easter basketIt's just about time to hide boiled embryos of chickens in your yard, force your kids to get all dressed up only to grass stain every last inch of their clothing, and over-cook the lamb that no one really likes anyway. Yep, Easter Sunday is just about here, and clearly, I'm not a big fan. Cadbury eggs are cool and all, but everything else about the holiday is not that awesome. I guess I was forced to take one too many glamour shots in my pastel dress in front of a forsythia bush because, man, am I ever a sour peep when it comes to this holiest of Christian days.

Let this be a lesson to you parents out there. Don't let your kids grow up to be bitter bunnies like me. Know how to prevent such a travesty? Hide something awesome in their Easter basket. Like, something really, really awesome. Make them love Easter (and you!) forever.

Here are 5 ideas to get your wheels turning.

  1. A puppy. Are you freaking kidding me? How cute would it be if you were able to hide an adorable puppy in that fake grass in their basket. I mean, the photos alone would be worth it. Bonus points if you hide the world's smallest puppy in one of those plastic eggs.
  2. Fireworks. Parents NEVER give kids fireworks. Surprise your little ones by throwing a pack of sparklers in with the chocolate, and Easter just got way more exciting. It's kind of a shame, if you think about it, that it's only appropriate to light fireworks on the Fourth of July, and not on every holiday.
  3. Cash. My mom once slipped $20 in the basket and I almost lost my mind. That's a lot of money! Especially when it's twenty one-dollar bills. God, everything was so green that year.
  4. Movie gift certificates. Can't go wrong there. Psst -- you can buy them at Costco at a discount! It's amazing!
  5. A key. Tell them that the key opens a special box that's hidden outside. Tell them that inside is the most precious Easter gift there ever was. Then, when they're searching for it, eat all their candy. Told you I was bitter. Winning.

What do you put in your kids' Easter baskets?

 

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