21 Cheap Easter Basket Ideas for Artsy/Crafty Kids


Easter morning doesn’t have to mean a basket full of dentist visits…  instead of candy, feed your little artist or crafter’s love of creativity with new supplies and projects! Check out this list of 21 Cheap Easter Basket Ideas for Artsy and Crafty Kids.

While brand new markers (especially Mr. Sketch!) are always fun to get,  think outside of the box with Make Your Own Bouncy Balls, or Origami Dragons!  All of these ideas are in the $2 – $8 range – so nothing too pricey. (Although prices at the time of this posting may change)

And check out our other post of Easter Baskets for Teens & Tweens (6 Frugal Ideas)



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Markers don’t have to be hum-drum… .pick up the holy grail of all marker sets – the Mr. Sketch markers!  Or let them decorate cards and notes with these fun stampers.  The Paint Pallette will really fill an Easter basket shape nicely!


dottodot doodlepad


New gel pens and a challenging activity book are great boredom busters – but the real excitement comes from a design-your-own bouncy ball kit!




My oldest loved origami with a PASSION – and he still has many of the projects that he spent especially long on.  Paper airplanes are just the beginning!

Or for the younger folders:






Shrinky Dinks are Perler Beads are SO much fun – here are some inexpensive sets and supplies!


Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket Multi Mix

Perler Beads 22,000 Count Bead Jar Multi-Mix Colors

Shrinky Dinks Jewelry

Shrinky Dinks Minis Vehicles




If you have a budding embroiderer, jewelry designer or painter – these might do the trick!

 Melissa & Doug Design Your Own Bracelets

Alex Needlepoint Flower

Melissa & Doug DYO Monster Truck 




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White Elephant Gift Ideas (under $20)


Holiday parties often require you to come bearing a White Elephant gift that will make your folks giggle, gasp or groan.  But sometimes YOU’RE the one left scratching your head – just trying to come up with some white elephant gift ideas that haven’t been done to death.  Here are some fun suggestions under $20! (They were at the time of this posting, but Amazon prices change all the time)



Biker Garden Gnome


Three Sloth Moon Shirt


Christmas Story Leg Lamp Nite Lite


 Daschund Corn Cob Holders – Set of 6

Superman + Wonderwoman Aprons (Set of 2!)


Crazy Pattern Workout Leggings – Bananas, Cats with Glasses, Disney Princess….


Horse Head Squirrel Feeder


Go Away Funny Glass Coffee Mug


Matroyshka Dry Measuring Cups, Set of 6




USB Mini Fridge


Dancing with Jesus





Yodelling Pickle



Trump Toilet Paper


Plush Unicorn Slippers for Adults

Veteran’s Day Freebies 2015 | Olive Garden, Starbucks, Great Clips, Applebees, More!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here is a list of  Veteran’s Day Freebies and discounts for Veterans and Active Military.   We’d like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has served our country!

This year Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, November 11th and many retailers and restaurants are offering freebies and discounts to Veterans and their families.  Please leave a comment of you know of any more deals happening today.

Keep in mind you will need to provide proof of your active military or veteran status to take advantage of these deals.

Veterans Day Freebies 2015


Free Services

Great Clips – Veterans and current active members who are serving can get a FREE Haircut at Great Clips on Veterans Day!

Hoffman’s Car Wash – Free Car Wash for Veterans & Active Military on 11/11 & 11/12.

Colonial Car Wash – Free Car Wash for Veterans & Active Military on 11/11

Inns & B&B Free Night Stay – Inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada will open their doors to thank veterans for their service. Dates vary by state and Inn. New inns and B&Bs will be added daily.

Liberty Ridge Farm – All veterans will get $2 off admission entry ticket to come explore the farm on Novemeber 11, 2014. Open from 10 am – 3 pm. Enjoy corn mazes and lots of family fun activities.

Meineke – This Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, all veterans will receive a FREE Basic Oil Change* at participating Meineke locations. We’re deeply grateful for your service and sacrifice.

US National Park Service Free Veterans Day Admission– The U.S. National Park Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 9-11. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near yo

Free Food & Drink

Applebees — Free Signature Entree for Veterans & Active Military on 11/11

Arby’s – One FREE Roast Beef Classic Sandwich on Veterans Day Wednesday, 11/11/2015 at participating locations during normal business hours.

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