I’m taking a break this week from the clothing decluttering series to talk about Easter. Specifically clutter-free Easter basket ideas that are still fun for kids to receive and fun for the parents…I mean the Easter Bunny, to give!
Although Christmas and birthdays seem to be the times when the biggest influx of new toys and “stuff” for the kids come in, other holidays can add to the clutter as well. Easter is one of those times. Kids love finding a basket full of surprises from the Easter Bunny. And it is fun for us as parents to fill a basket to surprise the kids with. The trouble is, after Easter is over, many of those toys and gifts simply add to the clutter we are working so hard to fight against.
There are aisles and aisles of cute Easter gifts in stores. It can be tempting to fill your cart with cute stuffed bunnies and other Easter toys and trinkets. But you know those same toys and trinkets will be the very things you are getting rid of in your next decluttering session. How do you balance wanting to treat your kids to an Easter basket filled with goodies, with trying to avoid adding to the clutter in your home?
There is a solution! Fill their Easter basket with items that are consumable, will be used up or wear out, need replacing anyways or give your child an experience instead of a physical item. This way you still get to delight your children with an Easter basket of goodies, without adding to the clutter in your home.
In our family, we give each of the kids a small basket of surprises for Easter. We try to keep it fairly small and not too expensive. Just a few fun, clutter-free Easter basket goodies to surprise them with.
If you’re struggling to think of ideas for your kids’ Easter baskets that won’t add to the clutter, I’m here to help! Here is my list of 60 clutter-free Easter basket ideas. These ideas are primarily for younger children, but I have included a few ideas specifically for older kids or teens as well.
Let’s hop to it 😉
Here are 60 clutter-free Easter basket ideas!
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Look at what your kids have and find anything that needs replenishing or replacing, such as:
- colored pencils
- Easter pencils
- pads of drawing paper
- pads of writing paper
- a journal or diary
- paint – I love these small pots of paint to limit the mess!
This is a great time to get items with fun patterns or characters your kids love. Look for anything that needs replenishing or replacing, such as:
- socks- girls/ boys
- underwear – girls/boys
- clothes – girls/boys
- shoes – girls/boys
- bandages with characters they love – in our house a bandage can fix a lot, especially if it has their favourite character on it 😉
- body wash
- bath bombs
- color tablets for the bath
- bath crayons
- bath paint
Summer fun items
Easter baskets are a good time to stock up on items you will need to buy or replace anyways as you enter the summer season, such as:
- bathing suits – boys/girls
- summer hats – boys/girls
- sunglasses – boys/girls
- summer sandals – boys/girls
- flip flops – boys/girls
- sidewalk chalk
- water squirters
- bubble blowers
- outside toys – many of our outside toys need replacing after the previous summer of heavy play and being left out in the elements. This is a good time to add to or replace summer outside toys
We try not to overload our kids with candy, but it’s always fun to put a few candies and treats in their baskets!
Activities, books and movies
- digital movies – you can print off a picture of the movie to add to the Easter basket then buy the digital copy to keep it clutter-free!
- kinetic sand
- Easter egg dying kit
- Easter craft kit
- craft kits
Activities and experiences you can do with your child will create memories that last a lot longer than a plastic toy that doesn’t last the day. Experience gifts are a great way to make memories as a family without adding to the clutter! Include a gift certificate or a card telling your child about an activity you will do together, such as:
- go to a movie
- go to an indoor or outdoor playground
- a date for a picnic lunch and play at a playground
- a lunch/supper/ice cream date at a place of their choice
- visit a museum
- go to the zoo
- go swimming
- tickets to a sporting event
- plan a date to do anything your child is interested in!
Older kids and teens
Some of the ideas above will still work for older kids. But here are a few ideas specifically for older kids and teens:
Easter Egg Hunt
One of my favourite clutter-free Easter ideas is to create an Easter egg hunt in your house or yard. Hide plastic Easter eggs filled with a few coins or a couple of candies each and let your kids find them. Another fun idea is to make it a scavenger hunt with clues to find the next egg. You can make it as challenging as is appropriate for the ages of your kids. It’s a fun activity, treat and memory making activity all in one!
What are some of your go-to ideas for Easter basket gifts? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!