Artsy Easter: DIY Crafts for Kids (+ Everything You Need to Fill Their Baskets)

Sure, you can pull a Martha Stewart and engineer an elegant Easter yourself…but we’ve got a feeling there are some little helpers at home eager to lend a hand. From brunch decorating to egg dyeing, your live-in assistants will hop at the chance to test-drive their DIY skills — and nothing says family fun like an afternoon of easy crafts you can prep as a team. Check out three of our blogger favorites, then shop basket-filling goodies kids will flip for, dressed-up outfits for boys and girls, and more festive musts for a picture-perfect holiday.

“A Fun New Way to Dye Easter Eggs” [c/o Handmade Charlotte]
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“Paper Plate Easter Chick” [c/o Simple As That]
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“Make Your Own Easter Crayons” [c/o Moonfrye]
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New to Gilt: Maison Jean Bourget for Kids (+ French Style Wisdom Straight from the Source)

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Around here, we admire — i.e., are borderline obsessed with — French style. That certain “je ne sais quoi” has a classic, never-trying-too-hard appeal, and the fashion-centric have long flocked to France for rich inspiration.

Enter Maison Jean Bourget, who have translated the timeless Gallic look into kid-friendly form for more than 50 years. We’re celebrating the storied family brand’s debut on Gilt with a little history lesson from company rep Pascale Adelson — along with the scoop on color trends, design inspiration, and some tips on how to dress your little Francophile.

How did the brand get its start?

In 1918, Jean Bourget’s grandfather, Emile Bourget, created a little atelier composed of three people at La Chaussaire, in the region of Maine et Loire, mainly focused on suits. Later, his son Emile gave the small company a boost and focused on military uniforms made with quality fabrics, bringing them a step ahead of the clothing industry in their time. With their expertise in strong, comfortable clothes, Bourget began specializing in children’s clothing in the early ‘50s.

Jean, the eldest of Emile’s 10 children, created the Le Bourget brand in 1959, and with growing demand, launched a children’s collection for winter sports and opened subsidiaries in Milan, New York, and Barcelona. The company was later renamed Jean Bourget, and run by Jean’s sister, Elisabeth, who launched newborn and layette with a group of freelance designers. Namesake boutiques and nearly 1,000 shops later, the extraordinary adventure of Jean Bourget continues with the same passion: innovative children’s clothing with a focus on constant quality.

What makes the designs distinctly French?

The motto is: We have to see children as children — not mini-adults. The brand has a comfortable, contemporary style with casual-chic designs that are easy to wear and laid-back, but not without elegance. Our fabrics are selected precisely to be strong and durable, and creative details like fun prints and colors and modern shapes give the line a sense of uniqueness.

How would you describe the way French children dress?

French children dress chic and casual for their everyday life. Sportswear is usually worn for sport days at school, but it could also be paired with something fun and comfy such as a vest or shirt. You wouldn’t wear sweatpants at work every day, so why should your child? They might play rough and get dirty at school, but why not put them in comfortable pants and shirts with fun character and a great fit?

What are the main components of that “French look”?

A marinière sweater, a raincoat, rubber boots, and soft pants.

What are some trends you’re seeing for next season?

The sun on the “roof gardens” of Brooklyn inspires us — a hipster-inspired range of contrasting off-white, ink, camel, and yellow curry. Also cotton satin polka dots in fuchsia and blue ink. A “smart-rebel” look.

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Paddington Producer David Heyman on Nostalgia for the Beloved Bear

 

It’s completely normal to get sentimental over the past — especially when it involves cherished childhood stories of iconic (and fuzzy) characters. Just ask David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter series and the new Paddington movie, hitting theaters January 16. The adorable live-action film follows Paddington — rendered in stunning CGI — from his home in the Peruvian jungle to countless misadventures in London with his adoptive family, the Browns, who offer him shelter from a sinister taxidermist. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Sally Hawkins headline the all-star cast, with Ben Wishaw providing Paddington’s charming voice.

Check out the video above and share in Heyman’s long-standing nostalgia for the beloved bear, then join the celebration of Paddington’s big-screen debut with our sale of props from the film, classic stuffed toys, and more — available exclusively on Gilt.

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Little Clothes, Big Impact: aden + anais & (RED)™ Link Up

origThe holiday season is the perfect time to give back to those in need, and today, it couldn’t be easier thanks to the efforts of (RED)™ and the Global Fund. Their exclusive brand partnerships and product offerings provide the funds to help in the important fight against AIDS in Africa.

Luckily, one of our favorite brands, aden + anais, has joined this life-saving initiative with exclusively designed linens in their aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection, available now on Gilt. Your layette purchases count for something extra-special: 10% of the retail price goes directly to the Global Fund to finance programs that supply treatment options to mothers and babies living with HIV.

Shop our mix of super-soft swaddles, blankets, and bibs, stamped with distinctive red prints — they’ll make the ideal big-hearted gift.

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