How to put together an easy, fun and useful holiday gift bag for a toddler, Halloween Treat Bag Without Using Candy
When I was pregnant, my also-minimalist husband and I agreed that we wouldn’t be the type of parents who bought everything on the market for their kids. It certainly seemed like a reasonable goal given humanity’s historical success without all the items in a Buy Buy Baby store, and it was a necessary mindset for us specifically because we live in a city-center condo. Our home is nice but small, and we consider the town to be our back yard. Who needs a kid-sized motorized car for the driveway when you have museums and parks a block away?
For the items we buy, I spend time researching and reading product reviews so that purchases are rarely on a whim and any acquired items increase either the comfort, efficiency, learning, or happiness in our home. However, (you knew it was coming didn’t you?) there have been times when I’ve wanted to buy something that makes no sense at all, either for our compact-sized family or for the general populace. The most recent and timely example of this is a Halloween book for a one-year old. My daughter doesn’t care about the holiday’s significance, and no amount of board books will help her understand why I will soon put an enormous and uncomfortable costume on her and make her knock on our door for an apple.
But I bought the books anyway. And I love them. I’ve put together my second holiday (Easter then Halloween) treat basket for my daughter and I’m beginning to get the hang of it without using any candy. So far my recipe for a mom-satisfying and toddler-appropriate gift basket works well so I’m sharing in case others are looking at the holiday calendar and wondering what to give a toddler for the next festivity.
My holiday treat bag recipe for a one- or two-year old:
🌟Glitzy bag or basket – an extra $5 goes a long way here
🌟Something they need
🌟Cuddly stuffed animal
🌟Age-appropriate holiday-themed books
🌟Inexpensive fun toy to entertain immediately
Here are the ones I put together after checking out online Halloween options.
Julia’s Easter basket:
🌟Pottery Barn Kids white basket and pearled, personalized liner
🌟Bunny/spring books wrapped in green tissue paper – I used this instead of fake grass
🌟Hape Spring-themed stacker toy I wanted her to have
🌟Swan stuffed animal (swans are like ducks, so sort of tied to Easter)
🌟Golden, sparkly egg with a slinky inside
Julia’s Halloween treat bag:
🌟Pottery Barn Kids glittery treat bag
🌟Halloween/pumpkin-themed board books
🌟Woolino sleep sack (item we were purchasing anyway and it provides filler for bottom of basket)
🌟Jellycat black and grey stuffed animal
🌟Sequin black star wand
🌟Sprout fruit snacks hidden from sight (I would have ordered these anyway as a favorite treat)
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Contributing Blogger-North CarolinaEmily’s writing has moved from corporate lingo to mom blogging and she couldn’t be happier.
Growing up, Emily DiMichele hopped into every theatre, reading and writing opportunity in her small town. She went to James Madison University to study Journalism and launched her public relations career in Chicago. In 2007, Emily moved to Charlotte, NC to provide copy editing for a big bank, and met her husband a few years later. The addition of baby Julia in 2015 brought her focus home where they play, laugh and learn together daily. Emily’s writing has moved from corporate lingo to mom blogging and she couldn’t be happier.