Fun and Functional Easter Basket Ideas!
While I like Candy and bubbles as well as the next gal, I do try to add some creative items to the Kids’ Easter Baskets. Like all gifts, I prefer to personalize the Easter Baskets with items that interest each child but that can sometimes get really expensive so I customize it with a couple larger, personal gifts and “fill in” with many of the old stand-bys. I find that sticking to a theme can really help me stick to a budget while keeping things fun!
Here are some ideas for creative Easter Basket themes and items.
The Outdoor Explorer Basket:
Let’s face it, most kids like Bugs! I’ve seen some of the “girliest” little girls get down and dirty searching for bugs. I love this basket for kids of many ages. A mini wheel barrow, bug habitat, or bucket make the perfect basket for this one. Then add The Outside Science Lab For Kids book (link below) or another book about outdoor exploration or bugs with some bug collecting toys and accessories (big tweezers, magnifying glass, bug container etc.) Accent it with some gummy worms and maybe a container of plastic counting bugs and you’ve got a basket that is fun and educational! This outdoor fun will keep the kids busy exploring and learning while mom gets some things done.
Mad Science Basket
This is such a fun basket for kids of all ages! Check out Learning Resources line of science kits and toys for smaller kids then think about Crystal Growing Kits, experiment guides and books, slime labs, bath bomb kits, and even microscopes for older kids. Great accessories for these baskets include science goggles, aprons, beakers, gummie candies and basic science supplies like baking soda, vinegar, food color, journals, etc.
The Tween Basket:
A hat makes a great basket for the not so easy to please tween. Pick out a hat that is to their taste so it’s a functional gift. Fill it with a charger or set of headphones, some gum and their favorite snacks, maybe a cool t-shirt, book, or beach towel and a pair of flip flops and you’re done!
The Beach Basket:
While this crazy weather is making it difficult for us to think Spring let alone get ready for summer, it will really be here before we now it. The little beach lovers in your life will love a beach themed Easter basket complete with sand toys, flip flops, beach games, and a new towel. Maybe even a wet suit pouch. A beach bucket, bag, or cart makes a great “basket” and then you can fill it with age appropriate beach toys or games (think paddle ball, kite, Spikeball, Pro Kadima, Melissa and Doug beach toys etc.) Top it off with some sunscreen, gum, a good book or iTunes card, and some healthy snacks to get your little one ready for some sunshine!
This is a great gift for the little Artists in your life! Find a pretty tote, basket, or scrapbooking container and fill it with all kinds of craft supplies. Splurge on a couple fancy paints, markers, glitter, etc. that are not part of your usual arts and crafts repertoire to make it extra special. Top it off with a really pretty chocolate bunny and some speckled egg candies and you have a work of art!
Sports Lover’s Basket:
Do you have a little Sports lover in your family? This basket is practical and fun. Let’s face it, sporting supplies can get expensive. Maybe your little guy or gal needs a new helmet or glove? Use these as the “basket” and fill it with some big league chew, baby Ruth Bars, peanuts, and a couple little dollar store toys, maybe some new sorts sicks, headband or other accessories that they need and bam, you’ve got the new things they need AND a fun Easter Basket! Not buying a helmet or glove? A new backpack or sports bag make a great and functional “basket.” Just fill it with whatever sports items they need and top it off with a new yard game for extra family fun!
The Fairy Garden Basket:
This is a beautiful basket for the magical ones in your life. Find a big planter or pretty aquarium-like bowl and fill it with the essential items needed to make a Fairy Garden (mini rocks, houses, mushrooms, moss etc. see link below.) Fill in with some tubes of glitter, maybe a book about fairly folklore and some pretty candies and you’ve got yourself a basket worthy of another realm!
A Dinosaur Basket:
This is THE Basket for the Dino-obsessed little ones in your life! There are some really cute dino baskets out there now and all kinds of wonderful dinosaur books and toys. A must have is the dino explorers excavating set (link below) and squishy dinosaurs. Perhaps a dinosaur encyclopedia or book about volcanoes? Top it off with chocolate eggs (they can be dinosaur eggs if we believe!) and maybe some dino fruit candies and you my friend have got yourself a basket!
The Little Fireman’s Basket:
This is sure to be a hot basket for the little firefighters in your life! This is another basket with so many fun options: from a fireman’s costume and/or hat, some little fire trucks, perhaps a back pack water gun blaster, and/or a fire truck pop up tent…. to …water soakers, Red Hot candies, Fireman puppets and Fire Truck books (Good Night Fire Engines is cute for little ones and National Geographic’s Dolley The Fire Dog is cute for older kids. Check out other National Geographic options for every age!)
Game Night Basket:
Get a huge plastic popcorn bucket from the dollar store and fill it with movie snacks and a couple new card games (there are some really cool ones out for kids of all ages!) and a new family board game. Add some of the kids’ favorite snacks and you’ve got a basket that will be enjoyed for many nights or rainy days to come!
Little Bird Watcher’s Basket:
This basket isn’t for everyone, but some of our more curious, outdoorsy little friends will love this. Perhaps it’s even a hobby the whole family can enjoy together while hiking or planning outdoor family days. Pack a basket or birdhouse with a great bird book, some binoculars, birdseed, maybe a nice outdoor blanket or backpack and some travel snacks and top it off with passes to a nature park and you’ve got yourself a basket that is not only fun and educational but might just strike up a new interest for your little one.
The Little FisherGal or Guy Basket:
This is another basket that is not for every kid but for the right kid, it’s perfection! Use a tackle box as the basket and fill it with fishing supplies and snacks. Add a new pole, vest, and/or fishing passes and you have a got that truly will keep on giving!
The Little Camper’s Basket:
This is a fun basket for little ones who like to camp or even pretend to camp! The options are endless from Little People Camping toys and Play Doh camping sets for toddlers to s’mores kits, camping gear and books, and nature guides for older kids. Every child can use a great new water bottle, cool lantern or flashlight, or outdoor explorer’s kit. Hammocks, camping cook accessories, and camping guides can make great gifts for older children. Travel Journals and memory books can make a wonderful addition for families who do a lot of exploring throughout the year.
The Aviator Basket:
Is there a little one in your life who is really into airplanes or all things that go? This basket idea is sure to have them flying high! Include materials for paper airplanes, paper airplane kits, airplane model kits, Airplane books, miniature airplanes, an aviator’s hat or costume and how about some traditional airplane snacks to really round it out!
The Austronaut Basket
This is one of my favorites! It’s fun and educational AND it works for kids of many ages. This basket can be easily completed with things like a field guide to the stars book or National Geographic’s Little Kids First Book of Space, a pair of binoculars or little telescope, a rocket ship tent and astronaut costume, space shuttle play sets, inflatable alien and/or astronaut, Uncle Milton’s Moon in My Room, glow in the dark stars for the child’s room, Planets puzzle, planet decals for the child’s room or ceiling, coloring books, play sets, stickers, crafts, and so much more! Top it off with some moon pies and pop rocks and you’ve got a basket that is out of this world!
My Superhero Basket
You will be amazed at all of the superhero options! The little Superhero in your life would love a basket filled with superhero capes and masks, superhero Pez Dispenser(s), super hero crafts (stickers, coloring books) and maybe even a super hero game or Busy Book!
The Little Mechanic Basket
Do you know a little one who loves to follow adults around as they fix and build things?? How about getting that little one their own toolbox! Fill it with age appropriate tools and accessories, and perhaps even a first project (think birdhouse, derby car, etc.) Add some passes to the local children’s museum or Home Depot Class to explore those skills further.
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Some of my stand-by items are:
Costumes, dress up
Annie’s Organic Bunny snacks
Toothbrush and toothepaste
Crayons or markers
Re-useable Sticker Play sets (Melissa and Doug)
Decks of card or flash card
Pez dispensers and candy
Bananagrams or other portable games
Flower Pot and seeds or GrowPots
Garden gloves and children’s garden tools
Make your own jewelry kits or pieces