In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, this coronavirus is due to shake up our economy well after it calms down. Kids in this country are going to be learning from home due to cancelled schools and some parents are being sent home to telecommute for the time being. All of this craziness is capped off with Easter now being a month away! I’ve comprised a list for DIY Shop Local Easter Basket Ideas. These ideas will help support local businesses who are suffering during this social distancing and quarantined times.
Local Chocolate: A chocolate bunny is an Easter classic. Ditch the store bought, mass produced bunny for a more artisanal bunny from a local chocolatier. This is a great way to support someone in your community. If you live in the Rochester, NY area, here are some local recommendations: https://hedonistchocolates.com, http://encorechocolates.com or http://www.steverscandy.com
Museum Tickets and Memberships: When the self quarantine is over, you are going to want to do something outside of the house with the family. Check out nearby museum options for tickets and deals on yearly memberships so you can enjoy the fun for a year! For my Rochestarians: http://www.visitrochester.com/things-to-do/
Book a Staycation: Like I said with the museums, you are going to want to getaway after this self quarantine is over. Hotel rates are going to be low for a while so take advantage. Most hotels have flexible cancellation policies and only require a credit card to hold the reservation (it does not charge unless you pick a non refundable rate). For my Rochestarians: http://www.visitrochester.com/hotels/
Active Activities: The social distancing is going to leave Laser Tag and Trampoline Park facilities empty. Buying a gift card for this place can help these businesses now and provide fun for you later. For my Rochesterarians: https://rochester.lasertron.us
Artists/Crafters: Do you have a Baby Yoda fan and are frustrated that there still aren’t items out in stores? Check Facebook, Etsy and Google for artists and crafters who are creating these items by hand. I purchased a Baby Yoda shirt for my daughter on Etsy from a Stay at Home mother who designs shirts on the side! For my Rochestarians: http://www.craftcompany.com
Favorite Restaurants: My daughter is a fan of one of the local diners. It is one of those places that has 20 million kinds of pie and Mickey Mouse pancakes. She would love a little gift card in her Easter basket so she has an excuse to go get pancakes and pie. For my Rochestarians: http://www.visitrochester.com/restaurants/ or from the picture http://www.restaurantfiorella.com
I hope this list of DIY Shop Local Easter Basket Ideas inspires you. Making beautiful memories with your family and helping out local businesses is a win win during these scary times. Feel free to save some money on these baskets and fill in with some great dollar store finds like sidewalk chalk so the kids can get some fresh air!
What other ideas do you have for Easter baskets?
Stay safe and healthy everyone!
Reach out to your local visitor’s bureau for some more shop local ideas: http://www.visitrochester.com
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