10 Alternatives to Traditional Easter Baskets
Baskets don’t have to be boring! Cute and frilly Easter baskets can be fun for little kids, but what happens when they get older? You still want to give your kids something for Easter, but something age-appropriate. The good news is there are several creative and great options no matter what ages your kids are.
1. Toy Dump Truck or Doll Car
This option is actually for smaller kids, but if you’re making Easter baskets from scratch, why not use something fun as the container? The basket becomes the gift and can be filled with candy, stickers, and small toys.
2. Large Popcorn Bucket
Do your kids love to watch movies? A large plastic popcorn bucket filled with theater box style candies, popcorn, drinks, and a movie makes a wonderful Easter basket alternative for older kids. Have fun with it and include all their favorite snacks.
Is your daughter in the preteen age range? Then why not build her basket using a handbag? You could then fill it with lip gloss, nail polish, inexpensive jewelry, and some candy. It’s a fun, yet age-friendly option.
4. Laptop Case
A great option for a teen boy is to fill a laptop case with items he needs, such as minutes for his smartphone, an Amazon gift card, new earbuds, etc. This is an Easter basket that teens and college students are going to love.
5. Small Aquarium
Does your daughter want a hamster, fish, or another small pet? A small aquarium filled with the needed supplies to take care of the pet is an awesome alternative to an Easter basket. The next day you can go together to pick out the pet.
6. Large Mixing Bowl
Do you have a son or daughter that absolutely loves to bake? A mixing bowl filled with cookie cutters, different kinds of sprinkles, and baking utensils is such a fun alternative. She can open it early in the day and make Easter cookies for everyone.
7. Small Waste Basket
Has your teenage daughter been complaining about her outdated bathroom? Purchase a small waste basket that matches the theme she’s been talking about and then add a gift card to the local home improvement store along with painter’s tape, paint rollers, and other small items that she’ll need during the project.
8. Pet Bed
Has your child been bugging you silly for a puppy? Get a pet bed and fill it with pet supplies. You can then go to the local shelter together to find the perfect dog. It helps to have a size of dog in mind so that you purchase the right supplies.
How can you forget your husband? A fun way to create an Easter basket for your husband is to use a toolbox and fill it with screwdrivers and other small tools. You can then add a gift card to the local home improvement store. Another idea is to fill the toolbox with favorite snacks.
10. Small Cleaning Bucket
Last, but not least, if your teen has a (or uses the family) car, use a small cleaning bucket and fill it with car items, such as an emergency kit, car fire extinguisher, car washing liquid, a cleaning cloth, and a gas gift card.
You don’t have to stick with a boring basket. Let the container be part of the gift. Whether it’s a toolbox or a laptop case, there are so many options. Use your imagination and be creative and your recipient will say thanks for the awesome basket!