Did you know it is possible to give frugal gifts for holidays? EVEN FOR CHILDREN?? Sometimes I feel like people have forgotten that. I made our children's Easter baskets weeks ago with just a few items in each one. I knew I made the right decision by downplaying the Easter Bunny when my 2-year old came home from preschool last week.
Her grandmother asked her what Easter was about. Her reply? "Eggs!!" Okay, not quite on the mark. We've been talking about the Easter story a bit, but I know they're getting them revved up for the big egg hunt, so that's probably why she has eggs on the brain.
Then this past weekend, she was in nursery while my husband and I did an outdoor Easter drama at church. We got in the car to leave and I talked to her again about Easter being the next day. She repeatedly yelled out things about the Easter Bunny and candy and lots of exclamation points because we had not told her all this stuff was happening!!!
I don't mind her knowing about egg hunts and the Easter bunny, I'm not saying that at all. I love giving gifts to our children. I love doing egg crafts and candy egg hunts and all that fun stuff. But I don't want her to think that's what Easter is all about.
Today, after church, I asked her again what Easter is about. This time, she said, "Jesus died. And then he lived again!"
There we go!!
Now onto my very frugal Easter baskets! Sorry for my soapbox!
Brianna's basket (2 years old) contained: a Berenstein Bears book (10 cents from a local thrift store), bath coloring soap (99 cents from my friend who sells Avon), a pair of Princess Tiana socks (50 cents from Target after Christmas), gardening tools (20 cents each from Michaels clearance bin), a ring pop (17 cents from Dollar Tree), and half a bag of jelly beans (50 cents from Dollar Tree). Final total - $2.66!
Hunter's basket (18 months old) contained: a Sandra Boynton book (10 cents from a local thrift store), bath coloring soap (99 cents from my friend who sells Avon), a pair of Toy Story socks (50 cents from Target after Christmas), gardening tools (20 cents each from Michaels clearance bin), and half a bag of jelly beans (50 cents from Dollar Tree). Final total - $2.49!
I don't feel like they missed out on anything by not receiving a lot of goodies. They were happy with what they got and I had fun hunting out good deals throughout the past several months!!
What do you do for your kids for Easter baskets?