And celebrate the ultimate Gift…
Easter always comes up so fast and gets none of the months-long fan fare found with the more commercial holidays like Christmas or even Thanksgiving with it’s black Friday deals.
So let’s raise Easter’s profile and build a basket. Make it fun and customize it.
Here’s what I recommend:
- Decide who you’re making the basket(s) for: children, co-workers, siblings.
- Head to Target or Walmart (or other big box store).
- Grab a basket or a gift bag or gift box (who says that it has to be an actual basket).
- Candy (never fails).
- Specialty item (little bow ties or hair ties or nail polish – see photo for inspo).
- Some type of toy or stuffed animal (for kids).
- Traditional items: Peeps, Dyed Eggs or Plastic Ones filled with Jelly Beans.
Easter is important. In fact it is the most important holiday for Christians (which I am), as it celebrates our reason for being Christians – the gift of God’s sacrifice of His son to save our souls.
Apres-Halloween is the perfect time to pick up gifts for Christmas…
As with most of my ideas, I don’t come up with them myself and this one is no exception. My office sister Wendy recently explained to me that her sister gifts her with a costume for her son every year. Her sister finds them on sale in the post-Halloween clearance and gifts them.
I’m inspired – hence this blog.
Even if you’re not giving a costume for the next year, what kid doesn’t like to play dress up – whether it be as a doctor, football player, or princess. So while sites still have stock and the prices are low, consider investing in a few costumes for the kids in your life.
A Very Special Occasion…
I had the honor of witnessing my Goddaughter’s baptism this past weekend in the same church where I stood as a bridesmaid for her mother nearly 15 years ago (time’s a flying).
I was able to find a gift that she really liked and that I thought fit such a momentous occasion. I gave her the International Children’s Bible to help her grow spiritually as she embarks upon her journey.
Here are some other ideas (and links) below:
St. Christopher Pendant
Necklace * Journal * Bible
Coloring books and crayons are classic for a reason…
As a matter of fact, I’m not quite sure why more people don’t give them as gifts. So if you’re stressing and find yourself in a hurry to find a great gift for the children in your or your kids’ lives, don’t worry, a trip to the local store will get you covered.
1) A box of crayons (I prefer the Crayola 64-count, but it really depends on the child and his or her age, I think.)
2) A stack of coloring/activity books. If you find the ones with their favorite cartoon character, Disney princess, or superhero, then you get bonus points.
A Classic and Timeless Gift for Kids and their Bedrooms
I recently had a conversation with a co-worker who, now with a daughter of her own, finds herself on the birthday party circuit sans ideas for great gifts. So I dedicate this week to her and all of the parents out there who are trying to find great gifts for kids.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is not the end-all and be-all of gifts, but hopefully a place to get you started.
But here’s my first idea…. make or buy a piggy bank (or some other cute shape). They are fun, creative, and can be personalized. Granted it’s not a gift that can be played with, but it does have some value.
Resources: Hobby Lobby; Michaels; Toys R’Us