I’ve never been one to make a basket of goodies for special occasions (Christmas, Valentines day, Halloween, etc) but somehow I ended up putting one together for Easter for the girls and I’m not hating it! It’s quite easy to go OTT with these sort of things (and I may be dancing on the line with mine, truth be told) but I thought that I would share what’s in the girls Easter baskets this year, just in case you’re putting one together too. I will link everything that I can, we do love a little bit of online shopping!
Last Easter we were all in hard lockdown and pretty much confined to our homes and so I’m really excited for a little family affair this year. Nothing massive at all, but it’s always lovely to be able to spend these special celebrations with a little bit of extended family I think.
The way Easter works in our home is fairly similar to Christmas; the girls leave a carrot and some milk or water out for the Easter bunny the night before, and in return, the he leaves little gifts for them that they discover the next morning. After all the excitement has died down, we head over to my folks home where the girls do an Easter egg hunt and then we all enjoy a wonderful lunch together. We don’t really buy the girls a lot of actual Easter eggs (the adults are a different story of course), maybe 4 or 5 smallish ones, and those are the ones that get hidden… and then get stashed in the cupboard to get rationed out over the next few weeks.
But back to the Easter baskets that got put together accidentally-on-purpose, here’s what the girls will find in them:
- *A Baskiti Easter bag: These are so gorgeous, and of course so special as the are personlised. They are made from a linen/cotton blend, have the most gorgeous pom pom bunny tail on them and are perfect for Easter egg hunts year after year. I still can’t get over the incredibly reasonable price point of these bags, especially because they are handmade locally, an absolute win! Very important to note that the last day to order yours for it to arrive in time for Easter is this Thursday 18 March so get on this ASAP! Also, for today only (17 March), you can get 10% off your entire cart by using the code FLASHSALE at checkout. Go, go, go!
- *My Harlow Bow Easter bow: Oh you know how we love a good hair accessory! I’ve spoken about My Harlow Bow quite a bit over the last month or so, we’ve really fallen in love with this local mom-run brand. The Easter bows on offer from My Harlow Bow are so pretty; long tails but still so comfortable to wear and available in 4 different colours. The little Easter bunny and personalised name can be done in silver or gold and really is such a sweet touch. These would also make such lovely Easter gifts if you are looking for something that isn’t chocolate. You can use SARAH10 at checkout to receive a discount on your order.
- *Biscuits from Harck and Heart: It really isn’t Easter without some yummy treats, let’s be honest. The biscuits from Harck and Hearts Easter range are perfect to add to you Easter morning (and go really well with a cup of tea or coffee if you want to get yourself some too!) and there are so many different ones to choose from. The mini bunnies are so cute to add to your Easter table decor as place settings and the DIY kits are perfect for kids Easter boxes and is what I’ve popped in for the girls. Another lovely local company to support and great news, some of their Easter products are currently on sale!
- Felt bunnies from The Little Banner Company: We loved our Covid gingerbread men from The Little Banner Company last year and so when Claire launched pre orders for these sweet Easter bunnies, I immediately ordered one for each of the girls. I asked her to customise mine a little so they have little bow ties instead of masks and I just love them! If you want one, order quickly as there is a lead time, each and everyone is handmade by Claire herself.
- The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith: As much as we love the chocolate and other fun traditions that come with Easter, it’s important to us that our girls understand the meaning behind it. I picked up this story on just that from Estoril Books when I spotted it, it has really beautiful illustrations and the Easter story (told through the eyes of the donkey that carried Jesus to Jerusalem) is simply and really well written, I think that Aria will really enjoy it.
- Duck’s Easter Egg Hunt by Dawn Richards and Heidi D’hamers: Another little purchase from Estoril Books that I just couldn’t resist. Maia isn’t really old enough to understand the Easter Story and so I thought this one would be great for her. Duck loses her Easter egg and so Hoppy, Poppy and Floppy and the rest of Duck’s friends all go on the most important Easter egg hunt to help. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find somewhere online that stocks this book.
- Liv Bespoke Easter Board: I couldn’t chat about Easter morning without mentioning our Easter board from Liv Bespoke Kids. We ordered ours last year (it’s personalised!) and have just loved it, especially on the reverse side is a Christmas board – what a win! While you pick one of these up, have a look at their “Please stop here” signs which are just gorgeous and also have Christmas on the reverse side.
- Blink Portraits Easter photos: Okay, so this technically isn’t part of their Easter box but if you live in JHB/PTA and need an excuse for a quick, easy and affordable family photoshoot, this is definitely for you! We’ve had photos done with Blink twice and both times it was such a pleasure. They’re doing their annual Easter shoot on 27 March, I cannot rave about them enough, definitely book a spot if you can!
I’ll definitely share all these bits and bobs over on my Instagram stories at some point as well but I know a blog post is always so useful as it can function as a list… and we know how much I love a good list!
Are you putting together a little Easter basket for your kids? If you are, let me know in the comments what you’re popping into it, it will be some lovely extra inspo.
Items marked with a * were gifted