Easter Basket Ideas: My Basic Baskets for the Boys

I’ve seen a few posts about Easter Basket ideas popping up around the blogging world this week.  Christine from So Domestically Challenged had great stuff in her post titled 10+ Non-Traditional Easter Basket Ideas and I want some of the things Keri over at One Mama’s Daily Drama suggests for the Easter Baskets For Geeks.  I decided to hop (ha! get it? HOP!) on the bunny basket bandwagon with my own post of Easter basket ideas.

I should probably confess to a few things first:

  1. I give them candy!  Candy is relatively cheap, it fills the basket, and when Easter is over, it is (mostly) gone.  I’m all about keeping it as clutter-free as possible.
  2. I have a tendency to forget the baskets until the last-minute.  I host Easter brunch here each year and my focus is usually on the food and cleaning the house.  Sometime the Friday or Saturday before Easter, I lament to my husband that I’m afraid I don’t have enough stuff to fill the baskets.  I usually do have more than enough.
  3. I don’t remember getting anything but candy and then, maybe a card once I hit the ages my kids are now.

If you wait until the last-minute like me, here are a few Easter Basket ideas and tips to help keep the panic at bay.

My Basic Easter Basket Building Tips:

  • Use the same baskets each year!  This saves time, money, and headaches.  Just remember to keep track of where you store them.  Luckily for me, keeping the Easter baskets stored is my husband’s job.   By the way, we re-use the plastic eggs each year as well.

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    Easter baskets waiting in the basement.

  • Just say no to that shiny Easter grass.  Please, do it for me.  I can’t stand that stuff.  It is not good for pets and it gets everywhere.  I think I’m still finding it from 2002 before I knew better.  I’ve filled baskets without any Easter grass and my kids didn’t care.  I’ve also used tissue paper with regular paper wadded under it.  If you must use Easter grass, get the paper kind.  I found some at the Dollar Tree today!

    Easter Basket Ideas

    Paper shred grass. I should have saved all that junk mail I shredded last summer.

  • We set our baskets out the night before Easter, kind of like Christmas stockings.  It just adds an element of fun plus saves us from an extra midnight task.

Wait, I was supposed to share Easter basket ideas in this post wasn’t I?  Because I do tend to forget the baskets as I’m worrying about how many billions of varieties of muffins to make and in what quantity, I actually have a simple system for filling the baskets.  I recycle the Easter basket ideas each year so they mostly get the same stuff as the previous year.

Basic Easter Basket Ideas:

  • They each get a movie.  This started when they were small and I needed them occupied while we finished getting ready for brunch.  It was in the days before smartphones and Netflix and tablets. They are old enough now to help with the last-minute cleaning tasks but I still give them movies because it is fun, easy, and has become a tradition.

    Easter Basket Ideas

    This is a fun one for Easter!

  • A bag of their favorite candy bar miniatures.  G will probably get a bag of KitKats  and J will get Three Musketeers.  The bags fill up space, are easy to find at the last-minute, and I can dole them out as lunchbox dessert treats in a pinch.

    Easter Basket Ideas

    Treats I can put in the lunch boxes and wouldn’t normally buy are also on my go-to list.

  •  Bubblegum and/or regular gum in their favorite flavors.  They both really like the Wrigley’s dessert flavored gum.

    Easter Basket Ideas

    I’m hoping the bunny scores a hit with these Gum ball baseball bats.

  • Something related to the outdoors:  I’ve done kites, balls, badminton, chalk, and bubbles in the past.  I’m not sure what I’ll do this year but here is my easy cheap thing to start since they like to play some weird tag game at night called Werewolf when they have many friends sleepover.

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    These light sticks looked handy.

  • I usually break my own rule and add some junky clutter from The Dollar Tree to the baskets in the end.

    Easter Bakset Ideas.

    I imagine these will be lost or in the trash before the month ends.

  • Salty snacks!  This usually comes in the form of small cans of Pringles potato chips or snack sized bags of their favorite chips.  If you are going to have sweets, then you may as well have some salt to go with it.
  • Sometimes clothes in the form of t-shirts.  This was more for when they were younger and would get excited about character clothing.  I’m fairly certain a Spiderman shirt would no longer thrill my teenager but he might wear an understated gaming shirt of some type.

In addition to the above, we simply put candy and money (change usually not huge amounts)  in plastic eggs and sometimes I go ahead and buy the bigger candy filled eggs (like the SpongeBob ones).  I also try to put at least one religious-themed item in the baskets because it is Easter after all.  I’ve done this by tying in the movie selections, giving them bibles, and/or Easter word search tablet things.  I haven’t quite got it figured out for this year yet.

What does the bunny leave in the kids’ baskets at your house?


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32 thoughts on “Easter Basket Ideas: My Basic Baskets for the Boys

  1. Michele

    Hello Jean, I think you are organized today! Your approach to Easter baskets is much like mine when the kids were younger. I always found things to occupy them, and other than Halloween it was the one time they got candy. Now mine are grown and I just filled baskets with cute office supplies and pretty notepads, fun pens, and of course candy. I could give it up, but I don’t. Happy Easter! Michele
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Oh, I’d love an Easter basket filled with office supplies! I imagine I’ll be making my boys baskets once they’ve grown as well. Happy Easter to you as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks. Movies are a bit harder now with most everything easily available to watch on-line somewhere but they are still fun. My youngest still likes bubbles (so do I!) and craft kits sometimes.

    1. Jean Post author

      I don’t think you can go wrong with chocolate! I like stuffed animals but my boys never really got into them all that much. Gift cards are great!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I found them in the Easter section at Target (they were on sale!). If my boys were younger, I’d probably add a small soft baseball of some sort but they are at the ages where they are more interested in the gum than the container. 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      Pop tarts would definitely be fun and easy. Our Target had some smores flavored ones on clearance that my boys thought were pretty good. I’ve also done the little cans of soda since I don’t buy it that often. I’m mostly all about things that can mostly disappear after the holiday is gone.

    1. Jean Post author

      Books are fun to add. I have added books about Easter before as well. It gets a bit harder to find holiday themed books as they get older though.

  2. Christine

    Great ideas! I never thought of including a DVD! And I’m with you on that horrible plastic Easter grass. It’s the worst. A few years ago, I found this cool multicolored cottony filler. It kind of looks like cotton candy. But it’s awesome. It pretty much stays stuck together and it’s soft and cushy (we reuse that and the plastic eggs every year too).

    Thanks so much for linking to my ideas. I’m honored 🙂

    I’m kind of intrigued by this glowing werewolf game now though. lol!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I like the idea of the cottony filler. I’ve thought of trying to use the grass again but that’s just a bit too much to track but the filler would be easy to store. I’m going to keep an eye out for something like that. Thanks for the tip! The werewolf game is just tag at night as far as I can tell (with me praying that no one trips and breaks an ankle…).

    1. Jean Post author

      I know what you mean. I’d like to still get an Easter basket but I just skim off the kids collecting the “mom candy tax” and leave it at that.

  3. Jane

    My children are past the Easter Basket age. When they were at that stage in their childhood we used to put some chocolate, a movie, a book, art supplies, little toys & I much prefer paper grass! & of course the bunny drops the basket off while your sleeping 😉

    1. Jean Post author

      Art supplies are always fun and yes, the bunny has to come after everyone is asleep 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m pretty bad about waiting until the last minute. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  4. Deanna

    I was lucky to get a basket with candy when I was a kid. It’s so different now, hey?

    We reuse our baskets each year as well. I’m starting to think though, with as much space as they take up (almost an entire tub), it would be more beneficial, square footage cost wise, to just purchase new each year.

    We also reuse our plastic eggs. And we reuse our shiny plastic grass each year as well.

    Those gum filled bats are an amazing find. Where did you find them? I LOVE IT!

    We’ve been Dollar Tree junkies lately, and we’ve never seen build a straw sets. Wonder if those were just for Easter time or what. Hmmmm…..

    This year the bunny left some candy, or course, bigger things for the girls of the chocolate Reese for Josie and a Hershey bunny for Jenna, then I believe a book or CD for everyone, and tattoo pens for the girls, and some singing chicks for the girls. That’s about it. I really cut back a few years ago with the ‘crap’ factor LOL There was just too much of it around here, sitting long after Easter was over still in the same room the basket take down was LOL

    I’m sure your boys loved everything in their baskets 🙂 You always put a lot of thought into it all.

    Can’t wait to get to the post about your Easter Brunch!

    1. Jean Post author

      I haven’t seen the straws in there since Easter so maybe they are a holiday thing. Gum filled bats came from Target in the seasonal aisle.

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