How to Make a Simplified Easter Basket

Try as I may, any type of holiday really wreaks havoc on my attempt at having a simplified home and teaching my kids to live a simplified life. What am I talking about exactly? The onslaught of junk that accompanies holidays—the decorations, the treats, the toys—and most importantly, the EXPECTATIONS that you can’t truly enjoy a holiday without receiving something. It’s gotten truly out of hand, but at the same time I don’t want my kids to think that the Easter bunny forgot about them or that I don’t see the joy and purpose in gifts. So instead, I create simplified Easter baskets that not only thrill my kids, but don’t stress me out.

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How can you create a simplified Easter basket?

Well, I must tell you that it takes some planning on your part. You see, a simplified Easter basket is filled with quality items that your kids will need for the Spring and Summer months. It’s not something that you can just grab off the shelf at Target. Instead, it is curated and planned out so you won’t have to shop as much in later months to ensure that your kids have what they need to play their way through the warm season.

Think outside the basket

Why are Easter baskets always…baskets? Because of the eggs? Well, I’m here to tell you that a fun way to spice up your Easter gift and make it more unique and meaningful is to think outside the basket. Rain boots, umbrellas, beach buckets, sun hat, flower pot, sandals, bike helmet, purse, pool float…there are tons of fun options. And the best part is that the container you choose to use as your Easter “basket” will truly will be used all Spring and Summer long instead of a basket that will gather dust the rest of the year.

Remember quality over quantity

If you are living a simplified life—or if you are like me and at least trying to cut down on the noise in your life—you know that you have to be very particular before allowing an item into your home. It needs to have function, stand up to wear and tear, and of course, bring you and your family joy. I mean, does a cluttered Easter basket filled with junk that will probably break after one use really bring joy? No. No it does not. And I have the memory of a toddler flipping out over watered down bubbles to prove it. Need some ideas on what to fill your Easter “basket” with?

*Swim goggles



*Seed packets



*Notepad and colored pencils


*Snack cup


*Water bottle


*Pool Toys


*Knee and elbow pads


*Jump rope


*Trading Cards 

I hope that I inspired you to brainstorm simplified ways to create an Easter basket and think about living a less cluttered life style. Stay tuned for some of my sure fire ways to declutter and get ready for Spring.

Looking for other gift ideas? Here are my family’s top picks.

Happy Easter!
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  1. Alli Smith says

    My oldest grandson is a teen and I don’t like to leave him out, so I usually create a sports-themed basket for him, using a baseball cap as the “basket” because I don’t want to embarrass him with a kiddie basket. I love everything you’ve showcased here and you’ve given me some great ideas.

  2. Sara Welch says

    It’s definitely tough for kids to understand why you’re trying to help them lead simpler lives. All they see is that Sally got 8 candy bars while they only got one. Lord have mercy.

  3. Alison Rost says

    Baskets like this are so much better than baskets filled with all kinds of candies. I think it’s something that the kids can benefit from especially since they’ll be using the items for the season! I love all your suggestions!

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