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Celebrate Spring with a Garden-themed Easter Basket

Got a wicked sweet tooth?¬†Mine was raging during this last pregnancy, and it really got me thinking about how I don’t want to pass my love/hate relationship with sugar on to my kids. Cutting back on candy is tough, though…especially when every single holiday seems to revolve around it. But all that means is that, as parents, we have to get a little more creative, right?

So aside from a few Annie’s gummy bunnies, we’ve decided that this year’s basket will be devoted to the thing we love most about spring: the garden! Since our family’s celebration is focused less on religious beliefs and more on the fertility and rebirth associate with spring (like Ostara), a basket full of garden-themed items seems perfect to me!

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What’s in your basket? My top picks for spring

Peeps, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans…they’re all fond memories from my childhood. (I liked to eat the ears first, then fill the bunny with chocolate milk :) )

And Cadbury Cream Eggs? Well, let’s just say I’ve eaten far more than my share.

But this year, our little man is old enough to really notice what’s in his spring gift basket, so we’ve decided to do things a little differently…

So here they are! ABCGP’s top picks for a very hoppy spring/Easter gift basket!

First, we start with a kids’ toy shopping cart from Melissa & Doug. It’s perfect for teaching kids all about shopping for healthy foods, right at Mom or Dad’s side! (And the perfect “basket” to fill with smaller gifts!)

We’ll be filling ours with lots of fun surprises, like¬†all natural, non-toxic sidewalk chalk and art supplies from WeCanToo. They’re made with vegetable dyes! Toooo cool.

Of course, a basket just isn’t complete without some crunchy bunnies from Annie’s Homegrown

And some squeezie fruit and veggie pouches from Ella’s Kitchen. Even though my son is way, way past the “baby food” stage, I still never leave home without one of these in my purse. He eats them like a smoothie, and they have squashed many a meltdown while shopping! Our favorite is the broccoli, pears and peas…

Fancy hats and custom made suits? Nah. Not our style. Since all the winter jammies are being packed away, some new spring sleepwear is in order. I’m just in love with these origami kids’ pajamas from Tea Collection. They’re going to look adorable on my boy’s little bum. :)

For all those days I reluctantly head off to the office, I love the idea of leaving a little piece of myself at home with a recordable storybook. I love this one, featuring Elmo. I know I would have loved one when I was little!

Of course, a sweet tooth is a hard thing to give up completely, so if you get the urge to sweeten your gift up a bit, my highest recommendation goes out to 240Sweet artisan marshmallows. With flavors like elephant ear and chocolate hazelnut swirl, along with seasonal creations that’ll knock your socks off, you can enjoy a decadent treat while knowing they’re made from only the finest real ingredients by a true artisan.

Some other ideas for non-candy spring treats include:

  • Gardening supplies
  • seeds
  • a bug jar
  • sandals
  • stickers
  • books
  • drawing paper
  • birdhouse
  • a kids’ camera
  • jump rope
  • little spatulas and measuring cups for the kitchen helper
  • a journal for bigger kids

Well, there you have it. A few of my absolute favorite basket fillers! Have I sparked a new idea for your spring gifts? What are your favorite Easter or spring must-haves? Please share! I could use a few new ideas, too!

 


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