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Easter 4-Gift Rule

I know I'm not alone in feeling like the holidays somehow overtake the entire year. There always seems to be SOMETHING right around the corner. Even for someone like me who loves making things fun and festive, it can feel overwhelming!

When Easter came around this year, it seemed like we had back to back rather big celebrations. There was Christmas, New Years, my son's third birthday, my twins' 1st birthday, and then all of the sudden it was Easter. Phew! So this year I decided I'm going to set a boundary for myself and stick to it.

The "4-Gift Rule" is most definitely not something I invented and in fact if you search this same phrase on Pinterest, you will find countless fabulous examples. A lot of times I do my best thinking when picking up my son from daycare while I'm driving quietly in my own thoughts. I found myself saying this rhyme in my head and thought - "Wait! This is perfect for Easter!"

Something you WANT, something you NEED, something you WEAR, something you READ.

Many people promote this rule for Christmas gift purposes, but I find that to be a little restricting with Christmas specifically (but it can totally be used for any holiday!) However, I feel it's totally doable to keep Easter simple.

Now keep in mind, this doesn't need to be as restrictive as ONLY 4 ITEMS! By the time I thought of this "rule," I had already purchased items for Easter and stashed them away. I thought, "Hmm, I wonder if I've gotten too much or not enough." So once I put my three littles down to bed, I pulled everything out and started sorting through it all. The good news is - I had already gotten everything I needed (and honestly then some, so I decided to return some items). Let me explain.. when it comes to "something you wear" I will plan to do an outfit, a new pair of shoes, and a bathing suit every year. When I was a kid, my siblings and I always got a new spring outfit and a bathing suit in our Easter baskets and there was something so special about that because it reminded me that summer was near! Sometimes it's the little things that get your kids excited.

Once I sorted through my items and paired down, I printed off my tags, laminated them, and cut them out to attach. You can customize and create your own tags by purchasing them in my Etsy shop. There are lots of different colors for you to choose from too! Laminating anything is definitely the teacher in me, but I also find that it really helps with reusing things year after year. If you place them in a plastic bag, they will stay perfect! If you don't own a personal laminator, I'm here to tell you - they're not expensive and they are worth it. Then I used washi tape to attach the tags to my items (I find this to be best because it removes so easily - but you could also use regular Scotch tape). For larger items like clothing, I used a clothespin to attach the tag, but you could also just set it in the basket.

The biggest thing to remember here is to make this rule your own and just have fun! Go as crazy as you want with your own kids' baskets or just get 4 items! I personally find that this will help me from getting out of control purchasing way too much as the years go on. I know that buying things for our kids is great, but simple is special, too!

Let's BringTheParty to our holidays!

Easter Carrot Tags from PaperLaneDesign , Clothing items and shoes from Target, Bubbles and Bunny Headbands from Target Dollar Spot, Baskets from Ballard Designs.

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