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10 creative ideas for Easter baskets

Family | Holidays
By Gatherings Gal April 17, 2014

Easter if just a few days away! Think beyond the chocolate bunnies, and get creative with your Easter baskets this year. We’ve put together a list of 10 creative basket ideas that go way beyond chocolate Easter eggs.

  1. Activity basket – sidewalk chalk, silly putty, Play-Doh, bubbles, coloring book and crayons.
  2. Game basket – simple games like a ball and jacks, Rubik’s cube, crossword puzzle.
  3. Toddler basket – Easter pacifiers, sippy cups, plush bunny, cars, board books.
  4. Healthy living basket – granola bars, jump rope, heart rate monitor, reusable water bottle.
  5. Spring basket – garden seeds, butterfly net, flower pot, mini shovel, gardening gloves.
  6. Little baker basket – colorful measuring spoons, cake mix and cupcake liners, sprinkles.
  7. Silver screen basket – movie tickets, popcorn, candy, DVDs.
  8. Artistic basket – watercolor set, calligraphy pen set, journal, bead bracelet kit.
  9. Spa basket – facial masks, body scrubs, loofah, lotion.
  10. Foodie basket – restaurant gift cards, recipes, spices, olive oil, kitchen hand towels.

Sound off: What was the best item you ever received in an Easter basket?

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Thanks for giving ... add some charity to your festivity

Family | Holidays | Party Planning
By Gatherings Gal November 26, 2013

As you and yours gather to give thanks and enjoy the fruits of your labors in 2013, consider carving out some time to add a little charity to your festivity.

Simple projects to help others can help your family make an impact and make memories. You may even start a new family tradition!

Consider these simple ideas:

- Organize a mini clothing drive by asking guests to bring along gently used winter coats, hats and gloves for donation to a local shelter.

- Round up the family for an after-the-big-meal walk that includes picking up litter in a local park or along your street.

-  Provide guests inexpensive greeting cards and take a few moments to write notes of thanks and holiday greetings to those at an area veterans' hospital or to active servicemen and women. Find tips for sending cards to troops here.

Click here for more ideas for adding some giving to your gathering.

Sound off:  What is your family's favorite Thanksgiving tradition?




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