7 Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

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With just over a week to go before Easter on April 5, it’s time to spring into action.

Need a little inspiration for your Easter basket? We’ve got you covered. Check out our seven most affordable Easter basket ideas — plus stores and Easter sales where you can find them right now.

1. Candy

It may be the oldest Easter basket gift stuffer in the book, but for good reason. Easter baskets just aren’t complete without Easter candy, from Robin Eggs to chocolate bunnies. If you’re not careful this filler can get expensive, so be sure to shop a candy sale to guarantee you’ll be getting the most Peeps for your money.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Purchase your candy at stores such as discount retailer Target, which is offering temporary price cuts on chocolate, marshmallow and fruity Easter confections.

2. Books

You’ve satisfied their taste buds with candy, now satisfy their craving for learning with books. Children’s books are usually affordable choices for a unique and meaningful gift. Plus, with options to buy used books, you definitely won’t have to break the bank for this basket filler.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Head over to online giant Amazon, where the retailer’s bargain books section boasts up to 50% off select books. You can also browse titles by price, including books under $10, $20 or $30.

3. Stuffed animals

They’re cute, cuddly and yes, affordable. Fill your child’s Easter basket with a stuffed animal or two for a gift that’s sure to be well received.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Remember, you don’t have settle for a full-priced stuffed animal. At discount retailer Kmart, for example, you can find price cuts on a selection of Easter plush products. Consider snagging the Disney Easter Purple Dress Minnie 9 Inch for just $5.99.

4. Small toys

Just as you would fill a Christmas stocking with small toys, you can do the same for Easter baskets. Depending on the age of your recipient, options include card games, action figures, dolls and puzzles. Choose these to give recipients hours of fun while giving yourself  peace of mind after your budget-friendly purchase.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Discount superstore Walmart is inviting shoppers to “hop to it” with savings on toys for Easter. Check out the store’s selection to find price cuts on such products as Barbie dolls and play sets.

5. Art supplies

For an Easter basket filler that fosters both fun and imagination, consider including art supplies. Items such as crayons, markers, chalk, colored pencils and notepads can all be relatively inexpensive.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Try looking for these items at an arts and crafts store. Michaels, for example, is in the midst of a buy one, get one 50% off sale on over 200 Crayola items, such as watercolors and glitter glue.

6. Summer accessories

Easter may fall in spring, but it’s never too early to get prepared for summer. Give your basket’s recipient the summer essentials they’ll need, such as swimsuits, flip-flops and sunglasses. Since many stores are already rolling out sales on these and other related accessories, you’re likely to find a great deal.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Search for these basket gift ideas at a department store. For instance, if you browse the kids’ department at JCPenney, you’ll discover that select styles of swimwear for girls and boys have been discounted by 30% to 40%.

7. Ready-made baskets

Finally, eliminate the time and effort required to fill an Easter basket completely by purchasing a ready-made version. At many major stores, you can find prepackaged baskets that are already stuffed with little gifts. You won’t need to buy your own cellophane or Easter grass, so you’ll be saving money on that too.

NerdWallet takes you shopping: At Toys R Us, you can pick a pre-filled basket that will suit the taste of nearly any child. From a Disney “Frozen”-themed basket to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-inspired basket, the store has a variety of products stuffed with Easter goodies — all for $14.99 each.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.


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