Regardless of your age, you are never too old to receive an Easter basket. The highly-anticipated assortments of goodies are part of a thousand-year plus tradition. And, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Stuffing baskets with jelly beans, chocolate, toys, bunnies, shades of pastel and other signs of spring are classic moves that have all stood the test of time.
However, if you’re looking for fun Easter basket ideas that help create extra special moments, take a look at some of our suggestions below.
1. A New Buddy for Some’bunny’
Browse the Bunnies by the Bay collection at Lord & Taylor to find a furry friend for the infant, baby or toddler in your life. Choose from many irresistibly-cute buddy blankets, stuffed animals, and plush rattles in the shape of bunnies and lambs. To make a gift basket for a slightly older tot, pair one of their three-piece gift sets (embroidered plush critter, board book, and canvas backpack) with a few sweet treats.
2. Egg-Cellent Confections
When nothing but chocolate eggs will do, check out See’s Candies to level up your Easter basket edibles. Amuse youngsters with milk chocolate Sweet Surprise Chicks eggs that crack open to reveal a solid white chocolate treat. You can shop single eggs or spring for the larger Easter Collection: four different chocolate egg flavors and a bag of fruity jelly beans. The company’s Easter-only Scotchmallow Eggs offer a mouthwatering combo of chocolate-covered caramel and honey marshmallow – a sought-after sweet for this time of the year.
3. Personalized Plush Peeps
You either love them or you don’t!
The colors and shapes of these sugar-dusted marshmallow bunnies and chicks (known as Peeps) have inspired many creative minds. Novelty items make awesome Easter basket fillers and there is no shortage of Peeps-related items sold on Etsy. Here, you can shop handmade standouts, such as a Chillin’ with my Peeps onesie for babies and new parents, personalized plush Peeps, wood home décor, and endless T-shirt designs for all ages.
4. Think Outside the Box
Not all Easter treats come in a basket! Toolboxes filled with brand new screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches and DIY gadgets work just as fine for handy fellas. Home Depot is a one-stop shop for all the things that’ll satisfy a jack of all trades. Think portable power tools, socket sets, laser levels, safety glasses, and any other small hand tools, like the digital Zircon Multi-Function Wall Scanner – an ideal accessory for Mr. Home Improvement.
5. Encourage Young Minds to Blossom
Don’t let personal reflection, poetic thoughts, and artistic creativity of today’s youth go to waste – give it a space to grow! Customizable notebooks, weekly/monthly planners, and 80-page journals from Minted provide just the right keepsake for tween and teen self-expression. Personalize the cover with their name, favorite saying, or photographs. There are literally hundreds of designs to consider, including modern, preppy, funny and vintage styles.
6. What a Sweet Surprise!
Imagine the look of surprise when your loved one finds a personalized piece of jewelry buried inside an Easter basket! The customizable Kendra Scott Reid Necklace lets you select the metal chain of your choice (gold, rose gold, rhodium or gunmetal) and stones, like the Peach Mother of Pearl, Purple Jade, Dichroic Glass, and Bronze Veined Turquoise Magnesite, which gives off beautifully energetic springtime vibes.
7. Pretty Pastels and Florals
Created exclusively for Macy’s, Martha Stewart brightens dining room tables with the appropriately-themed Easter Collection and the Pastel Open Stock Collection, which includes the Pink Bunny Spoon Rest. Choose from dinnerware sets, salad plates, cereal bowls, serving pieces and embroidered white cotton napkins featuring delicately-colorful, floral designs. Here’s a thought: mix and match pieces to create an unexpectedly unique, Easter gift basket for Grandma.
8. Numero UNO Basket Fillers
Card games, mini-board games, and travel-size versions of childhood classics not only keep children busy, but also stimulate their minds. Target is home to plenty of brainteasers, puzzles, and welcome distractions that easily add a fun, non-candy element to Easter baskets for kids like UNO. Stick with the original version or ramp up the level of competition with something new, like the double-sided deck(ed) out the challenge of UNO Flip!.
9. A Berry Special Arrangement
Another way to avoid extreme sugar overloads is to opt for a healthy Easter basket alternative. Edible Arrangements works their magic with strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes to create impressive displays of affection—and without all the artificial sugar! The company uses chocolate-drizzled strawberries and chocolate-dipped pineapple bunnies to liven up their Easter-themed fruit baskets, as seen in their ‘Easter Bunny Celebration,’ ‘Have a Hoppy Easter’, and ‘Easter Bunny Festival’ selections.
10. Give the Gift of Entertainment
Regardless of whether you have a house of Mickey Mouse, sports, or Walking Dead fans, here’s an Easter basket gift that is fun for the whole household… Bundle DIRECTV + AT&T internet for an epic alliance to keep the whole house entertained. Plus, get $250 in AT&T Visa® Reward Cards with qualifying TV and Internet when you order online.
11. Easter eggs too pretty to eat
With jelly beans and sour bunny jellies that add delicious color to any child’s Easter basket, See’s Candies also offers a collection of sophisticated chocolate eggs almost too pretty to devour. Let’s start with the 9 ½-ounce Rocky Road Egg. This standout is hand-decorated with a bouquet of candy roses, and filled with milk chocolate, honey marshmallow and walnuts. The Mayfair Egg is a tasty combo of chocolate, pecans and cherries. The chocolate confetti-coated Bordeaux™ Egg is a brown sugar lover’s dream. They even have the perfect keepsake for the occasion…the sweetest-looking candy dish with a bunny-topped cover.
12. So fresh, so clean
Not all Easter baskets are made with the stomach in mind. Sometimes, they’re packed with everyday essentials. Use this special occasion to pamper the fella in your life with upgraded and new products for the face and body. Macy’s is stocked with affordable basket fillers that include Burt’s Bees natural skin care (like body wash, lotion, and aftershave), Kiehl’s shave lotion, moisturizing lip balm, personal trimmers, and grooming kits. Add in deodorant, razor blades, nail clippers, face soap, hair care, and a fresh toothbrush to cap off this fully functional Easter basket.
13. Gift a (delicious) experience
Start a family tradition with the kids by cooking in the kitchen for Easter! Sweet treats are practically a must for this holiday, so why not try your hand at making your own Easter egg bread? This pull-apart, braided baked good includes dyed eggs, sprinkles, and a sugary glaze. It’s the perfect holiday project that’s made even more special with the help of a Craftsy Bread Baking Kit. With it, your little one gets a recipe booklet, an online baking class, and kid-friendly baking tools and supplies, such as a small apron and dough scraper. The entire kit is packaged in a decorative linen bread bag, which makes it easier to situate in an Easter gift basket.
14. Treasures for your treasure
Some teenagers tell themselves they’ve outgrown the tradition of getting an Easter basket, but deep down inside, they’re just as happy as a toddler to get a stash of chocolate candy and other springtime goodies. When arranging a basket for the tween in your life, fun jewelry items tend to go a long way. Find beautiful, trendy jewelry under $50 from Kendra Scott — from emerald glass to blush pearls to gold necklaces you’ll definitely find the perfect piece for her. Kendra Scott nail lacquer is also another affordable option, which comes in shades of rose quartz, blush pearl, turquoise, pale green, peach, yellow and pink.
15. Easter to everyday
Don’t waste money on a wicker basket that’s destined for the trash bin. Instead, choose a more meaningful container for your sweetie’s Easter loot. Etsy is home to plenty of creative artisans ready to personalize a cooler, tackle/tool box, jewelry case or leather toiletry bag with the initials, name or nickname of the special man (or woman) in your life. Just think of the surprise that a laser-engraved, wooden keepsake or storage box stocked with candy bars, nuts, or other Easter goodies.
16. A spa in a basket
Who says you can’t trade Cadbury Crème Eggs for golden eggs that deliver rejuvenating ‘me-time’ moments? This year, treat someone special to an Easter basket filled with small gifts that pamper and beautify. Slip in a scented, aromatherapy candle that relaxes the mind. Soften the skin with bubble bath, body washes, colorful bath bombs, and spa gels made with essential oils. And, to add a touch of Easter bunny flair, add an all-day moisturizing Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm Egg Pore Primer from Lord & Taylor. Not only does this trendy Korean skincare product come in the shape of a golden egg, but it also smells like tart lemons.
17. Hoppy new mama
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about real bunny rabbits! Flowery dresses trimmed with ruffles, pastel-colored bowties, and lamb onesies are just a few adorable items that make a springtime gift basket for new mothers shine. But sometimes, you need just the right centerpiece that screams ‘Happy Easter.’ Available in a range of sizes, Minted sells a series of baby animal art prints, including a rosy-cheeked grey bunny, which would make a delightful focal point for a “New Mom” Easter basket.
Easter gift baskets help celebrate every special occasion, holiday, and milestone imaginable.
And remember, Easter isn’t the only time of the year for treating loved ones and friends to a basket full of thoughtful goodies.
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