A Tisket, a Tasket—What to Put in an Easter Basket


Years of tradition have long dictated that Easter baskets be filled with loads of sugary sweet treats and tantalizing goodies. While chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and marshmallow PEEPS® are all timeless Easter traditions, there are no rules when it comes to Easter baskets. Gift giving can be creative and fun! Try a few of the following ideas to mix it up a bit this Easter:

Edible Easter Baskets

Candy is always a favorite with kids, but why not include some different snacks in their Easter baskets this year as well? Pretzels, chips and crackers are always a hit. Stick some fun dips or mustards in for variety. Many kids also love healthy trail mixes, fruit snacks and beef sticks. Easter treats don’t all have to be sticky sweet and bad for your teeth. Speaking of which, why not include a new toothbrush for good measure?

Outdoor Themed Easter Baskets

Easter comes right at that time of the year when kids start to envision outdoor fun and warm days. Fill their Easter baskets with items for the coming spring and summer sun. Bathing suits are a great idea for kids who like to splash in the pool all summer. Other ideas include sunglasses, beach towels, sun visors, flip-flops and suntan lotion. Don’t forget to throw in a Frisbee®, beach ball or jump rope for extra fun. Kites, sidewalk chalk and bubbles can also make great gifts.

Candy Free Easter Baskets

For those rainy days of spring, fill their minds and baskets with creative entertainment. Coloring books, crayons and drawing paper are always great for young children. Girls who are a little older might enjoy science themed bath bomb making kits, sewing crafts, STEM or STEAM themed crafts or jewelry making kits. Young boys can work away the hours constructing model cars and airplanes. How to draw themed books can also provide relaxing rainy day fun for both boys and girls.

Easter Baskets for Tween Girls

Young girls just on the brink of becoming teenagers will love finding their Easter baskets filled with makeup, hair accessories, magazines or a journal. Other fun gifts might include bracelets, cool bags, fidget spinners, new running shoes and gift cards. Don’t forget that she is still a kid though. She’ll love the sweet chocolate bunny and candy filled plastic eggs just as much as the other trinkets. Try thinking out of the box for the gift basket. Rain boots, decorative bowls or storage bins make great gift containers that she will reuse or repurpose.

Easter Baskets for Tween Boys

Boys getting ready to enter those wonderful teenage years may pretend that nothing fazes them. However, they will secretly delight in finding their baskets filled with fun gifts on Easter morning. Fishing lures, emoji squishy balls, camping equipment, slime, or a baseball cap are only a few ideas. All boys like to eat. It just wouldn’t be Easter without a few sweet treats. Mix things up a bit this year and get them a cookie cake or Easter brownie cake!

Music Themed Easter Gifts

For those about to rock, why not include a few favorite CDs? Fitness watches and over-ear headphones will be a hit with all ages. Don’t forget the iTunes or MP3 gift cards so they can download their favorite tunes. Give the gift of music and listen to the joy it brings! They might even like a magazine or book about their favorite band or musician.

Environmentally Friendly Easter Gifts

Go green this year and fill Easter baskets with environmentally friendly gifts and treats. Delicious fair trade organic chocolate bars and all-natural sweets will be consumed in a hurry. For gardening enthusiats, include packets of seeds, gardening gloves, floppy hats and small tools. Instead of using messy non-biodegradable Easter grass, try filling baskets with paper shred from your home or work paper shredder. Clothing or even crepe paper also make great environmentally friendly basket fillers. Since plastic baskets are not an environmentally friendly choice, try using hand-woven baskets, baseball caps, or a planter as your container. Anything that can serve a dual purpose.

Personalized Easter Baskets

Whatever you decide to gift, keep the recipient in mind when shopping online or at your favorite gift store. Think out of the box (or basket, lol). Easter baskets definitely do not have to be filled with traditional Easter gifts. Your recipient will appreciate your gift even more when your gift better fits their tastes and interests. Here’s a few unique gift ideas to get you started.