In our house, we celebrate Easter as the Resurrection of Jesus, but we also like to celebrate the fun of Easter baskets! We keep baskets pretty simple, as we don’t want the focus to be on the gifts. But since we don’t buy a lot of extra gifts for our kids, outside of Christmas and birthdays, it’s a fun family tradition to do gifts on Easter! Easter books and baskets are a great way to balance the true meaning of Easter and the fun traditions of the day.
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Easter Books and Baskets
Our Fave Easter Books
This is a wonderful story of a boy living at the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Most stories written about Easter are written for younger kids, but this is a longer story. It’s great read aloud to share with the whole family or for your older kids to read on their own.
This is a perfect time to buy a Bible for your kiddos, if they don’t have their own already! Our older boys have this ESV Student Bible that we really like. Our younger kids have this ESV Children’s Bible. The Action Bible is also a great secondary Bible option!
I personally love journaling Bibles like this ESV Journaling Bible for myself.
Sustainable Easter Baskets
Try looking at thrift stores for your Easter baskets!
This saves them from the landfill, and you can find some unique baskets.
I often use the same baskets as harvest baskets for my garden.
Simple Gifts for Easter Baskets
We keep our gifts very simple – things that the kids can use outside in the spring, small craft supplies, travel sized items for an upcoming trip, etc. Some of our favorites (we don’t do all of these every year):
- gardening gear – gloves, trowels, etc.
- rainboots (we like Bogs)
- garden seeds
- water bottles
- sidewalk chalk
- card games or travel sized version of a game
- jump ropes
- small balls
- playdough (you can even make your own naturally dyed version!)
- modeling clay
- art or craft supplies
- coloring books
- puzzle books (like word searches)
- small notebooks
- pencils/colored pencils
- lego minifigures
- bug catcher kit
- butterfly kit
- small stuffed animals
Try hiding your kids’ Easter baskets around the house for special Easter morning fun! My husband likes to hide one basket outside every year. ;) You could also make it a scavenger hunt for extra fun!
Alternative, Healthier Candy Options
We don’t eat much candy at all in our house, and I personally don’t see any value in giving my kids junk in their Easter baskets. We also have food allergies to deal with in our home. So I’ve found some alternative healthier candy options that I do feel comfortable putting in their baskets.
yum earth pops
yum earth fruit snacks
almond butter cups
yum earth jelly beans
Try making a little stuffie or a little jacket for a stuffed animal.