Post # 1
We were having a discussion at work about Easter baskets. What were in yours as a child? What do you put in your child’s?
I personally think they have gotten WAYYYY out of hand. A friend on Facebook posted a picture of her 8 month old’s Easter basket. It covered the entire couch. It looked like Santa had come.
When I was little you got candy and maybe some new toy (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.) or a book. Nowadays it seems like it’s just another Christmas.
Post # 2
Oh I totally agree with you!!! All of my friends posted their kids Easter baskets and we’re talking Christmas-style gifts. A basket full of stuff, and then bigger stuff (like bikes!!!) placed all around it. Insane.
When I was a kid our baskets were hidden and we had to hunt for them. Inside was always candy, chocolate rabbit, and then a couple of small “gifts”. Normally it was like new flip-flops, a movie, and a new shirt….or something similar.
Post # 3
Gerber: ugh. I feel the same way–it’s way out of hand!! We usually got a toy, maybe a new swimsuit or a spring outfit (like some Gerranimals inexpensive thing), and eggs with candy in them. One of my friends posted a picture of her kid’s “basket” which included a BIKE. A BIKE! I mean really?
People need to, excuse my French, calm the fuck down with spoiling their kids. Christmas is out of hand already but at least you can justify it by saying it’s a gift giving holiday. Okay fine. But Easter? Next thing you know people will be buying their kids ‘America gifts’ for the 4th.
-End rant.- lol
Post # 4
Candy. Just candy. And I was happy with that. Now, the 10 year old I watch told me the meaning of Easter was, “spending time with family, and presents” and she was hoping for an American Girl doll as a gift. I highly doubt she got it, but still, that wouldn’t have occurred to me as even a possibility 15 years ago when I was 10.
ETA: I don’t have kids yet, but Easter will not be Christmas Part II in my house
Post # 5
We always got socks, and candy. My parents would put jelly beans around the house as though the Easter bunny had left them there. But always socks.
Post # 6
We used the same basket every year of my childhood and it contained only candy. No gifts on the side.
Post # 7
My son is 2.5 he got a sand bucket with sidewalk chalk and pj’s and 2 t shirts that are Mickey Mouse and a small back pack that is Mickey Mouse.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I’m not a fan of pre-made baskets. My mom always made up my basket on her own. I always got Peeps, Cadbury eggs, chocolate eggs (usually Russell Stovers), and some plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Then there was usually some time of plush animal or toy. That was typically it. I plan to do the same for our kid.
Post # 9
When we were little it consisted of canndy and small toys, like stickers, pencils, big shaped erasers. As we got older it would contain more non candy items, tapes/cds, make up, cheap jewelry but was never more than a basket. It was similar to christmas stocking size stuff but nothing crazy. <br /><br />I havent seen any easter baskets get too out of hand these days, most everyone I know keeps it to basket size and maybe one or two items that cant fit in the basket but thats about the most I have seen.
Post # 10
It was mainly chocolate when I was a kid, but lots of it and good quality. Purdy’s, Laura Secord, Bernard Callebaut. Sometimes some non-edible stuff, sometimes not. It just depended on what we needed.
I can understand the bike as seasonally it makes sense. Giving a kid a bike at Christmas here would mean it would sit unused for quite some time.
When I see pics on FB, my parents spent more on our chocolate than what I see.
Post # 11
I always got candy and MAYBE a beanie baby or another small toy if my mom felt like it. I agree it is way out of hand now! Though I did not complain this weekend when FI’s mom made us an Easter basket with some restaurant gift cards in it!
Post # 12
we got candy and maybe 1 small toy like a stuffed animal, and maybe some easter socks! I am not expecting but I do not plan to buy loads of toys for my future children for easter…that’s just ridiculous!
Post # 13
i got two baskets. one from my parents, which usually had candy and some kind of toy/activity for using outside (sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc). i think my mom did coloring books too. my other basket came from my grandparents, and it usually had candy, a couple small toys, and pajamas. in addition, my grandmother always bought me an outfit to wear to church on easter and a new pair of shoes (usually spring dress shoes, especially when i was little). my brother got the same, but he got sneakers instead of dress shoes.
now that my brother and i are grown, my parents don’t do baskets anymore. we each get a small gift bag filled with candy and a card, and usually something clothing wise that we need. like, she bought my dad a new dress shirt, cause he needed one for work. and she bought my brother a pair of shorts. this year, she didn’t give me clothes because i didn’t need anything (trust me, my closet is overflowing).
Post # 14
When I was little we always had a easter egg hunt, and I always got a visit from the “bunny”, either a bunny in costume, or a fun bunny tracks through the house [made with flour in paw shapes!] that lead to the easter baskets.
Our easter baskets normally had a medium sized toy [barbie, tonka, or similiar], LOTS of candy, and a few smaller toys.
I DO think that easter baskets are getting out of hand, but it’s mainly just the ones that parents make at home. If you purchase one at a store, there is hardly any candy [which is crazy to me! I was looking at a few for my niece and they had 3 pieces of candy!], and a few cheapie toys.
I also got a new fancy dress to wear to easter dinner.
Post # 15
Since when does the easter bunny bring gifts? When I was a kid MAYBE I’d get a stuffed bunny, but the rest was chocolate. A chocolate bunny and then the scavenger hunt. That was it and it was pretty darn exciting.