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When I was a kid, my parents–I mean, the Easter Bunny, would hide our baskets somewhere in the house. I always looked forward to waking up and searching for my basket each year. RJ and I keep the same tradition of hiding baskets for the tiny humans and it’s just so much fun. I try to find things for their baskets that are fun and unique, and this year I’m really excited for them to see all of the great things that will be in their baskets! I’m not one of those really good moms who doesn’t let their tiny humans have candy, so the baskets and eggs will have candy in them, for sure. But all of these ideas are non candy, if that is your kind of thing. AND they’re all from small shops in the USA. I love be able to support small shops and share these amazing shops, most run by mamas, with you!
Lowercase alphabet letters from Smiling Tree Toys. Wooden toys are some of my favorite kinds of toys to give as gifts. I love toys that are not only fun and beautiful, but educational, too. This set of lowercase alphabet letters is perfect for helping Emaline recognize her ABCs and for Elijah to practice spelling sight words. Smiling Tree Toys are handcrafted in the USA and the wood is finished with a homegrown blend of organic oil and beeswax. They come in a sweet little drawstring bag so you can keep all the letters together.
Leather tassel necklace from ali jane and co. I know that Emmy is going to love this fun necklace when she sees it. She has been super into wearing necklaces lately, and it’s her favorite color so it’ll be love at first sight. Look how perfectly it’ll fit into a plastic egg! Ali jane and co’s new spring collection, Citrus Fresh has so many fun, citrus-y colors–I want everything for my little ladies! Make sure you give them a follow on IG to check out all the goodness.
Easter Set and Snack Stacks from Re-Play Recycled. We’re huge fans of Re-Play over here. The only time we use other plates is when all of our Re-Play ones are dirty. Eli loves the divided plates because he hates when his food touches, and I love that all the table ware is made from recycled milk jugs. And the super cute colors don’t hurt either. The snack stacks are a must have for being on the go and we utilize them all the time, especially in the spring and summer. You can now buy Re-Play at Target and Whole Foods and Babies R Us, too.
Handmade, scented play dough from ZDough. Look how fun and vibrant these ZDough colors are. ZDough is handmade by Kira, a fellow mama, who started the brand after making play dough with her daughter. Kira uses essential oils for the scents and they smell amazing! It’s made without chemicals and comes in these sweet little metal tins. I can’t wait for my play dough obsessed child to get her hands on these and do some creative play.
Kindergarten Toolkit. I was so excited to get this because Eli is very into learning to spell and read right now. He asks me all the time to spell out a word so he can copy it. This cute little kit is created by a teacher to fully prepare your preschooler for kindergarten, which is happening way too soon for my liking. Each kit focuses on 10 main Kindergarten goals and comes with a booklet of mini lessons, 4 sets of flashcards, a whiteboard and dry erase marker, and chalk for outdoor learning, too!
Basics and Bunny from June and January. My kids are in June and January basically all the time. Emmy loves a good twirl skirt and Eli is obsessed with their lounge pants, which I probably should have ordered for his basket…I think there is still time to get it in time for Easter. If you’ve never bought these cozy and amazing basics from June and January, use this link and get 15% off your first order of $50 or more. You’re welcome.
Easter Tees from River Babe Threads. I’m a huge fan of River Babe Threads, not only are their tees adorable, but they’re made in Michigan, and there’s nothing I love more than supporting a local small shop! I got Emmy and Alice matching bunny tees and Elijah this cool He is Risen tee. And at only $14.99 each, you really can’t beat that price.
Personalized children’s book from I See Me books. Elijah and Emaline have actually already read this, several times. I gave it to them because I didn’t know which tiny humans’ basket I would actually put it in! They love to read all the different things that go together just like they do–my tiny little BFFs. Elijah is so cute trying to sound out the works…he does get his name right every time.
I’m so excited for all of the Easter festivities we have coming up, and the cute clothes, too, obviously.
What are you putting in your tiny human’s Eater basket this year? Do you hide their baskets? Or have a different tradition? Let me know in the comments!