30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Easter baskets and all the goodies you can fill them up with. Nothing is quite as exciting as watching children open their Easter baskets, but, what if you are on a limited budget this year? The good news is you can still fill those Easter baskets to the brim without going overboard on your budget. Look at 30 fun and frugal Easter basket filler ideas so you can fill those Easter baskets without breaking the bank! You will find lots of ideas perfect for making your Easter baskets sweet and special.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas
You will find that most of these items can be found at your local dollar store. In fact, some of these items actually cost less than a dollar. Choose a few items of interest and see how easy it can be to build a basket for $10 or less.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas:

1. Chapstick or lip gloss.
Chapstick is perfect for both boys and girls. Little ones will love their own lip gloss.

2. Sunglasses or sun visors
Now that spring is here, visors or sunglasses will no doubt get some use.

3. Candy, gum, sweets
You can’t have an Easter basket without some candy and edible treats, right?

4. Fruit snacks, nuts, dried fruit
For a healthier option, try fruit snacks, nuts, or even dried fruit for a snack.

5. Playing cards or trading cards
Kids love trading cards and playing cards, both of which can be found at your local dollar store.

6. Toothbrush, kid’s toothpaste
Kids love getting new toothbrushes. Pair them with kid friendly toothpaste.

7. Bubble bath or kid’s shower gel
This will no doubt encourage some bath time fun.

8. Hair ribbons, hair ties, headbands, hair accessories, hair gel
Girls will love having a fresh selection of hair accessories. Choose from a wide variety at your local dollar store.

9. Kid’s gardening supplies like seeds, small pots and gloves
With spring’s arrival this will allow kids to get out and get active in the yard and garden.

10. Colorful socks
Find some fun spring or Easter themed socks to toss into the Easter baskets.

11. Miniature figurines
Dollar stores have all sorts of little character figurines which many kids love collecting.

12. Kid themed drinking cups
Find kid themed plates, cups, and dishes. Kids enjoy having their own dishes to snack on!

13. Snack sized snack foods like pretzels, chips
These are perfect for after school snacks and kids will love having their own supply.

14. Nail polish, nail files, nail art
This idea is perfect for the little fashionista.

15. Kid themed placemat
Dress up your dinner table with some kid’s themed placemats, also found at most dollar stores.

16. Easter Bunny ears
Grab some bunny ear headbands at your local dollar store for the perfect Easter treat.

17. Kid themed shower sponges/washcloths
Make bath time fun with kid themed sponges and washcloths also found at your local dollar store.

18. Puzzles
Puzzles are perfect for keeping kids busy on a rainy spring day.

19. Children’s books
Find some fun children’s books perfect for cuddling up with each night.

20. Coloring books and activity books
Keep kids busy with an assortment of coloring and activity books and crayons.

21. Crayons, markers, colored pencils
Let the little artist out of your child with an assortment of crayons and other coloring supplies.

22. Stickers, sticker pads, sticker books
Kids never get tired of stickers. Give them a fun spring selection to get creative with.

23. Journals, notebooks, scratch pads
These are perfect for kids to sketch their thoughts and doodles on.

24. Keychains
Kids love attaching these to backpacks!

25. Playdough, cookie cutters, dough roller
Encourage fine motor skills with an assortment of dough and accessories.

26. Craft kits, mini painting kits, craft paint, paint brushes
For the budding artist, craft supplies are always fun.

27. Jewelry making supplies like twine, beads
Let kids get creative with their own jewelry making supplies.

28. Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk is perfect for staying busy on a spring day!

29. Beach toys, beach buckets, sand castle tools
Summer is just around the corner and kids will no doubt love having beach toys on hand.

30. Silly string
Is anything more fun (and silly) than silly string?

As you can see, these Easter Basket options are fun and affordable. Head to your local dollar store and see these treats and more, perfect for filling up your Easter baskets this year!

I’d love to know, what do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets each year? Let me know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas!

Happy three days before Christmas! Our family wants to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  We hope you have a very blessed and happy one!  We also want to thank you all for stopping in every day here at Simply Frugal, we truly appreciate each and every one of you! 🙂

I’ll be back late Sunday evening to post some Boxing Day deals in this epic Boxing Day post, but other than that, I’ll be enjoying some much needed family time until the New Year. (However, you will find a new post here and there that I have already scheduled. ;))

Merry Christmas!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Statement Tote Bag

I think today’s homemade gift idea would be a fun way to gift wrap a few new books! Learn how to make this statement tote bag over at Knobz.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: DIY Picnic Basket

I happen to think this DIY picnic basket is not only a great Christmas gift, but a perfect wedding present! Learn how to put this DIY picnic basket together over at Lovely Indeed.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Chalkboard Cheese Stone

Oooh, I know a couple of people that would love this gift! It looks expensive, but it’s really not! It’s easy to do too!

Learn how to make an inexpensive chalkboard cheese stone over at Frankie Hearts Fashion.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Rope Coil Basket

This looks way more complicated than it is to make! Perfect gift idea for the organizing enthusiast. Learn how to create this DIY No-Sew Rope Coil Basket over at Alice and Lois.


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Easy DIY: Gift Card Envelope

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope Final

Robin from Frugal Family Times sent along the link to her tutorial explaining how to sew a simple gift card envelope!  So cute!

For those of you that give gift cards, how do you like to present them?  Any unique wrapping ideas you can share with us?

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Get Your House Holiday Ready

Holiday cleaning checklist

Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day?  Wow!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?)  Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!

Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home.  So, today, I’ve got a printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist!  It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day.  There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks.  I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?

Remember, these are suggestions only!  Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.

Holiday Ready Cleaning List

What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:

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Free Noisetrade Holiday Mixtape Download

Head over to Noisetrade to get a free download of their 2016 Holiday Mixtape! The album features, Sleeping At Last, Sloan, Saintseneca, The LeeVees, Andrew Belle, Sugar & The Hi-Lows and many more!

Download the Noisetrade Holiday Mixtape here.

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bark

Simple and quick homemade peppermint bark! Makes a great gift!

One of my favourite things to give as gifts is homemade edible goods.  In my mind, it’s the perfect little something.  It’s a treat as well as a gift that won’t take up room in the recipient’s home!

Today’ I’d like to share this recipe for Peppermint Bark.  Not only do I love it because it’s tasty, it’s really simple to make!

Peppermint Bark
  • 270g bag Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 225g bag White Baking Chips
  • ½ tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 12 Candy Canes
  1. Place the Candy Canes in a Food Processor and crush or place them in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt milk chocolate chips in the microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour melted milk chocolate chips into the pan and level.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt White Chocolate chips in microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  7. Add peppermint extract to the white chocolate chips, stir.
  8. Pour melted white chocolate chips into the pan on top of the milk chocolate and level.
  9. Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the white chocolate.
  10. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  11. Break apart into pieces and put the pieces into gift bags for gift giving!

What is your favourite edible gift to give?