This post featuring Family Easter Basket ideas is sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are my own.
Easter is almost here and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I just finished packing away my Christmas decorations! Nevertheless, we’re all still excited to celebrate this special holiday! As I was making plans for the kids’ Easter baskets this year, I decided I wanted to do something a little different for a change.
You see, every year they attend a big Easter egg hunt at our church. They come home with HUGE bags of candy. Candy that lasts for weeks! They also tend to get a little Easter gift from their grandparents, which includes more candy, little toys, and a new stuffed animal. But, here’s the thing — our house is already overflowing with stuffed animals and little trinket toys that never get played with for longer than 20 minutes before they are on the floor and I’m stepping on them. Their beds are so covered in stuffed animals already that there is hardly any room for them to lie down and sleep! And they certainly don’t need any more candy!
This year as a family we are trying to focus less on STUFF and more on making memories together. So I decided, rather than giving my kids more candy, little knickknacks, and stuffed animals that they certainly don’t need, I’d create a special Family Easter basket – an Easter basket full of items that the whole family could enjoy, together!
Every Friday night in our house is “Family Night”. My kids look forward to this night so much and literally count down the days each week. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to play games together, so I headed over to the board game aisle where I picked up 2 new games for our family. I know the kids will love them! Then I hit the book section where I found a great treasury of Berenstain Bears books with Christian themes. Since we often read books together before bed, it seemed perfect for our Easter basket, so I added that to my cart.
As I meandered through the store I found myself in the DVD section where I spotted a new Scooby-Doo DVD which featured 4 movies I knew my kids hadn’t seen yet. Anyone with 4 kids knows that it’s often hard to get them all to agree on the same thing, but when it comes to Scooby Doo, they are all thrilled to sit down and watch, even my 2 year old!
I placed the new DVD in my cart and that’s when the thought occurred to me that supplies for an ultimate family movie night would be the perfect final touches for our family Easter basket! I headed straight for the snack aisle to grab their favorite movie snacks – Slim Jim, Orville Redenbacher’s, Crunch n Munch, and Snack Pack cups!
The children’s leader at our church recently mentioned to me how popular Slim Jim individual sticks are with my children and the other children in our church. On the last Sunday of every month, the children use tickets they’ve accumulated throughout the month to go “shopping” in her reward store. She thought for sure that candy would be everyone’s favorite but she noted that time and time again, they clear her out of Slim Jim!
I love that my children choose Slim Jim instead of candy and I know they will be thrilled to see them in the family Easter basket on Easter morning (along with all of the other goodies I picked up!).
Have you assembled your Easter basket(s) yet? Instead of loading your basket(s) down with candy, this year, consider foods that aren’t loaded with sugar, like Slim Jim, the perfect pick-me-up snack that kids love, without the sugar crash later, then add in games, coloring books, toys, and DVDs. Whether you decide to make a family Easter basket like me or individual baskets for each of your kids, you can find all of these great Easter basket fillers at Walmart!
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Walmart e-gift card to help you fill your Easter basket(s)? Right now, if you head to the Slim Jim website and build a digital Easter basket, you can enter to win one of 20 $100 Walmart e-gift cards (5 winners will be awarded each week)! I made a basket myself and it was so quick and easy! Here’s how mine looked when I was done:
If you share on your social channels you’ll have the chance to earn extra entries and increase your chances of winning too!
Family Easter Basket Ideas
Want to create your own family Easter basket this year? Here are twenty-five ideas of things to put in your basket! (Some of these items would be a little bit too big to put into a basket, but you could always include a note in the basket, letting your family know where to look for the family gift!)
- Slim Jim Smoked Snack Sticks (available in Mild and Original)
- Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn
- Snack Packs
- Crunch n Munch
- Board games
- Card games
- Movie tickets
- Gift card to your favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream place
- Gift card to your family’s favorite restaurant
- Zoo passes
- Aquarium passes
- Museum tickets
- Coloring Books
- Art Supplies
- Tickets to a show
- Sports supplies (e.g. a basketball hoop and basketball)
- Water Table
- Swing Set
- Sand Table
- Gift card to a local bowling alley
- Gift card to a local skating rink
Disclosure: NO PURCHASE necessary. Void where prohibited. The Slim Jim Build Your Own Basket Sweepstakes is sponsored by Conagra Brands, Inc. Open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 & older. Begins 12:00 a.m. PT on 3/1/18 & ends 11:59 p.m. PT on 4/1/18. Twenty potential winners will be randomly selected to each receive a $100 Walmart eGift card. Total ARV: $2,000. Odds depend on the number of entries. For full details see official rules at SlimJimBoldBreak.com.