Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls

An Easter basket full of gift ideas for tween girls

Easter is right around the corner! Today’s post is full of Easter basket ideas for tween girls. Tweens are kids between ages 9 and 12.

My oldest daughter is 10. Honestly I’m loving these years and she is so fun to buy for. She has new interests and likes more grown up things but also still really enjoys the more “kiddie” type of things as well.

We actually keep Easter gifts quite simple in our house, and don’t even use the basket. Each of the kids will just get a couple of inexpensive items (often candy and something else) and they are happy and look forward to it each year.

On Easter, we start our day with a big service and breakfast at church and afterward go home for a lunch and the kids’ treats. The baskets aren’t the main focus of our day, which helps with the ability to keep them simple.

All that to say, don’t feel that you have to go overboard on Easter baskets – do as much or as little as you’d like. Set a budget and stick to it.

Now, let’s get on to this fun list of tween girl Easter basket ideas. My daughter even helped compile this list for you.

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An easter basket loaded with goodies for a tween girl

Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls

For even more Easter basket ideas, be sure to check out this post!

What are your favorite Easter basket ideas for tween girls?

A close up picture of an Easter basket for tween girls

What I Read in 2020

Stack of some of the books I read in 2020I love books. A lot. They are one of the ways I both relax and learn. 2020 wasn’t my highest reading year ever, but I’m happy with it and still read lots of good books!

I broke the books into 4 broad categories:

Fiction, biography/memoir, non-fiction, and chapter books read with the kids. Be thankful that I left off the hundreds (over a thousand) picture books we read over the last year. 😉

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Books with an asterisk were my very favorites!

2 stacks of books I read last year.

Fiction:
Ivanhoe
At the Back of the North Wind
Anne of Green Gables*
Anne of Avonlea*
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
The Winged Watchman
Bridge to Terabithia
A Girl of the Limberlost*
Freckles
Stepping Heavenward*

I hadn’t read any of those books in probably close to 20 years. My oldest daughter and I read the Anne books separately and want to finish the series this year. It was so fun fun re-read those. (Next I need to have a movie watching party with her.) Of course Ivanhoe and At the Back of the North Wind are great classics too.

If you haven’t read A Girl of the Limberlost do so, but read Freckles first. They are such enjoyable books. A side note, there is an old move of A Girl of the Limberlost and I watched it in my early teens. It was horrible and I despised it. One day my mom said the next thing she was going to read aloud to me was that book. I pitched a fit but ended up loving it!

Moral of the story is: Never judge a book by its movie.

Non Fiction:
Mere Christianity*
Girls’ Club
The Deepest Well*
Forgotten God
Approaching God: How to Pray
Grace for the Good Girl
Stop Calling Me Beautiful*
Why Motherhood Matters
She’s Still There
Who Made God?
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
The Years That Matter Most
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes*
Evicted
Your New Money Mindset
Tears We Cannot Stop
Glow Kids*

You need to read The Deepest Well. It will help you understand others. If you interact with kids, are a teacher, volunteer in kids ministry – please read it. It has also helped me be more understanding towards adults I struggled with.

Glow Kids is a great, eye-opening, sad look at kids and screens. Parents and people that work with children/teens need to read it, just to be aware!

This is my second time through Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes and I still find myself referencing it. Another must read. Of course Mere Christianity is always up there too.

Stop Calling Me Beautiful. So often we, especially women, are given a watered down Christianity. This is the call to go deeper with Jesus and dig into the Word which I am all about.

Biography/Memoir:
The Choice*
Union: A Democrat, A Reuplican, and a Search for Common Ground
Finding Chika
George Mueller
1776*
Three Cups of Tea
Hidden Figures
Atlas Girl
Jumping Through Fires

It feels like well over a year ago that I read 1776, but I enjoy reading anything by David McCoullough. Learning history is enlightening and needed. (Read John Adams after this one.)

loved The Choice. Edith was a survivor of Auschwitz. She tells her hard story of finding freedom well after the war had ended and her journey as a therapist and a few individuals she helped worked through their own trauma.

Even thought I only asterisked 2 of these books, I actually quite enjoyed all of them! It’s fascinating to learn the stories of other people, perspectives and times. They are worth reading.

Read to the Kids:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Cat Stories
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shores of Silver Lake
Happy Little Family
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
North! Or Be Eaten
The Monster in the Hollows
Wednesdays in the Tower
Thursdays with the Crown
Charlotte’s Web
Pippi Longstocking
Shiloh
The Tale of Despereaux
Winter Cottage
Rabbit Hill
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

So many fun books I got to enjoy with my 3 kids this year. The first 3 books in The Wingfeather Saga were such a looked forward to part of our evenings as we listed to Andrew Peterson read them aloud each night on Facebook.

My 7 year old boy’s favorites from the list are: the 2 Little House books, the 3 Wingfeather saga books, Wednesdays in the Tower, Thursdays with the Crown, and Winter Cottage. (The Little House series is also one to discuss with your kids the treatment of Indigenous people and how they are talked about in the series.) 

The 9 year old says Wingfeather Saga topped her list.

My 4 year old proclaimed Rabbit Hill her favorite.

Hopefully this list gives you some reading inspiration. If you need more ideas, you can check out these posts from previous years:

A pile of books stacked on the floor that I read in 2020

90 Best Food Gifts

A collage of ideas of the best food gifts

Looking for ideas of what to make for presents this year? Here are 90 of the best food gift ideas! So many tasty and creative looking options. Some of these food gifts take a little more time, but most can be made easily!

Your recipients will love these goodies. They’d be perfect to give to family members, friends, neighbors, or even co-workers. My 9 year old daughter put together mini goodie plates for her friends.

One of the nice things about food gifts is that you don’t have to worry about adding clutter to someone’s home. Instead the entire family will enjoy eating these treats!

90 of the Best Food Gifts You Can Make

Spices, Oils, and Seasonings

Collage of the best food gifts that are spices and seasonings

Homemade Chinese Chili Oil from Everyday Maven

Preserved Chilis in Oil from It’s Not Complicated

Instant Pot Hot Sauce from Simply Happy Foodie

Homemade Pizza Seasoning from Amy D Gorin

Old Bay Seasoning from Little Sunny Kitchen

DIY Finishing Salts from Beyond Mere Sustenance

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Sustain My Cooking Habit

Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish from Two Healthy Kitchens

Apple Ginger Chutney from Profusion Curry

Homemade Vanilla Extract from Easy Budget Recipes

Instant Pot Vanilla Extract from Simply Happy Foodie

Soup Mixes

4 soup mixes to use as a food gift

Easy Soup in a Jar from Country Chic Cottage

French Market Soup Mix from Super Mom Hacks

Friendship Bean Soup Mix from Freebie Finding Mom

Three Bean Chili Mix from Marathons and Motivation

Miscellaneous Kitchen Items

Pancake mix, candied ginger, and pasta sauce for food gifts

Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce from Wholesome Family Living

Candied Ginger from Went Here 8 This

Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix from Freebie Finding Mom

Butters, Jams, and Syrups

7 different butters, syrups, and jams

Homemade Lemon Butter from She Saved

Homemade Apple Butter from Wholesome Family Living

Instant Pot Pumpkin Butter from Recipes From a Pantry

Chocolate Raspberry Jam (needs refrigerated) from Blend with Spices

Canned Raspberry Blueberry Jam from Fluxing Well

Spiced Plum Syrup from Beyond Mere Sustenance

Canned Blueberry Syrup from Fluxing Well

Beverages – Hot Cocoa and Mulling Spices

Hot cocoa bombs and wassail for food gifts

William Sonoma Mulling Spices from Savoring the Good

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix from Me and My Inklings

Hot Cocoa in a Jar from Saving Mealtime

Hot Chocolate Bombs from Tastes of Homemade

White Chocolate Mocha Hot Chocolate Balls from Saving Dollars and Sense

Hot Cocoa Bombs from The Kitchen Chalkboard

Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Vegan Huggs

Brittle and Bark

Collage of barks and brittles for homemade food gifts

Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle from From this Kitchen Table

Pomegranate + Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark from Maple + Mango

Peppermint Oreo Bark from The Gingerbread House

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe from Made in a Pinch

Easy Holiday Chocolate Bark from Frugal Elegance

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark from From this Kitchen Table

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Bark from On My Kids Plate

Fudges

4 fudge recipes for a food gift

Best Fudge Recipe Ever from From this Kitchen Table

Rocky Road Fudge from Easy Budget Recipes

Dark Chocolate Fudge from From this Kitchen Table

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge from From this Kitchen Table

Spiced and Candied Nuts

Candied and Spiced nuts for a food gift

Spicy Rosemary Maple Roasted Nuts from Flavor the Moments

Simple Healthy Spiced Nuts from Debra Klein

Healthy Caramalised Nuts from Rhian’s Recipes

Healthy Candied Walnuts from Natalie’s Health

Pumpkin Spice Candies Pecans from Two Healthy Kitchens

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds from Natalie’s Health

Maple Candied Walnuts from Earth Food and Fire

Stovetop Candied Pecans from a Sweet Alternative (these use maple syrup!!!)

Spicy Candied Walnuts from Butter Your Biscuit

Bourbon Candies Pecans from Gastronom Blog

Candied Almonds from Mom Foodie

Truffles and Peppermint Patties

Truffles and peppermint patties for food gift ideas

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles from Delightful Adventures

Vegan Peppermint Patties from Delightful Adventures

Homemade Peppermint Patties from Kids Activities

Raw Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles from Seven Roses

White Chocolate Lemon Truffles from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Chocolate Truffles from What a Girl Eats

Brownie Truffles from This Ole Mom

Oreo Truffles from CincyShopper

Other Sweets

Christmas treats for food gift ideas

Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Turtles from What a Girl Eats

Christmas Chocolate Pretzel Bites from A Taste of Madness

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods from Profusion Curry

3 Ingredient Pretzel Hugs from Crayons and Cravings

Chocolate Turtles from Amanda’s Cookin’

Gingerbread Caramel Corn from The Forked Spoon

Buckeye Candy from Food Folks and Fun

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls from The Short Order Cook

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from A Baking Journey

Chili Chocolate Clusters from It’s Not Complicated

Crockpot Christmas Candy from Recipes From a Pantry

Puppy chow and chex mix

Puppy Chow and Chex Mix

Christmas Muddy Buddies: Reindeer Chow from She Saved

Smore Puppy Chow Recipe from Curry Trail

Sweet Salty and Spicy Chex Mix from Curry Trail

Cookie Mixes

Jars of cookie mix

Mason Jar Chocolate Chip Cookies from Saving Dollars and Sense

Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar from Vegan Huggs

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix from Marathons and Motivation

Collage of baked goods for gifts

Baked Goods

Chocolate Pizzelles from Savoring the Good

Chewy Molasses Cookies from From this Kitchen Table

Norwegian Christmas Cookies from It’s a Keeper

Christmas Cream Cheese Chocolate Cookie Bars from The Short Order Cook

Sugar Cookies from From this Kitchen Table

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies from Savvy Honey

Snowball Cookies (aka Russian Tea Cakes) from From this Kitchen Table

Italian Sesame Cookies from Blend with Spices

Orange and Cranberry Cookies from Simply Living Recipes

Cranberry Nut Bread from Kippi at Home

Chocolate Brioche Bread Wreath from A Baking Journey

That right there is 90 great suggestions for the best food gifts! The ideas keep going from here – the options really are endless. Pick something using ingredients you have (or that you already know you like) and put together affordable presents!

You can gift these in jars, tins, plates wrapped in plastic tied with a boy, gift boxes. Get creative and use what you have! Look at Hobby Lobby and Walmart after the holidays and see what you can find on clearance for next year. Keep your eyes open at garage sales for mason jars.

Food gifts can be super affordable and fun, even with the packaging!

What are your favorite food gifts – to give and to receive?

 

Fun Gifts That Kids Can Make

a collage of pictures of different gifts kids can make

Today I have a round up of fun and cute gifts that kids can make! Instead of running to the store, let them try homemade gifts this year. Perfect for grandparents, friends, or parents!

Your kids will feel proud at making a present with their hands and the recipients will love the sentimentality and thoughtfulness.

I love that that list of gifts kids can make includes ideas perfect for littles and others would be great for preteens to create.

There are ideas that would not only work at Christmas time but also for birthdays and other occasions through the year.


Red and pink pom pom rug

Simple Pom Pom Rug from Holly at Simplify Create Inspire

Wouldn’t this be a fun additions to a bedroom made in a child’s favorite colors? Perfect for a preteen or teen to make for a sibling or friend!

Oatmeal, lavender, and epsom salts

Oatmeal Lavender Bath Teas from Deanna at From this Kitchen Table

Perfect for mom, grandma, sisters, or friends! These are easy to make and will make a bath even more relaxing.

white and blue shower jellies in a soap container

Shower Jellies from Deanna at From this Kitchen Table

My kids love to use these and they are easy to make. Just be sure to keep them refrigerated (or in a cool spot) so they don’t melt.

tan bookmark with gray tassels

Bookmark from April at Love Our Real Life

These would be perfect for anyone that loves books! Such a cute (plus easy and inexpensive) idea.

a red box with white pom pom snowballs

Yarn Pom Pom Snowball Fight Kit from Nikki at Tikkido

So much fun! This is the perfect sibling or friend gift for a child to make.

popsicle stick picture frames with pictures

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame from Sonja and Jane at Sustain My Craft Habit

Awww. Wouldn’t a grandparent love a homemade picture frame with a picture of the child attached? Put a magnet on the back so it can be hung on the refrigerator.

Blue and gold wooden beads on a necklace

Painted Wood Bead Necklace from Sonja and Jane at Sustain My Craft Habit

This is a perfect one for the preteens and teens to make. Love the two tones on the beads.

homemade map coasters

Upcycled Maps Coasters from Jane and Sonja at The Boondocks Blog

Creative gift for kids to make to give to the travel lovers! It would be fun to use a map from their recent trips.

peppermint sugar scrub in a mason jar

Peppermint Sugar Scrub from April at April Golightly

Easy enough for littles to make but also perfect for those older kids as well.

Gingerbread Body Scrub from Jenny at Gingerbread House Blog

Love gingerbread! Another easy Christmas time gift idea.

white salt dough ornament hanging on a tree

Salt Dough Ornaments from Katie at Good Life Eats

Love all the suggestions she gives on these! Who knew salt dough ornaments could be so elegant. It’s also the perfect way to get a second use out of the rubber stamps in our craft closet.

seedlings and a rock plant marker in a bed

Seedling Pots and Garden Stone Markers from Jessica at The Forked Spoon

Kids would love making these! Such a fun idea for someone into gardening.

hand painted flower pots with a plant in them

Painted Rainbow Flower Pots from Amy at DIY Candy

So cute! Especially if you gift it with a flower or herb already in the pot.

easy white clay thumbprint ornaments

Thumbprint Christmas Ornaments from Sarah at The Farmer Wife Crafts

These clay ornaments are adorable! Perfect easy little gift you could even have the babies “make”.

Hand painted wood slice coasters

Kids’ Art Coasters from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks

Love the wood slices and painting on these!

paint thumbprint ornament

Thumbprint Christmas Ornament from The Moody Blonde

This would be a fun keepsake to make when your kids are little.

Scented Bath Salts

Scented Bath Salts from Lyne at Ottawwa Mommy Club

Another perfect gift for kids to make! Great for a friends’ gift or to give to adults.

a fleece blanket with flowers folded on the floor

Single Layer No Sew Fleece Blanket from MaryAnne at Mama Smiles

What adult or child wouldn’t want a new blanket? Little kids might need help with the cutting, but then they can do the folding through themselves.

Tiny felt animals on a white background

Beginner Hand Sewing Projects for Kids from MaryAnne at Mama Smiles

Fun ideas for a child to gift to another child!

A red no new gift bag

No Sew Gift Bags from Andrea at Savings Lifestyle

Not only can they make their own gift, they can also put it in a homemade, reusable gift bag!

a black and white fleece blanket with fringe

No Tie Fleece Blanket with Fringe from Karen at Decor Hint

This is another cute blanket option! Lots of cutting, so perfect for the older kids to make.

a green and yellow melted crayon ornament

Melted Crayon Ornaments from Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon

The kids would love making these and you could use up broken crayon pieces!

a jar with porpourri ingredients inside

Simmering Potpourri Jar from Kari Lyn at She Saved

Another one simple enough for the young kids to make but also perfect for the older ones. I think this would be a great last minute gift idea.

a cute candy sleigh gift idea

Candy Santa Sleigh from Kari Lyn at She Saved

All three of my kids would love making this and receiving this. This would be a fun friend gift.

a candle made to look like rudolph

Rudolph Candle from Jamie at Totally the Bomb

Jazz up a purchased (or even homemade) candle.

washi tape popsicle stick frame

Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame (with Washi Tape) from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks

Washi Tape is popular with preteens! They could get so creative with this one. Love that Amy mentions gluing a stand on the back of the frame.

easy snowman craft for kids

Snowman Decoration from Heather and Lisa at Made in a Pinch

A cute little craft that could be used as an ornament or wall hanging. Lots of cutting, so the littles will need quite a bit of help or put the older kids on this one.

two pens covered with colorful clay

Clay Covered Pens from Amy at DIY Candy

What a cool looking pen! Practical gift and easy to make.

Wooden ball snowmen ornaments

Snowman Ornaments from Angie at Country Chic Cottage

Awww, aren’t these wooden bead snowmen so cute!

See, aren’t they such cute ideas? What are your favorite ideas for gifts kids can make? Any creative ones I should have my 3 put together this year?

Saran Wrap Ball Game for Christmas

people wrapping the giant saran wrap ball and a table with gifts on it.

This Saran wrap ball game is a blast! It’s the perfect thing to add to your list for this holiday season.

Christmas shopping can get (more) difficult as our families grow and siblings get married and have kids. Do you buy for everyone, draw names, just do the kids, or skip gifts all together?

For many families, buying presents is something that just has to be done. It can be hard to buy for adults who simply purchase what they need or have specific tastes that make them difficult to shop for.

This Saran wrap Christmas game is such a fun alternative!

Perfect for adults and teens.

You could even have a separate Saran wrap ball game going for the kids. I would not recommend combining the kids and adults – things get a little too competitive and it’s easier to shop if you do the balls separately.

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Saran Wrap Ball Game

Supplies:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Prizes
  • 2 dice
  • Paper box lid

That’s it.

There is some controversy with this game because of the waste of the plastic wrap, but it was is much fun and let’s be honest we don’t even do this once a year so I’m okay with the wastefulness.

Recycle during the year and reuse things, but I’m of the opinion if you want to toss rolls of plastic wrap once every couple of years – don’t stress about it!

What to Put Inside the Saran Wrap Ball

First off, set a budget (ours was $15-$20 per person) and have everyone purchase assorted gifts and a roll of plastic wrap. Any brand of plastic wrap works – you can get the cheap stuff..

When it comes to gifts, be creative! You can do anything.

One tip is to try to stay gender neutral. Unless of course you are at an event of only ladies.

Also, have “prizes” from all price points – even $1. The more little gifts throughout the Saran wrap ball, the more fun there is.

Gift Ideas:

This is what we ended up with:

  • candy (full bags and individual kisses and peanut butter cups throughout)
  • fun socks
  • gum
  • mints
  • Paper Mate felt pens (the package opened and pens wrapped individually)
  • mini notebooks
  • gift cards (we had $5 ones and then at least one $10 one – this was our “grand” prize)
  • snacks
  • Cliff Bars
  • Larabars
  • beef jerky
  • batteries
  • lip balms
  • Oregon Trail card game (or any other small games)
  • dollar bills
  • coins
  • Bananagrams
  • coozies
  • small boxes of Christmas lights
  • other assorted items

You can see from looking at this list why having all adults or all kids playing makes shopping a little simpler. It’s also more fun to play the plastic wrap ball game if you get things that are age and gender appropriate.

people wrapping gifts into a plastic wrap ball

Wrapping the Saran Wrap Ball

Have all the gifts and plastic wrap delivered to one person so the ball can be made before the event starts. Or have a group of people come early and wrap before the party.

Wrapping this giant plastic wrap ball is an event in and of itself. Make sure you have at least a couple of people there to help with the prep.  It’s also a lot of fun. (One of my sister’s had their phone disappear – someone wrapped it up in the ball, purposefully.)

The Saran Wrap:

You have two options when it comes to wrapping. One is definitely more difficult.

You can either wrap each roll as one continuous piece (the easier method) or cut the plastic wrap and restart at varying intervals. Do some ridiculously short, some crazy long, and others in between. This method is more frustrating (in the fun, competitive way) and will make the game last longer.

We did our game using the second method!

If you are doing the Saran wrap Christmas game for your young kiddos, I’d suggest doing each roll as one continuous piece.

For adults and teens, I recommend mixing it up and going hard.

Our game, with 8 adults, lasted over 27 minutes and every second flew by!

Adding the Gifts:

Start with wrapping your “big” prize (because this will end up the center of the ball). Our grand prize was a gift card. This little gift card was wrapped in several pieces of plastic wrap.

As you start working your way out on the ball, simple add in gifts periodically. We tried to have the more expensive gifts on the inside and the less expensive gifts end up on the outside. You will also need to take into account how certain things will wrap. The pens in our ball needed to be wrapped once the ball was larger because of their length and inflexibility. Bananagrams, though large, worked to wrap toward the center because of its flexibility.

We wrapped whole bags of candy and also opened up a package of Hershey Kisses and peanut butter cups and had those sprinkled through out the ball.

For another fun game, see this post: Christmas Sock Exchange

Playing The Saran Wrap Ball Game

  1. Have everyone sit on the floor in a circle. Keep a little space between each person but make sure to still be within arms reach.
  2. Decide who is going to start. (Youngest player might be a good option or else roll a die and highest number starts.)
  3. Give the starting player the Saran wrap ball and the next person the dice. When we played the game, we found it easiest to use a paper box lid to roll the two dice in. It kept the dice from rolling around the room and made it simpler for the next person to just grab the box when it was their turn.
  4. Player with the ball finds the end piece of Saran wrap and starts unwrapping while the next person is rolling the dice. As soon as they roll doubles (of any number), they shout “doubles” and grab the Saran wrap ball and the next person grabs the box with the dice and the game continues.
  5. Any prizes you unroll are yours.
  6. You must keep the plastic wrap ball in front of you. No rolling it across the room.
  7. Important Rule: NO tearing the Saran wrap. You HAVE to find the end of the strip. This is where it gets harder when you use shorter pieces of plastic wrap. Sometimes finding the end is super difficult! It’s all a part of the game. (You might find, as we did, that one person in the group excels at this skill.)

That’s it! You keep playing, laughing, screaming, and grabbing until the ball is completely unrolled and the last prize is captured.

My daughter was almost 6 when we played, and is begging to do it again! Last time she played the little kid mini ball version, this time she wants to play the competitive game with the adults.

Give this plastic wrap ball game a try at your family Christmas or even a Christmas party. It will be a fun memory for sure!

This Saran wrap ball game is SO much fun! Here's how to play, ways to wrap the ball, and ideas for what to put inside. This is perfect for your family Christmas or with friends. Do a plastic wrap ball for the adults and one for the kids and have a blast.

Originally published November 15, 2018. Updated November 6, 2020.