Tuesday, April 12, 2022

What I Put In My Grandchildren's Easter Baskets

I get a few questions from other grandmothers about what I give my grandkids for Easter, so I thought I would share what I put in my grandchildren's Easter Baskets!  This post has both photos and videos, the videos offer the most thorough explanation of why I chose the items I did, but if you're like me and find videos to time consuming to watch, you can scroll through the photos.

These are my finished Easter baskets.  I have three grandchildren:  Alethea, age 4, Atticus, age 2, and Elisha 7 months.  The two bigger baskets are for the older grandkids and the baby gets the tiny basket sitting in front.


Now I will walk through all the items I chose for my grandchildren's Easter Baskets.

Clothing Item


I always put one clothing item in their basket, but I try to make it a fun clothing item that they would like and fits their personalities.... nothing practical like underwear or socks.

Atticus is into dinosaurs so I chose a cute Dino tee and soft shorts.  Alethea just started ballet so I picked up this cute and sparkly play outfit.


Craft Item


I always like to throw in a couple of craft items that I can do with the grandkids while visiting with them.  I picked these two items because I liked the religious element.  I always try to give them a few religious things, so that they learn and remember that the real meaning of Easter isn't the chocolate bunny but Jesus!

                            Chocolate Bunny


My daughter Ashley always prefers I give the kids dark chocolate if at all possible, as it has less sugar and is better for them.


Religious Books


To keep  the focus on the true meaning of Easter, I always include religious books.



Easter Candy


Most of this candy will go into those plastic Easter eggs for their Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon.  But I did tuck half the Reese's and Dove eggs inside their toilet paper roll bunnies too!

Toys


What would an Easter basket be without toys?  It's not Christmas, so no expensive toys here, but just a few fun things for them to enjoy.

Atticus enjoys re-enacting "David and Goliath" and tends to pick up any household item and pretends it is a sword.  He has come close to smacking someone accidentally multiple times, so I thought this Nerf Sword would be a little safer.


I thought Alethea would love creating her own bracelets and necklaces with this beading kit.



                              Healthy Treats



I always include a few "healthier" treats in their baskets so they are not just eating candy.

Handmade Items

Nothing shows Grandma's love more than a few handmade items.  I made these pretty bracelets for Alethea, plus some handmade cards, tags,  and Easter bunnies.

Handmade Easter Bunnies


Handmade Tags


For baby Elisha, I purchased two spinners for his basket.  He's a little young yet for candy. 

Baby Toys


I managed to get everything into their baskets no problem.  I then wrapped cellophane around each basket and secured it with a bow on top.  This keeps everything in place and prevents the items from falling out of the basket on the long car ride to their house.

I made sure to prominently display their personalized, handmade card at the front of the Easter basket.


I was worried about how I would fit Atticus' sword inside the basket, but it worked out very well.  I simply stood the sword straight up and tied the cellophane around the sword's handle.


The cellophane is secured with either a twist tie or rubber band, then I string a pretty ribbon through the name tag and tie a bow.  I fold the rest of the cellophane inside the basket, and secure it closed with invisible packaging tape.


For baby Elisha's basket, I simply stuffed the spinners inside the basket and tied the handles closed with a blue ribbon.

The basket is handmade by me also.


And now, here are a couple of videos which explains everything in much greater detail than photos can.  The first video shows everything I put into the baskets and I explain why I chose the items I did.  The second video shows the completed baskets.  Enjoy!



So what about you?  What do you put inside your children and/or grandchildren's Easter baskets.  I'd love to hear from you so I have some new ideas for next year!


Have A Great Day!  Amy

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34 comments:

  1. These are great ideas for Easter baskets! Love your handmade bunnies and bracelets. I'm putting a basket together today to ship to my daughter at college!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Thank you! That's awesome that you're putting together a basket for your college girl. I did the same for all the holidays for my own kids. I kept it up until they had kids of their own.

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  2. First of all you picked the best candies to include! LOL. These are fabulous Easter baskets and ideas.

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    1. Ha ha! Yes, you are right. I don't know if it's selfish of me or what, but I pick my favorite candies every time. Thanks so much!

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  3. Oh Amy, they are so going to love their Easter baskets! Such fun items you included! And how skilled you are to make that pretty basket yourself!
    I always included bubbles in my kids' baskets, some years I added a few sand toys, one year I added children's gardening tools. How I miss making those types of baskets! But even now that my kids are teens I like to make one. Would you believe I was tempted to buy a bubble wand LOL. But I didn't :(

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    1. Oh, those are good ideas! I did walk through the summer toy aisle in Hobby Lobby and almost bought a few things. Maybe next year! It's hard to come up with new ideas every year, that's why I did this post. I think you can still give Easter baskets to teenagers...just Gotta change the contents a little, but teens definitely like candy!

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  4. These are darling basket ideas! So many great ideas for pack in there! Your grandchildren are going to be absolutely thrilled!

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  5. Oh, what joy! Such sweet memories when I used to do this for my grandbabies. Mine prefer money and a card now and rarely even look at the card!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 74. Pinned.

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  6. They should really love these gifts. It is obvious you put a lot of thought into what you gave them. Those cute clothes are just adorable!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I did. It gets harder every year coming up with new ideas.

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  7. Wow you go all out with these. How wonderful to include the real reason of Easter,
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you. Yes, that is very important to me.

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  8. Beautifully wrapped gifts! The content of the gift is also great.
    Have a nice day.
    Best regards.

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  9. Thanks for sharing. I needed some ideas.

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    1. You're welcome! That's good to hear. I always need fresh ideas myself.

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  10. 'So many wonderful ideas for your grandchildren! Thank you for sharing this post at Tuesdays with a Twist. I hope your Easter weekend is filled with many sweet blessings! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  11. So sweet. So many great picks.. they will love them.

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  12. Amy,
    Happy Easter!! How cute and I am sure they were thrilled with their baskets!! Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comment!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  13. Cute and joyful! Tnx for sharing :)

    Have a great day! <3
    🌸 Kiara Era BLOG 🌸
    Kisses,
    Kiara Era

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  14. Great baskets :D I think your grandchildren are very lucky that they have grandmother like you ;)
    Happy Easter!
    Mój blog: Wildfiret

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  15. Happy belated Easter! I love the cute clothing items you added to your grandchildren's basket. So adorable! I need to look into the religious books you added. I would love to build a collection for my son. I hope you are having a great start to the week so far!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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