Creative Easter Basket Ideas

Creative Easter Basket Ideas

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Easter basket grass is right up there with tinsel and glitter… it ends up everywhere you don’t want it and you will be cleaning it up for weeks. I despise Easter grass…

Even though Easter grass might be my kryptonite now, I do have fond memories of digging through grassy Easter baskets overflowing with chocolates, Peeps, and jelly beans. Easter in my house was just as good as trick or treat night!

Now, maybe it’s just me, but now that I’m a parent I’m not that keen on the idea of showering my kids with massive amounts of candy – or that icky fake grass.

So when it comes to filling Easter baskets I have created a family tradition of “non-basket” Easter baskets. Both the “baskets” and the fillers are all useful items. (I do something similar with our Christmas stockings stuffers too.)

Let’s start with some ideas for the “non-baskets”.

But first, I’m going to be honest with you…I have some pretty severe hoarding tendencies. My hubby, Big L, helps me keep it in check, but it’s still there… watching and waiting for me to give in. And the holidays are the perfect time for my hoard to unknowingly build up. You know what I’m talking about: ridiculous amounts of plastic eggs, bunny chachkies, and of course baskets. Seriously, how many baskets can you hang from your basement rafters before it’s officially considered a hoard?

My solution is to get one large item for each kid (keeping it the same to limit the bickering) and fill it with useful goodies!

Some great “non-basket” ideas:

  • Dollar Tree plastic cube bins – Great for stashing away small toys and craft supplies!
  • Large plastic mixing bowl – Fun for a themed basket and of course useful way after Easter.
  • Umbrella – Open it up and set it on the table or floor and fill it with goodies (even though part of me still is hesitant about opening an umbrella in the house)!


  • Plastic kiddie pool – Make Easter super easy for mom and dad with this one. Just toss everybody’s gifts in the (empty) pool and you’re done! You can also reuse the pool all year round; take it outside and fill it with water in warm weather and in the colder months bring it inside and fill it with plastic ball pit balls!
  • Rain boots – Let the kids enjoy the Spring showers with a pair of fun rain boots! The best part of using the boots is the smaller space you have to fill – great for families (like us) who run on a tight budget!


  • Mug or tumbler – Another great option for a tight budget! Also a great idea for to use for the grown ups in your family (don’t forget to treat yourself too momma)!
  • Backpack
  • Lunch box/bag
  • Purse
  • Baseball hat
  • Cinch sack
  • Reusable shopping bag – The Dollar Tree has cute ones!
  • Tackle box


  • Plastic tool box
  • Sand bucket 
  • Watering can


  • Training potty – Useful for the little ones, and the bigger kids get a kick out of seeing a potty with toys and candy in it!


  • Caboodles/makeup tote – Both pre-teen and teens can put all of their bobbles and what nots in it (and off your bathroom sink!).


Look for an item that your family member could really use, and make that into your “basket”!


When it comes to the fillers I stick with things that I know will get used, limiting it to two or three items per kid. I also throw in a bag of candy – come on, I’m not a total party pooper! I try to pick a candy that they don’t often get to have, just to make it extra special.

A budget friendly trick is to get things that you need to buy anyway. As an example, this year both of my kids are in need of new undies and sandals… so you know what will be in their baskets! Another staple is health and beauty items are always great pics too!

I’ve broken some more Easter basket fillers down by age groups:

Babies


  • Sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Swim diapers
  • Sunglasses
  • Bath toy
  • Diapers
  • Squishy book
  • Baby toothbrush
  • Sunglasses 

Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Sunglasses
  • Board book
  • Finger paints
  • Sandals
  • Melissa and Doug puzzle
  • Bible 


  • Underwear
  • Sand box toys
  • Play Doh
  • Seeds
  • Gardening tools
  • Plain clay pots – Lots of fun to decorate! 
  • Reusable water bottle


  • Pinwheel
  • Swim suit
  • Toothbrush – to offset the candy overload!
  • Bubbles

Elementary

  • Skip it


  • Water bottle 
  • Mystery bag toy – Shopkins, My Little Pony, Lego, and more! Cute little gifts for under $5.
  • Elmer’s glue – to make some slime!
  • Pencils – Walmart and the Dollar Tree have cute Easter themed pencils!
  • Bible


  • Cross necklace
  • Underwear
  • New shirt
  • Swim suit
  • Beach towel
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Cross necklace
  • Water beads
  • Jump rope
  • Easter DVD
  • Stampers
  • New book – Find one on this list of book series for kids!
  • Fun cupcake liners
  • Cake mix
  • Colorful spatula
  • Fishing lure
  • Puzzle
  • Playing cards
  • Bubbles
  • Toothbrush – To offset the candy overload!
  • Kickball
  • Velcro catch set


Teens

  • Teen Bible


  • Journal
  • Bottle or can of iced tea or juice
  • Art supplies
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss/Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving supplies
  • Body wash
  • Book
  • Magazine
  • Sports themed gift (a ball, catching gloves, shin guards, mouth guard, socks, etc)
  • Toothbrush – to offset the candy overload
  • Flip flops
  • Sunblock
  • No show socks – A must have for short season!
  • Anklet
  • Cross necklace

Mom

  • Special coffee
  • Mom-only candy
  • Post-it Notes – These are a must to keep my bills and meals organized!
  • Pens/Sharpies


  • Bullet journal
  • Body wash
  • Perfume
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Candle
  • Wax melts
  • seeds or bulbs to plant
  • Gardening supplies
  • Spring themed kitchen tea towels
  • Apron – See why I think every momma needs an apron!
  • Magazine
  • Book or an Amazon gift card – to pick a Kindle book

Dad

  • Beef jerky
  • Grilling utensils
  • Grill seasonings
  • Fishing lure
  • New tie
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Car cleaning supplies
  • Glass bottle of soda – Give Dad a dose of nostalgia with a classic bottle of Coca Cola!
  • Key chain
  • Deodorant
  • Bandana – A great gift for the outdoor dad! These can be used as a face mask, neck guard, wrist band, headband, and more! Also great for mommas to use too!


  • Soap
  • Power bars
  • Car air freshener
  • Manly hand sanitizer
  • Magazine

Edible fillers (non candy)

  • Pringles (small cans)
  • Individual snack bags – cookies, crackers, chips
  • Individual juice mixes
  • Juice boxes or juice hugs
  • Pudding pack
  • Fruit snacks 
  • Nutella snack pack (pretzels or cracker sticks)
  • Crackers and cheese dips
  • Fruit leather
  • Individual packs of Combos
  • Breakfast muffin packs
  • Pop tarts
  • Cereal cups
  • Ice cream sundae supplies
  • Granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dates, pineapples, etc)
  • Trail mix
  • Nutella – Yes, a whole jar… best. gift. ever.


  • Pack of baked goods – Taskycakes are a favorite here.

What are some of your favorite things to put in your family’s Easter Baskets?

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