Holidays are my thing. I love them. From celebrating with family and friends, to decorating, to traditions- there’s really nothing not to enjoy. And Easter is no exception!
However- like a lot of parents- I used to dread making purchases to fill my children’s Easter Baskets with junk. We’re not really a big candy family. Additionally, I always felt like the cheap plastic toys and stuffed animals that are included in most baskets were such a waste of money.
But then I came up with the idea to fill my kids’ baskets with all sorts of goodies they would need for spring/summer travel. In all honestly, it’s almost all stuff I would likely be purchasing anyway!
Here is a list of the best Easter Basket gifts for kids who love to travel (or for parents who don’t want to fill the baskets with junk!):
- Lands’ End Canvas Fold Over Easter Tote: Before we talk about what goes IN the basket, we need to discus the basket itself! Has anyone ever tried to travel with actual Easter baskets? It isn’t easy! In fact if you’re flying somewhere for Spring Break, it’s virtually impossible (trust me, I’ve tried!) The Lands’ End Easter Tote is the perfect solution. These adorable bags are completely collapsable and take up a fraction of the space as a typical basket.
- Lonely Planet Kids “My Travel Journal”: If your kids are anything like mine, you’ll know that giving kids a blank notebook to record trip memories works about as well as herding cats. Although they always have a million things to say, as soon as I ask them to write or draw their thoughts- they suddenly have nothing. I LOVE that the “My Travel Journal” prompts kids to record vacation memories on everything from the weather to their favorite food. There are also lots of blank spaces for pictures, ticket stubs, etc.
- Come Fly with Me Children’s Book: This cute book is written by flight attendant, Jennifer Majuta. In a clever, rhyming way she describes the experiences children will have when flying. This book is perfect for children who might be taking their first flight. But it’s also great for an experienced traveler. I particularly like the glossary in the back which gives a very detailed, inside look into some of the things flight attendants and pilots need to know.
- Lands’ End Bathing Suits: This has always been and will always be my go-to Easter Basket filler! What kid does’t need a new bathing suit every season? I am a HUGE fan of all the Lands’ End suit options! The styles are cute, colorful and very comfortable. Not to mention, they are extremely well-made! With a ton of suits to choose from, Lands’ End certainly has an option for everyone.
- Fitness Tracker: We are a steps obsessed family. The kids are constantly asking me how many steps I have recorded, and how many steps I think they took. We’ve been looking at getting them each a fitness tracker band for a while, but we have been paralyzed with indecision. Inexpensive bands seem to have bad reviews, but the ones with great reviews are a little steep for a kid’s accessory that they have a good chance of losing. After a TON of research we found these from Ausun. The reviews are good, the price is right, and my kiddos are going to love them!
- VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180: So honestly, this might be a toy that mom fights to use when we travel. It’s pretty stinkin’ cool! This camera comes with several accessories that makes it the perfect on-the-go, vacation camera for kids. There is an underwater case, and a mounting device that allows kids to easily position it on a boogie board, bike or scooter. We went ahead and also purchased the Child Head Strap Mount so our kids can wear them while we hike and explore! This VTech camera set is an awesome price AND it has great reviews! I absolutely can’t wait for my kids to use these on our next trip.
Here are some additional ideas of items we include in our kids Easter Baskets:
- Water Shoes- I love my kids to have versatile shoes when we travel so we do not need to pack as many! Water shoes are supportive for activities such as hiking, but also dry quickly if they’ve gotten into streams or rain. They also don’t require socks- which means, one less thing to pack! I particularly like the Chaco and KEEN brands as they do not cause blisters.
- Activity Travel Toys: When the need arises (every other year or so) my children get some toys they can use at travel destinations. For example: Beach Shovel Set, or Sidewalk Chalk. This year Miller is getting a COOP Hydro Spring Hoop so that he can play basketball at various stops along our summer travel route (it collapses really small so it’s ideal for road trip fun!)
- Toys For Travel: Easter baskets are also a great excuse to purchase something new for the car or airplane. These might include: Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow!,Thumball, Rubik’s Cube, or Playbook Activity Set.
- Sunglasses: Always necessary for vacations! I particularly like these: Unbreakable Polarized Sport Sunglasses For Kids.
- Souvenir Money: No Easter Basket is complete without a few eggs, but I really don’t like to put candy in ours. So I came up with the idea to stuff some loose change and dollar bills in the eggs. They enjoy saving their money for being able to buy a memento or two while we are on vacation.
What other things do you put in your children’s Easter Baskets?
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