If you have recently embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, the old traditions, like giving Easter baskets, tend to cause doubt and anxiety: the kids are expecting this, this is what we’ve always done, I don’t want to ignore all those traditions we’ve had, etc.
You don’t have to give them up completely, there are ways around traditions where you can still celebrate and still give gifts without bringing more clutter into the house.
There is no need to purchase a new basket each year and then drop it off at the donation center again. Other options:
- Ziplock bag – that’s right, a bag of candy, coupons or tickets is simple and the kids love it.
- Mason jar – keep it small and easy to fill with minimal treats.
- Garden Pot – if your family enjoys gardening, this is a perfect time to give them their own special pot to grow something.
- Homemade paper basket (do a quick Google search, there are a bunch of ideas!)
- Purchase a nice basket that you want to use in organizing the kid’s room and then reuse it every year after.
- Make your own “basket” out of candy boxes
- Fill their favorite baseball cap
- Tackle box, toolbox, craft box, etc. If your child needs their own supplies or a way to organize what they have, this is a great time to give them something to organize it.
- Rubber boots or new shoes. By spring my kids are normally needing a new pair of shoes, so this is a perfect time to give something that is needed and make it special at the same time.
What to fill it with:
If you’re not one to mind candy, then feel free to fill it with candy! My kids don’t do well with candy, so I will always pick the alternative, even if it means I have to deal with some type of clutter.
- Craft supplies
- Gel pens
- Coloring book
- Garden tools
- Lego Sets
- Collection Cards (Pokemon, etc.)
- Sidewalk chalk
- Coins (Real money- this is what we do each year!)
- Coupons (Play a game with mom, get ice cream with dad, etc.)
- Food items:
- trail mix
- dried fruit
- goldfish crackers
- Legos (One year we got a Lego set and divided all the pieces up between the eggs, the kids had to share to create the set.)
- Jokes (Print them on a paper and fold it up to fit in an egg.)
- Non-Toy Gifts for Children
- Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers
- Clutter-Free Gifts for Teens
- Clutter-Free Easter Celebration