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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Bubblegum and/or regular gum in their favorite flavors. They both really like the Wrigley’s dessert flavored gum.
- 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.
- I usually break my own rule and add some junky clutter from The Dollar Tree to the baskets in the end.
- 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?