This will be the first year that we’re giving Mr. G an Easter basket that from us.  We haven’t in the past because he was about 3 months old for his first one and the second and third ones were given to him my grandparents.  Now, we didn’t know that they would be giving him one, but I felt that he had no real idea what Easter really was and, to me, it’s not really a gift giving holiday.  So I’m not very big on the giant gift baskets, or special toys for Easter, and don’t get me started on Easter grass.  If you are, that’s wonderful!  But for us, I like to keep the focus on the true meaning of Easter and I also like to work with a smaller budget.

So today I’m sharing with you the Easter basket that I’ve put together for Mr. G that involves minimal candy, no Easter grass, and still has the message of Easter in it.

Step #1 – Go to the Dollar Store!
Not only can you find a great basket for next to nothing, you would not believe the great little things you can find there!  I mean at this age, anything you give them will be played with pretty hard, may as well get a good deal on it.  They even have little prayer books.  This stuff is great for the filler.  Boys stuff, girls stuff, and a good portion of it is non-food.

Step #2 – Head over to a Target or Walmart.
Need more?  Didn’t quite find what you’re looking for at the Dollar Store? They have a entirely different selection of goodies for awesome prices, a lot of which is about $3 or less.  Target is where the basket is from and it was only $1.50!  Now I will say that they have much more fabulous baskets than the traditional woven ones (like the fabulous one I found with the cutest fabric lining but I knew that it was more for me and $12 so I couldn’t justify it!).  But I stuck with this one because it is green, Mr. G’s favorite color, small, and can definitely be reused.

Step #3 – Find that special Easter message item.
Like I said, the Dollar Stores near us here in Georgia have small prayer board books that are perfect and super inexpensive.  However, with Mr. G being 3 and in a Christian preschool, I felt like he was ready for more than that.  He’s learning about Jesus and how great he is and I thought he deserved a special book.  Book fair to the rescue!  There was a Lifeway Christian Book fair at his school this week and I found the perfect one!  This was the only “splurge” item I purchased.  And by “splurge”, I mean $6.99.  

So how much did this all cost me?
Basket – $1.50
Bubbles – $1
Chalk Eggs – $1
Jelly Bean Bunny – $1
Bunny Grahams – $2
Giant Marshmallow Bunny – $2
Easter Book – $7

Total – $15.50 (plus whatever the tax was)

Not too shabby, under $20, and I know Mr. G will love it all!  I can’t wait to give it to him!
What’s in your Easter Basket this year?
XO, Kelly