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    Default Easter Basket Filler Ideas

    My son, Nik, who is working on his Eagle Scout project asked if I would post a question to get feedback on his project. He will be delivering 50 filled Easter baskets to a local charity who will distribute them to their clients (families that are going through financial hard times).

    His fundraisers are finished (he exceeded his goal! ) and now will come the time to start shopping for things to put in the baskets. The director of the organization that is receiving the baskets said she would donate her surplus of stuffed animals to use. Candy is a given for the baskets. What he needs suggestions for are the toys/trinkets.

    The baskets will be for both boys and girls, ages 3-9.
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    Girls:

    lip gloss(all girls love this)
    colorful erasers and pens
    journals
    silly string
    bubbles
    putty
    play dough
    miniture scrapbooks(about a dollar)
    small craft kits
    kite(about a dollar at dollar general)
    hair bows
    stickers
    sticker album

    Boys:
    kite
    silly string
    putty
    playdough
    little cars
    bubbles
    pencils and erasers
    stickers(boyish)
    sticker album
    little army guys
    pokemon cards(or any type of trading card ie baseball)

    Thats just what I can think of off the top of my head!

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    Thanks. Those are some great ideas!
    ~ Aimee ~
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    Another thing that we always add to our baskets is a toothbrush. Is he going to be making girl/boy specific baskets?

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    You have some great suggestions!! Maybe some card games (I have seen mini cards etc)

    I would check around in the Target dollar bins and the Dollar Tree here already has a ton of easter stuff!
    Liz

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    When the girls were little they loved when they got sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and bubbles. I also would put in watercolors, crayons/markers and coloring books. What a great project for him! DD1 is getting ready to start coming up with ideas for her Bronze award for Girl Scouts, I will have to tell her about this idea....
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    I know this sounds crazy but, kids love balls! light up ones, pokey ones etc.!! They have some great stuff at oriental trading that they sell by the dozens for easter. You can find it on line I don't know how soon you need it though. The dollar store is a great idea too! How fun! I think that is a great project, your son is going to have so much fun doing this!




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    First off, let me just say that this is a wonderful heart-warming post to read this morning! What a wonderful project. I really like all the suggestions here because kids who live with poverty don't usually get those little trinkets and treats. Maybe small books to encourage literacy would be good too? Let us know what Nik decided on. I'd really like a follow up if you don't mind letting us know?
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    - bubbles

    - small books

    - hacky sacks

    - I'm putting the $1 coins in plastic eggs this year

    - McDonald's usually sells coupon books for $1 that has several coupons for french fries, ice cream cones, etc.

    - crayons, coloring books, small books to read
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    The oriental trading company is a great idea!! You can get lots of trinkety items for very little money.

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    Gotta love Oriental Trading Company!!! If you plan everything right, you get free shipping with orders over $60:-)

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    Snap on Reflectors for bicycle spokes and to put on the back of their bike seats.

    Yo Yos

    Bead kits (girls)

    Pot holder making loops and the plastic loom that goes with it.
    These are pretty cheap and most kids like making them.

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    Thank you all so much for your great ideas! He has his basket assembly set for March 8th, so we need to gather everything up before then. I think today we are going to go out and see what we can get locally. Then, we will make an order at Centurynovelty(.com) and/or Oriental Trading. The only thing we discovered with OT was that they usually sell items by the dozen (or unit) and he needs 50 of each item - not 48.
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    What about small bibles? Your church may even donate them. It certainatly would make perfect sense in an Easter basket.
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    I'll be checking out the Dollarama after training today.
    Judy
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