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Easter Baskets on a Budget

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Easter is one of those holidays where I have been known to go all out. In the past, I’ve spent way too much money creating the perfect Easter baskets for each of my kids. I would find one thing that they really loved that year (ex: Unicorns, slime, mermaids, etc.) and build a full Easter basket around that theme. While my daughters LOVED every single item, I realized that just days after Easter, they lost interest in just about everything I put in the basket. It’s time to stop wasting money and start shopping smarter! Are you with me? This year, I gave myself a $20 budget for each Easter basket and was able to find some great options at both Dollar Tree and the Target dollar spot!

Here are my Easter baskets on a budget.

Inexpensive Easter basket ideas for Easter baskets on a budget
Cheap Easter basket stuffings

Cheap Easter basket ideas on a dollar store budget

Target Dollar Spot Easter Basket Ideas

Target dollar spot is the first place we always visit when we go to Target. You can find just about anything there and with prices from $1 – $5, it’s easy to fill up the cart before you even get into the actual aisles to buy what you were there for in the first place.  Our local Target has already started filling up their dollar spot section with lots of Easter goodies. And if you are looking for even more, try to pry yourself away from the dollar spot and you’ll find lots of treasures throughout the store. Make sure to check out the clearance in each department. It’s an overlooked section that can have some great things at an even better price.

Here are some of the things I chose:

  • Glitter Egg Shaped Bouncy Balls – $3
  • Easter Adhesive Bandages (if you have a young child, you understand why these are a must) – $1
  • Decorating Kit (includes 12 eggs and 5 markers) – $3
  • Water Fizzer Bunny (drop in water and a surprise is revealed) – $1
  • Easter Pencils – $1
  • Light Up Bounce Baton – $1
  • Bunny Hat – $5
  • Paint Your Own Wood Ornament – $1
  • Various Candy – $1

I was able to fill up a basket with 10 items for only $17.10 (don’t forget all of the ways to save money at Target). They had so many more options (and even more this week when we went back), including a variety of basket options from $3.

You don't have to spend a fortune on Easter baskets, especially with places Target. Here are my Easter Baskets on a Budget ideas.

Cheap Easter basket stuffers you can find in the Target dollar spot and The Dollar Store

Easter pencils, band-aids, chocolate bunnies and egg shaped chalk are just a few cheap Easter basket stuffers

Easter glasses and Easter pencils from the Dollar Store and Target

Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas

Who doesn’t love Dollar Tree? Everything is $1. We can do some serious damage in that store!  Our local Dollar Tree has filled the front of their store with Easter goodies, including an entire aisle dedicated to Easter candy alone.  The best part about Dollar Tree, is that you can often find additional Easter Basket fillers throughout their aisles, so the possibilities are endless.

Here are some of the things I chose:

  • Coloring Book
  • Crayons
  • Various Easter Games
  • Egg Decorating Stickers
  • Egg-Shaped Sidewalk Chalk
  • Glitter Bunny Glasses
  • Bunny Ear Headband
  • Pencils
  • 5 Various Candies

I was able to fill up our basket with 14 items for only $14. I also purchased the reusable totes for $1 each. They came in a variety of colors.

You don't have to spend a fortune on Easter baskets, especially with places Dollar Tree. Here are my Easter Baskets on a Budget ideas.

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Are You Curious Which Basket My Kids Preferred?

Falynn, age 6: Falynn preferred the Dollar Tree basket, specifically the candy (of course), the egg decorating stickers and the pinball game. Though she did make it a point to snatch the bandages from the Target basket.

Iyla, age 9: Iyla preferred the Target basket, specifically ALL of the arts and crafts items and the glitter bouncing balls.

Lucia, age 13: Lucia preferred the accessories and candy from both baskets. Luckily, Dollar Tree has a wide variety of makeup and nail polish (that’s what she really wants).

What types of things do you put in your Easter baskets? Are you a no-candy parent or a lots of candy parent, when it comes to Easter basket goodies?

You don't have to spend a fortune on Easter baskets, especially with places Target. Here are my Easter Baskets on a Budget ideas.

 

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  • huda
    April 2, 2019

    love fun and inexpensive items and these baskets are so cute! thanks for the ideas 🙂

  • Jessica May
    April 2, 2019

    Easter is always so much fun! This has really inspired me to get my baskets out!

  • Irina
    April 1, 2019

    I love your easter baskets. They are brilliant. Target is seriously the best.

  • emman damian
    April 1, 2019

    These are cool and amazing easter tips. I haven’t decide on what to give yet in the next few weeks.

  • Kiwi
    March 31, 2019

    Those are adorable Easter Basket. I like these fun DIY budget friendly baskets!

  • Indu
    March 31, 2019

    These baskets are so tempting. Filled with goodies and that too on a budget makes all more attractive.

  • Amanda M
    March 31, 2019

    Easter baskets are so fun! Can’t wait to make them for my future kids one day

  • Kalyan Panja
    March 31, 2019

    These Easter baskets looks fabulous. Nice reading how it has spread smile and cheer in you.

  • Megha
    March 31, 2019

    These are some really cool and fun ideas. Totally loved all the colorful items you got.

  • Lisa
    March 31, 2019

    These are such a great idea, because it shows you don’t have to spend so much money to provide some fun treats for the kids, and at Easter too.

  • Alexandra Cook
    March 31, 2019

    Such a cute and a fun idea. My kids would be so happy to make this Easter basket. And I like the fact that it was inexpensive.

  • Glaemour
    March 31, 2019

    Oh wow, We are really excited for Easter especially my kids. They would be so hay to have this Easter basket idea.

  • Nicole Hood
    March 31, 2019

    These are some great ideas! My kids love fun little things like bouncy balls and bandaids!

  • Justine
    March 30, 2019

    I agree, keep it simple! It looks like you got some great baskets together!

  • Jacque Hooper
    March 30, 2019

    These are some great ideas! I think this year, I may throw in some clothes instead of all toys and candy; the kids need some new jammies!

  • Sara Welch
    March 30, 2019

    I never thought of the Dollar Store for having some good treats and toys, but you are so right! I’ll have to check them out this year!

  • Brianna Watson
    March 30, 2019

    oh my gosh, this is so cute!!! It reminds me how much I love custom Easter baskets! I used to ask my mom to make these all the time lol

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    March 30, 2019

    Wow! Those are really awesome Easter Baskets! I have to make two for my kids.

  • Mercy
    March 30, 2019

    beautiful easter baskets, I usually don’t worry to much about easter goodies, i think it should be more the spiritual stuff.

  • Claire Lee
    March 30, 2019

    Aw what a fun idea! I actually enjoy putting things together making a gift basket for other people as well! Hope you enjoy your Easter 🙂

  • kumamonjeng
    March 30, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea. I like how affordable this is and the basket look so colorful and interesting.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    March 30, 2019

    These look like some really lovely Easter baskets – and even better that you’ve managed to do them on a budget. I’m sure your kids will truly appreciate them.

  • Raluca
    March 30, 2019

    So many great ideas, thanks for the tips! And those rabbit glittery glasses, my oh my, I know someone who would definitely love them! 😉

  • Lyosha
    March 30, 2019

    Great tips! i would so use it if I celebrated Easter. Very nice options to save without ruining the fun

  • rika
    March 30, 2019

    Those are awesome Easter baskets! Love everything inside, colorful and must be fun for kids!

  • wander women abroad
    March 29, 2019

    what a great Easter idea! I’m going to do this with little ones

  • Pam
    March 29, 2019

    I love you did this! I have been planning on doing the same for my daughter and my nieces. I don’t have a dollar tree around here, but there are other stores with the same concept. I have to check them out.

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    March 29, 2019

    I have always made it a point to not spend a ton on Easter baskets. This is a great way to make a little go a long way and not even look like that way!

  • Helen Little
    March 29, 2019

    Eeeee my son would love these! He’s almost 3 and loves surprise eggs! Will take note.

  • Tanya Geno
    March 29, 2019

    I love this idea!! I just went to our dollar store and found many products for a basket as well!! Thank you these are great tips!

  • Tamara
    March 29, 2019

    What cute baskets and I love Targets dollar spot area. I just go to Target to check that area out, Especially around the holidays. Really cute baskets.

  • Beth Pierce
    March 29, 2019

    These are great ideas for Easter baskets! We love the dollar spot at Target too; they have great things for kids, and some nice decorations for your home from time to time too!

  • Holly
    March 29, 2019

    Oh what awesome Easter baskets! I love these ideas…I must start shopping!

  • Subhashish Roy
    March 29, 2019

    When it comes to gifts for any occasion, it’s the numbers. I love you picks. Many for so less. Great ideas.

  • Catalina
    March 29, 2019

    I have a lot of fun making Easter baskets. I will use some of your great tips!

  • Kimberly K Croisant
    March 29, 2019

    I have got to put together an Easter Basket for my son and you’ve got great options here – thanks!!!

  • Ruth I
    March 29, 2019

    This is the kind of Easter basket my niece would love. Much better than all the chocolate and candies.

  • Ashley
    March 29, 2019

    Thank you! i’m over the people making Easter Christmas 2.0. Give me budget friendly and useful!

  • Bill Sweeney
    March 29, 2019

    These are excellent ideas! It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your kids something special for Easter.

  • Snehal
    March 29, 2019

    You found some great ideas for Easter under $20. I liked all the stuff you got. ?

  • Lisa Favre
    March 29, 2019

    Those glitter-shaped bouncy balls are everything! Oh, how those are tons of fun! I love the idea of your baskets because they stick to a budget but are so original.

  • Sara | mshealthesteem.com
    March 29, 2019

    I adore Easter! Thank you for sharing your fun basket ideas. These would really make for awesome baskets! ♡

  • Marina
    March 29, 2019

    I’m not ready for Easter yet, but I love a colourful one x

  • Gervin Khan
    March 29, 2019

    My kids always want to receive an easter basket and you give me a nice idea and stuffs to buy to fill on their easter basket.

  • Porsha Carr
    March 29, 2019

    Heather you did a amazing job on the baskets! They look so fun!

  • artchee
    March 29, 2019

    Unfortunately, for quite some time, we’ve stopped celebrating Easter by having Easter baskets. We still have get togethers with family and friends though.

  • Ricci
    March 29, 2019

    My nieces and nephews go NUTS over stuff from the dollar section at Target and Walmart! I love that they can still enjoy cheapo gifts!!

  • Terri Steffes
    March 28, 2019

    That’s what they call a haul! LOL, her pretty face looks so pleased and happy! Love it!

  • Destany
    March 28, 2019

    My son is 14, and he no longer thinks Easter baskets are cool 🙁 We used to love putting together fun and unique baskets like this one! These are some great ideas.

  • Gisele
    March 28, 2019

    This is a great idea! Easter baskets should be inexpensive. Easter isn’t really about the candy anyway.

  • Ronnie
    March 28, 2019

    That is a crazy amount of goodies for only $20! Way to budget and still make a super fun day out of it. 🙂

  • Sarah Bailey
    March 28, 2019

    What some lovely ideas, you definitely don’t have to spend a fortune to make some really great baskets up these days and I love the things you have put into these.

  • Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    March 28, 2019

    The last few years I’ve totally forgotten to do Easter baskets… whoops! I like giving coloring books, chalk, stickers and games—or even PJs—instead of a bunch of chocolate.

  • Amber Myers
    March 28, 2019

    What awesome ideas! I love these baskets. My kids are older so they tend to get chocolate and cash now.

  • Jeanette
    March 28, 2019

    Cost an arm and a leg nowadays to do Easter baskets. I really like how you have this on a budget and I know the kids would still like everything.

  • Tracy Scotto Rinaldi
    March 28, 2019

    Great ideas! I do the same thing! You get so much more for your money. I love the faux egg decorating kit, I’ll have to get a couple of those! And your daughter looks precious in those bunny glasses!

  • Candy
    March 28, 2019

    We always did simple Easter baskets when our kids were growing up. Doesn’t have to cost a fortune. All about the real reason for the season after all.

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