It's almost Easter, and I've just finished putting together the boys' "baskets." Some year's I'll do the typical basket where they receive an actual willow basket full of goodies,
and some year's I'll fill up a wagon,
or a dump truck. That way the "basket" is part of the gift.
We've all seen the commercial baskets that are full of random plastic toys destined to be quickly broken, and discarded.
That's not how I want my boys to celebrate Easter or any other gift giving occasion. Back before Christmas, I came across an article about making Christmas more meaningful by giving just 4 gifts. One Want, one Need, something to Wear, and something to Read.
I love that concept. My baskets this year have 2 from each of those categories + some candy. SB still believes in the Easter Bunny, and until he stops believing, we won't be discussing giving limits. And you can't very well have 2 from each category in the one basket and not in the other, so WD will be receiving 2 from each category, too. Here's WD's "basket" for this year.
Needs: New lacrosse bag & Tool Kit.
Wants: One movie & one XBox game
Wear: Yankees jersey & Ball cap
Read: The Book of Moe & Whatev's
And here's SB's "basket." I couldn't open it up without having everything spill out, but his 4 categories read a lot like WD's, only with books more suited for a 7 yr old. The carry-on bag will be SB's first formal piece of luggage as he's always traveled with just a backpack.
And here's the labels I use. I use my photo-editing software to add names to the tags, print them out, punch holes in the corner, and add a length of ribbon. You can print out your own by right clicking on the tags, and saving it.