Easter gifts ummm? It seems to come so soon after Christmas that just the thought of spending more money on gifts brings me out in a cold sweat.
Luckily during my years of living a more frugal lifestyle I have discovered ways of giving Easter gifts that cost me only time and a little effort rather than wads of cash.
Easter can be an over looked celebration but I think that it serves a double purpose and should be celebrated with gusto. After all not only does it remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us all but it also celebrates the coming of new life with all the new plants and baby animals.
So don't just think that by buying someone a chocolate egg surrounded in copious amounts of useless plastic and paper is good enough.
Spring is in the air so why not bring some of it inside to add to the frugal Easter celebrations.
Unfortunately flowers are expensive to buy and unless you have a garden planted with spring daffodils or crocuses, real flowers are not really an option. However splashes of colour can be added to the home with homemade abstract flowers.
Easter Egg Candles
Candles are always lovely to have around the home at any time of year so why not make your own with an frugal Easter feel.
Rather than just giving the kids large chocolate eggs, give them an original Easter basket full of things to do and eat during the Easter holidays.
Any box can be decorated with cutout flower pictures and old saved bits of ribbon etc. Some Easter gifts ideas to fill your Easter basket are:
When I was a child one of my fondest memories was hunting around the garden at Easter looking for hidden mini sweets and chocolate eggs, with my little beach bucket.
This is so easy to do and hardly costs a thing, definately a frugal fun idea to remember every Easter.. To make it a little more challenging you could actually bury the sweets and draw out a treasure map for your kids to try and follow.
If you don't want to give your kids more sweets, you could make some coloured eggs yourself. Children still love the fun of the hunt to see how many they can find; they could be rewarded with a treat at the end.
To colour your own eggs
Easter gifts are best enjoyed when the whole family are involved and makes the whole celebration frugal and more fun. As you can see keeping it simple means keeping the costs down both financially and environmentally.
P.S. don't forget to use your hard-boiled eggs afterwards as sandwich fillings or as part of a salad. What could be nicer on an early spring evening?
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