As soon as Christmas is gone, we start to worry about Valentine’s Day. And as soon as that holiday has passed, yet again another holiday has come to grace our presence. Yes, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about: Easter. And of course, you’re most likely checking to see how much money (or shall I say “change”) you have left in your pockets.
No need to worry. Just in time for Easter, I’ve got a couple of easy and cheap Easter gifts to give to kids, while also being a little creative about it. You don’t always have to buy one of the expensive and very large store baskets already complete with giant cars and basketballs. Christmas has already passed, and Easter is not meant to be an expensive gift-giving holiday. When I was a kid, most baskets were small and either contained a simple puzzle or a stuffed bunny with just a handful of candy tossed in for good measures. The older I got, the more creative I watched my parents and relatives get, especially when I passed the age of the Easter Bunny being nothing more than just a myth.
When I worked for a nursing home, we had a project of making baskets for kids and had to do it with a small budget. We bought simple baskets and a couple of different bags of candy: small chocolates, Peeps, etc. If your chiild is young, you can buy an empty basket from the Dollar Store. Instead of going all out and filling it with giant dolls and tons of expensive candy, you can spend just a few dollars and still make it look like you bought a lot.
Stick with buying bouncy balls and small, foam footballs. You can add a pack of toy cars or action figures. Even a sticker book is a great idea. Toss in a Yo-Yo and a handful of different kinds of candy and you’re done.
Young Teen Boy:
A new movie or a book with a chocolate bunny is the perfect, yet simple gift. If you check clearance racks and pawn stores, you get them a video game. You can wrap them up in wrapping paper or get decorative plastic wrap and tie it with blue ribbon.
My favorite idea was to get a small basket and put in a pack of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and either a small doll or something for dress-up – like a crown. You can always put in a coloring book with some crayons. Again, toss in a little bit of candy and you’re done.
Young Teen Girl:
One of my aunts gave me my next idea. One Easter, when I was about twelve, she took some decorative plastic and in it she wrapped up a couple of bottles of nail polish and some chocolates. What girl wouldn’t want a little bit of make-up or jewelry? You can even put in a diary – a great way to help the girl through her teen years.
Now, in any of these baskets you can always toss in puzzle books, chapter books, neat pens (light-up ones, gel or glitter pens), key chains, simple stuffed animals (doesn’t have to be a rabbit) and even a dollar or two. If you like, you can do simple $5 gift cards to a fast food or a store your child may like. One thing my parents did, was instead of baskets, my parents took my sister and me shopping. They got us each a new outfit for Spring. I understand that parents sometimes like taking their kids somewhere. If you go out to eat, try to stick with a family buffett. If you want to travel, you can do something unique. When I still lived in Florida, not far from the town I lived in, my parents took us on an old train ride. It was very affordable and a neat experience. If you can’t travel, you can always go to a great, family movie.
The older your children get, however, try to start giving simple things that are more like them and right for their age. If you think they are too old for Easter gifts, you can always give them at least a chocolate bunny – no one is ever too old for a chocolate bunny.
Now, as you can see, there are lots of different gift ideas for Easter. You don’t always have to give an Easter basket. Next time you shop for Easter, let your creative mind do the thinking, not your wallet.
SOURCES: Dollar General, Dollar Tree, me, friends & family