One of the fun aspects of Easter is filling up an Easter Basket for your loved ones. The great thing about Easter Baskets is that you can be as creative as you want and spend as little or as much as you’d like and still create a beautiful basket.
I have compiled a list of my ideas for items that you can include in your own Easter Baskets. Keep in mind, many of these ideas work well for adults or older children, too. For example, a book doesn’t have to be a board book it can be an adult novel or a instructional book or whatever works best for the loved one you have in mind.
Traditional Easter Basket Ideas
These are some of the most common gifts that are added to Easter Baskets.
- Coloring Books
- Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers
- Stuffed Animal
- Games (Card, Board, and Video games)
Fun Spring/Summer Themed Gifts
Easter and the first day of spring are less than two weeks apart so it just makes sense for the two to go hand in hand. You can fill their Easter Baskets with fun items to encourage getting outside and playing outdoors!
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Swimming Suit
- Beach Towels
- Sand Toys
- Slip ‘n Slide or Blow-up Pool
- Bath Toys
- Backyard or Sports Ball
- Sandals or Flip-Flops
- Gardening Tools
Easter Basket Ideas for Girls
These gifts will be a great addition to your baskets for your girls.
- Hair Bows
- Easter Dress
- Nail polish
- Colorful Socks
- Craft Kit
- Play Food
- Piggy Bank
Easter Basket Ideas for Boys
Here’s a few ideas to fill those Easter Baskets specifically for the boys. Of course, girls may like some of these items as well but they are more traditionally thought to be boy gifts.
- Bouncy Ball
- Matchbox Cars
- Remote Controlled Car
- Church Outfit or Tie
- Action Figure
- Water Guns
Snacks and Food Easter Basket Fillers
You can add snacks or candy into the basket which will round out the toys or other gifts. While candy is traditionally one of the top elements of an Easter Basket, you can really be more creative and choose items based on your families dietary restrictions and healthy eating goals.
- Fruit Snacks
- Chocolate Bunny
- Juice Box
- Cutie Oranges
- Mini-Boxes of Cereal
- Jelly Beans
- Trail Mix
- Dried Fruit
Finishing Touches for your Easter Basket
It doesn’t have to be a Basket – Keep in mind that you don’t have to use an actual basket. You could spend a day with the kids decorating lunch sacks or wrap a small box with the top flaps folded in or cut off to create an open top. Another idea would be to simply incorporate your gifts into your Easter Egg hunt.
Lining the Basket – You can stick to traditional store bought colorful “grass” to fill the basket or try something different. It would be easy to make recycled grass using an old newspaper or your grocery ads and a paper shredder. If you already have a paper shredder, than this won’t cost you anything extra and will help you reuse rather than create more waste. Shredding tissue paper works too, but because it is thin you’ll need several sheets and fold them together to make them a bit thicker to feed through your paper shredder. You can also line the basket with tissue paper. Try adding a few different colors and crinkle it up give texture to sheets.
Hide the Easter Basket – Growing up, my parents always hid our Easter Baskets. It was always a lot of fun to go on a hunt throughout the house trying to find our basket. You could hide clues inside of Easter eggs or just use an age appropriate hiding spot. The one that always sticks out in my memory is the year my parents hid all of our baskets inside the guest bathroom sink cupboard.
If you’ve loved these ideas, please share! You can easily pin this list to save it for the future as well. What favorites did I miss? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Easter Basket fillers are!
Monday 1st of April 2013
I used many of your ideas from this article for Easter... Many thanks, Cindi
Monday 25th of March 2013
Great ideas! My Easter baskets as a kid would be filled with marshmallow Peeps, Hershey's Kisses, jelly beans, coloring books, bubble soap, and little toy animals (usually bunnies)
Jackie N Mankin-LaRue
Saturday 23rd of March 2013
I love all these ideas!! I always make a basket for my husband as well but i am always stumped on what to get him.... any ideas?!?!?
A Mom's Take
Wednesday 27th of March 2013
Thanks for your comment @facebook-763349733:disqus. I'll have to plan a post around this topic for the future! Off the top of my head some fun suggestions for men: watch, shaving supplies, cologne, movie passes, model rockets, remote control vehicle. I got my husband a remote controlled helicopter for Christmas and he is still playing with it a few times a week! lol
Friday 22nd of March 2013
I like all the non-candy ideas. I have been wracking my brain this year since im trying to stay away from candy for the kids. It's really sad that candy, oviously marketed for kids, is so full of nastiness...high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors and sweeteners, etc...
Wednesday 20th of March 2013
These are all great ideas! What about what women and men want in their Easter Baskets? :)
A Mom's Take
Wednesday 27th of March 2013
Thanks for your comment and suggestion! I'm marking this down as a topic to write about in the future! :) I mentioned some gifts for men in the comment above. A few ideas for women: jewelry, makeup (how fun would a new lip gloss be!), shoes, latest novel from a favorite author, a night "off" mom duty, bubble bath, massage.