What do you see in that picture?
I see clutter.
As fun as a cymbal-clapping bunny may be for a whole three seconds, I don’t want to have to find a home for him/her/it.
I remember longing for these pre-made baskets as a child. Then I finally got one.
After that, I was glad they weren’t the norm in our home. In case you never received one, they are mostly filler. Like, the only things in them are the things you see.
The rest is cardboard.
Even though I don’t do the pre-made baskets for my own kids, I struggle with avoiding the cutesy, plastic, nothings that populate the Easter aisle.
I asked for non-clutter Easter basket filler suggestions yesterday on Facebook, and you all delivered.
Here are some of my favorite suggestions:
Clothes. I never would have thought to do this, but it’s a great idea as the weather is warming up and my kids need some summer basics. And clothes take up SPACE. Yessss!
Toothbrushes and toothpaste. I’ve done this before, but needed to be reminded. (Love spending on things we would spend on anyway!)
Baseball glove and hat. Love this idea. Not sure we’ll use it, but if we needed these things this would be the perfect time since baseball starts next month.
Socks! Yep. My kids are getting some. They’ll be thrilled.
Books and DVDs.
Outside spring toys – Kites, jump ropes.
Re-usable water bottles.
Bathing suit, swim goggles, pool toys, sunscreen. (I like the idea of getting stuff for summer!)
Flip-flops. (I LOVE this. Totally doing it.)
And more! You can see everyone’s suggestions here on the Facebook thread.
And here are some coupons for various things that would work for Easter baskets. You just need to know your child to know if these will be treasured items or clutter! (And yes. These printable coupon links are my affiliate links.)
Toys, Games & DVDs
- $4.00 off one NERF Dart Refill Pack $14.99 or more
- $2.00 off one NERF Dart Refill Rack $6.99 or more
- $1.00 off one NERF Dart Refill Pack $4.99 or more
- $5.00 off ELEFUN or HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS game
- $3.00 off any one BOP IT! Game
- $3.00 off when you buy any one TWISTER Game
- $2.00 off one KRE-O MICRO-CHANGERS Building Set
- $2.00 off one TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS Launchers Toy
- $2.00 off one BEYBLADE HYPERBLADES Toy
- $5.00 off BABY ALIVE YUMMY TREAT BABY Doll
- $3.00 off SESAME STREET SMARTPHONE Toy
- $2.00 off BABY ALIVE KICKS & CUDDLES NEWBORNS Doll
- $5.00 off one NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ROUGHCUT Blaster
- $2.00 off 1 PLAY-DOH Playsets
- $2.00 off PLAYSKOOL HEROES™ Toys
- $5.00 off Draw Something or Words with Friends
- $3.00 off one OPERATION Game or BATTLESHIP Game
- $2.00 off Robots on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy
- $2.00 off Horton Hears A Who! on Blu-ray™ + Dvd
- $2.00 off when you buy $10 in Fisher-Price items
- $3.00 off when you buy $15.00 of Thomas & Friends
- $2.00 off when you buy $10 on Thomas & Friends
- $3.00 off when you buy $15 in Fisher-Price items
- $2.00 off when you buy $10.00 in Hot Wheels items
- $3.00 off when you buy $15.00 in Barbie items
- $4.00 off when you buy $20.00 in Barbie items
- $3.00 off when you buy $15.00 in Hot Wheels items
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