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I actually debated about whether or not to give Sophie an Easter basket this year (and any year), since I don’t want the holiday to become materialistic to her as she grows up. I’ve had to think about how we’ll approach this holiday with intention. Easter excitement shouldn’t only center around things like candy and treats and egg hunts, even though those things are definitely fun. There’s a bigger picture here that we don’t want our family to miss. 🙂
That being said, it is a sweet tradition to give children a basket of small gifts this time of year. I like to think of it as more of a spring basket with some nice seasonal things, plus a couple Christ-centered items. (We’ll incorporate more Christian items like books or games as Sophie gets older.) I also love resurrection eggs, but our daughter is too young for those just yet! But I did pick up ingredients for resurrection rolls this year – Sophie won’t know what they’re all about, but Bjorn and I will enjoy them. 😉
For Sophie’s Easter basket this year, I did purchase most of the items, but I also included a couple things that we already had on hand – it’s just an excuse to repackage them as a special gift!
Here’s what Sophie’s Easter basket looks like this year!
Sophie’s First Easter Basket
First things first, I grabbed this cute basket from Walmart. I plan to make this Sophie’s Easter basket each year, so we’ll get good use out of it! It only cost about $5.
I picked up a couple bags of faux grass as well. This element isn’t all that necessary, but it adds a cute touch! The bags of paper grass were less than a dollar each.
We’re huge book lovers over here, so of course Sophie’s Easter basket had to involve a few books! I started looking for Easter- and spring-related books for Sophie a few weeks ago. This book called Marshmallow is a sweet story about a bunny. I didn’t grow up with this book but it won a Caldecott Medal so I went ahead and got it on Amazon!
I also got Sophie a book called Touch and Feel: Farm because, of course, we have to celebrate springtime in this rural community! I just think it’s so fun that she’ll grow up knowing about farm animals in person – my in-laws live on a farm, so farm animals will be special childhood memories for Sophie! She’s really into textures lately, so this book will be given to her at the perfect time.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll do even more Christ-related stories or activities in future Easter baskets, but I am including this book, The Easter Story, in Sophie’s basket this year. It’ll be a nice one to have on hand (and guess what – it’ll probably make an appearance in her Easter baskets next year and the next!). 🙂
My sweet friend Courtney gave Sophie the most beautiful bib the other day! I love it so much! It’s perfect for spring so I’m adding it to Sophie’s Easter basket this year. And it’s perfect timing, because Sophie will be starting to eat food before too long! 🙂
This Infantino Carrot Teether was a super cute addition to our spring theme! So, in it went!
I added Sophie’s cute Jellycat brand Bunny, too — it was a sweet gift from my friend Jordan back when Sophie was brand-new! I just wanted a cute stuffed animal in Sophie’s basket but I didn’t go out and purchase one. And the plus side is, I know Sophie already loves this bunny so much!
And, since it’s springtime, I bought a couple bonnets on Kidizen for my little girl! 🙂 She has such a cute-shaped head and I just can’t wait to see her in a bonnet!
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Here’s the finished product!
And then I let my sweet little girl see her Easter basket a week early. 😉
I think Sophie was just as interested in the basket itself as she was excited about the goodies inside!
** Sophie’s dress and tights are both from Kidizen, too!!
Do you do Easter baskets with your children? What items do you like to include? I can’t wait to hear what you do!