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Easter Baskets: Not Just For Kids



I got to thinking about the big kids for Easter baskets. I didn’t want to leave out anyone. Just because we are adults doesn’t mean we can’t have an Easter basket too.

Easter basket for us adults can go from the traditional to extravagant and cheap to expensive.

Some of the basket ideas could be used for that teenager or young adult child that you have in your family and you want to do something special for them.

Traditional: I know in my other post for unique baskets don’t fall into this category, but as adults we do enjoy memories of our childhood.

Purchase that traditional basket, fill it with the fake green grass and put all the candy you can fit into the basket. Don’t forget to buy the hollow chocolate Easter bunny, Peeps, and the foil wrapped eggs.

Make a loved one feel special by reminding them of their childhood.

Car Bucket: Go to your local auto store (Auto Zone), Purchase a bucket (to wash the car), car wax, car freshener, Armor All and a tire pressure gauge. Put items in the bucket and you have a unique Easter basket or the new driver in the house or for the car buff.

You can also add Car wash coupons, a gift card to the auto store and a free oil change.

This idea works great a person that owns a boat, motorcycle, ATV…anything with a motor.

Tackle Box: Do you have an avid fisherman in the family? How about a new tackle box with all the fixins’. Fill the tackle box with new line, hooks, and lures, fishing knife, multi-purpose tool and artificial bait.

You can also add a note saying they can chose a day just to go fishing with no complaints from us. Or you can add the note saying you have a planned weekend of nothing but fishing with the family.

Hobby Basket: What’s your loved ones hobby? Whatever the hobby is, use your imagination and find a way to make that into an Easter basket.

Photography: Get a new camera bag, memory cards, a new lens, and storage containers for the photos or equipment.

Darts: new darts, tips, flights, new board. Set up your own home tournament one night and invite all your friends.

Electronic Geek: new cases to store or carry what they need, a new piece of equipment they have been wanting or a gift card to their favorite electron store.

Gardening: New tools, gloves, watering can, seeds, potting soil and pots. Maybe a new work space outside, build a small green house.

Baker/Chef: Cooking/baking lessons would be a great idea, especially if it were for two. New pots/pans, knife set, utensils, new cook book. How about the outdoor chef: fill up the gas tank, clean the grill for them, better yet get a new one and all the accessories.

Sports: If your loved one plays sports then new equipment or clothes would be a great idea. How about a Gym bag to carry everything in. If they like to workout at home, some new weights would be welcomed. Get them a year gym memberships or coupons for the batting cages. Here are some small gift ideas: new golf balls, tees, socks, gloves and towels.

Weekend Get-a-Way: A weekend vacation is a wonderful idea. Spring has sprung and it’s time to get rid of that snow, cold and yucky winter blues. What a better way to rejuvenate then a trip someplace warm.

Plan a romantic trip or just a time to relax and reconnect.

I hope these ideas have helped you celebrate Easter in a different way. It’s time to shake out the cob webs from winter and use our imaginations a little bit. Have fun showing your loved ones how much you do care for them.


Unique Easter Basket Ideas


Are you tired of the same old routine of a traditional Easter basket? Tired of giving your kids candy and you eat all the left overs? Who started this tradition of giving our kids candy and putting it all in a basket that will never be used again…..such a waste of money.

Easter is March 5th, just around the corner and I know you are thinking about what you are going to do for the kids and what’s for dinner and how many are coming. Let me try and take some of the stress for this holiday.

Let’s try some new ideas for Easter baskets.

Movie basket: Get a small storage container (tote) put a little of that fake grass in the bottom and fill it with movie candy, popcorn, their favorite drink and a few movies your kid (you) will watch.

Beach basket: Get a sand/beach bucket, fill it with a beach towel, water bottle (with their name on it), some beach toys, like a small shovel, a blow up beach ball and a card that tells them you will take them to the beach on whatever day. Make sure you keep your promise.

Reader’s basket: For your little reader, an E-reader or buy a few books they will love, a blanket, a book light and put them in a back-pack to carry around.

Music basket: If you have a singer or musician in the family, how about some new sheet music to practice, an i-pod, accessories for the instrument, 3 weeks of singing/playing lessons, tickets to a concert and put everything in a new instrument case or a new personalized bag to carry sheet music.

Faith/religion basket: Sticking with the real reason for Easter, how about a new bible, a piece of jewelry with a cross on it, take them to church, a Christian movie, new clothes to wear to church, have them start attending the youth group in church.

Art basket: Have a little artist in the family? How about some new supplies, colored pencils, chalk, paper, water colors, brushes and put everything in an artist case. Maybe set up a small table in their room that is only for their art.

Sports basket: Get them a new gym bag or sport bag, Get them new equipment, a new baseball glove, socks, shoes, balls, maybe tickets to their favorite sports team for a game.

The idea for the baskets above are to stop thinking about candy and let’s get practical with the things we give our kids.

Find your child’s interest. Your kid can be 1 year old to 16 years old and they all have an interest in something. Cater to that interest, show your support and show them that you love how unique they are.

Use an insulated lunch box, small plastic storage container, personalized bag, or one of those storage cubes instead of a traditional basket. You won’t be wasting your money on a basket that will never be used again.


Helpful tip: If you and your kids have colored eggs for Easter, instead of throwing them away, why not make deviled eggs out of them and serve for dinner. Since the eggs are hard boiled why not put them in a salad, or pack them in their lunches.


Dinner suggestions: Instead of the traditional Ham, try something new. Maybe a ham steak, especially if you are having a few people for dinner. Maybe spaghetti, who said you had to be traditional? How about pork chops, a beef roast, or lasagna? The point for Easter dinner is to gather around the table and break bread with your loved ones. You don’t have to have the traditional Easter dinner. Just like the baskets, use your imagination and do something different. It will be fun for everyone.