Easter Baskets for Toddlers and Babies
This is the first year V will have the potential to really comprehend or remember the Easter festivities, so I really wanted to make her a good basket this year. I don’t even remember if we did one last year. I know she got stuff from the grandparents, because grandparents are always willing to spoil their grandchildren. Anyway, there are lots of premade baskets out there but I prefer to customize, both so that I can target the kids individually and because they don’t really make good baskets for this age group. V is 2.5 years old and hasn’t been in the “choking hazard” range for a long time now, but I would imagine anything in the “under 3” range would not contain small items for fear of getting sued. I decided to head over to Target to build their baskets earlier this month before they became picked over.
There was a good selection of cheap baskets and expensive ones. I tried to pick something about the size I felt would hold all their stuff (medium for V and small for the baby) and not too expensive. I think I spent $3.50 on the baskets themselves. Not too shabby. I wanted each basket to contain a stuffed animal. Right away I found a mommy and baby bunny set that I knew V would love. She’s got two mommy and baby animal sets already at home and she really digs them. Little Man was more difficult. There just didn’t seem to be anything I liked that was within a price range I liked. Eventually I settled on a little frog. Lord knows we have enough damn stuffed bunnies in the house already.
Animals done, I moved on to treats. This was more difficult since everything was being sold in bags. I wanted to get V something but not much. She’s TWO and doesn’t need a ton of freaking candy. I found a chocolate bunny that promised to break off pieces easily. That would allow me to ration it. I also got some yogurt covered raisins because I’m wild like that. I also got her some animal crackers and mini Chips Ahoy! The baby obviously got no treats.
I scoured the dollar section for other non-edible, suitable fair. I found some bath boats and a bath book for the baby. I got V some play dough tools, some stickers and a coloring book. They didn’t have a lot of stuff there for her age range (at least for cheap) and it was a real bummer.
Then last week I went to the Dollar Tree for something else and found out they had a kick ass Easter section. I got V a dancing bunny, a puzzle and some pinwheels. I also got her a second bat and ball for when friends come over, then I changed my mind and decided to shove it in the baby’s basket. That way she knows it’s “his” for when he gets old enough to use it.
Overall I think I spent around $45 for both kids, but I could have done it for a lot cheaper if I’d gone to the Dollar Tree first and Target second. Live and learn.