Easter basket for a toddler boy
When I was a child, Easter baskets were always a highlight of Easter. The Easter bunny would sneak into my room at some point during the night and leave an Easter basket at the foot of my bed filled with candy, chocolate and fun treats inside. It did not matter my age, even as a teenager and now an adult I still enjoy receiving an Easter basket. My mother always bent over backwards to make the holidays special for us. In my own small way, I want to emulate that same level of love and commitment to ensue Jasper has an equally magical childhood.
In an effort to keep the tradition of Easter baskets alive with my little guy I enjoy scouting out fun little items to put in his Easter basket that do not break the bank or give him a sugar rush. Here are a few of my favorites:
Love by Emma Dodd. At the moment her book entitled "Together" is our absolute favorite. I love the foil details on each page. Also, I love books which express how I feel much more eloquently then I could ever do and that give me a lump in my throat each time I read them.
Sidewalk chalk. I buy this stuff in bulk and swear by Crayola. The colors are vivid and the neon ones are my current favorite. Just the other day Jasper was wearing his rain suit in the pouring rain doing his sidewalk chalk. It was a smudgy masterpiece.
Socks. Old Navy and the Gap always have fun patterns to make the kids smile. Also, I always like to carry a spare pair of socks in my purse. You never know when you might have an over zealous puddle jumper or a diaper changing accident on your hands.
Books. Especially season appropriate books which talk about Spring, flowers, gardening etc. For Jasper's basket this year he is getting Some Bugs because he is currently obsessed with worms and bees. For his first Easter I gave him the book I am a Bunny.
Bunny ears. I realize the days are numbered of when Jasper will willingly wear these bunny ears so I am soaking up every single moment he does. Hands down THE BEST $1 I have spent since he was born!
Grow Dinos. These are new to us, but seem like they will be fun to watch grow. Jasper is also really into dinosaurs which is a welcome break from all the cars, trucks and construction vehicles we talk about on repeat these days.
Food Pouches. Just when I think Jasper has outgrown these food pouches, he downs four in a row. I always like to keep these on hand because I never know when he is going to have a second, or third lunch. Aside from his usual morning smoothie, this is also my secret weapon to ensure he gets his servings of veggies throughout the day. I am proud to report, he has never met a flavor combination or brand he does not like.
Bitsy Brain Food. When I buy prepackaged food, I try to buy healthier options. I also like how the cookies are in the shapes of letters which makes eating educational too.
In my opinion, Pottery Barn Kids makes the sweetest and cutest Easter baskets. They are large enough to hold eggs, but nice enough for photographs and to keep year after year.