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Easter With Babble: “A Mommy in the City” Talks Unforgettable Gifts

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.

Photo c/o  Lindsey Belle Photography

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!

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Easter With Babble: “CupcakeMAG” Dishes Style Tips for Little Ones

When it comes to getting your kids camera-ready this Easter, CupcakeMAG blog founder and editor Casi Densmore-Koon says it’s all about having fun with their outfits — and making sure they’re comfortable, of course. In need of some age-appropriate inspiration? If you like dressing them in trendier clothes (which Casi likes to do), she suggests mixing and matching classic prints, and adding accessories like bow-ties for boys and sparkly necklaces for girls. And if you prefer the more traditional route, she says that pastels are definitely the way to go. Considering a bonnet? See what Casi has to say about that and more, plus, shop her Easter outfit picks on Gilt today.

Gilt: What kinds of trends are you seeing in Easter clothes this year? Are traditional things like pastels still big?
Casi Densmore-Koon: Lots of color, hipster formal, and pretty patterns! For boys, it’s about dressing up the board shorts style with a button down, tie, and suspenders — topped off with a Newsboy cap. For girls, you’ll see some sequins, but mostly it’s fun prints in pretty colors and fabulous shoes. As for the accessories — a fun necklace, rosette headband or floppy hat is always a must. Pastels will still be big because they’re the hues of the Easter season; they just will be more on-trend in a floral print or fun silhouette.

Gilt: Any tips for choosing the perfect Easter dress? Is a bonnet passé, or is it the one opportunity a year to go for it?
CDK: Look for a dress your little darling will want to stay-in all day long and that they can wear again! Stray from a formal dress that will just sit in the closet. Looking for separates helps too! It doesn’t always have to be a dress. Instead, dress up a fun floral skirt with a simple tee and cardigan — all things they can wear again.

Go for it! I love a classic bonnet if it fits well with the dress. If you want to update the bonnet, go for a fun floppy hat. You know that adorable straw hat you use for the beach? Tie a coordinating ribbon around it to spruce it up and you’ve got a new bonnet for Easter.

Gilt: How can you dress your little guy to look Easter-appropriate?
CDK: My go-to uniform for my guy is a button-down plaid shirt paired with a gingham bow-tie in a coordinating color, loafers, classic striped shorts or simple pants topped off with a fedora. I love to play up the patterns!

Gilt: What’s your philosophy when it comes to kids fashion in general?
CDK: Mixing and matching is so much fun! I love pairing stripes with polka dots or dressing-up a classic piece. I love staying up on the trends — honestly, sometimes my kids have cuter clothes on than me! I love having fun with their wardrobes — no Plain Janes here!

Gilt: Any tips for getting a jeans-and-T kind of kid to want to dress up this time of year?
CDK: Make it fun! Take them shopping with you, let them have some input on the experience of dressing up.

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Easter With Babble: “The Little Things We Do” Shares DIY Decor Tips

Just because you have children doesn’t mean decorating for Easter has to look like Little Bunny Foo Foo hopped through your house — just ask Lauren Hartmann of The Little Things We Do blog, who says it’s all about pairing sophisticated items you own with a bit of festive decor, which your kids can help create. The Babble blogger and DIY pro is all about making this and other Easter projects, like decorating eggs and creating the perfect Easter basket, fun and stress-free. Which includes having things pull double-duty whenever possible, like using a cute, reusable storage bin (see her favorites in our Easter decor sale), rather than a “cheesy plastic version that will get tossed long before the next Easter rolls around.”

Gilt: What are some of your favorite unexpected ways to decorate for Easter?
Lauren Hartmann:
One thing I really like to do when decorating for any holiday is to start out by considering a color palette. For Easter that would mean fun springy colors and/or pretty pastels. I then begin decorating by grouping items I already own from around my house that fit that particular color palette. Books, vases, wall art, etc., I then curate those items into little vignettes throughout my home. It makes the rest of the more holiday-specific decor feel more cohesive.

Gilt: What’s the best way to involve your kids and let them be a part of the process?
Let them help create art! Give them paints or oil pastels that fit the color palette you’re going for and let them create! You can give them some direction if you’d like or work on a collaborative piece, and in the end you can create a great little gallery as a focal point in one of the areas of your home. I also love letting little ones help with the egg decorating process. The eggs can double as decor and snacks for later! And don’t forget to check out Pinterest for tons of fun and unique egg decorating ideas.

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?
I like to choose a non-traditional vessel as an Easter basket rather than a cheesy plastic version that will get tossed long before the next Easter rolls around. Consider choosing a basket that can double as toy storage later—I love items that can pull double duty! Some of the traditional musts in our Easter baskets would are chocolate eggs and fun bunny-centric items (think a bunny stuffed animal, bunny night light, bunny stickers, etc.). I also try to sneak in a few items that aren’t as holiday specific, but are still fun—bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and the like. Anything that can be turned into an activity!

Gilt: Any tips for someone who thinks they’re so not a DIY-er to ease in?
Don’t let Pinterest and blogs intimidate you! DIY what seems simplest and most stress-free and just buy the rest, or work with items you already have on hand. Holidays should be fun, not stressful, so keep in sweet and simple.

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Countdown ‘Till Easter!

Spring is sneaking up on us, and we couldn’t be happier. As parents, we can’t wait until the kiddos can play outside again (they’ve had a serious case of cabin fever this winter). But powering through the last few weeks of puffy-jacket weather is easier when you focus on finding the perfect egg-hunt outfit. We’re starting to fill our little chickadee’s baskets, too. Hippity-hop on over to our Easter sales — here are our top picks.

The moms at Gilt Baby & Kids

1. Brooks Brothers Argyle Zip Cardigan, $52 (from $90)

2. Halabaloo Organza Dress, $49 (from $97)

3. Oscar de la Renta Romper, $78 (from $195)

4. Gund Plush Bunny, $22 (from $36)
He walks and plays music!

5. Joyfolie Aubrey Striped Sandal, $60.50

6. Penguin Books Bunny Bundle, $20 (from $31)
Also includes Little Bunny Foo Foo

7. Clara Couture Pony Tail Elastics, $19 (from $45)

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