Here's what I had to work with:
My goals for the kids' Easter baskets are:
- Lots of whimsy
- They include toys that will engage their minds, keep their interest longer than 5 minutes, and last longer than a day
- Candy-free...OK, OK, minimum candy
- That each basket cost $20 or less
Read more about the method behind my madness here.
The big-ticket item this year was a fidget cube. Apparently no one is interested in fidget spinners anymore. Who would have thought! The DH scored these at a conference last year for $10/each.
Stinky and Blinky never tire of excavation kids. What can I say, demolition comes naturally to them. These came from Target. I believe these were $1/each. Ceramic bunny ornaments from Dollar Tree made the cut again this year. Fun fact: After the kids paint these and play with them for a bit, I tuck them away with my Christmas decorations and hang them on the tree year after year. We've amassed quite the collection. Next are Lowe's Build and Grow Kits. Stinky has an Avenger and Blinky has a furry monster. Various kits can often be found on clearance, starting at $5/each.
Because Stinky and Blinky would never forgive me if I totally omitted candy from their baskets, I included these hollow Lindt milk chocolate bunnies from CVS, just $4/each. Because of the size, the kids feel like they're gotten one over on me. Because they're hollow, I don't have to worry about cavities. Double score!! Finally paddle balls from Dollar Tree complete the grouping. Typically Stinky and Blinky use these in unconventional ways which is why they've been banned. However, I decided to live dangerously this year. 😖
I'm slightly over budget at $22/each. But I firmly believe these beat any pre-made $20 basket on the market.
Here's the finished product:
Not bad, eh? I re-sued last year's bows and one of my floral baskets from storage for Stinky and voila!
Do you make your kids' Easter baskets? Attach your photos in the comments below!