How to Build the Perfect Easter Basket + Over 50 Basket Stuffer Favorites
Use these easy tips and ideas to build the perfectly festive Easter basket. Plus, find over 50 Easter basket gifts for kids and teens! Keep reading for my favorite ways to create my kids’ Easter baskets each year and get fun and unique ideas for Easter basket gifting this year too!
I literally love everything about Easter!
First of all, I love what Easter means for our faith. It is so fun to make this important holiday special and meaningful for my family. One of my kids’ favorite activities is receiving their Easter baskets each year. I truly love coming up with fun Easter basket ideas for each of my children. Then, I love combining them into thoughtful baskets that hopefully surprise and delight my family!
Do you remember our GIGANTIC Christmas Stockings? You can check out this post for some Easter basket ideas too. Actually, I often look for the springtime versions of those same kinds of things for Easter basket ideas. It’s a great chance to refresh little personal items, art supplies, and accessories.
Plus, I love to include some books, games, and inexpensive seasonal toys too!
My husband and I went shopping together for the kids’ Easter baskets (yes, he’s a Rockstar that did that with me on a Saturday night!). I don’t know how many times I said to him, “This was so much easier when they were little!” And it’s so true! It was super easy to fill their basket with board books, baby toys, cute Peter Rabbit snacks, and always a plush bunny!
So…what do you put in an Easter basket for teens, tweens, and older kiddos??? Actually, I’m going to give you a shopping list that is sure to make even the teenagers smile!
First, however, I like to plan out my Easter basket ideas a little! The fun for the kids is receiving gifts they will use and enjoy. However, the fun for me is doing the shopping and creating beautiful baskets to use in our Easter Sunday pictures too.
What makes a great Easter basket?
First, you need a great basket. Depending on your theme and the person the basket is for, you may want to choose a beautiful woven basket. However, you may also opt for a fun plush basket version or even think outside the box with a unique container.
We have been using the same Peter Rabbit Easter baskets for 11 years! I love that they are a tradition and that I don’t have to spend money on a basket each year. However, I’ll share some great basket ideas with you as well as everything you need to fill them with for a picture-perfect Easter morning!
How do you make a perfect Easter basket?
Here is a formula to build a great Easter basket:
- Basket or container
- Coordinating Easter grass
- Three larger items, could be wrapped to make the colors cohesive
- One of these could be an optional plush gift to go in the middle, depending on the age and preference of the recipient.
- Five smaller items to tuck in and around the larger items
- Approximately one dozen Easter eggs in coordinating colors–think outside the box so these aren’t all candy!
- Optional: Add one larger chocolate bunny (my kids look forward to these in their basket). I like to choose ones that have packaging in coordinating colors.
How to Build the Perfect Easter Basket + Over 50 Basket Stuffer Favorites
How to Plan Your Easter Basket
- Choose a color scheme or theme
- Choose a basket that coordinates
NOTE: there are as many different ways to plan and style Easter baskets as anyone could imagine. This is just what I enjoy doing! You may choose to do a themed basket based on a particular interest or hobby, which is really sweet and fun too!
We have been using these same Peter Rabbit Easter baskets for about 11 years. It is a fun tradition to pull out each year. These were definitely a great little investment that have saved me a lot of money over the years! And you really can’t go wrong with Peter Rabbit. No matter my color scheme or theme, it goes with everything springtime-related!
Speaking of color schemes, I do get a little obsessive about that! You definitely don’t have to take it this far in order to have gorgeous and fun Easter basket ideas!
For me, I like to start with choosing special Easter outfits for my family. I found some great Vineyard Vines pink gingham shirts for the guys this particular year, so we made pink and white our main color theme. Our daughter, Addy, is the colorful one in our bunch and she loved a flowered dress with all the spring colors. Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate with fresh, cheerful colors!
Choosing a theme:
Knowing that I wanted to focus mainly on the pink and white color family, that helped direct my shopping list a bit. The color scheme is typically my theme.
Since I only get what fits in the basket…and they aren’t as big as our Christmas stockings…I get to be really choosy about what I actually purchase!
The other thing I love is that, for our family, it is simple gift giving. Our kids aren’t expecting big, elaborate things. We just enjoy the simplicity of the little things!
Here are other ideas for themes:
- favorite hobby, such as baking, art, or gardening
- practical refresh of basics, such as art supplies
- favorite sport or activity, such as basketball or baseball
- spring activities, such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and outdoor games
- refresh of pool and beach supplies for spring break and summer, include new swimwear and sandals
How to Use a Color Theme
To get my baskets started, I chose this super cute Easter grass in the warm colors that match my theme. I love this mix for a colorful look. It is also available in cool blue and green tones too.
What do you put in the bottom of an Easter basket?
Easter grass is my go to for the bottom of the basket because I can add as much or little as I need. Plus, it’s a great way to add some festive color.
For Easter grass, I plan for one bag of grass for each basket. I’ll share a video in this post of how I use it to make our baskets look full and pretty!
Next, it was off to hunt for items that I know my kids will love…and hopefully find some in those warm colors. Focusing on the pinks, light yellows, and coral allows for some variety, but still all coordinating for a fun color theme.
Pro Tip: You can wrap some gifts if they do not coordinate with your color or theme. The wrapping is always fun for kids too!
We found some perfect items and I’m having a hard time waiting until Easter to give my kids their baskets!!!
Let’s start with the hardest one first: Teenagers!
Easter Basket Ideas for Teenage Guys:
I have no experience with teenage boys (I only have 5 more years until that!), except to say that for my nephews’ stockings, they wanted FOOD. There is apparently no limit to the amount of beef jerky a teenage boy can consume!
Here are a few other non-food ideas though:
Easter Basket Ideas for Teenage Girls:
I’ve had so much fun with Payton’s Easter basket since she’s been a teenager! I’ll link up the things I can here and then some other ideas too!
These are some of the things I found that I know she will enjoy and went with our color scheme:
- New sandals or flip flops
- Cute t-shirt (love this one for spring!)
- Gratitude journal (Morgan Harper Nichols)
- Peeps lollipop
- Devotional book
- Morning meditations and verse for the day
- Quality Water Bottle or Tumbler
- Hair ties
- Perfume (lots of fragrance options here!)
- Cutest Lip gloss
- Chocolate bunny (these are my kids favorites)
- Electronics charger organizer, great for travel or backpacks
- Smiley face Apple Watch band
- God’s Promises box with daily verses, share a card verses
Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls:
These sweet tween years…still loving the plush animals but enjoying big-girl stuff too! Addy is so much fun to buy for and we found some cute things for her Easter basket as well!
- Plush bunny (I keep thinking how few years I have left to buy these!!!)
- Squishmallow bunny (These are a trending collector item for the tween girls…so my 12-year-old tells me! Haha! At least they are cute!)
- Gel pens
- Calligraphy beginner’s book for kids
- Cute straw cross-body purse
- Mechanical pencils
- Chocolate bunny
- Colorful seamless hair ties that don’t tangle
- Pack of fruity lip gloss
- Good pack of spring chap stick
- Scented colored pencils
- Prayer journaling notebooks
- Cute pink locked diary
- Devotional book
- Travel art kit set
Easter Basket Ideas for Boys:
Harrison’s gifts seem to be getting larger and it was a little challenge to find things that fit well into his basket, but I think he is going to love it!
One tip: if you are going for a particular color scheme, grab a roll of kraft wrapping paper (hyperlink) and wrap any of those must-have items that don’t quite match. I tie them with twine and tie some of the matching Easter grass into the bow to give it a fun look!
- Lego sets
- Pre-filled Easter eggs with lego figures
- Volcano science kit
- Individual chocolate bunnies (works great for school lunches and snacks!)
- Treasure hunt kinetic sand
- Play-doh make your own Easter bunny set
- Mechanical pencils
- Indescribable Science Devotional book by Louie Giglio
- Easter Joke Book
- Nintendo Switch game
- Nerf accessories
- Easter egg science experiments (one easy experiment per egg)
- Dino-dig eggs (these have been a favorite for a few years now and are a great “short” activity)
- And when all else fails, cash is king! My kids love finding dollar bills in their Easter eggs, so I add a few of those to each basket too!
Pool and beach toys make a great theme for Easter basket ideas!
What are the top 5 most popular Easter basket items?
- Plush stuffed animal
- Small toys inside eggs
- Gift cards are becoming more and more popular too!
Easter Books Make Perfect Easter Basket Gifts
My kids are getting a little old for some of these, but here are a few Easter books that would look beautiful in any Easter basket and be enjoyed for years to come!
- The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
- An Easter Egg Hunt for Jesus by Susan Jones
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! By Lucille Colandro
- Peter Rabbit board book by Beatrix Potter
- Found by Sally Jones
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan and Mike Berenstain
- The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry
- Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
- God Bless Our Easter by Hannah C. Hall
- How To Catch An Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
- 10 Days of the Easter Story: A Family Experience Through the Feelings of Holy Week by Dr. Josh Straub, Christi Straub, and Angelika Scudamore
Easter Themed Toys and Activities:
Here are a few favorites that I use in my classroom for younger children, though the Resurrection Egg set is great for kids of all ages! I use all of these toys and learning extensions either at home or in my classroom!
The Resurrection Egg set has been a wonderful tool that I’ve used with my own children since they were tiny and has helped them to really understand the Easter story in a more real way.
What do you put in homemade Easter baskets?
Here are a few more tips as you assemble your items in the baskets:
- Add the grass and large items first.
- Tuck in more pieces of grass as you add the smaller items.
- Items that do not match your theme could go in the bottom or be wrapped.
- If you’re wrapping an item, tie some Easter grass in with the ribbon for a fun and cohesive look.
- Add Easter grass around the edges, slightly “spilling” over the edges once you’ve put all of the items in.
- Put small toys and candy in eggs that coordinate with your theme.
The most important part of creating Easter baskets:
As you are planning your Easter celebrations, I hope that past the picture-perfect (or not so perfect) moments, past the candy in the eggs, and plush Easter bunnies, you’re able to celebrate the incredible hope of the Resurrection Story.
“Don’t believe things can change? Just look at Palm Sunday- to Good Friday – to Resurrection Sunday. Always believe. Always keep hoping. Things can change.”
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