How to shop for the perfect Easter basket {#HopItForward}

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As each year rolls on and as our kids get older, my husband and I have vowed to keep ourselves in check when it comes to the holidays. While we love watching the kids get excited with the fun parts of Christmas and Easter, at no point do we want them to forget the real reason behind each season.

Easter

Our heart’s desire has always been to raise children who love and give generously and I pray we will see that fruit increase as each year goes by.

Every Christmas we involve the children in our Giving Christmas Away event and in packing shoe-boxes. This year we decided we would identify people we know who would need a little Pick-Me-Up this Easter and to help the kids share God’s Love through Easter baskets.

 How to shop for the perfect Easter basket

 

How to shop for the perfect Easter basket

 

Assembling an Easter basket doesn’t require rocket science but if you want to bless your recipient with a basket that touches his/her heart, you need to keep a few tips in mind…

1. Shop for practical goodies.

Now if you know my husband you would agree that Practical should be his second name. And close to 12 years of marriage has taught me to think the way he does, so our recipient’s Easter basket would have to be packed with practical goodies!

Our basket’s recipient is a sweet 82 year old lady who lives in a retirement facility close-by. She has no family of her own living in the area and craves our family’s company when we stop by. She loves certain treats from around the world and I couldn’t think of a better place to shop for some edible goodies, than from one of my favorite online haunts- World Market

Sitting at home, with a click here and a click there I picked up some Masala tea bags from India, Marmalade from England, Turkish Apricots, a Blueberry Scone Mix, shortbread cookies and savory snacks from the US.

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2. When you’re crunched on time, think of time-saver baked treats. (Adds a touch of home-made charm to your basket!)

With my 7 week old requiring quite a bit of attention through the day, I cheated and bought a blueberry scone mix and a key lime cupcake kit to bake up a few sweet treats as our friend does have a sweet tooth. Keeping her best interests in mind, I also picked up a mini muffin pan to shrink the portion sizes (Much to her displeasure I’m sure) and avoided adding the frosting on the cupcakes.

Bake treats

I’m thinking I should have ordered a few additional packs of those scone mixes to save for Easter baking. They were so quick to make, not sickeningly sweet and yummy!

 

3. Shop wisely. Choose a one-stop shop experience where you can pair discounts and shopping promotions.

I love that I was able to pick up complete Easter basket sets, edible treats, a baking pan, gift bags and even a pack of Bunny pasta to whip up for the kids Easter party later this week at a friend’s place. I ordered everything online, used a 10% off coupon code, received free shipping and received all my goodies in 5 days flat!

 

The icing on the cake was realizing I ordered more than what could fit in to one Easter basket

world market basket

and being able to make a second basket for a family who is going through a rough time right now.

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(The only non World Market goodies that got added into their basket was a set of Resurrection eggs and Easter activity kits for their child) 

After delivering both the baskets yesterday after church (yes, our tiniest member of the family came along too)  and seeing the joy it brought the recipients, I honestly think we just may make another basket or two. And starting from this year, make this a family tradition of…

making Easter Baskets Of Love.

Love is a gift quote

Come join the World Market Hop It Forward Sweepstakes

 

From March 31st- April 18th, World Market is hosting a Hop It Forward Sweepstakes where by spreading random acts of “hoppiness” you would be entered for a chance to win

  • 2000$ World Market Gift Card and a year’s supply of Divine Chocolate
  • 3 Runner Up Prizes: 500$ World Market Gift Card and Divine Chocolate.

Hop it forward

Random acts of “hoppiness” will be shared on the World Market Facebook page and here’s the clincher…

As soon the goal of 5,000,000 hops is reached, World Market will donate 50,000 meals to regional Food Banks around the country. Isn’t that awesome?

So lets help them reach that goal!

 

What random act of “hoppiness” would you be able to commit to doing this season?

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About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 8 year old daughter, a 4 year old son who loves all things construction and a serene 3 month old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!

Comments

  1. 1

    Thank you for sharing these awesome Easter Gift Basket ideas! Even though my daughter is a teenager, I still make her an Easter basket every year! :)

  2. 3

    Love the Easter ideas. I still give the kids Easter baskets even at 16 and 20. It’s a fun thing to do.

  3. 4

    Thanks for the ideas. I have thought of a thing for Easter baskets yet!

  4. 5

    I would try to be the light in people’s lives in a time of despair. I will also be trying to help those in need this time of year.

  5. 7

    I love your ideas. I haven’t bought baskets yet but want to get creative this year!

  6. 8

    I’m all about giving the practical, great ideas! I love making baskets and Easter is the perfect time!

  7. 9

    We committed to and finished our random act this week. We have a friend who lives in a small town and doesn’t get out much at all. But she loves books, so we found a few at our local library book sale and mailed them to her as a surprise!

    • 10

      That’s such a wonderful idea Scott. I must look through some books we have and see if we can identify a family we can give them to or perhaps even to our local children’s hospital. Great idea!!

  8. 11

    What beautiful and creative baskets. I think this is a great idea!

  9. 12

    These are great ideas for Easter Baskets! This year we are working more on watching for friends who are sick and helping them by dropping off some dinner, or taking a care package to them. Just because when you are sick; it is always nice when someone steps in and helps. I’ve been the recipient of many meals this last year when I was really sick. And so I want to return the favor to friends/neighbors when they had a hard time too.

    • 13

      That is so true. You never realize how much it means till you’re in that place in your life. I realized how much of a blessing food gifts were when I just had my 3rd child and we didn’t have family over to help us this time. I need to remind myself to give food gifts more this year, not just this season. Thanks for the reminder Amber.

  10. 14

    I like to leave baskets of Easter goodies on the doorstep of my neighbors. I have the kids take them around the neighborhood and just leave them on the doorsteps. They get a kick out of knocking and running!

  11. 16

    I love practical items for Easter Baskets. You know they will go to good use. How will I hop it forward? We will be making a donation to our local food pantry.

    • 17

      Me too Carlee!!

      My son’s pre-school church does that and they have a huge bun near the school entrance so the kids get to leave their donations in the bin before heading off to class.

  12. 18

    Marina, that is such a sweet thing to do! I had never thought about making Easter Baskets for the needy, although we do the Christmas shoebox and try to practice giving/ helping others/volunteering year round.

    • 19

      I definitely agree that we really shouldn’t “hop it forward” only for a season, it DOES need to be year round. (And that’s why I love you Pam. You’ve got such a giving heart!)

  13. 20

    This is such a wonderful idea! I’d love to make up a nice basket for someone in need too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. 21

    what a nice selection of items in the basket, many I have never heard of before, what a great way to help!

  15. 22

    You sure picked out the nicest things for that basket. You really put a lot of thought into it. Wonderful!

  16. 23

    I committed my self to taking home my daughter’s friend from school for the rest of the year. Her parents couldn’t get there in time after work and it’s one less thing they can stress about.

  17. 25

    These are great tips. I love Easter basket shopping! You picked out some great things.

  18. 26

    What fun tips for shopping for the perfect Easter Basket, I seriously adore World Market! I haven’t decided how I’ll pay it forward yet, but I just paid for the person behind me when I picked up a coffee earlier this week. I love doing that and hope it makes that person’s day too!

  19. 28

    I would like to surprise a child for the holiday with a basket of treats. Someone that can’t afford to get things for their kids.

    • 29

      That’s a great idea. When we’re sensitive to the needs of those around us we realize there are so many in need of much. I’m sure you will bring joy to that child’s life.

  20. 30

    Wow! Great tips! I think the holiday season is a great time to teach children about biblical principles and values. :)

  21. 32

    We try to donate as much as we can to those how need it. We try to do this every season. :)

    • 33

      That’s awesome. The world needs more families like yours, who’re willing to bless on those in need irrespective of the time or season.

  22. 34

    What a nice looking Easter basket. I pay it forward by donating to local food banks, and volunteering with local seniors.

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