10 Of The Best (non – chocolate) Easter Basket Stuffers For Kids

Well the months are flying by and Easter is just around the corner, can you believe it?

Like many parents I’m sure, I am beginning to think about what to include in the kiddo’s Easter baskets this year. I will put it out there and confess that this is the ONLY day that my children get to have chocolate before breakfast (queue the mummy shaming) but I do like to include a few practical items in their Easter baskets as well.

Whether you are trying to minimise the toys and clutter in your home or you would just prefer to not go overboard on the sweets, there are many items you can add to the kids Easter baskets instead of the obvious chocolate bunnies and eggs.

I thought I would put together a list of practical and fun altervatives.

Books

You really can’t go wrong with books. My children have had a great love for books since they were very young. I like to include books with each Birthday, Christmas and Easter. As they grow their interests and reading level changes so its nice to add to the collection.

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Clothing or Shoes

Clothing is always high up on the list of practical gifts. My children are both moving up a size at the moment so a few new items will come in handy. Jackets, shirts shoes or pyjamas – whatever they are in need of can be added to the basket.

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Art and Craft Supplies

This could include a billion different things like colouring books, pencils, paints or stickers. Whatever you choose make sure you actually need it, and that it will be used.

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DVD’s or Music

A new DVD or iTunes card will be a great addition to any Easter gift.

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Personal Care Items

Any fun items that you wouldn’t normally buy for your kids on a week to week basis at the grocery store. Special bubble baths, novelty soaps, nail polish, makeup, lip gloss, perfume, hair brushes and accessories, character toothbrushes, or electric toothbrush. These are all very practical gifts that will be used, therefore not cluttering up your house until the end of time.

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Educational Activities or Toys

Anything that encourages learning such as activity books for practicing writing or maths, flash cards, magnetic letters or numbers, games that encourage cognitive development. You really can’t go wrong here.

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Baking Session

I love doing this during the school holidays as a fun activity for the kids. Gather all the ingredients for a yummy recipe and have a morning baking session. We make Easter themes cupcakes to take to family and friends in the lead up to the holiday each year. My children absolutely love cooking together.

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Busy Boxes

This is something that my mum used to make for my little sister and I when we would take a road trip. She would purchase a cute little suitcase or backpack and fill it with items and fun activities that we could use in the car while we were traveling. We loved finding pencils and colouring books, find-a-word puzzles, stickers, magazines or books to read, a new CD’s for our discman hidden inside. A few little snacks and drinks for the trip were a nice little addition too. These were always so much fun and kept us amused (and quiet) for the majority of the journey.

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Add To A Favourite Collection

If your child already has an activity or toy set that love, why not buy something to add to it. A new train, pony, matchbox car, superhero, monster truck, or princess that your child can use with a collection that they already love will be a sure hit.

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Vouchers For An Experience

This would have to be a favourite of mine. Gift vouchers for activities that you can experience together are a fantastic addition to the kiddo’s Easter basket. You can purchase the vouchers directly from the store or make cute little vouchers your computer that the kids can cash in to you. Some great ideas may include vouchers for the zoo or animal parks, aquarium, flip out, indoor play centre, amusement parks, putt putt golf, cinema tickets, a manicure, waterpark….the list is endless.

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So what do I put in my own kiddo’s Easter Baskets?

Of course there is one large chocolate egg. I take notice of what they “ohh and ahhh” over when they spot the chocolate eggs in the shop. I think the Humpty Dumpty eggs will be the winning choice this year. We also do an egg hunt on Easter morning. In the past we have colour coded the plastic eggs (with small chocolate eggs inside) and each child collected their own stock pile. This works very well if you have multiple children. We did things a little differently last year and pooled all the eggs from the hunt together. The kids were excited to eat one or two each night after finishing their dinner. In terms of chocolate, that’s all they get from us.

As Easter falls in Autumn, we experience a major change in the weather by the time the fluffy guy with floppy ears arrives. I always choose a pair of winter pyjamas with dressing gowns or slippers to keep the kiddos warm on the colder nights. I also like to include a special book for them to add to their own collections on their shelves. This can be anything you think your child may enjoy or you can choose an Easter themed book. We add something fun to pop in with those practical items wich changed year to year. In the past I have included bath crayons, toothbrush, novelty bunny ears, craft items and hair clips. Last year it was finger paint and Easter stickers.

We don’t generally decorate our home for Easter, but I do plan little Easter themed crafts for the kids which we do display. As I mentioned above we also do Easter themed baking that we will take to family when we visit.

You may chose to share the religious Story Of Easter with your children. You can do this by reading bible verses and adding religious storybooks or activities to their Easter baskets. Although my husband and I are not religious and don’t attend church, our families do. Our Son attends a scripture class once a week at school and has been learning about the story of Easter and we will incorporate that into our celebrations at home this year.

I hope I have given you a few ideas on what you can add to your kiddo’s Easter baskets. Finding consumable gifts and reducing the sugar highs is always a good thing. By giving intentional gifts this Easter, your children will be able to enjoy these items long after the chocolate is gone.

However you choose to celebrate, I wish you all a safe and Happy Easter weekend with friends and family.

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My 10 Favourite Bathroom Organisation Hacks

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I am always looking for clever ways to maximize space in the smaller rooms of my home. One thing most of us have in common is that the bathroom is one area that always seems to lack the space for sufficient storage and it has been something that I have wanted to address in my own home for quite some time.

Today I thought I would share with you today 10 of my favorite bathroom organisation hacks that I have stumbled across recently, some of which I plan to implement at home.

 

Mason Jar Storage

I love this simple idea using mason jars that you could totally DIY

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Nail Polish Rust Barrier

Let me tell you this is absolutely brilliant. I will definitely be using this hack

 

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Shower Rod

Installing an extra shower rod with S hooks is not only a fantastic space saver, but would also reduce that everyday clutter in the shower.

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Over Toilet Built In

This is especially brilliant for those of us with a separate, very small toilet. This would create enough storage for bathroom essentials and pretty décor.

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Hidden storage

For those with extra space in the wall cavity I think this is a brilliant way to disguise visual clutter while gaining extra storage

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Drawer Organisers

I use drawer organizers all over my house. It’s just a really easy way to keep like items separate and tidy.

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Storage Ladder

I love the look of these ladders. Not only are they great for hanging towels but you can hang storage baskets from them and they look extremely chic.

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Stacked Wire Baskets

Lacking space on your vanity? These stacking baskets are a great solution.

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Floating Shelves

This is something that I have wanted to do in our separate toilet room for quite some time. The deeper shelves would allow for bigger baskets you could store extra toilet rolls and other bathroom items.

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Bath toy storage

I love this inexpensive bath toy storage solution. Would you believe me if I told you it was actually a garbage bin?

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Frozen Yogurt Pots with Mixed Berries

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I thought I would quickly take the time to share with you something I have been testing out the last few weeks. To be honest in the beginning I was trying to think of something healthy that I could have in the evening that was delicious, healthy and really felt like a treat. I have recently started buying frozen mixed berries. I started using them in smoothies and then I began adding them to my yogurt for morning tea. Now I use them to bake with and a billion other things…well not a billion things, but you know what I mean.

At the end of the week I always seem to have yogurt left over which used to make its way into the bin. Let me tell you I hate wasting food. It’s a waste of money and I REALLY hate wasting money. So I started making little frozen yogurt pots. They literally take 30 seconds to make then just pop them in the freezer until firm.

What you need

  • Yogurt
  • Mixed berries
  • Small mold, container or ramekin (I’m using the children’s sized jelly molds)

Pour some yogurt into the mold, top with mixed berries and freeze. How easy is that?

I take them out of the freezer usually 5 or 10 minutes before I want to eat. These little treats are absolutely delicious, super easy to make and they are making use of leftovers that would otherwise end up in the bin. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to catch on the frozen berry thing, but I’m now hooked.

So when you’re cleaning out your fridge at the end of the week, don’t throw the yogurt in the bin use it to make these scrumptious healthy snacks.