Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Gift Basket Ideas + Three Readers Each Win an Easter/Spring Gift Package Giveaway!

Tired of the same old Easter basket gifts? Then check out this list of fun Easter gift basket ideas your kids will really enjoy!

The Runaway Bunny Board Book - another classic Easter story by Margaret Wise Brown tells of a steadfast love of a mother bunny to her young bunny who kept running away. But no matter where the young bunny tries to hide, the adoring, protective mother always finds a way to retrieve him. I loved reading this beautifully-written book as a child and I have read this to my children many times. My kids love the colorful pages and beautiful illustrations of this book too! Recommended age: from Baby to Preschool. Available at Amazon.com or leading store retailers near you!


The Runaway Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to run away: "'If you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary game of chase. No matter how many forms the little bunny takes--a fish in a stream, a crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountain--his steadfast, adoring, protective mother finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing rhythm of the bunny banter--along with the surreal, dream-like pictures--never fail to infuse young readers with a complete sense of security and peace. For any small child who has toyed with the idea of running away or testing the strength of Mom's love, this old favorite will comfort and reassure.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail DVD - a classic, fun Easter tale every parent should share with their children. Featuring catchy songs and great 1970s stop-motion animation, this cheery and colorful Easter tale is based on a book titled "The Easter Bunny Who Overslept". My kids and I loved the adorable characters in this story especially Peter Cottontail and Seymour S. Sassafras. It's truly a classic Easter story that will warm every child's heart! Even adults will enjoy this classic Easter movie too! Available at Amazon.com or leading store retailers near you! 


Peter Cottontail wants to be the chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than this archrival to earn the top spot...and save Easter for children everywhere! Hop along with Peter and his friend Seymore S. Sassafrass as they race through time to overcome Irontail's terrible plans and restore the magic of Easter Sunday. This remastered version is an Easter classic loved by all! 

VeggieTales: THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT STOOD DVD- as a parent, we know how important it is to impart good values to our children as early as possible. VeggieTales stories are not only fun and engaging for your little viewers, they always teach great moral values too. We love this new DVD from VeggieTales- perfect as Easter basket fillers! Available at Walmart.com or in-store for $9.96 and comes with a free exclusive 24 pc puzzle (limited time only).


VeggieTales: THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT STOOD DVD parodies two popular nursery rhymes - The Three Little Pigs and Humpty Dumpty - to help impart valuable life lessons.   The Three Little Pigs meet the Wise and Foolish builders and learn that by making good choices, they can build a house that will stand against any storm!  In the “The Good Egg of Gooseville” we find out what happens BEFORE Humpty cracks, in a good neighbor story where we learn why it’s a nice to lend a little hand to those in need. 

Treat Street Funny Bunny - young and old alike who appreciates fun and humor will enjoy these collectible Easter Bunny novelty that poops out delicious jelly beans! Great to have as Easter basket fillers! Available nationwide at gift at specialty retailers. Go to TreatStreet.com for a complete list of stores that carry these funny novelty bunnies.

Skeeter Snacks - what a great and yummy snack idea with allergy prone kids in mind! These delicious peanut and tree-free cookies comes in many delicious flavors: Skeeterdoodle, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip!  I did a taste test of these cookies and wow, I could eat any of these cookies everyday! I especially love the Oatmeal flavor. The texture is soft but not too chewy and you can really taste the real flavors! I'm sure my kids will be happy to get these in their Easter basket this year too! Looking to get a healthy alternative to peanut candy and treats for your kids? Then, you should definitely get Skeeter Snacks! These peanut and tree nut alternative snacks are so popular that they have been featured on the TODAY Show and many more media outlets! Go to SkeeterSnacks.com for more product details and to locate a store near you that carries them.

Washable Sidewalk Crayons - Inspire your young artists with this set of bright, bold washable crayons.  My Kids always have fun with these! $6.99 for a pack of 15 at Crayola.com

Hide 'em & Hatch 'em Eggs - Kids will be amazed and parents will delight in the fact that there's no candy involved in these adorable, pastel colored eggs that are great for hiding or filling the Easter basket. What's more fun, you soak these eggs in water overnight and out will hatch some new friends...a duck, chick or bunny! Wow, definitely worth trying out for your little one's Easter gift basket this year! Available at Amazon.com for $9.95 for a pack of three eggs.

And for a real sweet treat, how about a box of yummy, Easter-inspired cookies and Jelly Beans? I love these Easter Cookie Greetings gift box filled with a tempting selection of assorted cookies, beautifully decorated Easter sugar cookies and assorted Jelly Belly Beans. These are also great as gifts to send to someone. Get this delightful Easter baked goodie box for only $35.00 at CountryCupboardCookies.com


Three of you, lucky Hip Mama's Place readers, will win one of these three super fun Easter/Spring packages, courtesy of our generous sponsors and Hip Mama's Place!

1st Prize - Over A $70 Value!

One (1) Easter Cookie Greetings gift box from Country Cupboard Cookies
One (1) copy of Here Comes Peter Cottontail DVD
One (1) copy of VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood DVD
One (1) 3 pack of Hide 'em & Hatch 'em Eggs
One (1) pack of 15 Crayola Washable Sidewalk Crayons

2nd Prize - Over a $60 Value!

One (1) package of assorted Skeeter Snacks cookies in a giant plastic Easter Egg
One (1) copy of VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood DVD
One (1) copy of Here Comes Peter Cottontail DVD
One (1) 3 pack of Hide 'em & Hatch 'em Eggs
One (1) pack of 15 Crayola Washable Sidewalk Crayons

3rd Prize - Over A $35 Value!

One (1)  copy of Here Comes Peter Cottontail DVD
One (1)  copy of VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood DVD
One (1) 3 pack of Hide 'em & Hatch 'em Eggs
One (1) pack of 15 Crayola Washable Sidewalk Crayons

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This contest is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on March 28, 2013 at 12MN, ESTThree (3) winners will be picked at random using Random.org at the end of the contest. Good luck! 

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