Are you looking for some new ideas for Easter Baskets this year? Whether you are traditional or want to shake things up a bit, we have put together 20 Easter Basket Alternatives and Ideas that will certainly inspire you!
My early memories of Easter are that of decorating eggs, beautiful Easter baskets filled with goodies, a new dress my Mother would hand sew for church service and of course our Sunday dinner with family. Later, those same traditions I would pass down to my sons over the years. Well, except for the Easter dress!
As a result, I still love the process of preparing the Easter baskets, even though my sons are all grown up now. However, I admit it was easier to find fun little items to put into their baskets when they were younger. Small toys and candy were always a big hit. Since then, the contents of their baskets have grown up with them.
Ideas can be as endless as your imagination. For example, consider putting together a themed Easter basket based on their interests and hobbies. Don’t get caught up on the idea of an Easter “basket”, because any container will work. For example, use a bucket, box, tin or bag/tote. Try choosing an interest or theme and then run with it!
Themed Easter Baskets
- Inspire your little artist by filling a basket with crayons, markers, coloring books, sculpting clay, glitter, stickers, paint and paint brushes.
- For your beauty queen, fill a basket with nail polish, hair ribbons, makeup, lip gloss, temporary tattoos, blush and jewelry.
- Inspiring cook? Just fill a basket with an apron, cookbooks and utensils.
- Any inspiring gardener would love a bucket filled with gloves, tools, seeds, small pots and watering can.
- An avid reader? Just fill a bag with books, book markers and reading light.
- For your inspiring writer, fill a box with beautiful paper, pens and journal.
- Your inspiring magician, fill a decorated box with cards, magic tricks, hat and maybe a stuffed bunny.
- Any movie buff would love a basket filled with movies, popcorn, candy and drinks.
- Inspiring your musician by filling a basket with musical instruments from the dollar store.
- That music buff–fill a bucket with a CD and earphones. Copy the lyrics to the songs on the CD and include that.
Alternatives to Easter Baskets
- For those who love playing games, fill a decorated box with playing cards, board games and puzzles.
- Fill a colorful bucket with a flexible (plastic) cutting board with an assortment of colorful plastic cookie cutters, and Play doe.
- Give a stuffed animal and place a piece of jewelry on its arm or around its neck. You could also place a small bag around its neck filled with candy and goodies.
- Instead of a basket, fill the compartments on either side of a plastic lap desk with paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, stencils, stamps—you have endless possibilities on this one.
- Fill a basket with everything to do with a hobby, such as jewelry making. Include some beads and an instruction booklet.
- Older children? Fill a small bucket with plastic eggs filled with some cash (always a hit)!
- Young girls? Fill a small purse or tote with some candy/goodies and include a gift card to her favorite store.
- Purchase a gift certificate to hobby classes, such as cake decorating, jewelry making, art classes. Check with Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.
- Gift a beautiful monogrammed Bible.
- Start a tradition of gifting a collection such as coins or stamps. Then every Easter add to that collection.
You can’t go wrong with the traditional Easter basket filled with all their favorite candy and goodies. But, over the years we have become a little more health conscious, so here are some alternatives to candy!
Alternatives to Candy
- dried apricots
- beef jerky (a big hit)
- fruits & nuts
- health bars
- fruit rollups
- homebaked goods
My secret to saving money is shopping the day after Easter for the following year. So, in many cases, you will find everything marked down 50% off and in most cases, much more. You will find some beautiful baskets greatly reduced. Just don’t forget the plastic eggs and grass. Of course, you have the entire year to pick up small items to add to the Easter baskets. Take advantage of sales and clearance items throughout the year and don’t forget to check out the dollar stores. I have had to buy very little during the years because I reuse the baskets, grass and the plastic eggs from year to year. Just a word of warning–store the grass in baggies, because, you don’t want any little critters taking up residence in the grass. And yes, it happens!
Once you have filled your Easter basket, you can either wrap it with colored cellophane or better yet, I love to use the coarse netting that you can buy at any fabric store. I buy mine at Walmart for only 67 cents per yard. It makes for a beautiful presentation. Add a beautiful handmade bow or some curly ribbon to finish it off. Use what you have.
A few years ago, I prepared my boy’s Easter baskets the night before, as usual. Inside the baskets were a small package of peeps, jelly beans inside plastic eggs and sprinkled with small bite sized chocolates. Oh, and of course, the chocolate bunny. The baskets were left on the dining room table for my boys to find the following morning. The Easter Bunny does his best work at night! Unfortunately, that morning they woke up to find their baskets under the dining room table…empty!
Our beloved golden retriever, Goldi, had quietly removed the baskets from the table and feasted on the contents of both baskets while we slept. She even managed to pop open the plastic eggs to finish off all the jelly beans. She ate every piece of chocolate (including the bunny) wrappers and all! As a result, she pooped candy wrappers for days. They say chocolate can kill a dog or at the very least make them ill–well, the candy didn’t faze her, we were lucky! So remember to put the Easter baskets up and out of your pet’s reach.
We wish you a Blessed Easter.