practical gifts…
So many of her favorite things! We made a random stop at Michael’s one day, and I grabbed 3 different coloring books for $1 each! YES. You read that right…$1!
Currently, there is ONE type of crayons I buy for Andie…WASHABLE. I don’t know about y’all, but my child colors just about everywhere except her coloring books…for example, she was being so quiet in her room the other day, and I’m like “oh good, she’s spending time at the new table I bought her…”
Something like the above, blissful picture…NOPE. She was coloring on the window sill. BUT the good thing about these crayons is that all you need is a rag and water to wipe them off anything…literally a life saver.
Another thing we LOVE in this house is books…and they are such a good gift no matter what the occasion.
One of my favorite places to buy books is TJ Maxx or Marshall’s – they have the best prices on so many great books. I don’t think I have ever spent more than $10 on a book from either of those places.
Lastly, I threw in some bubbles (another $1 find at Michaels), and Viola! An Easter basket that is practical, yet Andie will be so excited for all of these goodies!
Some other ideas I thought would be great for toddlers were –
- Play-dough (probably more for older toddlers)
- Stuffed animals
- Food pouches (if you didn’t want to go the chocolate route)
- Bath toys
- New outfit
I feel like the sky is the limit! I think it’s fun to do something different for the actual “basket” part of the Easter basket…don’t be afraid to switch it up and think outside of the box (or basket 😉)
Happy Easter, friends!!