Jellybeans, chocolate eggs and spring-colored baskets are Easter staples. But candy isn’t the only way to go. This year, think out-of-the-basket and create personalized Easter bundles for everyone in the family. Choose one of these creations, wrap it in cellophane, tie it with a big pastel bow, and it definitely qualifies as an Easter basket in our book!
- For Little Ones: Toddlers certainly don’t need a whole basket full of candy. Instead, fill a sand pail with bath books, toys and bubble bath. Don’t forget plastic Easter eggs, which make surprisingly great bath toys. Another alternative to the basket is to fill a toy dump truck with toys and other Easter goodies.
- For the Gardener: In lieu of a basket, use a watering can or decorate a terracotta pot. Add vegetable seeds, an herb plant and patterned gardening gloves. Including your favorite family vegetable recipes adds a personal touch.
- For the Chef: Buy a colander in a spring hue like mint, pink or pastel. Line it with a cheerful kitchen towel and add a jar of sauce, pasta and olive oil. For an added touch, buy Easter-shaped pasta from a gourmet food store.
- For the BBQ Aficionado: Line the bottom of a metal grill basket with charcoal. Fill it with barbecue sauces, marinades, rubs and grilling tools. Buy a plain apron from a craft supply store and have your kids draw an themed design.
- For the Sports Lover: Turn a baseball cap upside down and fill it with game day necessities like peanuts, sunscreen and a pair of tickets. If a hat won’t hold all the goodies you want to include, go with a sport’s duffle. Now you have room for water bottles, tennis balls and other gear.
- For the Art Lover: Create a personalized Easter basket for an art lover with coloring books, stickers, sidewalk chalk and other art supplies you can find at a Dollar Tree. Pack it in a canvas tote bag with fabric markers so kids can start creating immediately.
- For the Snack Lover: One of the problems with traditional Easter baskets is that come Monday morning, you have this big basket taking up space in your home. To fix that issue, fill a reusable, insulated lunchbox with treats or gourmet mustards, trail mixes, crackers and other snack items.
You can choose to keep it traditional or switch it up this year with a personalized Easter basket that will fit everyone in your family.