Do you buy pre-made Easter baskets or create your own?
I find that pre-made Easter baskets have too much candy or items I don't want to deal with, like messy bubbles. I would prefer if my kids got no candy at all. So this year I am making theirs and putting in toys and things I will make, like a little herbal dream pillow. I am doing the same for my nieces. What are your thoughts?
That sounds like a great way to surprise your children. perhaps you should try putting in goodies made under a particular theme they like, as well. the stores can make nice things, but they don't know your kids the way you do! ^^
I have 3 adult daughters ranging in age from 40 to 33 plus 2 grandchildren. I diligently go out each year and purchase their special candies and chocolates and then go about the pleasant task of putting each basket together. Every year I ask my daughters if they want me to stop and annually I receive the same response when they return their empty baskets to be filled the following Easter. Buying baskets already made up would take all of the fun and personal touch out of the joy we all share. As the saying goes, "No matter how old your children get, they are still kids to their parents."
Make our own. It's easier that they. You can really give them each something that makes a difference. Not everyone likes the same candy and some in the pre-made basket will not be touched. How old is that candy anyway? By gathering your own pieces, you can put together a basket that will be demolished within a few days, maybe hours.
For example, this year I'm giving my family one of the following in their baskets. My hubby will get a bunch of candy, probably a bag of snickers, and a gift card to his favorite sports shop or clothing store. (Actually, he needs more clothes. Clothing store it is.) My brother's gets Peeps (I can't stand them), my mother will have jelly beans from the entire family (she has crowns that come out once a year as a result but it hasn't stopped her or us yet), my father often will have gun ammo in his basket instead of candy, my sister will get a Taylor Swift CD since she is obsessed with music.
We have pre-teen grandkids who still love getting a basket for Easter. Since they are older we improvise with creative basket-type containers. Usually find some good ones at department stores. We fill them with art supplies, stickers, notepads, unique pens & pencils, a candy or two, gift card such as iTunes.
I've always made my daughters basket,but I think I may just purchase an already assembled one this year. I thought I would be saving money by making my own,but it averages about the same if not more,once you get into the personalized details of a signature basket.
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