Easter Surprise 2007
Easter Surprise 2007 (Photo credit: otzberg)

The longer I have kids, the more I’m a fan of making presents of things I’d buy them anyway. And even more so, I like to get them things that can be used up or go outdoors.  This is especially true of Easter. That being said, here are my top 10 clutter-free Easter basket themes.

Outside play (little kids)
– no tip bubble buckets
– chalk
– play balls
– umbrella
– raincoat
– galoshes

Outside play (big kids)
– hula hoop
– kickballs
– jump rope
– baseball & bat
– Velcro catch game
– any other summer sport gear

Gardening
– garden tote
– tools
– seeds/plants
– gardening gloves
– pots for plants

Exploring Your World
– bug jar
– butterfly net
– magnifying glass
– field guides (trees, insect, birds)
– bird feeder

Beach
– inflatable beach toys/rafts
– sand tools/bucket
– googles
– swimsuit
– dive rings
– squirt guns
– water balloons
– water balls

Art Supplies
– coloring books
– crayons
– markers
– activity books
– good drawing paper
– paints
– watercolors
– oil pastels
– chalk pastels
– how to draw books

Dental items
– yummy toothpaste
– cool toothbrushes
– fancy new electric toothbrush
– kid flossers

Food Gear 
– new plate/silverware/bowl/cup sets
– new sippy/travel cup or water bottle
– personalized lunch bag

Food
Or you can go literal like my step mother did one year.  She packed an Easter basket full of treats like juice boxes, single serve goldfish, and single serve Teddy grahams.

It was perfect to take down to Florida.  You could customize this for all age kids and include foods that normally never grace your doorstep, but that they really like.

Socks
I bought all the girls socks/tights for the year this time.  I add this on to another theme to make it look like they are getting a lot :).

 

What kinds of things do you put in Easter baskets?

 

 

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5 Comments on Ten Clutter-Free Easter Basket Ideas

  1. Sherri
    21 March 2012 at 12:31 AM (7 years ago)

    I love these ideas. When my children were small we always gave them coloring books, books to read, crayons, a new item of clothing and a stuffie. Now that two are all grown up and one well on her way it is usually mostly chocolate. 🙂
    I love the literal food one though.
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  2. Kirsten @ Homeschool Discoveries
    20 March 2012 at 3:41 PM (7 years ago)

    We do a lot of “outside” stuff our Easter baskets too! We’ve done chalk, bubbles, and kites several times. My almost 8 year old daughter told me she wanted a hula hoop for her May birthday…but maybe I’ll just get all three kids hula hoops for Easter (even though that won’t exactly fit in the basket!).
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