Easter has been one of the holidays that excites me year after year. It’s an opportunity to keep things small but sentimental. In part, I assume my joy is due to years spent as a kid dressing up in thick white tights, patent leather Mary Jane’s, and pastel dresses with freshly pressed hair. While my approach as a adult and parent is vastly different than my experience as a child, it’s still one of those oddly soothing holidays.
For better or worse, it has continually signified a transition of sorts in my life…
An opportunity for renewal, and the feeling in New York after Easter has been historically, palpable. While we won’t be heading out this year for brunch, we still have plans to put on some of our upper casual clothes, bake a cake, watch Peter Rabbit on the projector, hunt for eggs in the house, and of course, wake up to Easter baskets.
We use the same bolga baskets year after year (for Halloween, birthdays and Christmas, too). And when thinking of my own approach on what to fill the baskets with this time around, I wanted to be more mindful than ever. With that in mind, I looked to someone who knows all of this best, Karin Schaefer, co-owner of Acorn Toy Shop, a small buisness we love. Acorn has called Brooklyn home for 16 years, and carries handcrafted toys that allow children to explore and expand their imaginations. Acorn is committed to offering heirloom quality products that are crafted using environmentally sustainable practices and materials made by artisans who receive a living wage for their work. In an effort to support a healthy childhood for all children Acorn donates a percentage of sales to both national and international schools and organizations that provide services for children.
If you’re stuck on what to do this year, here’s what Karin had to say about it baskets and what to fill them with, “I think an Easter basket should have something fun to play with and an activity based item as well. Nothing that is disposabl. Easter can also be opportunity to give a fun accessory for the coming spring/summer season, like a little bag for collecting treasures, socks, a hat, or sunglasses.”
Here are just a few things I have headed to our house for River and Oak:
Flower fairies (to add to their growing collections)
Planters and Seeds for planting on the stoop
Thank you, Karin! Acorn is shipping out New York orders until Monday, April 6th. And all orders for those who are out of state must be placed by end of day today.
What’s in your basket?
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I love this. 🙂 I don’t know why we don’t have Bolga Easter baskets — we have Bolga baskets for everything else (mybolgabaskets.com, Fair Trade). Our oldest is 19– I think I just hadn’t heard of them yet back then. We have a little toy shop in town here, Tiddlywinks, and Acorn sounds a lot like them. For candy, we go with See’s, which is local around here (L.A. area.).