The Spring holiday of Easter is just a few days away. And however you celebrate, many kids get a fun basket from Peter Rabbit himself. Growing up, we'd have our simple Easter Egg hunt (indoors, as it were), and there would always be one Easter Basket for each of us waiting on the table. Our baskets were nothing extraordinary. Usually fluffed with synthetic green grass (which now, as a parent, is my enemy), my basket was complete with chocolate and sugary candies. Every once in a while, the Easter Bunny would leave me a special extra present (like a hat or toy).
As a parent now, we've only just begun creating our Easter morning traditions. Last year was the first year we did anything notable, as Little Chica was not yet even 3 years old, and Bitty Bug was just born. We had an indoor egg hunt, and we gave her a small basket with goodies. We are by no means the healthiest family on the block, but we attempt to keep our sugar intake reasonable. So when holidays come around where candy seems to pour into our house through every crevice, Hubby and I counter-attack by making healthy (and frugal) options available. Last year, we opted for Goldfish Crackers, fruit leather and stickers in Little Chica's Easter Basket. The sugar was in check, and we tried to keep spending under $10-$15.
But not everyone operates under this mentality.
My friend, Christine, posed a really great question for the blog to me the other day:
How much money goes into your child's easter basket?
I had never given it much thought before, but Christine remarked that some people treat Easter like Christmas, and spend a ton of money on candy and gifts (side note: we keep Christmas frugal and simple as well, but that's another post for another time). When the Christmas norm is to bestow a value of $500 per child, the Easter expectation rises as well.
So we want to know:
- What do you do for Easter baskets (or other Spring-related holiday you may celebrate)?
- What is your price range?
- How does it compare to the other gift-giving holidays (Christmas/Hanukkah, birthdays, etc)?
- What is your philosophy when it comes to gift-giving and your kids?
Whether you opt for homemade or store-bought, free or expensive - I hope you have a festive Spring Break!