The words “sugar-free” and “minimalist” are rarely seen together when it comes to Easter Baskets. There are so many sugary treats out there and there are way too many little toys to occupy little hands for a day or two… or twenty minutes if I’m unlucky.
2014 has introduced a whole new way of seeing the world for my family. We are learning to let go of the things we “think we need” and embrace the things we actually need. I contribute our changes to Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist. You should really check out his book, Simplify because it is an amazing book with a powerful message. More about that will definitely be a post for another day.
I wrote about our Easter Baskets last year. They were a hit. Flashlights? Flip flops? The Easter Bunny was the coolest dude around town all summer long. Strangers were informed at the grocery store, swimming pool, and even at the hospital when baby girl was born about the “coolness” of the Easter bunny.
“Do you know who gave me these flip flops? The Easter Bunny did.”
That fuzzy little fellow got more attention and praise than Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the “Fart Fairy” combined. (Once again, the “Fart Fairy” is another story for another day.)
Sometimes Easter and Christmas and celebrations are less about the stuff and more about the magic of it all. It is about spending time together and making memories and less about the grass and eggs and “stuff.” Not that the trinkets, the plastic grass that spreads like a wild fire around the house, and the plastic eggs aren’t fun. Okay, maybe the grass isn’t fun. But it is more about the magic. The moments. The story of the day. The items are long forgotten years later.
With that being said, I have tried my best to create a sugar-free minimalist Easter basket for my kids. Minimalism, in my mind, doesn’t always equal frugality. Minimalism is about planning ahead and thinking through the clutter that you are welcoming into your home. Call me the “Easter Scrooge,” but I don’t want a dozen cheap Easter toys in my home. And we really don’t need the candy.
To begin, I made a list of the things my kids need. Things that regardless of Eater, I am planning to purchase.
The list included things like socks, water-color paint, glue sticks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, summer sandals, a new tie for church, homeschool books, homeschool games, a summer hat for the baby, sporting equipment, etc.
In the end, the baskets each ended up with a couple church socks stuffed in the bottom, a fun book to read, homeschool history readers, and a math/learning game. Baby girl needed some leggings, a summer hat, and a pair of shoes.
The buckets aren’t new. We used them last year. Luckily, they slide right into one another and require little to no space in my storage room. I plan to use them over and over again until they fall apart. Thanks to Amazon Prime shipping, the items all arrived today in a big brown box. I didn’t even have to plan a “without-the-kids” shopping trip.
There you have it. Sugar-free and minimalism can exist in an Easter basket. Defying gravity never felt so good.