Easter is almost here! If you're anything like me, I'm sure you are pulling out dresses and seersucker for church, and of course thinking of ways to have a hippity hoppity good time with your little ones and family. On a recent visit to Target, which is one of my favorite stores, I was able to score some Easter goodies for my little ones and their friends. The items were each under $10, and are perfect not only for Easter basket fillers, but also for gifts for classmates, Easter egg hunts and party favors. Check out a few of my finds and Easter shopping tips to get your DIY juices flowing:

1) Try shopping with a theme in mind: While there are great ready-made Easter baskets out there, I tend to enjoy creating my own Easter baskets/gifts. This allows me to select items specifically tailored to the recipient's interests. If your child likes a certain TV character, consider creating a themed basket around that character. Many stores carry a wide array of Easter items and toys from popular children's shows such as Spiderman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that would be great basket fillers (i.e. egg candy containers, egg decorating kits, etc.).

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2) Put the babies on your gift list: Now that I'm a proud mom of two, I get to spoil both of my babies this Easter! To my surprise, I was able to find great basket fillers for my newborn, such as bunny rattles, bath books and cute Easter apparel.

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3) Take advantage of the variety of Easter goodies: When giving gifts to classmates or favors at Easter parties, there are great options other than just the traditional chocolate bunny (although they are delicious). For instance, my son loves goldfish, and I was so happy to find these Easter/Spring themed snack packs, along with bunny coloring books, Peeps (they were only a $1), fillable Easter eggs and more.

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4) Grab an item or two that helps explain the meaning of Easter: I was so happy to find this Easter VeggieTales DVD that explains why millions of Christians around the world celebrate Easter past, present and future. Cartoons really catch my son's attention, so this clever film is sure to help him understand the meaning of Easter. There are also other great items, such as books, coloring sheets and toys, that you can find in stores or also online at places like Oriental Trading.

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I hope you find these tips helpful, as you plan to celebrate Easter with your little ones this coming weekend. Feel free to share any great Easter ideas you may have in the discussion section below.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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