Growing up, the Easter Bunny would fill our baskets with paper grass, a few candy-filled eggs, and one special gift such as a necklace or a book. The treats would be placed in a special basket that my sister and I reused year after year and still have until this day. There was nothing extravagant and nothing over the top, which is something I’ve always appreciated. With Everett’s first Easter coming up, I wanted to find a special basket for him that he can use for years to come. I also wanted to fill it with thoughtful and practical gifts – things he needed and a new toy or two. Or three.I found a handwoven basket made from sustainably harvested grass by Alaffia members in Ghana. “Members of Alaffia basket cooperatives receive fair wages and health care for their families in return for their indigenous skills and knowledge. This exchange empowers West African communities and preserves cultural heritage.” There is a tag sewn into the basket, which gives the weaver’s name and village.To go in the basket, I found animal flash cards, a puzzle, and wooden toy at our local consignment shop. A reusable swim diaper and sunscreen also made their way into the basket, which will be used this weekend, as we celebrate Easter with family in Florida.
What did you get in your Easter basket when you were growing up?