Easter is coming. Your shopping preparations might involve purchasing ham, rolls, all the fixings for macaroni and cheese, special desserts, and, of course, plenty of goodies to tuck inside Easter baskets. You can buy Easter basket fillers such as candy and small toys at many retailers, including Target, Walmart, drugstores, Five Below, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s.
However, if you’re really looking to stretch your budget, dollar stores are a treasure trove when it comes to finding small gifts to put in Easter baskets. In fact, dollar stores are great seasonal stores no matter what holiday you’re shopping for, whether it’s Easter, Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day.
During a recent trip to Dollar General, I found an aisle full of Easter decorations, Easter toys, and Easter candy all at reasonable prices. Below are some highlights from what I found during my visit.
Easter Baskets (Fill Your Own or Pre-Filled)
If you want an empty, ready-to-fill Easter basket, Dollar General has them in several sizes, colors, and styles.
If you want to take the work out of Easter basket prep, they also sell a variety of pre-filled baskets containing toys (generic Barbies, sports balls, crayons, toy jewelry, etc.), puzzles and activities, and name-brand candy including Peeps, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Smarties, Tootsie Rolls, Fun Dip, Fluffy Stuff cotton candy, and more.
Some of the filled Easter baskets I saw were EBT eligible. Price tags on the pre-filled baskets in my local store ranged from $9-$13.
Candy and Plastic Eggs
Also spotted at my local Dollar General: lots of name-brand and store-brand candy along with plastic Easter eggs for egg hunts. The plastic eggs ranged between $1 and $2 depending on the package.
Name-brand candy included Bueno, Reese’s, Whoppers, Kit Kat, Russell Stover, Twizzlers, Skittles, Haribo gummy candy, Peeps, M&M’s, and Warheads. I also found plenty of chocolate bunnies in all sizes as well as cotton candy and assorted other sugary delights. Most of the candy I saw in my store ranged from $1 to $5.50 per package/bag.
Easter Toys and Decorations
You may want something besides candy in those Easter baskets. Or you may want to skip the candy all together and fill baskets with spring-themed toys and activities. I spotted lots of those at Dollar General as well, including bunny ear headbands, plastic bunny face “glasses,” paddleball sets, bubbles, generic Play-Doh, stickers, scratch art, painting or coloring kits, and various other craft kits. I also found goodie bags for Easter parties. Many but not all of these were marked as low as $1 each.
In the décor category, Dollar General has Easter window clings, dish towels for $4, felt hanging decorations and garlands for $1, and more.
Easter Egg Dyeing Kits
Finally, I also found a few Easter egg dyeing kits, including a glitter kit and a tie dye kit each for $2. So if decorating eggs is part of your Easter traditions, you can buy the supplies you need at Dollar General along with all your basket fillers.
What Easter items do you like to buy at Dollar General? Share with us in the comments below.