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post #41 of 81
I always get my boys a new toothbrush and a small toy. I think this year I will do outside sand toys too.
post #42 of 81
We've always done a little bit of candy and outside toys, like sidewalk chalk and bubbles, plus usually a book or crayons and coloring book. Last year the younger two got kites, which were a big hit.

With younger kids, I can think of SO many ideas, but I'm struggling with my teenagers. I got an Easter basket until I left home, and I want to keep giving them one too. As I teenager I always got a season's pass to a local amusement park in my basket, but I can't afford to do that. I wish I could though! Passes to the zoo would be great for kids of any age, if you can afford it. Any inexpensive ideas for teenager baskets?
post #43 of 81
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Any inexpensive ideas for teenager baskets?
This is where my mom's theme baskets got fun! She got things that we could use and take with us, as we prepared to go away to college. One year it was baking things, the container being a bowl/pan/etc. Another year she gave us little bath totes, the kind you take to the community dorm showers, with bath/beauty type items. Another year it was popcorn bowls, with a movie (or you could do two tix to the movies, etc.). It's actually the older themed baskets, I remember as being the most fun!
post #44 of 81
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This is where my mom's theme baskets got fun! She got things that we could use and take with us, as we prepared to go away to college. One year it was baking things, the container being a bowl/pan/etc. Another year she gave us little bath totes, the kind you take to the community dorm showers, with bath/beauty type items. Another year it was popcorn bowls, with a movie (or you could do two tix to the movies, etc.). It's actually the older themed baskets, I remember as being the most fun!
Oooh, I like this!! There's a lot of potential there! Thank you so much!
post #45 of 81
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We've always done a little bit of candy and outside toys, like sidewalk chalk and bubbles, plus usually a book or crayons and coloring book. Last year the younger two got kites, which were a big hit.

With younger kids, I can think of SO many ideas, but I'm struggling with my teenagers. I got an Easter basket until I left home, and I want to keep giving them one too. As I teenager I always got a season's pass to a local amusement park in my basket, but I can't afford to do that. I wish I could though! Passes to the zoo would be great for kids of any age, if you can afford it. Any inexpensive ideas for teenager baskets?
See teenagers are easy for me! Gum/mints, itunes gift cards, a new book, a magazine, new (or used) cheap DVD, personal hygiene stuff, "coupons" for rides places, nail polish, hair stuff.
post #46 of 81
When we were little the adults put together a scavenger hunt for us. We had to find eggs and inside the eggs were little pieces of paper listing one "treasure". All the eggs were labeled with our first initial, too, so everyone got the same amount of eggs.

Treasures included:
-a few candy items
-bubbles
-play cars
-a bag of Doritos or other chip
-bubbles
-chalk
-playing cards
-book
-gum

Generally it was just little stuff but once we turned in our eggs our baskets were overflowing with goodies!

Thanks for posting this -- I have to remind the well wishers that DD can NOT have chocolate (milk allergy).
post #47 of 81
I got DD kid sized gardening gloves and tools for her basket this year. I see someone else wrote this too- it's a great idea with spring coming! I also got her a jump rope, she is probably still too little for it but I think it will be fun at some point.
post #48 of 81
We stole a friend's idea last year (I can't even remember whose idea it was!)...we hid those plastic eggs for an egg hunt, but the majority of the eggs had cereal in them. He emptied all the cereal into a bowl and....breakfast! It was cute
post #49 of 81
socks (Target has some specifically with Easter patterns)

slinkys (Again, Target has them)
post #50 of 81
I noticed that Target is carrying these now: http://greentoys.com/garden.html

I'll more than likely get DS this for Easter. He loves to help me plant flowers in the Spring and Summer.
post #51 of 81
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I noticed that Target is carrying these now: http://greentoys.com/garden.html

I'll more than likely get DS this for Easter. He loves to help me plant flowers in the Spring and Summer.
I love those flower pots but they are so expensive.
post #52 of 81
gardening stuff, fruit, sprinkler, swimsuit, sidewalk chalk, kickballs, jump rope, coloring books, crayons, markers, colored pencils, modeling clay, clothes, dress up stuff, bubbles, books, etc..
post #53 of 81
I like to put change in the plastic eggs. It makes a nice rattling sound and then the kids can put it in their piggy banks!

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post #54 of 81
We don't buy the prepackaged stuff so they get that in their baskets. Cheese strings, little yogurts, nutri-grain bars...
post #55 of 81
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I like to put change in the plastic eggs. It makes a nice rattling sound and then the kids can put it in their piggy banks!
Very cute idea! I know DS loves getting coins. He would love this.

I will not leave his Easter basket together until last minute this year!

I will not!

post #56 of 81
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I like to put change in the plastic eggs. It makes a nice rattling sound and then the kids can put it in their piggy banks!

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My mom always did this. We loved it. I usually mix the plastic eggs with change into the egg hunt we have in the morning. It's always fun to find the eggs with money in them.
post #57 of 81
Ok, so I know it's candy, but my mom always bought the little chocolate eggs, then she and dad hid them all over the lower level (living room, office, kitchen). Then, we'd put the eggs in a pile and divy them out to all the kids. She had always counted them beforehand, so if we didn't find them all, she'd know.

Now, for a non-candy thing: she also used to make up a teasure hunt for each of us (5 kids) with written clues to tell us where to go. That always made it really fun for us, and encouraged reading and helping each other.
post #58 of 81
I'm planning to put in a book or two, glitter glue, bubbles, animal crackers, and a little bit of candy.
post #59 of 81
Oh, my kids are allergic to everything that has to do with easter basket food--they can't have eggs, chocolate, milk, my son is even allergic to high fructose corn syrup.

SO, we have gotten creative over the years!

Last year, my dd (who had just turned six)got a beta fish in her basket, because her last one had died the week before.

When they were three they got fun stuff like sidewalk chalk, bug keepers, and bathtub crayons from us, the grandparents gave them stuff like playdough and finger paint. My sister likes to buy them shoes (she would put imelda marcos to shame with her own collection *sigh*) so she gets them cute wellington boots every Easter.

This year, my daughter got an American Girl doll from a loved one for Christmas, but we cannot afford any of the clothes...so we went to Joanns on dollar pattern day and bought a bunch of patterns, and used scraps...and she'll be getting a bunch of doll clothes in her basket! My son loves fisher price Planet Heroes and only needs two more to have them all...my mom will probaby get him those two along with the requisite bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
post #60 of 81
Didn't see it posted yet... here's the link for egg shaped sidewalk chalk
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