It’s time to start looking for Easter basket ideas already!
Actually, Easter seems super-late this year. Usually our spring break is the week before Easter, but this year it was, like, three weeks ahead of time. It was kind of nice — we could travel and not miss out on our Easter traditions here (and our break was early enough that we escaped the snow! Wahoo!)
We don’t go too overboard for Easter. We have baskets and an egg hunt (we color-code our eggs so the younger kids get easily hidden eggs…and the older kids get a challenge. My husband and I may go a little nuts trying to stump the kids as they get older!) and a nice meal after church.
The Easter baskets are generally a little candy, a chocolate bunny (of course!), and usually one small present — often under $10. We like giving books, or something for spring like garden tools, or something creative. Nothing big, just a little something fun.
Here are a few Easter basket ideas — things we’ve given the kids over the years. I don’t think anything on this list is over $20 and most of it is $10 and under. I left candy off the list…not because I’m anti-candy (good heavens. I’m tearing up a little at the thought) but because I figure that’s an easy one to cover. It’s all those other ideas that are hard to think up.
Easter Basket Ideas:
- Coloring books — I love this one for adults or older kids!
- Gel pens — by far my favorite medium for those more intricate coloring books
- Easter pencils
- Cute hair clips
- Small LEGO sets — less than $5!
- Pocket microscope — these are less than $3, and my kids loved investigating things while we were hiking…or just in the backyard…with them
- Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Keven Henkes — one of our all-time favorite Easter books, and again — less than $5! An adorable story.
- Cute T-shirts
- Hot Wheels
- Sidewalk chalk
- Garden tools — my kids love helping in the garden and this is the perfect time to get them a few of their own tools
- The Secret Garden — to get everyone in the mood for spring! I read this aloud to younger kids, and my older ones read it on their own. I just love it.
- Gift cards for Google play or iTunes — for older kids. We take a lot of road trips in the spring and summer, and even though I don’t let them play on electronics the entire time, I do let them for some of it. This way they can have new books or music on their tablets for the trip
- Frozen plastic cups — great to have on-hand as the weather heats up and kids need more to drink!
- Learn to Knit Kit
- Craft supplies like markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Craft punches
- Bubbles and these fun bubble wands
- Card games — we like Zeus on the Loose and There’s a Moose in the House
- Bead kits for making necklaces and bracelets (you could pair them with some you make yourself!)
- Watercolors and watercolor paper
- Ball caps (we live in Colorado, so we’re a little partial to this one)
- Sun hats for all our summer adventuring
- Rain boots
- Sand pails and beach toys
- Lip gloss
Do you have a favorite Easter tradition? I’d love to hear about it!