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10 Easter Basket Ideas for Less

Easter Sunday is one of the holiest days of the year for Catholics, but it's also one of the bigger celebrations, too.

While my mom was always adamant my sister and I learn the story of Easter, she was also big in celebrating it with us in a kid-friendly way.

Mom's kid-friendly method included a great Easter egg hunt with Easter baskets for us to find at the end and enjoy.

While she did always include a giant chocolate Easter bunny and Jelly Beans in our baskets, Mom left the candy-fillers for Halloween and instead, would fill our Easter baskets with spring-inspired treats, little gifts and special trinkets we'd beg for on normal days and never get.

10 Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Less

1. Sidewalk chalk was one of my favorite gifts I ever found in my Easter basket. Spring always meant we were outside for hours on end and this chalk always provided endless entertainment. For as little as $3 it's a favorite idea for kids and moms. Other options? Spring toys like jump ropes, yo-yos or bouncy balls.


2. Buttercream frosted Easter cookies from Cheryl's always made it into our baskets thanks to my grandparents. They'd always ship us a box of these delish cookies and Mom would carefully arrange them in our baskets - though ours were never this cute!

3. Bath Foam was one of those special trinkets we'd get when we were really little in our Easter baskets. I think this was responsible for me learning the alphabet before kindergarten - who knew bath time could be so fun and educational? For $2.99 it's a fun and inexpensive Easter basket idea.

4. Temporary tattoos with Easter designs made it into our Easter baskets every year. They're so inexpensive and kids go crazy over them.

5. Wind Up Easter bunnies and chicks always found their way into our baskets, too. They're inexpensive and now seem a bit silly, but trust me when I tell you the kids love them - my sister and I did!

6. Barrettes and hair accessories were a guarantee find for us. This is a great idea for all little girls, but the boys won't be as happy - try giving them paper airplane kits instead.

7. One year my mom included harmonicas in our Easter basket and my sister loved it so much she learned how to play. I wasn't as talented, but had some fun with it, too!

8. Some inexpensive, fun, colorful sunglasses are a hit with boys and girls of all ages and can cost as little as $6 (like the Melissa & Doug ones above).

9. Books of some sort always made an appearance in our baskets, too. They grew as we did - and to this day my mom still gets my sister and I a book at Easter.

10. Garden kits, seeds or mini potted plants were another fun find in our Easter basket. They were great for spring and also came at a time science experiments were a big entertainment for my sister and I.

If you get creative and shop smart you can fill your child's Easter basket with special trinkets and gifts that are perfect for spring - and won't rot any teeth!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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