It is so tempting to grab all the little trinkets in the dollar aisle or the holiday section of the store. Unfortunately most of this stuff is cheaply made and will break quickly or is just a silly toy that will not hold your child's interest for very long. Skip the tchotchkes and fill your child's Easter basket intentionally!
Look through your art supplies at home before you buy more! If you see that a lot of your markers and paints are dried out or your kids have outgrown what you have, these are great to put in an Easter basket!
Crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints
Check what you may be low and add it to your child's basket. My kids are always putting holes in their socks, so grab some fun socks! Rain boots or an umbrella are perfect for this time of year. You can throw in some bath or personal care items that you wouldn't normally buy!
Bath items: body wash, lotion, bath color tablets, toothbrush, bubble bath
Chapstick or lip gloss
This is the perfect time of year to replenish anything your kids might need for the summer months! Your kids might have outgrown last year's items and sometimes toys get left outside all winter and get damaged.
Bathing suit or beach towel
Sandals or flip flops
Squirt guns or water toys
Outdoor toys: balls, foam airplane, sandbox toys, bubbles
Bike helmet or bike light
Replenish or add to your stash of activity kits, either for rainy days or on the go. We LOVE question cards for older kids to use at the dinner table.
Activity books (sticker books, search and find, mazes)
Not everything in the basket has to be for immediate use. If you don't have time or it's too hard to get a gift card, write them a little voucher or print out the business' logo.
Egg Reward Tokens: Stuff eggs with these and surprise your child with fun experiences
Vegetable or flower seeds: Involve your kids in planting your garden
Gift card for their favorite restaurant or ice cream parlor
Movie tickets, putt putt or bowling voucher, zoo passes
My advice to you is to just skip over the trinkets that your kids will lose interest in quickly and will add clutter to your home. The first step to keeping an organized home is to be conscious of what you bring into it. Make sure what you are gifting to your children are things you want to have in your home and you have a place to store them!