7 Tips for Creating Easter Baskets on a Budget

Welcome to another edition of the #ChosenChixHop, where I partner with 7 awesome bloggers to bring you 7 posts, each filled with 7 fun things! This week is all about Easter – I’m sharing 7 tips for creating Easter baskets on a budget, then at the end of the post you’ll see links to all of the other fun posts too. Be sure to check them out, and share if you find some posts that you love.

Easter egg hunt ideas

I grew up celebrating Easter in a big way. My great aunt used to put on a HUGE Easter egg hunt and lunch out at her house. A lot of the other family all lived on the same street, and all of the yards connected with no fences, giving us lots of room to run and play. We probably had 100 of us each year! We’d divide into age groups and wait our turn while the grown-ups hid the eggs for each group. They were empty plastic eggs, and at the end, they’d count how many each of us got. Everyone got an Easter bag, bucket, or basket as a prize – plus some coins and dollars depending on how many eggs we found. When you’re 5 years old, a baggy full of change and a dollar bill makes you feel like a millionaire :)

Polka dot Easter basket and outfit

After my aunt passed away years ago, that tradition went away too. I realized how much I missed it when we were preparing for Abby’s first Easter. So many of the cousins have all lost touch, moved away, etc. But I have quite a few friends who are like family, so I decided to create my own Easter celebration! We do it every year on the Saturday before Easter, since many of them have other family obligations on the real holiday. Last year, I had 40 kids coming, and wanted to create enough prize baskets for all of them, just like we had when I was a kid. I had every parent bring at least a dozen filled plastic eggs per kiddo, so there’d be lots of them to find – but needed a way to create the prize baskets, buckets, and bags on a budget.

Prizes for Easter egg hunts

So, here are some of the tips and tricks that I use each year to create a huge assortment of Easter baskets and gifts, without emptying my wallet. Hope you find a few to help you too! {For more frugal ideas, see my most popular post of all time: 10 Ways to Make Money from Home.}

  • 1. Containers. For our main Easter baskets, the ones that I make for Abby and my two nephews, I use a more substantial container – but not a traditional style Easter basket. Those don’t really have much use after the holiday, right? A few favorites: Easter pail or a character-themed bucket like this Jake and the Neverland Pirates one. Buckets are handy all year – playing in the yard or at the beach, holding bath toys, or playing in the pool. Another idea, even though it might seem funny since it’s more expensive than a traditional wicker basket, is something like this Fabric Bucket Tote. You can personalize it, it’s super cute, and you’ll use it all year too – making it totally worth it! And my other go-to is the dollar store. Any type of bucket, those collapsible fabric baskets, storage totes, etc – those are all things you’ll actually use later on too! I also will use things like dollar store gift bags jazzed up with some ribbon and glitter too, for smaller gifts, or to make something look more special before adding it to the main Easter basket.
  • 2. DVDs. If you check Amazon, you can find loads of deals, with so many kid’s movies at around $5 bucks. I made a list awhile back of 14 kid’s movies under $5, but prices change constantly on Amazon. As of this minute, they’re all really close in price – and you can see other suggested movies in this price range too. They’ll get a lot more use out of a $5 movie than a $5 chocolate bunny.
  • 3. Books. The dollar store is another amazing resource for this. I find so many fun board books for Abby here! Plus coloring books, crayons, markers, stickers. When the board book is only $1, I let her use craft supplies like that to decorate her books, which totally makes her happy :)
  • 4. Hair accessories. If you go to the craft store {Michael’s is my personal favorite} and buy a bundle or two of fake flowers, you can usually get them on sale for just a couple of bucks. Then grab a package of Alligator Hair Clips, and some ALEENES 15599 All Purpose Glue, 8-Ounce. {Or use a hot glue gun if you have one.} You can simply attach the flowers to the clips, or even embellish them a bit beforehand by adding a little glitter or rhinestones. And bam – super inexpensive but SUPER cute flower hair clips for little girls! Love it.
  • 5. Bracelets. Little girls LOVE this. I buy some inexpensive beads, string them on some elastic cord, and in less than 5 minutes have a pretty bracelet for a special someone for less than a dollar. Bonus if you buy a set of beads with letters to personalize it – Little girls LOVE seeing their name on a bracelet!
  • 6. Toys. Since I’m on a budget, most of the toys I buy for Easter are from Amazon, Oriental Trading Co. where I can buy in bulk, the dollar store, or Walmart. They’re the “cheapy” type of toys. But, I make sure that they are things that – while they’re not high-quality and won’t last long – won’t be a waste. Meaning, they’ll help create fun memories during our party. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, foam airplane kits, plastic whiffle ball or golf sets. Things that get them all playing and having a good time. Another favorite: Playdough. I’ll get something like this 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, plus a Play-Doh Case of Colors, and use some of those cheap gift bags I bought to divide them up into sets. Cookie cutters are awesome tools for designing with Playdough, and the kids have a blast.
  • 7. Candy. Yep, while there’s been more of a trend lately to have “candy-free” gift baskets, which I totally support… Easter wouldn’t be quite the same to me without some candy :) The best way to save is to buy in bulk. There are times of the year that kiddos can get picky about the brand of candy they eat – but at Easter, there are so many themed candies that come in great big ol’ bags – it’s definitely a way to save, especially if you’re entertaining a lot of people.

Easter basket ideas on a budget

So – there you have it. After 4 years of putting on Easter egg hunt parties for 25-50 kids, and creating Easter baskets and prizes for them all, these are the things that have worked for me, and lead to a giant field full of happy kids. If you have more tips to share on Easter basket ideas, definitely feel free to share in the comments! I love to hear from you.

And, for more great Easter posts, be sure to check out my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers, and follow the #ChosenChixHop hashtag on your fave social media sites:


Easter Basket Ideas for Little Girls

“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail…” – Yep, that Easter bunny will be on his way before you know it. We do a huge Easter Egg Hunt party the Saturday before Easter, and have a ton of conference travel in April, so I just realized that it was sneaking up on me! So, as I went looking for super cute goodies to add to Abby’s Easter Basket today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds with you ladies too….
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Easter Fun: Dipped Baby Chick Cookies

Easter chick cookies

Easter Fun – Treat Recipe

Ok – We didn’t make these ones. This is a fun photo from the Free-n-Fun Easter ideas section on Oriental Trading Company. Super cute, right? They looked like they’d be pretty simple – and since I have pretty wild helpers in the kitchen, {my nephews are 8 and 5, and Abby is 20 months. The combination leads to a lot of kitchen craziness!} – I need things that are simple. And, they mostly were, but ours weren’t quite as successful as these ones. But that’s the usual result around here – I’m much more enthusiastic in the kitchen than I am skilled, lol.

Easter baby chick cookies

Making Easter Baby Chick Cookies

While our version isn’t quite as adorable as the original, they were still a ton of fun – and came out pretty cute. The kids LOVED them!! We did this as a trial run, and will be making more for our big Easter Egg Hunt party on Saturday. For the body of the chick, you can use any type of sandwich cookie – But since the kids at my house LOVE the Newman-O’s, we used those.

organic Newman-O's cookies

The Newman-O’s are a way healthier version of the traditional sandwich cookie, which is great for me – I’m on the Nutrisystem diet, but am going to splurge on a couple of Easter treats this weekend. {I’m so super-duper busy, hopefully I’ll burn off the extra calories quick, lol} – They even have a Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free cookie, for kiddo’s with food allergies. That’s a huge bonus when we’re having a ton of kids over!


Dipped Chick Cookie Recipe

The ingredients are simple, and you can make easy substitutions if needed. The process is pretty easy too – and they’re still pretty fun even when they don’t come out perfect! {Hint: Get some great spring candy and baking coupons right now, printable from Coupons.com – they have a lot of great ones through the weekend!}

Easter Fun: Dipped Chick Cookies


  • Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies
  • Pretzel Sticks, broken in half
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Orange Conversation Heart Candies - or icing
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts or Almond Bark
  • Yellow Gel Food Coloring


  1. Melt your candy melts or almond bark according to the package directions. {Add a bit of Crisco, if you have some, to make the dipping easier!} Stir in a couple drops of the yellow food coloring, until it's the color you want it.
  2. Dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, then place them on a big piece of wax paper.
  3. Add the mini chocolate chip eyes, and the pretzel legs. Also add the candy hearts if you have them - if not, wait until they cool and add frosting instead, like we did.
  4. Display, enjoy, then eat!

For More Fun Easter Ideas

Check out more Easter Fun Ideas and Inspiration on my Pinterest board – and if you’ve got a favorite Easter craft, recipe, or activity post to share – drop by and post it up on my Facebook wall, so everyone can check it out too! Have a cool idea to share but it’s not in a post? No worries – Post a pic on my wall too! I love seeing your fun creations – Happy Easter!


Easter Basket Ideas + Win Busytown Playsets too!

Busytown toys for Easter baskets

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

Playtime is incredibly important for kids. Great toys can help kids in so many ways… They learn to use and stretch their imagination in new ways. They learn to share and cooperate. They learn problem-solving, as they figure out how things work. And they even get some exercise – I mean, heck, even just crawling around to drive a car around a track is much more active than playing another video game, right?

“Easter, so longed for, is gone in a day.” –  James Howell

Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, because our celebrations include so many of my favorite things – Play, Joy, Sunshine, Spring, Family, Treats, Flowers… It’s just such a pretty holiday. And I absolutely LOVE making Easter baskets for all of the kids! This year, instead of candy, I’m going to fill the baskets mostly with some of my favorite toys for creative play – The Busytown sets! {You might remember me talking about them before, when we got our first Busytown playsets.} So, to help your family celebrate this season, I thought I’d share these adorable little sets that are a perfect idea for Easter baskets – AND give a couple of you a chance to win some too! A few of these great sets, along with a book like Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town or a Richard Scarry Matching Game would combine to make a perfect playtime gift basket for your favorite kiddo this Easter!

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Toys – Great Easter Basket stuffers!

“Welcome to Richard Scarry’s Busytown!  It’s the liveliest, funniest, busiest town around!  Based on Richard Scarry’s classic books enjoyed by generations of families, children would love to be surprised by an Easter basket filled with a Richard Scarry’s Busytown vehicle packfigure pack or mini plush.  These vehicle and figure packs are compatible with most wooden railway track play systems.  A comprehensive Richard Scarry’s Busytown play system is available, too, so kids can collect them all or build a Busytown all their own!  These toys are available at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide or online at ToysRUs.com.”

“It is a happy talent to know how to play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have almost all of the Busytown sets now, and most of the smaller additional character sets too. I seriously love them. These were my favorite books when I was a little girl… I was always so intrigued with them. There were so many details on each page, and just like the title suggests, the characters were all so busy – driving and playing and walking and working… It’s so much fun to set these up with Abby and the boys, and relive those great memories. The sets are all really well made, and while they’re suggested for ages 3+, they’ve stood up wonderfully to the mayhem of a 19 month old just perfectly.

Busytown, Easter Basket, Giveaway

Enter to WIN a Busy Town Easter Basket of Goodies!

One lucky winner will take home an Easter Basket filled with a surprise selection of 3 products from Richard Scarry’s Busytown:

One Busytown Small Vehicle Pack, one Busytown 2-pack Figure Pack, and one super adorable Busytown Mini Plush!

Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form to enter, and be sure to come back daily to get your bonus entry. And – If you’re feelin’ lucky, enter to win all of the other fun prizes I’ve got available right now, in my sidebar!

Have fun & Good Luck!

{Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary set of Busytown toys to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own!}

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New Snapfish Deals

Go check out all of the amazing deals just in time for Easter over at Snapfish right now! Hurry, all promo codes expire tomorrow, April 5th!

Here are the deals:

*Use promo code 11PRINTS to get 111 4×6 prints for only $1.11! Hurry, this deal only lasts until April 5th!

*Use promo code 11CASH to take $11 off of a total purchase of $25 or more, until April 5th!

*Promo code 11BOOKSBD will get you 50% off on all photo books until April 5th!

And don’t forget, all NEW Snapfish customers get 50 FREE prints just for signing up!



Great Collection of FREE Easter Printables

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I love that it is the first “Spring” holiday, I am excited to buy my little girl her first fluffy little Easter dress, I love decorating eggs… It’s just such a pretty, bright, and cheerful holiday! One of my favorite blogs, Living Locurto did a post with a ton of really fun, FREE Easter printables. There are printables for cards, crafts, and treat packaging. Plus, sign up for her email subscription and get a FREE printable gift! She has the funnest stuff, you’ll just love it.

Here are a few of my favorites:

These little Easter cupcake toppers are too cute! I love this idea, and have been looking for just the right toppers to use for my little girls first birthday this summer.

I love ideas like this… What a quick and easy way to personalize the goodies in the kid’s Easter baskets! Very fun.

The little tissue paper pom-pom tails here make me smile :) I plan on making some of these with the kids! Just adorable.

Visit her site for more fun ideas!

All of these ideas came from the wonderful list from Amy over at Living Locurto… I don’t even begin to try and claim these fun designs as my own! So go check out her list for the rest of the ideas, and leave her a comment thanking her for putting together such a great list!! I’ve used these for projects here in our home, and had so much fun with them – so I knew I had to share them with you guys too!