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  1. I’m glad you included a few ideas for even smaller budgets (I never would’ve thought of the magnet alphabet idea!). With 4 children, it’s hard to fit a $10-$15 dollar item for each kid into the budget (especially when we’re still recovering from Christmas!).

    Keep in mind, though, that Easter is a holiday that we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. It’s not about bunnies and egg filled baskets. If you teach your children the true meanings behind the holidays we celebrate, they will love whatever gifts you choose for them, big or small. I think it’s important to make sure you include something in your baskets to go along with the reason behind the holiday. Last year I put a 3×5 framed picture of the Savior in with the other stuff in my kids’ baskets and they each keep that picture by their beds.

    Other smaller budget ideas…. print out coloring pages and make a book for your kids. This year I’m going to print out some coloring pages with pictures of Jesus on them to make small coloring books for my kids. Get an inexpensive picture album (you can find them at any dollar store) and fill it with pictures of your family, or make it kid specific and give one to each kid).

    My 4 kids are ages 18 months up to 8 years old, and they just love the fact that there is something inside the plastic eggs. I’ll put stickers, crayons, dollar jewelry, homemade coupons (for mommy-daughter or daddy-daughter dates, or for a trip to the treasure box, etc…)…. in their eggs and they LOVE that! I also put edible non-candy things like goldfish, yogurt raisins, fruit snacks, banana chips, cheerios, and stuff like that in their eggs. AND yes, keeping with the traditions that I grew up with, they each get a small chocolate bunny and a couple of eggs with actual candy in them.

    I do love the “themed” basket ideas. I have a cowgirl, a chef, a princess, and a holy terror (is that a theme?) in my family. You’ve given me a few good and inexpensive ideas I can use this year!

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