If you celebrate Easter, now is the time to get busy making an Easter basket for the ones you love. Its something I truly adore and always gets me excited for this special day. But because I believe the basket itself should be modest, its never been about filling it to the brim with toys, games or other items more like a birthday or Christmas observation might hold. Instead, early on I decided to include just a few simple treasures that are wrapped in tradition for them to carry forward into their own families some day. I am certain that sense of simplicity goes back to my own childhood where the focus of Easter was always squarely on its religious significance and the Easter basket and the egg hunt meant to fill it just a a fun tradition before we headed out to mass. As our children have grown, I’ve found the meaning of our simple traditions are as precious to them as they are to me and for that I am truly blessed. Here is how to make an Easter basket that leaves more than enough room for you to focus on the real celebration that Easter is meant for:
The first step for how to make an Easter basket has to be the basket itself. Years ago, in fact each year that the children were born, I bought an Easter Basket for each of them from a special custom basket maker and on the bottom of the basket is the year that the child was born, coinciding that the year that the basket was made. They have used these basket every year as they’ve grown. Filled with Easter grass, they’ve taken them to outdoor Easter Egg hunts, they clean up just find, and they are just the right size to hold not too much to encourage too lavish of an Easter celebration, and not too little that they are left feeling a little thin on the Easter candy haul we all know and love. They’ve been just perfect through the years for any egg hunt and Easter morning too.
When the kids come down in the morning, they always find a chocolate bunny, a religious gift item like a cross or Bible, a card, and a special furry friend already waiting for them to explore. From lambs to bunnies, chicks and more, its a sweet tradition they have come to enjoy. The key is finding a stuffed animal small enough not to overpower the basket and Sunny Chick fits that bill. Super soft and just the right size to sit in a modestly sized Easter basket with all kinds of treasures underneath.
I have a special collection of eggs that are only for use by the Easter Bunny. Each year I make sure that I use this special collection of eggs. If in our neighborhood egg hunt or somewhere else I see this pattern, I go out and get a fresh set so that my daughter doesn’t put two and two together that the Easter eggs she sees on Easter morning or from anywhere other than the Easter Bunny.
I love picking my kids favorite candies to stuff the eggs. I make sure to not mix favorites so that when they are done with their egg hunt, they can trade to their hearts content. Its always fun to watch this unfold and I make sure that in the end, no matter how the eggs are found, after trading they will all end up with the same amount of candy.
So I hope these three tips help you to build a better easter basket by having an heirloom or special Easter basket, including a signature gift they can depend on every year like a Sunny Chick from Build-A-Bear Workshop, and having a special Easter Egg dedicated just for thee Easter Bunny himself, you may just find that is definitely how you build a better easter basket. Tell me…
What are your family’s must have items in your Easter baskets every year?
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Disclosure: This post was shared as part of my role as a Build-A-Bear as a Friends Count Ambassador in 2012. I was provided product for this post and couldn’t help but connect the dots for how to make an Easter basket with such a special touch. My opinions are entirely my own.