We try to be intentional about gifting around holidays and Easter is no different. My husband is pretty… frugal we will say. For me it’s important to make holidays special and have moments together and over the years we’ve found a way to do both.
Every year when Easter came around we found we were spending a good bit on Easter baskets and treats and then having to invest in all the things warm weather brings like Spring/Summer wardrobes and outdoor toys.
Now, we try to make Easter baskets both fun and functional.
One year we leaned way far on the functionality side and each of our kids had a pack of underwear tucked behind the treats in their basket.
We’ve added a bit more fun since then and have found we like to follow the same rule of thumb for Easter as we do for Christmas: Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read – while also trying to keep it mostly local!
SOMETHING THEY WANT
For us, this is usually that one thing they beg for every time we go to the store.
We gifted the kids these sensory bins for Easter last year and they were the perfect Easter/COVID/summer busy activity ever. It kept them entertained for over an hour (which is unheard of for any single activity).
Our daughter received a Boogie Board for her birthday and both kids are totally obsessed. I’ve seen these at local shops, too!
They may not know they want Glo Pals, but trust me they want them! (Made in Starkville, MS!)
Plus Plus cubes are available at most local toy shops and they’re the perfect size for baskets.
If nothing here sparks your fire, check out our extensive guide for toys and games.
SOMETHING THEY NEED
Here comes the functional, but keep it fun (like maybe no underwear)!
This is anything we’ve been holding out purchasing like new masks, warm weather shoes, fun beach towel or hat, even bubble bath.
We love Musee bath bombs, they’re a safer brand made in MS! How adorable are these little bath bomb Easter eggs (scoop an extra one up for yourself while you’re there, my favorite scent is Dreamweaver).
Also what Mississippi mom couldn’t use these ouch popsicles in our freezer for all the sunny day mishaps!
SOMETHING TO WEAR
Easter is the perfect time for a few Spring wardrobe updates or getting their swim gear for the summer months. Think new hat and sunglasses, new swim suit, goggles, or coast-themed shirts from Tethered Skiff or The Cotton Patch!
Check out our full list of favorite children’s boutiques here.
SOMETHING TO READ
DON’T FORGET THE TREATS
If you’re strapped for time, add them to your grocery order before Easter Sunday. If you want to make it extra special check out Candy Cottage in downtown Ocean Springs. They’re the stop for all things sweet themed fun!
If you’re low on energy and time this year check out these local spots offering preassembled and wrapped Easter baskets:
- Miner’s Doll and Toy Store
- The Cotton Patch (swapping traditional baskets for an adorable Bogg bag)
- Riley’s Children’s Apparel
My hope is that this method would be the sweet spot of fun and functional for you and your family and that you would scoop up some must haves that keep both your kids and frugal spouses happy!