If your family is like mine, you not only observe Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday (AKA the TRUE meaning of the season), but you also set out little baskets for the kids. Now the Easter Bunny, jelly beans, and stuffed eggs obviously aren't the reason for the season -- and I know a lot of good Christian families who do not observe this more secular tradition -- but my husband and I both think that it is a fun part of childhood that we want to share with our boys.
That being said, I have been on the lookout for basket stuffers that pertain to Jesus and His Catholic Church, and came across some fun gifts that you may also want to consider:
I am pretty much obsessed with these beautiful vinyl dolls from the Shining Light Dolls company! They are so pretty, colorful, and are the perfect way to introduce your littles to important saints. (Pictured is their Our Lady of Guadalupe doll.)
As I have mentioned before, I always carry a religious coloring book and crayons in our diaper bag for mass... if you are looking for something to keep your crafty kids occupied either at home or church, I recommend a coloring book like this Saints one from the Catholic Company!
If your toddler is anything like mine, he/she may enjoy playing mass at home (and crossing themselves after eating mints... or is that my Jackson?), so why not consider surprising them with a detailed mass kit like this one from Amazon?
This exact rosary was gifted to my 3-year-old at his baptism and is now a favorite of both him and my 5-month-old! The beads are huge and sturdily fastened (so you don't have to worry about choking), and are an automatic favorite because of their bright colors and smooth texture.
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving: The Mass Box is a monthly subscription box that is chock-full of crafting goodies pertaining to each Sunday's gospel reading! (You can read my honest and unsolicited review for the box here.)
For the school-aged kids in your life, I recommend checking out Raymond Arroyo's Will Wilder books, which are described by saying that "Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series will embrace this epic adventure in a rollicking new series by a New York Times bestselling author."
7.) Cat Chat CDs ($5.95 each)
My 3-year-old LOVES listening to Cat Chat CDs in the car! Not only do they provide toe-tapping tunes and easy entertainment, some of the audio CDs also tell bible stories and teach important life lessons from a Catholic perspective. (In addition to the CDs, the company also sells DVDs, books, and saint cards!)
These are my suggestions, so now it is your turn to sound off: What will you be putting in your kid's Easter baskets?