Is there anything better than seeing your little chicks light up at the sight of their Easter baskets? The trick is filling them with a combination of traditional treats and right-this-minute surprises — and we’ve made that step easy as pie, courtesy of Lauren Jimeson of A Mommy in the City blog. Jimeson, who has three kids and a serious knowledge of what they love, shares her tips on just how to fill their baskets with both meaningful and whimsical gifts. Get inspired, then shop her favorite toy picks today on Gilt.
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Gilt: What are some great unexpected Easter gift ideas for kids?
Lauren Jimenson: I love giving my kids gifts that I know will last them throughout the years. We love reading books, so I always make sure to include a classic children’s book that they can keep with them and maybe even pass down to their children.
Gilt: What are some of your favorite toys — both a splurge and a steal?
LJ: I love Jess Brown Dolls and BlaBla Dolls (splurge). My girls are currently into their play kitchen by Kidcraft. I’ve been buying them wooden kitchen appliances from Pottery Barn to add to their collection and increase the play time. My girls also really love figurines of their favorite Disney characters. They are inexpensive sets that create hours of imaginative play!
Gilt: How can you create the best Easter basket? Any traditional elements that absolutely must be in there? Any novel ones that are a fun addition?
LJ: As soon as my kids were born I bought them an Easter basket that has a liner with their name on it. We use it for them year after year. I remember growing up that my parents did the same for me, so it’s fun to carry on that tradition. I always make sure to include something with a bunny on it. Whether it’s a book, a stuffed animal, or a toy, it must incorporate the bunny theme. I also like to include something that shows the true meaning of Easter just so they know that it’s not all about the Easter bunny. Usually it’s a book that tells the story of Easter that we can read together as a family.
Gilt: Live chicks as gifts: Yay or nay?
LJ: No way!
Gilt: What’s the most memorable Easter you’ve ever had with your own kids?
LJ: The first Easter I had with both of my girls was very memorable. My youngest daughter was only weeks old at the time, but it was so special to see everyone come together and spend it low-key as a family. This year will be even more special now that my son is here and it will be our first Easter as a family of five!