Having a one-year old has been so much fun! Even though my son has already lived through every holiday, he is much more alert and intrigued by the world around him and it really feels like he is experiencing it all for the first time. I love going all out for every holiday and although my family does not mainly prioritize the bunny, eggs, or candy, I love being able to create wonderful, educational, and meaningful Easter baskets for my family members and now my son!
In deciding what I wanted to fill my one-year old son’s basket with I knew it was going to be a challenge for me because I have been so particular about what he eats, plays with, and puts in his mouth! I didn’t want to blow a ton of money on a basket either! I started off at the place I usually do before heading out to target, or doing online shopping; I always start my gift planning at the dollar tree! There are so many good things at the dollar tree! I found most of my basket stuffers there and it didn’t cost nearly as much as it would have if I had gone elsewhere.
Some of my Dollar Tree treasure finds:
My little one loves reading, the alphabet, numbers, colors, coloring, stickers, and all things Mickey Mouse and Sesame Street! These were the best finds! I was able to buy these wonderful hard cover books, a coloring activity book, jumbo disney crayons, Disney stickers, blue crinkle paper, and easter eggs at the incredible $1 price each!
My son is 14 months old, and my main priorities right now for him are to continue exploring, learning new things, and have a nutritious healthy diet. I wanted his basket to reflect these goals while also being enticing to him. For any Easter basket, eggs are a must! How adorable are these figurine eggs at my local dollar tree store?!!
Instead of filling them with candy (which I do not give my son), I thought of filling them with his favorite snacks! Cheerios, Puffs, and Arrowroot Cookies! Note: Since I will be giving my son his basket in the morning, a few of his eggs will also have cut up bananas, strawberries, and blackberries! Not only will your little one love playing around with their eggs, they will love that their favorite snacks are inside and momma’s (like myself) can rest assured that they are safe and easy on their tummies. Gerber Graduates Arrowroot Cookies. Gerber Graduates Puff Snacks.
My son loves pouch snacks! I couldn’t resist these adorable and delicious Peter Rabbit Organics Strawberry and Banana Fruit Puree Snacks! Not only does my son already love them but they look adorable in his basket fitting in perfectly with the theme!Peter Rabbit Organics Strawberry & Banana
Mommas, we also have to be practical! My son has so many toys and “things” all over the place! He doesn’t “need” anything honestly, but could always use something practical and helpful for his fine motor skills training while eating. Although forks and spoons are probably not the first thing you think about when thinking of a gift for your little one, it is something that they need and actually think is totally cool! My son loves copying his mommy and daddy and thinks it’s the coolest thing to try and eat with his utensils! I love everything about these utensils, they are recycled, feel great, are easy for little hands to grab, and are made right here in the USA! Replay Utensils
Recently, my son has been gravitating to crayons and markers. Although he prefers hording them in a corner instead of actually coloring with them, I thought this would be a good opportunity to get him creative coloring gifts! I found these adorable “egg” shaped crayons designed for 12months+!! How awesome are these! This was probably my favorite find because they are eggs and a perfect fit for my little love’s hands to grip and go to town on his coloring book! Crayola Palm-Grip Crayons
During the first few months after your child turns one, keeping crayons and markers on paper is “weird” and just not gonna happen! I looked everywhere for some kind of option where my son could use crayons but be enticed to stay on a mat or something like that. I really liked this Crayola dry erase activity mat! Crayola Dry Erase Activity Mat
It allows you to place any coloring sheet behind a dry erase plastic. It comes with several coloring pages to start off with, an erasing cloth, and crayons, but I was more interested in just the mat since I purchased the awesome egg crayons.
My best advice to any parent out there creating their one-year old’s Easter basket is to get creative and fun with it! It doesn’t have to be over the top or cost a fortune to make your son or daughter light up in excitement! Decide on what you would like to achieve with the basket. I chose educational and nutritious which for our son is also fun and exciting! I love this age because just sharing my water bottle brings my little guy just as big of a smile as the newest and latest toy on the market! At the end of the day, they want you! So remember to (simply) love your little ones. Spend quality time rolling all over the floor, acting ridiculous, getting messy, playing, singing, dancing, and all other sort of ridiculousness, that is what they will remember, that it what you will remember, and that is what will create the greatest gift!
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