As a new mom, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is celebrating holidays from a child’s perspective! While I know my 3 month old isn’t quite aware of what Easter is all about yet, I couldn’t resist putting together an Easter basket for him this year. Once I started thinking about it, several questions came up and sparked quite a discussion at a recent Prairie Hive meeting…how did your family’s Easter Bunny leave treats? The same basket year after year, a new throw away version every year, or something utilitarian turned into a gift basket? What went in your basket…candy only, things you need, fun toys….etc. The debate went on and on. And so did my research.
My sister and I had the same Easter basket each year (I think it’s still living in my garage somewhere)…we set them out the night before for the bunny to fill with treats. Here are a few of the best keepsake baskets that I found…some are DIYs that a mom could make with love, others I just thought were beautiful baskets to keep for years.
Clockwise: Simple Easter Basket (DIY), The Purl Bee; Felted Wool Easter Basket, Maddy and Me on Etsy; Vintage Woven Wicker Basket, Dear Macy Vintage on Etsy; Dyed Heirloom Easter Basket (DIY), A Subtle Revelry.
While searching, I noticed some great fabric options as well…less traditional, but soft, reusable, and easy for little ones to carry.
And the last school of thought…find a utilitarian container, fill it with gifts, and then repurpose someplace else in the house. Here are a few of my favorites:
And of course, I couldn’t resist putting some goodies in these baskets. I hate the idea of loading up with too much candy, so tried to think of some fun items that fit the holiday but will last year round. This year, I bought several books to read to my baby – I think I’ll make it an Easter tradition! Fellow Hive Mom Lisa puts PJs and swimsuits in her kids’ baskets every year, or you can always find some un-atrocious bunny items or take something basic like crayons and kick it up a notch.
Clockwise: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward, Amazon; School of Fish Pajamas, Tea Collection; Earth Grown Crayons on Etsy; Porcelain Hare Bank, Uncommon Goods; Cat and Dog Finger Puppets, Blabla Kids; Adeline the Arctic Bunny by SleepyKing on Etsy; Sock Monkey Easter Eggs by HeidiBG on Etsy.
Tell us about your favorite Easter Basket gifts and traditions!